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That last argument cuts both ways. Aging players who have lost a half step might get left out I. The cold. I can hear it now: I don’t want to play with X, they are overrated!
5 hours ago
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The law is bad, at least in part, because so few people understand it.

I'd prefer no direct penalty, but UI attaches to the insufficient bid meaning. While that may not be easy to adjudicate, it easy to apply.
19 hours ago
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You can not psyche an artificial response below 2NT on the current charts.
Nov. 14
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My comment was regarding North's reopening. We can easily have a game, or even an odds on slam despite partner passing with what was a trap in Spades.
Nov. 13
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What was South to do with:

AJxxx
x
Axx
Axxx
Nov. 13
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Making up a bid to ask for the Jack of Trumps? That is a such a stretch. It might be a good agreement, but why on earth would you spring that on partner without discussion.

An early partner of mine had a rule: Jumps to slam are to play. They do not invite 7, no matter what your hand is.
Nov. 13
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What else could 6 be here? A try for a grand slam in hearts that goes past 6? When responder had 3 other bids below 6 to try for a grand slam?
Nov. 12
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'I blame society' in a solid second place in early voting.

FWIW, East does have good defense vs 6.
Nov. 11
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Well, shoot. Got that backwards.
Nov. 7
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I have 2 guidelines for hands like this, when the question is 2 or 1X.

1. This is a simple one. Hands with 22+ HCP should be opened 2. You have a King more than a ‘standard’ strong jump shift. Many players are relaxing the old 19 HCP suggestion for opener JS rebid.

2. If you get a response, and feel one slam try won't be enough, open 2. How will we even get close to slam when partner has something like the Kx of spades and the Jack of diamonds as part of his 2 raise? Sure, those are magic cards, but that is a hand that many won't even respond with. If making one slam try then giving up is ok, then a 1 level opening is fine. If you will dread giving up after one slam try, you are too strong for 1X.

Put it another way, if after a response, you'd bid slam if that was your last bid in the auction, then the hand is too strong for 2
Nov. 6
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South would routinely double with shapes like 4153, or 4243.

Only 3 would be a comparable call, in my opinion.
Nov. 4
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I can think of one. Good internal trumps vs bad, so that xx and primes outside is fine for slam opposite GIT.
Nov. 1
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You have one card fewer than expected in clubs; this does NOT meet the guidelines for a psych.
Nov. 1
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I put 1430 in the post. I think we will realize that either 5 or 5 is a keycard response.
Nov. 1
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8-15 is allowed on all charts, except the ‘basic’. Even Basic+ allows it.
Oct. 31
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The South hand does not look like a drive to slam hand to me. I think it is worth one more try. If you don't play Kickback, this is a perfect 4 bid. If you do, I guess you either have to drive to slam yourself or bid 4NT as a spade control bid and hope it all works out.
Oct. 31
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Unfortunately, this is the sort of BIT experienced partnerships are likely to get ‘right’, and a poll of this nature does nothing to disprove that.
Oct. 31
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I guess there are hands that fit your gambling description, but I'd rather just ‘always’ splinter.

Playing the raise to 3M as NF is surely standard, but it doesn't have to be, if you are willing to give up openers 2NT rebid as natural NF.
Oct. 30
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The hand is too strong to jump to 4, especially if 4 could also be a decent 5332 hand that wants to accept an invite.

I have always thought that any hand that is a game drive is not too weak for a splinter.

Whether you want to play 3 as stronger than 4 depends on the rest of your methods, and how light 2 can be.
Oct. 30
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I'd assign North blame unless 4 showed:

1. The 4th heart.
2. A stiff club
3. A diamond control.

Since we know it can't show all of that, North needed to make some other bid. Whether a splinter, a forcing 3, or 3, North just can't bid this way with this hand.
Oct. 29
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