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And Peg, you have hit on the real issue, “What do you sniff at?” Our openers are light, 1NT is semi, a direct raise tends to be constructive. After 1H-2H in particular, we invite aggressively. You are unlikely to buy it at 2H, so you should take advantage of that in making “active tries - natural”

So, I would go low on a hand that is a close limit raise. It saves room and enables us to compete.
Dec. 22, 2018
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“Abandon all hope, those who pass through these gates.”
Dec. 22, 2018
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Opposite one of Annie's openers I raise to 2H and hope it makes.
Dec. 22, 2018
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Years ago, the Valentines Day game run by Steve Cheung at the U. of Chicago would be played with hearts ranked higher than spades.
Dec. 21, 2018
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Ok, how about, "To do otherwise leads to issues of hired guns and dumping among others and, in my opinion, will increase the likelihood that the best available team will not be selected to represent the USA.
Dec. 20, 2018
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Get a hip flask.
Dec. 20, 2018
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DBL shows exactly 4H, 3H is constructive with 5+, 2N (ostensibly minors) followed by 3H is 5+ but purely competitive.
Dec. 20, 2018
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Just for the record. I have consistently opposed the idea that a person should be allowed to play in a trials event if they do not intend to play in the corresponding world championship. And if you qualify for a world event, your participation in the trials is over. To do otherwise leads to issues of “hired guns” and “dumping” among others and may result in the selection of other than the best available team representing the USA. I do not subscribe to the theory that, “Grandma died and we can't decide.” I believe we can.

But Mike Becker, my friend, I take umbrage at the suggestion that I am not “sophisticated enough” to reach a proper resolution of the question. By most measures I consider myself to be a pretty sophisticated guy (e.g., three college degrees, a home with an underground wine cellar, a boat in the Florida Keys, a special order German-made sports car, a licensed glider pilot, and interests in fly-tying, mycophagy and single malt scotch.) Yes the question was “properly vetted” by the board, we beat it to a bloody death over two lengthy board meetings and many intervening e-mail communications.
Dec. 20, 2018
David Caprera edited this comment Dec. 21, 2018
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For me, the pattern is also important. Make the Diamond 2 the Heart 2 and I would pass.
Dec. 20, 2018
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I am flattered to be included in such august company. Yes, I would play and assume that his play is in all respect honest and ethical. If it is later found to have not been, I will expect that sanctions will be swift and just.

People, it's a game! I take it as seriously as the rest of you but not to the point of losing total perspective. I have a friend who introduced me to the expression, “It sucks to be human.” We all make mistakes in life, in love and in bridge. Get over it.
Dec. 19, 2018
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“Buddy, it is the Christmas party. Drink some more punch. After a couple of glasses, their bidding won't get any better but your tolerance of it will.”
Dec. 19, 2018
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Mel Lawhorn! What a blast from the past. I ran the U of Chicago student game on Wednesday nights at Ida Noyes in 1978-79. He was a regular. And “gentleman” is absolutely right. I am guessing he played on ocassion with Sylvia Karjala.
Dec. 18, 2018
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If you want to try a “four card major but not canape” system for fun, go ahead and knock yourself out. I have been there and done that. It created high volatility. But ultimately we abandoned it. The non law abiding decisions in competitive auctions were too random. We morphed into a strong club system with 5 card majors.

Now, a true canape system is a different can of worms. I have no doubt it can be made effective with a sufficient initial investment but it is not for the casual partnership.
Dec. 18, 2018
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I chose 4H but I can bank at Lloyds that partner has 4+spades and correct back to 4S with what she judges to be the appropriate 5-4 hand.
Dec. 17, 2018
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I want to know more about my methods. What, in particular, is 1H-1N-2S-2N/3N?
Dec. 17, 2018
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I agree with your statement but the test is really two pieces. Did a BIT suggest a diamond lead AND is there a logical alternative? You must answer both in the affirmative.
Dec. 17, 2018
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We don't preempt when we don't have a preempt. The hand is too good for 3S looking for 3N. I hope to learn more from listening than from taking space and I bet 2D will not be passed out.

The key for me is that this is “our hand” with an outside cashing AK. I would not want to play in 3N, down one opposite 6D making.
Dec. 17, 2018
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Kyle, after posting hand after hand where one choice gets upward of 80% of the vote, I believe you have finally found a three-way dog fight. Way to go.
Dec. 17, 2018
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Missorting my hand gets me a night on the couch. In principle, I agree you should not pass. But 3H was the limit on the actual deal. (Partner had a good hand and you might have gotten there after an initial pass.)
Dec. 16, 2018
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If you try 2C, partner will bid 2N which requests you bid 3C. If this is a weak raise partner will pass and for a moment you will hope to have stolen the bacon. Alas, over 3C partner rebids 3H, game forcing 5-5 in the red suits. They are unlimited. Would you dare pass?

Yes, you bought poorly. Similarly, if you opened 3C, partner bids 3H forcing. And you?
Dec. 16, 2018
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