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So, how would responder bid xxx, AKQxx, Jxx, Kx? I make what is the “bridge bid.” If partner is confused, they will learn. If our game sucks, this is the right time to have a “lesson hand.”
22 hours ago
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This lemming does not overcall 2H on Jxx, Q65432, KQ, Qx. Not all ten counts with 6 hearts will overcall. That said, if partner bid 4H on a 8 count with 6 hearts, I would not quibble.
May 21
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I did not know she was still around. In 1978, she interviewed law students at the University of Chicago for her New York law firm. During a break in her interview schedule, I asked her if she would like to play a few hands. We set up in the lobby of the law school and drew a crowd of students and faculty. We were all beginners and she was very generous and helpful. (While I remember the experience, it represented a very small fraction of the time I spent in the law school lobby playing cards.)
May 21
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I would expect 6+ hearts on this sequence. Maybe a ten count or compensating distribution.
May 20
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I agree with the notion of transparency. Before the ACBL eliminated the national appeals committee, the appellants and their opponents would meet face to face with the committee so that everyone knew who everyone was and questions of bias and recusal could be addressed.

I understand the reason for eliminating the committee model which could result in a score being changed hours after the event had finished, which score could have affected the subsequent play of both sides. But, with the committee there was transparency.

I was one of the people polled last fall in the Blue Ribbon Pairs ruling. Friends later argued to me that “Bobby Levin wouldn't do that.” Not only did I not know the declarer was Levin when I was polled, I didn't even know it was the Blue Ribbon Pairs. Transparency might have resulted in a different winner.
May 20
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4C. If I have it in the tool chest I should use it. Not perfect but close enough.
May 19
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Daniel, nice deal. But for you and all the juniors who are going to be reading your post, I would like to comment on the bidding. Don't you ever dare come back to your teammates and this coach having bid 3C with the South hand. In my opinion, South should double. If he wants to be adventurous, he could bid 1NT (no, I don't endorse that bid either but I understand it.)
May 19
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A minimum with 4 trump (law abiding). Probably not 4 trip.
May 18
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My sincerest apologies to Kriegels everywhere. As I wrote this at 2:30pm Friday, my statement about Orem playing “extremely well” still stands.
May 17
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Glad to see Debbie Rosenberg liked Michael Xu's comment. Given Michael Rosenberg's position as head of the US junior training program, I would expect many juniors and ex-juniors are cheering for him. Perhaps not Oren Kreigle who is playing extremely well and knocked off the 3 seed.
May 16
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It appears we are in the minority. Just bidding game is not a force. Not accepting a limit+ does not create a force. Vulnerability does not affect our forcing pass rules. BUT if we make a limit or better raise and the opponents bid immediately above our game, we are in a force.

As for the suggestion that we have a limit and a forcing raise, we used to do that but now have an offensive raise (2N, 4+ trump, not 4333, may be lighter on high cards) and a cuebid which is typically balanced, 3 trump and values. Both are invite plus. We also play fitting jump shifts in comp, splinters in the opponent's suits, and our game raises are “wide ranging” given we play a limited opening bid system.

I wouldn't say that other approaches are “unreasonable”, but I am happy with what we do.
May 16
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Buy a copy of my book. The couch is on the inside cover.
May 14
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It was Coolbeans' partner, not a junior, who sat over the 1C opening.
May 14
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Give some credit to East, but I do not believe a 4H rebid by South should be natural and nonforcing.
May 14
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The couch is taken. Besides I prefer to admire them from afar.
May 14
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We play (1S)-P-(2S)-DBL (or DBL and DBL)-(P)-2N as 2P2P or weak with hearts so that a direct 3H by advancer shows values. It is free!
May 14
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I think by my statement above, “We look forward to meeting you in the finals”, it was pretty clear I was the NPC. I had nothing to do with the selection. The team consists of players I have mentored who wanted to play and asked me if I would be their NPC. I was flattered, confirmed it with Joe Stokes and we were entered. I am not aware of anyone else having asked to play and I was not involved in the process of informing the juniors.

But I wouldn't get too excited about it. To my mind, this is not a real world championship. We play 14 board matches on the internet. Because of the time differences, we have found ourselves playing most matches in the morning. I have players on both coasts. My Californian had to get up to play at 6am one match. Think back to when you were in college and count the number of times you got up at 6am.
May 13
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I want seating rights for a quarter the client is in.
May 9
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Danny your squad played well. We look forward to playing you in the finals!
May 9
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Ed, thanks for catching the typo. (Fixed.)

One of my mentors, a top bridge theoritician, and a great human being was Walter “Big Train” Johnson. Walter was a proponent of “A singleton K is a balanced hand.” We don't have fixed rules but we certainly can treat a stiff K as not a splinter.

2C is “Balanced Or Standard Club Option” (Yes, a terrible description but I wanted the acronmyn BOSCO, the chocolate syrup, as the name of an agreement.) We can be 3M, 4oM, 4D and 2C for our 2C response (but, no, at least to date I have never had a singleton CK.)
May 8
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