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You might consider polling the players who would be most likely to modify their agreements and ask THEM what conventions they would add if the Open Chart were allowed.
Oct. 18, 2018
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Actually, Ovunc, the way I teach 2/1 is that in a 2/1 GF auction, you bid the 6 card major twice then the 4 card other. In a 1N Forcing auction, you bid the major, then the other 4 card suit, then the 6 card major again.

The reasoning is that in a 1NF auction, partner is likely to be looking for some other suit to play in, whereas in a 2/1 auction, you have more time/room to show your 6 carder and still be able to show the other suit if needed.
Oct. 8, 2018
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Most likely they were playing first round controls first, but after he denies the A, East's continued control bidding should promise it.
Oct. 8, 2018
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East told his whole story with his 3 bid. If there is a slam, his partner should take over. After the diamond control bid, I think West should bid the 4N, but when he didn't, East should accept that.

So I blame West for not getting to 6 and East for getting to 7.

I wonder if West even knew that 4 promised a spade control, or if East knew whether West knew that.
Oct. 8, 2018
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Many, many years ago, I played in my very first Life Master Pairs. Board 1 was a disaster, mostly my fault. Board 2 was worse because I was still dwelling on the board 1 disaster. So Round 1 we got two results that we knew (correctly) were two zeroes.

Depressed but stuck in the event, we played on and ended up winning the event. That we could win after such a horrible start was close to an epiphany. Since that day, I have never let a run of bad luck, bad hands, or bad results affect my play.

It doesn't take a Data or Spock personality, I just remind myself of that day and every hand is a fresh start.
Oct. 2, 2018
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The decision has nothing do with whether I'm having a good day or a bad day. Anyone who knows the slightest bit about probability knows that prior events have no effect on future ones.

I'll assess slam chances just like I always would.
Oct. 2, 2018
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How many times makes an implicit partnership agreement? I can tell a story that might help answer this.

Several years ago, I played in a nationals with a BBO partner that came up from Bogata, Columbia, to play in our nats.

Despite me telling him that he must NOT open 1N with a singleton, he did it. Twice. In the first session. Opponents reported it to the director.

The national director informed him/us that twice made an implicit agreement (which in this case was an illegal agreement) and if either of us did it again during the nationals, we would be ejected from the event we were playing in.
Sept. 25, 2018
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Someone who doesn't understand the difference between J2N and splinters shouldn't be using either.
Sept. 25, 2018
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If you Pass, what is 4th seat supposed to do? Pass with spade support? Bid 2N to allow partner to clarify?

You'll almost certainly get a chance to bid again.

Seems to me the sane thing to do is exactly the same as you would do over something like 2(single suit) – if you don't have a good suit of your own, then wait to see what their suit is.
Sept. 22, 2018
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“Table feel” might just as well be cheating. I can't wait until we finally get electronic play and eliminate this non-bridge stupidity. It has nothing to do with the game of Bridge, only with external factors. I prefer to play Bridge, not Poker.
Sept. 19, 2018
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Is that what I should tell my beginning-intermediate bridge friends and students …. that they should be happy I psyche because they should learn how to deal with bids more advanced than Pass?

A preempt is not a psyche, it's a bid in which you have what your bid says you have. A psyche is not.

So you're entitled to your opinion and I'm entitled to mine. Psyching against weaker players is abominable.
Sept. 19, 2018
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Sept. 19, 2018
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Ya know, it's kinda strange. I've psyched occasionally, and I've been psyched many times, but I never realized how angry I was about that one incident until I started writing in this thread.

I'm sure it was because it was a world class player who didn't need to do it, who had nothing to gain, and who did it out of total disrespect for the special game and for the random stranger he was deliberately ruining the fun of playing against a world class player.

It would be like me going to a BIL tourney on BBO and psyching against the BIL players who have taken lessons from me and who had been looking forward to a chance to play against me. What a #*%&#^$* thing to do.
Sept. 18, 2018
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This is the sentence from that email that gets my attention: “Psyching against novices is not allowed.”
Sept. 18, 2018
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Stephen, of course not, psyches are legal. I'm sure he could have beat us regardless, so why would he feel the need to psyche? As for a “good story”, that's bs, he just wanted to get the highest score he could, even when it didn't matter a whit. I didn't care if I won or lost, but I did feel angry anyway. That's what psyches against weaker players do .. they cause anger and despite. No matter how good a bridge player he is, I will never respect him again as a person.
Sept. 18, 2018
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Years ago on OKbridge, there was a special game where experts were auctioned off as partners to raise money for the Turkish earthquake relief. I played with a regular partner, and one round we played against Zia and his client.

Zia psyched a 1N opening with 8 points and we played our game instead of slam.

I still remember how angry I was that someone of his skill level felt he had to psyche against an unknown random opponent, in a game that was supposed to be fun for everyone, where there was no world title, no money, no fame or glory, no masterpoints, absolutely nothing to gain by winning.

I'm feeling angry right now even writing about it.

But I got my revenge by saying privately to Zia, “Thanks. I know you are only supposed to psyche against people you can't beat honestly, so I'll take that as a very nice compliment.”
Sept. 18, 2018
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You should decide if you like the lead, accept it. If the card is one that you can trap as a penalty card, leave it on the table. If you fear the contract has been wrong-sided, accept the lead to right-side it. If you have a tenace in the suit, require the partner to lead the suit.

These are not rocket science, just do whatever gives you the best advantage.
Sept. 17, 2018
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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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