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Merriam-Webster is a dictionary of American words. Many words that appear in Merriam-Webster are not English.
13 hours ago
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No, which is why I have checked one. The Oxford English Dictionary, in which if a word does not appear it is not an English word, gives only “intervener” as the agent noun from “to intervene”.
13 hours ago
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“Intervenor” suffers from the possible disadvantage of not being an English word.
13 hours ago
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In the days before anyone had heard of 2/1, you could say this about opener's simple rebid of his suit: it denied significant extra values.

This was (and remains) an important thing for opener to say. After all, it is quite a good idea for one partner to have at least some notion of the combined assets before making the fourth bid in any auction.

As currently played, 2/1 often leaves no one with much idea whether the partnership has 12 facing 12 or 18 facing 17 before about the sixth bid in the auction. If the auction has started, say, 1-2-3, it may be too late to reach the right contract however strong the combined hands prove to be.

The fact that many contributors here have mentioned their own preferences for resolving the difficulties indicates what is true: that 2/1 is pretty much unplayable without either: fairly sophisticated methods from opener's rebid onwards; or That Old Black Magic.

Larry Cohen's efforts will, I very much hope, go some way towards eliminating the OBM. I don't know whether the BW consensus will be in favour of 2 or 3 after 1-2 with 65432 A A2 A5432. But whatever it is, people ought to bid it in the same impassive manner as if they held KJ10643 A K32 Q32 or, as the case may be, AQ654 2 A2 AK743. If this exercise can achieve that, then it will have done the game a great service.
Dec. 12
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You mean people play bridge sober? How?
Dec. 12
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If God dealt me this hand, He would have smitten me with a thunderbolt for the bidding without giving me a chance to start on the play.
Dec. 12
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The seeding committee could be no people - seeding could be done according to master points, seeding points, or Walmart loyalty card points. The third of these is most likely to be accurate.
Dec. 12
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I think these days, with a five-card major in a quasi-three-suiter, mainstream is bid the major then double.

I don't know whether it works.
Dec. 12
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I don't think that's 52%. 2-2 is 40.7% plus East's singleton honour which is 12.4% minus East's QJ doubleton which is 6.8%, all of which is about 46.3%.
Dec. 11
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Put it this way: if partner had four spades and did not double I would expect him to bid again over 3NT.
Dec. 11
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No, you don't. Suppose you have a hand like:

AQ3 K2 AK432 1096

1 from partner, 2 from you, 3 from partner. What will you guess to bid, facing five hearts and four clubs and 11-20 hcp? If you guess to bid 3NT, how will partner know that he is supposed to bid on with his 17 count when you might have the same hand without K and 3NT is all you can make? If you guess to go beyond 3NT, how do you know that you will make what you eventually bid?

Somewhere or other below the level of three of opener's suit, one partner or the other has to make a statement about extra values.
Dec. 11
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See Jerome Machlin's “Tournament Bridge - An Uncensored Memoir” for details of the number 9 seed in the Women's Pairs.

There is no distinction between seeding and “anti-randomising” - they are the same thing. Moreover, seeds do not have to produce flowering plants.
Dec. 11
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So you can guarantee that you never guarantee anything?
Dec. 11
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Truth in advertising compels me to report that only yesterday (game all, IMPs) I passed over a weak no trump with:

Q842 KQ74 2 AQ98

while my counterpart overcalled 2 for the majors. He won 10 IMPs on the board, because his partner jumped to 3NT with:

J3 AJ AQJ863 J32

and made an overtrick, while a muddled defence to 1NT at our table saw us collect only 200 of the 400 available to us.

That is, the 400 available to us once partner had also elected to pass. Had he chosen to double instead, we would have had 1100 available to us (a curious feature of the layout was that our side could make exactly ten tricks in every denomination except clubs, where we could make eleven).

The best defence against the weak no trump is the penalty double, followed by penalty doubles of all subsequent bids by the opponents. Sometimes it may not work, but if you don't play it then the weak no trump will carry on working against you.
Dec. 11
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Every once in a while, you will be dealt 65432 A A5432 A2. You will open 1 and partner will respond 2. You will wish that the earth would open and swallow you whole, but you will rebid 2.

Or, you will take out a temporary subscription to the “shape more important than strength” brigade and rebid 3. Good luck, as they say in some circles, with that.
Dec. 11
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Sometimes they will work. Sometimes they will not. For well it was said by the Master:

Your hopeless patients will live,
Your healthy patients will die.
I have only this word to give:
Wonder, and find out why.
Dec. 10
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In no way at all - see Sheehan’s Piano. But telling the opponents that we play reverse alphabetical discards ought to be worth a few IMPs.
Dec. 10
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Prefer 8=5=4=9=7=6=3=2. Easy enough to describe.
Dec. 10
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If you have more than one card in a suit, it is certain that you will have a relatively small card in that suit. But if you have two even cards, neither is relatively odd.
Dec. 10
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Well, it does a pretty good job of displaying the results for last year's tournament. Unfortunately…
Dec. 9
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