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All comments by Cornelia Yoder
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I play this as any 2- or 3-suiter, and I'd certainly do that with an experienced player undiscussed. Just bid the cheapest suit you can stand to play and let partner tell you what s/he has.

I wouldn't risk a second double even if I had 3 suits, unless I was strong enough in HCP for partner to leave it.
Aug. 3, 2018
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Nice attempt to twist this to your own viewpoint. No ALL female teams have won those particular events, but so what?

My statement is that women can compete equally with men in bridge, and it's a little boring to have to explain this to folks like you over and over.
Aug. 3, 2018
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What's noteworthy is that people still seem to think that it's unusual or novel for women to compete equally with men.

Once everyone gets over this, we can have events for PEOPLE, not for men, women, mixed, youth, seniors, purple hair, or other artificial categories that do nothing but insult those expected to play in lesser events.
Aug. 3, 2018
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Why do we have any such restricted events at all? Let all players compete as PEOPLE, not as juniors, men, women, seniors, youth, purple hair, or any other such category. Bridge requires brainwork, and none of these categories measures that.

Events based on skill level, sure, but not on arbitrary criteria that someone somewhere thinks shows inferiority and thus the need for restrictions.
Aug. 2, 2018
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I also never received an email that it was open. The last time I checked it wasn't open and today when I came to check, it was too late :(:(
July 31, 2018
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Can't say that I'd bid, but I think if East bids, it should be 2 (spades+minor), helping his partner find a place to play.
July 29, 2018
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You cannot demonstrate that North didn't make this bid deliberately out of their system, nor that North didn't realize by himself.

With this hand, Pass is not a logical alternative, with or without remembering the agreement and no matter how he happened to remember it.
July 28, 2018
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A player is allowed to make a mistake in their system, so as long as their agreement was “weak with 4 spades” alerted and explained correctly, there is no problem with North bidding again with any hand that warrants another bid.
July 27, 2018
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I simply can't understand bidding 3N instead of 3.
July 26, 2018
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All stationary is one of the many really nice features of electronic bridge.
July 24, 2018
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My “Other” was really “All of the Above”.
July 21, 2018
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I psyche when the conditions are perfect for it, regardless of how many how often, but only against players I can't beat naturally.
July 19, 2018
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Sabrina, MY confusion is why you would read this wrong. If the COC says, “…run-of-the-month…”, that is clearly the most recent run. If the hyphens are missing, I still read it the same way, although I can understand your confusion.
July 19, 2018
ATB
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Is there a law that says you can't add a choice to your standard set?
July 18, 2018
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I'm confused, I read this statement as saying, “…as of the ACBL computer run-of-the-month preceding the event.” — hyphens mine, of course, to clarify what I would think this meant —
July 18, 2018
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When my students ask me (and they do this often), “Should I learn ThusAndSuch Convention?”, I just ask them to describe the problem that the convention solves. If they can't answer that, they don't need the convention.
July 13, 2018
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I have always believed that it's stupid to psyche against opponents that you can beat naturally.

I once played a hand against Zia in an online tournament where he psyched an opening bid. I simply sent him a private message saying Thanks for the compliment that he considered me a dangerous opponent that he couldn't beat naturally.
July 12, 2018
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And Mark, those other 36 pairs who don't play Flannery have apparently realized it's not so valuable.
July 12, 2018
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Ron says, “At least when I open 1C and rebid 1S, my partners know I have at least 4 4 in the blacks; yours only know you have 4S”

And when you open 1C and rebid 1N, your partners don't even know you have 4S.

I prefer my partners to know about my spade suit. We can get to NT later if it's best.
July 12, 2018
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Maybe “It's a common agreement to bid 1♣-1♥;1NT holding four spades”, but it still misses 4-4 spade fits.

Jacoby 2N is a common agreement, too, but it's alertable, so why should bypassing a spade suit not be, just because “it's common”? And I could name many more common agreements that are still alertable.

There are two points here: (1) IMO bypassing spades is dumb and misses spade fits, and (2) bypassing even 4 spades should be alertable because common or not, it's unexpected by large numbers of players.

You want to bypass spades, please come and play against me, but alert your agreement – I'm entitled to know you are bidding in a maybe-common to you, but non-standard way.
July 12, 2018
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