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Neal, it's a totally secret and proprietary convention that gets me to the right contract about 97% of the time. :)
Sept. 17, 2018
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I call it trump.

I once had an opponent end in a 3N contract and as the dummy put down her 9 card club suit, two of the clubs fell off the table. Her partner observed, “If a suit is too long to fit on the table, it should be trump”.
Sept. 17, 2018
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@Peg .. “highest” and “lowest” rather than “high” and “low”. I'm sure that's what you meant, but for a novice, the difference might be important.

@Phil .. I haven't heard “grok” in a lot of years! It brings back some great memories! :)
Sept. 17, 2018
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What Andy said!
Sept. 17, 2018
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Suppose you asked someone what their 2 bid means and they say “we play yoder 2”. You ask what that is, and they say, “it's yoder 2”. You ask again specifically what yoder 2 convention is and they tell you that if you want to play in an open game, you should know that already and they are not required to educate you.

Would you think them rude? Well, that's how that lady felt.
Sept. 16, 2018
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Sept. 16, 2018
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But she IS entitled to have the full information, even if you think it's obvious.

If you say “transfer” and they ask what that is, you need to explain it fully. If you say “signoff” and they ask what that is, you need to explain it fully.

You cannot draw a line and say “here is what you are required to know and therefore I don't have to tell you”.

As ridiculous as it sounds, if they ask you what “spade” means, you need to tell them it is the pointed black symbol.


An open event is open to everyone, even a rank beginner. Patience is a virtue with new players, even if they're in an open event.
Sept. 16, 2018
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If you are playing in a weakish field, you should not say anything that either what you say or your intentions might not be clearly understood.

I occasionally claim on BBO by saying, “who has the K”, intending to claim based on whether the obvious heart finesse visible in the dummy wins or loses. I've had people accuse me of cheating for asking that. I've also had good players say, “me”, so I can do the claim.

Your “no ten?” was over the head of your opponents and even if you said it originally, as soon as she didn't answer, you should have said, “very sorry, play on”. I'm not sure I'd even turn it into a claim, since she obviously didn't understand what you were getting at.

As for explaining what udca means, full disclosure applies exactly as much as if you named an obscure convention instead of describing the bid. A simple “It means high discourages or shows an odd number, and low encourages or shows an even number, so the 2 means he likes diamonds”. What is so hard about that?


I could be wrong but my overall impression is that you are using such opportunities to show how much more you know than the opponents do, and yes, that is rude.
Sept. 16, 2018
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Sept. 16, 2018
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I was educated by a National Level director as follows:

1. You may ask, but the opponents do not have to show.

2. You may not touch their cards, even after they leave the table.

3. You may (and should if you have reason to see them) call a director and ask them (or their permission) to see the cards.

4. The director will always check for you. The opponents cannot prevent this.
Sept. 15, 2018
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John H, of course you can, if it is your agreed system and you alert it properly.

Brad, if it is your agreed system and you both alert and explain it properly and you and your partner generally have what the explanation says, then no problem.

If it is just random nonsense because your partner can't remember your system, then yes, I'd probably ask you to go. When I'm playing bridge, I prefer if everyone else at the table is also playing bridge.
Sept. 15, 2018
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Brad, like psyches, very occasionally shouldn't be a problem. Constantly violating your system should be.

Calling them “tactical” bids is nothing but a subterfuge for bidding whatever you feel like to annoy the opponents and then claiming it's ok because it was just to annoy them.

ON BBO, I give an opponent three “tactical” bids (such as 5 HCP 5 card overcalls, 13 HCP 1N openings, and the like) and then I tell them “We prefer to play Bridge here, so please find a different table.”

It's not cheating, it just ruins the game for everyone else.
Sept. 15, 2018
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If declarer does not give everyone several seconds to think about the hand, then 3rd seat is supposed to. Period.

If you don't want to say anything, that's up to you, although I had a director called on me when it happened that I had a singleton to play and the declarer took inference from my pause and went wrong. The director simply told me to announce “thinking about the hand” so there couldn't be any issue with it.
Sept. 15, 2018
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Daniel, both of those things are required.

North is required to assure that the correct opponents and the correct boards are at the table at the beginning of the round.

Protocol requires the declarer to wait approximately 10 seconds before playing the first card from the dummy to give everyone a chance to think about the hand. If declarer fails to do this, 3rd seat is not only entitled to, but is expected to do the wait (and the announcement). That is precisely so that 3rd seat's need or right to think about the hand does not cause UI when s/he does so.
Sept. 14, 2018
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Sept. 14, 2018
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I have long noticed that when I am playing with a man, the score is almost always passed to him, regardless of seat. It's an unconscious bias but very real.
Sept. 14, 2018
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People who simply don't bother to alert and then think “sorry” makes up for it.
Sept. 13, 2018
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Give the signal that your partner is expecting.
Sept. 13, 2018
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I've always described this kind of bid as desperately begging partner not to pass.
Sept. 11, 2018
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Ten card suits are far more common in online games because of truly random deals.

In live games where cards are manually dealt, they are rarer because of shuffling inadequately to randomly mix the deck.
Sept. 11, 2018
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I've said for a long time that we need a Recorder system for reporting poor directors.
Sept. 9, 2018
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You can put anything on your system card by a simple “please ask about preempts” or the like.

I had a partner who never declined a vulnerable invitation, so whenever I invited and he bid game, I always announced (with a smile), “We play all vulnerable invitations forcing”. It usually got a chuckle and no one ever complained about our bidding it.
Sept. 9, 2018
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