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balanced hand….2NT
March 20, 2012
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2N would be to get out in a minor, 3C should be reserved for fit type hands unless you are playing with a dinosauer…like me! Seriously it has to be forcing or reasonable auctions can't occur. That is unless partner has made a joke. I wish 4C was a fit and 3C forcing but not a big fit (flawed preempt or??)
March 15, 2012
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What hand?
March 15, 2012
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It is like gun laws and door locks…designed to look good and keep the relatively honest folks honest but do nothing for the core problems. Rescind the phone ban and make use of a cell phone during a national an automatic DQ from the entire national…without appeal, if you really want to stop cheating on phones. Of course, other means will appear soon! Cheating is not something that simple solutions will solve. Our legal systems don't allow rigorus elimination of it as they would be considered draconian.
March 15, 2012
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I am a spade leader but I think the small club is more compelling than diamonds
March 5, 2012
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I have always loved a good money game..usually rubber. I also have found it difficult to find a game consistently. Duplicate makes that part way easier! Would still love to find a regular money game :(
March 5, 2012
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Close hand but Dbl works best when partner has a minor and a bad to moderate hand as it is harder to dbl for most.
March 5, 2012
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We own the boss suit and they do not have all the cards! hey have not established a fit and I like to compete so, 2S for me. If righty had passed, I am a texas or 4s bidder, whatever system allows. In a good world the 4H call would get dbled and invite a 5H contract! lol
March 5, 2012
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At this table west is the whimp..4S seems a great shot (per Ellis) and at the “other” table east is the one who is whimpy as they have a pure hand with a known fit. Games are important I hear, at imps :)
March 5, 2012
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The biggest risk to a picture bid seems to be that we lack a fourth trump and/or more solid diamonds. A tap of this hand will kill dummy on many hands. A simple support doesn't overstate the nature of my hand. I will need partner to suggest/drive a slam, not me. I will however cooperate if partner ques or bids serious 3nt (assuming we play that).
Feb. 18, 2012
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As many have said…as a problem question the D jack is tempting but the reality is I would have led the spade before even thinking about the problem!
Feb. 14, 2012
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If I were forced to pass 3S on the last round, I would now bid 5D. I have an awefully good hand for diamonds, on the auction!
Feb. 8, 2012
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Most of my partners would agree with Kit..and his arguements are sound, of course! I however would probably bid 2S..my preference is 3D is stopper ask and I want to stay low if possible. I would NOT overcall on an 8 count or even a “bad 10..the OC should be basically opening bid strength or equivilent, over pre-empts, to me. Pre-empts work and we have to choose our poisins…I choose to stay low and hope . On this hand it works, on many others it doesn't As long as partner and I know what our choices look like, then we will ”win" our hands and hope on the rest! JMHO
Jan. 24, 2012
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This is the best scheduling idea I have heard in a long time (ever?) I would vote for a 1-2 day B-A-M qualifier and then a B-A-M KO for the remaining field size desired (either 3 or 4 days) As for the womens events, that is their choice to play in restricted events…the opens are available as they are for the men. It is time that the nationals gave preference to the premier events in ACBLand. Their are so many other options all year for the rest of us! a primary pairs and a primary team event at each! If I ever win a National, I will hope it is one of these! Great ides!
Jan. 6, 2012
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Why didn't east play the D10 at trick 2? That makes the pitch of the DJ easy and the rest of the defense relatively easy? Doesn't distract from declarers nice plays. Gotta have some luck to be brilliant!
Dec. 23, 2011
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Yes, Peg, you are right. I have some of his attributes (unfortunately) and was lucky enough to play against him several times in my early days. I am glad that we now do not tolerate such outburst! He was a fine player and theorist just not so nice sometimes!
Dec. 12, 2011
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Great read! I would add my pinion that a cloud like Reese's may be right or wrong but it doesn't alter the huge effect his writting and ideas had. Asd a comparrison, Al Roth certainly belongs on this list for his bidding theory, results, and other contributions to the game. He would not be allowed to play today due to his demeanor and temper (unless he changed a lot that didn't seem to be the case while he was alive) I have great respect for a great mind and the contributions of two of the people that belong here but they are not all good or all bad. In Reese's case, after all these years there are questions about his guilt or innocense. Certainly the handling of the incident left a lot to be desired… Lets focus on the positives with the understanding that all of us are flawed, in some way.
Dec. 12, 2011
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Surprised that with electronic scoring that a timer system has not been develped and implemented. EW check in when they arrive and the time is recorded when the last result is entered. This won't solve not passing boards or not leaving the table when done but it would allow collection of data on the cronic offenders (and not penalize those following the cronic slow players) If you cronically cause slow play, it will come out in the data and corrective action taken. Slow play is the second biggest cause for people to stop playing or for playing less (right after rude/abusive behavior). We need a consistent, effective way to identify, quantify, and correct cronic slow play.
Dec. 12, 2011
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Forcing club systems are truely double edged swords…scarey for both the practitioner and the opponent! Joe is a rare person! Hope the articles and stories continue
Dec. 11, 2011
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