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I have played with the idea Roger suggests, but I don't have enough experience to know whether it works. We play transfers after 1M-2C (e.g., 1M-2C-2S-3oM would be the double fit), and a pattern relay after 1M-2C-3C (which we really like). The short answer is that “changing horses” (finding the 4-4 minor with a 5-3 major) is very difficult.

But, yes Barry, I am sure you have learned nothing.
April 21, 2016
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We reserve this double transfer for a serious slam try, subsequent 3N is not to play. If you think the hand is worth “choice” (this one is not), then transfer and bid 3N.
April 20, 2016
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Great report. Part of me wishes I had played Gat. Most of me is better for having missed it. With respect to the hand where you considered playing for the singleton DK offside, my experience tells me “don't do it!” Even “strong opponents” aren't that good and they may have other reasons for the play they make. Then there is the “think/double think” element. When the play looks “way too against the odds”, play it straight up.
April 19, 2016
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South can pass. North cannot. Our rule is that, “4 of a minor is forcing by an unlimited hand.” North has had a chance to limit his hand but South has not. There is very little vig in stopping on a dime in 4m making 4.
April 19, 2016
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I agree with Danny I would rather have four trump (because you are now three level law protected), but I would bid 3D with a 6-3 that has cards in its suits and some texture, e.g., KQx, x, KJTxxx, xxx. The given hand is not very good and I confess I probably would have bid 2C and passed 3H. But I think Kate states it well, “If I am going to bid 3D, I much rather do it immediately.”
April 16, 2016
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I used to play a Polish variant where 1C was either 10-12 balanced or strong. We did a simulation to determine that it was just about 50-50 between the weak and strong hands, information we would willingly give to our opponents who were generally unfamiliar with our methods. It would be interesting to know how your methods come out on a frequency basis. While you may have no obligation to provide your opponents with a special defense, I believe there is a responsibility on a pair playing unusual methods to go the extra step toward achieving fairness.
April 16, 2016
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What is your agreement for P-1S-3D? If fitting, that would prevent the passed hand 2H overcall and give partner a better ability to judge what his hand is worth. Partner's DAK are nice but his hand is trash. I agree with your imp odds once you have pushed them to 4H, but I am happy scoring up 140 and moving on to the next board.

By the way, this must have been the longest swiss qualifier in the history of the team trials. Aren't we on about deal 400?
April 16, 2016
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I agree that Bridgewinners.com is not a political blog and I don't want it to become one. (I happen to be a libertarian who thinks “I voted for Bush” was the wrong forum to express a political opinion.) But this shit has to stop. Mississippi, and North Carolina, are acting like “wouldn't it be better if we could go back to the 1700's and the slave trade.” Discrimination, in any form, is just wrong. I don't buy the religious freedom argument. It is as ruse.

But the ACBL has probably done all that which it should do.
April 11, 2016
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I guess that means no Nationals in North Carolina. (Has there ever been a Nationals in N.C.?)

But don't go dissin' legal Maryjane. It be keeping my taxes low.
April 9, 2016
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The issue is not 3 versus 4, it is whether you think you want two raises or 3. We play 1D-1S-2S as a real min, either 11-13 balanced or 3451), 1D-1S-2H as a “2.5 raise”, and 1D-1S-3S as real values (3N asks shortness.)

Not real important but I see some utility in not having 1D-1S-2H as 11-15 (feel lucky punk?)
April 9, 2016
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You have to raise to 2S with the 3451. An alternative to Kit's 2H is to raise to 2S with the min, then 2N asks and 3C is the 3451, 3D 4252, 3H is 4225… With the 13+-15 and the 3451, bid 2H then 2N-3C is 3451, 3D is 5-6 min, 3H is club short, and 3S is H short.
April 9, 2016
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World Federation Wrestling?
April 9, 2016
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No one has addressed the potential “appeal without merit” penalty. Kate's team has qualified. If she could jeopardize that by appealing, she would be wrong in doing so.
April 5, 2016
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I believe Meckwell play Rusinow from 4+ against notrump. Ok. I will spend my time thinking about something else.
April 3, 2016
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Ok, I really lose. The over/under was ten. I told my wife that I bet I would get at least ten idiots within 24 hours admonishing me for playing slow to signal. David Levin's comment was clever (good observation, I liked it.) BW readers are smarter than I gave you credit for.
April 3, 2016
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My partner and I play UDCA. We realized the trick one problem and tried to switch to the trick one exception. Invariably, one, or both, of us would screw it up. It cost more tricks in screw ups than occurred with the rare circumstances where it could blow a trick. So we play no trick one exception to upside down. We find that if we just play slowly in the problem cases, partner can get it right.
April 3, 2016
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I think 1H, 8-11 “any”, is clearly inferior to “denies 5 spades.” After 1C-1S, 1N relay gets the spade hand untracked but the real value is that after 1C-1H, you can use spades as a waiting/replacement. On the actual deal we would bid
1C-1H
2D-2H (staymanesque)
2S (I have 4 of a major, 2S would show hearts)-2N (where?)
3D (spades)- 3H (natural)
3S?-4D?
5D
I am not sure where we end up, but it won't be 3N
March 26, 2016
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That was his father Woody.
March 26, 2016
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Remembering “Blazing Saddles”, eating to many beans makes one “infaturated.” (I am OK with 1N.)
March 26, 2016
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Story of my life. After spade-spade, I cashed HA, ruffed a third spade, cashed DAK, exited with a heart, south played a club to the Q and my K and I hooked coming back. My whole week was like that!
March 26, 2016
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