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Mon coeur pleur aussi!
April 15
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My apologies for the formatting. This was my first attempt at doing a general poll. Will do better next time.

However, here is the issue that I was trying to get at: When I polled local good players, two said that 4H was slammish, but showed two quick losers in Hearts. The pair also said that once an eight-card suit is shown; THAT IS TRUMPS, end of story and all subsequent bids are forcing. Five other good players said that 4H was to play; partner is gambling that she can find ten tricks and cop the game bonus. Finally, page 24 of the 2017 Bridge World Standard pamphlet says, “a simple new-suit response to partner's game level preemptive opening is an asking-bid about the suit named…”

Your further comments are most welcome.
March 20
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My view as well.
March 4
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Clearly, the director should have been summoned. However, why is no one talking about dummy having his hand on the Queen before declarer called? If dummy had kept his hands off the table until declarer had designated what to play, there would be no discussion to be had here other than whether declarer had finished his designation of what to play.
Feb. 25
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As an aside, would you give any consideration to opening this two-loser hand with 2C?
Feb. 24
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We use it as a regress, warning partner to slow down, if you will. Certainly it denies four Spades or good Club doubleton. We have not fully discussed if the bid should be unconditional game force. Thanks for the input.
Feb. 24
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Sorry, sloppy statement. Returning to 2C bidder's first suit is weak. Should have said rebidding Clubs or naming new suit cancels double negative message.
Jan. 21
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How rigid does 3C-double negative message have to be? Opener certainly isn't going to pass 3C, so I will be better placed to make a good decision after opener's rebid. I play that if the 3C bidder bids again, he cancels the second negative message and shows values and Clubs. Since this hand is very likely headed to some slam, why not keep the auction low to sort out which slam might be right? Bidding 3C over 2C would show a better suit to justify consuming a whole level of bidding.
Jan. 20
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Are NPABs legit on the ACBL Open+ Chart?
Nov. 14, 2018
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AMEN!
July 26, 2018
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Sorry everybody! I wanted to hear what you would do with the West hand and missed the fact that I had inserted a pass for West instead of leaving the question mark there. Of course, the hand shown was not North's hand.
Jan. 22, 2018
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Be careful, Ian, you might become addicted to teaching. ;)

No better feeling than to know that your students valued all your hard work
Dec. 13, 2017
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I have had extreme problems with CCE since a new W10 update package came in in the beginning of August. Anyone else had this problem? Found a solution?
Sept. 24, 2017
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Hey, Eric, remember a nice teaming with you in Tulsa in about 2006. Glad you are back in the game. Have a copy of BridgeMaster2000. It's a great workout for declarer play. The software is written in such a way that if you attempt an inferior line of play, the E/W cards move to make sure that your line fails. I don't know the current price, but it's well worth the approximate $60 that you will pay for it.
May 22, 2017
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This type of hand is one that prompt players to play ELC dbls, I think. Not playing ELC doubles, the double is a bit of a gamble, but if partner bids Clubs it doesn't mean that the contract won't fetch after I pass.
April 7, 2017
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3H should show minimum HCP range and 2-2 in the minors. 3S shows maximum HCP range and 2-2 in minors. 3NT shows maximum HCP and honors in both doubleton minors.

I'm fairly sure that's the way that Bill Flannery outlined the continuations over the forcing 2NT bid.
Dec. 18, 2016
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Assuming the club director is in ACBL-land, there is a formal system of training and accreditation. It just isn't very good. It depends too much on the local club to mentor a person who studied and passed a three-hour test to become a certified director. To expect professional skill from someone who has passed a test and then starts to direct is naive at best. Also, afaicr, the prep materials for the test spend far too little time on how to handle calls. Details like having the rule book in hand when going to a table are basics that a good mentor will provide, but the “training system” could stand some improvement as well.
Oct. 20, 2016
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Perhaps someone needs to ask a question that no one has yet asked, what penalty is there for not waiting? The population of quick bidders certainly includes a subset of players who know that violating this law/rule has virtually no consequence. In club games, directors don't want to rule on UI from failing to wait. In tournaments, I have seen directors penalize players who waited, trying to do the right thing.

For my part, I have just tried to be consistent in always using the stop card, attempting to try to follow the law as I understand it, but as for calling the director when some fails to pause, who needs the hassle when there won't be any consequence.

(At the end of the day, I plead guilty to being cynical.
May 28, 2016
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Thanks for input, Andrew. What would you have done instead?
Jan. 2, 2016
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Ben, that was my question–Where are all the Spades? Surprised that no one else has raised that issue.
Dec. 21, 2015
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