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I can't imagining passing in any club game I might play in. Perhaps that is why I suck at matchpoints. I suspect you would get a different answer mix if you posed the question as vul at imps against strong opponents.
4 hours ago
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We did not discuss bidding 2C. I am a devout believer in raising when you have four pieces. (Bridge bidding isn't a language, it is a religion.) But at the other table, Jeff Meckstroth responded 2N, forcing raise, and passed opener's response of 4H (balanced minimum.) That avoided nicely the problems my juniors had.
5 hours ago
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Who said “3C shows 4”? Are you anticipating a second bidding problem? Does 2N promise a stopper? And what is opener's default with 2=5=4=2? All in good time my friend, all in good time.

(Note you have the same issues if you start 1H-2S-2C-2D. Does 3D promise a fourth piece? What is opener's default? Does 2N promise a stopper?)
April 26
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Are you sure that this isn't a false sense of economy. If the auction starts 1H-1S-2C-2D!-3D, responder's raise of diamonds is at the four level. But, after 1H-1S-2D-2S!-3C, responder can now make a natural game forcing raise of 3D, leaving the partnership with more room. They key is that your agreement is 2S is an artificial game force.
April 26
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I agree with Danny there is an issue. Screens solve the problem. But you don't have to ask about every bid. You just have to ask about enough bids (in which you have no interest) that you effectively cloak the question about the bid in which you do have interest. Then, when declarer plays you for a card you don't have based on one of your extraneous questions, you can high five partner across the table and exclaim, “Got him!”

(Please don't do this last part in District 17 where I am the Disciplinary Chair.)
April 26
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Everyone is transferring. I think I like a “super Smolen” sequence. 2N-3C-3H-5D-exclusion-answer-7H. No guarantees, but I agree it rates to be no less than a hook.
April 25
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If that is down (?), it was working previously, try BBO website “Bridge News” where you can click on a link.
April 25
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Martin, consider

KQJ7th, A, x, QJxx.

Never is a long time.
April 24
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I think you need the equivalent of 2C-2D after 2C-(DBL) and on a frequency basis much more common than RDB. I have already given up 1D-(DBL)-RDB (shows hearts). Transfer after 2C sound useful. My best guess would be to keep 2D as the ask (so the structure remains the same), with RDB as hearts.
April 24
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Opener:AQx, AQx, AKJxx, xx
Responder: KJxx, Kxx, Qxxx, Kx

Wouldn't you prefer to play 6D from Responder's side?
April 24
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Before you all throw BBO out with the dishwater, I want to acknowledge that they have been most helpful in assisting the USBF junior training program in hosting “celebrity nights”. The juniors will be playing with Jeff Meckstroth on Vugraph tomorrow (Monday, April 24, 7pm Eastern time). This would not happen without BBO's fine efforts.
April 23
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“Pass” is “I either have them nailed, or MOST LIKELY, I have nothing to add.” Expectation on the pass is 22 balanced. No force created (that is, no PDI, but admittedly rare everyone sells.) DBL is takeout, and failing to double means “no 4oM.” Yes, overcall with shortness and raise on the same and “you got me”.
April 22
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(Jack, I know you are. It was just a cheap opportunity to advertise the program and invite new juniors. Without kids who want to play, we don't have a program. The USBF training program is always looking for kids who already know how to play (we don't teach intro bridge), who are interested, competitive, and want to commit to the program. The age limit is 25, but the majority of our juniors are late high school, early college. See USBF.org, “junior”.)
April 22
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There was a time when I would have opened 2S. Thankfully that time is behind me. A clear 1S opener.
April 22
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This is a great question! Putting aside the merits of the agreement (I have never seen this agreement, my immediate reaction is “mildly negative”), how does one devise a defense?

One issue to consider is “relative frequency.” Making a gross generalization, if responder has a 2/1 GF “it is not your deal.” Maybe you have a cheap save, or can direct a killing lead, or make a 2% game, or push them too high and go plus (“the best”), but you have little equity if it is a 2/1.

To the contrary, if responder is a grossly weak preemptive raise, you MUST get in unless you know what to do when it goes (1S)-P-(2H)-P-(3S, minimum, 6+ spades, 0-2 hearts; I just made that up but if you want to bury your opponents, it seems like an interesting agreement playing these methods).

So, I think 3m overcalls are real. Something like (1S)-2m. 2N is 15-18 (Gladiator; transfer around, Q=stmn). 2S Michaels. And DBL is a hand you would have doubled (1S)-(2S), with 2N leb.
April 22
David Caprera edited this comment April 23
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Yes, Jeff will be partnering Tyler Hart. But if you are not over 25 years of age and have an interest in becoming a part of the US junior training program, please go to www.usbf.org and click on “junior.”
April 22
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If you don't double 2S, your 4-4 heart fit (5-4?) is likely lost forever (a very long time.)
April 22
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We play P-1M-3C as fitting (2C Drury) so we play P-1M-2N as just clubs. Minors would also be reasonable.
April 21
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Playing against an elderly couple, we were vul v not, partner opened 2S weak and I had a random bad hand with spade shortness. I went for the psychic redouble. They stood their ground. Partner played it well and they defended poorly. Push into 400 for 3N just in.
April 20
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Tune in next Monday. George has promised to be funny this time. I think we have the technology set up to record it for posterity.
April 20
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