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The defense given in the article – lead the ace nearest your thumb and see how to set the hand – is the right opening lead against any G3N.

Because it's so easy, the 3N bid has to be pulled to the minor unless partner has every other suit stopped with the A or a double honor.

This happens so rarely that the 3N is either converted to the minor or goes down most of the time.

So why waste the 3N bid on a cutesy convention that is mostly useless.
Aug. 20, 2018
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David, I think the point is that if someone IS watching the table where the result is not yet known, they don't want to be warned of a swing. If they wanted foreknowledge, they would watch the table where the result is known. It's not strange at all.
Aug. 20, 2018
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I'd be happier with all 4 hands represented by the beige boxes, even if the cards don't show. That would help with orienting to the positions.
Aug. 19, 2018
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The problem I see is that if you want to know what's happening at both tables, you easily can.

But if you don't want to, you have no choice when commentators tell all.

By commentators sticking to the table they are supposed to be commenting on, everyone can have their preference.
Aug. 19, 2018
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Al is so right! I would give a lot to have Roland back managing the commentators!
Aug. 19, 2018
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But you can do that easily anyway. Just open 2 windows.
Aug. 19, 2018
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Does this problem presume that you know from the start that clubs are A1087 in West? Or must you play to make all but one club trick regardless of the lie?
Aug. 17, 2018
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I still find the ACBL Club/Heart/Diamond series to be the easiest for my students.
Aug. 17, 2018
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I don't know if it is “standard”, but I suggest using 2 as checkback in that auction.
Aug. 16, 2018
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I would add that there is no longer any kind of general fame&glory rating system because masterpoints have been hopeless inflated to meaninglessness.
Aug. 14, 2018
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“Nobody who knows that a bid shows majors has a “mental lapse” and thinks it shows a major and a minor.” – DB

Wow, are you wrong about that. I've played both Michaels and Unusual NT for about 55 years, and a couple of months ago, I had a moment of temporary brain death and bid Michaels instead of Unusual NT.

It happens and you are both rude and ignorant to say otherwise.
Aug. 14, 2018
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Unfortunately, Craig, it's all too common. Experts get a bad result because the opponents screwed up and got lucky, so they are angry and like any bully have to take it out on someone.
Aug. 13, 2018
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Aug. 13, 2018
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David, explaining as “Michaels but we don’t actually know how Michaels works” or the equivalent is illegal. Explanations must be what the agreement you made is.

If I were to say “Michaels but we don’t actually know what we're doing”, that might mislead the opponents much worse, because on many occasions, the bid might actually be correct and the opponents are misled into some taking some protective action that goes wrong.

If you agreed Michaels, that is what you explain, not some half-cocked equivocation. If you as the opponent aren't comfortable with the name of the convention, then ask for more detail.

The best way to educate and protect yourself against people like those is to teach them to explain the agreed meaning of that bid, not to just name a convention.
Aug. 13, 2018
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As long as their agreement was that 2 is Michaels, there is absolutely no reason to adjust anything. A player who make mistakes with their own system does NOT warrant adjusting the score.

Result stands.
Aug. 11, 2018
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I'm pretty sure there is a difference between being judged “innocent” and being judged “not guilty” for insufficient evidence. I'd definitely avoid calling them “innocent”.
Aug. 9, 2018
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The autumn leaves in color, the sparkle of fresh snow, the warm breezes and flowers popping out in the spring, summers of green trees and swimming in the lake … sanity is what you want it to be!
Aug. 8, 2018
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Kieran, it's called Penalty.
Aug. 8, 2018
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Responsive doubles are used when they bid and raise the same suit.
Aug. 7, 2018
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It uses cards. That's the only similarity.
Aug. 7, 2018
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I've gone to every Origins for 36 years now, and my best guess estimate is that maybe as many as one in every 500 people is in costume.

Most of us go there to play games – board games, card games, role-playing games (even some live action RPGs), miniatures – and to attend seminars on game-making, military strategy, space developments, world-building, and lots of other game related topics.

Costumes are rare even in live action events. … although there is one woman who every year wanders around on Saturday afternoon in tight-fitting chain link armor … unfortunately for the guys, she's getting a bit old for it these days.
Aug. 6, 2018
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