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Never, ever, try to give two signals with one card. It frustrates you and annoys your partners. Just give the signal that partner is expecting you to give.
July 6, 2018
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I opened 1 for years, too, and then I read Robinson's article and realized how stoopid that was. Then I started opening 1 and rebidding clubs if I had a singleton, until a truly world class player saw me do it and told me how stoopid that was, and how a 1N rebid leaves your partner with a lot more flexibility. So I started opening 1 and rebidding 1N, and I've never gotten in trouble yet.
July 6, 2018
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How so, Michael? If you have a singleton but can't bid spades, it's the same problem .. bid 1N with the singleton or rebid a minor. If you can bid 1N, you don't have to misdescribe your minor distribution in the opening bid.
July 5, 2018
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It seems to me that the problem is with your statement that everything up to the XX cannot be different.

What's wrong with 2 over the X, and then belated raise of hearts? If your system can't handle that, then maybe your system is the problem.

On the other hand, are you really sure you want to play in a 4-4 fit with a known 4-1 split against you?
July 5, 2018
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You all arguing about whether to open 1♣ or 1♦ might want to read this:

http://www.districtsix.org/Articles/Article%202006-02.aspx
July 5, 2018
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You all arguing about whether to open 1 or 1 might want to read this:

http://www.districtsix.org/Articles/Article%202006-02.aspx
July 5, 2018
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Never mind
July 2, 2018
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Phantom table or not, if it was truly suited, then someone suited it or misdealt it. Since it had not been played yet, the obvious solution was to redeal it.
June 29, 2018
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“No philosophy that damages one part of society to serve another has a moral compass.”

And that is exactly what Rand's philosophy says. The Dark Side is the exploitation of the words by people who do not understand the ideas in it.
June 26, 2018
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I, too, fell in love with Ayn Rand all those years back in college, and many of the ideas she presented have helped me throughout life.

Unfortunately, many of Rand's ideas have been corrupted for use by latecomers to justify political ends, mostly by those who want an excuse to hate others.

Do read The Fountainhood and then Atlas Shrugged, and don't try to understand Objectivism from the modern racist and hateful attitudes that claim it but are actually nothing like Rand's philosophy.
June 26, 2018
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Not at all, Marshall. If I had a constructive hand, I have other choices than 2.
June 26, 2018
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I teach Stayman in one lesson. I start with “bids” of

“1N”;
“Do you have a 4-card major”;
“Yes, H/S” or “No”;
“So do I” or “Not a match to mine”.

After a couple auctions of that, I ask them how to do it in bids. A tiny bid of discussion, and then I show them how Stayman can do it.

Everyone gets it.
June 24, 2018
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Seems simple to me … if I have 2 hearts, we play in 2.

If my hand is so bad I don't want to bid again at all, we play in 2.

If I have 1 heart and a good spade suit, we play in 2.
June 24, 2018
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Michael, I agree with you and that is how I like to teach, but it's important to remember …

Not everyone thinks the same way. There are many different cognitive styles for learning. Yours is probably most like you describe, but there are plenty of other people who simply do not want the underlying reasons, because it doesn't help them. They NEED to memorize things.

My personal style is … explain to me WHY and I will remember better and be able to apply it in similar cases.

My brother's style is … don't bother me with all those details, just tell me the rules/guidelines and I'll learn them for each thing I need to know.

Neither is better or worse, but you cannot teach someone using one style who thinks in a different one.
June 23, 2018
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Simple, you just have a 5th table where the second stationary pair sits, and everyone who is supposed to meet them just goes to their table instead of the usual one.

The only move needed would be if the two “stationary” pairs play each other.
June 22, 2018
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I like three way game tries after 1M 2M …

New suit = Long suit game try
3M = Trump quality game try
2N = Strength (HCP) game try

I don't bother with short suit game tries as they are rarely helpful and always pinpoint weakness for the opponents.
June 19, 2018
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I play multi 2 with a few partners on bbo, but all of them are non-N.Americans. I think that multi is excellent, as long as you have actually learned it completely, and not just “2 shows a weak 2 major”. You do have to know the rest.

Secondly, I think that playing it for weak 2 major ONLY is a total waste of time and effort. The real value of multi 2 is what you can do with the 2 and 2 and 2N openings. If you only use it for majors, don't bother.
June 12, 2018
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West is not at fault, his hand is not an opening hand in any seat, and certainly not biddable later at the two or three level.
June 9, 2018
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Since preempts can't exist in 4th seat (the opponents have already given up), I prefer 2M to show 6 good trumps (2 top or 3 honors) and a full solid opening hand (like 14+ pts).
June 7, 2018
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I once had an auction that went 1 2 no alert, and so of course I assumed Michaels. When it turned out the overcall was actually a long club suit and I misplayed because of it, the director ruled that since I was a good enough player to know about this possibility, I should have asked, and that the failure to alert did not guarantee that she didn't have long clubs.
June 6, 2018
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