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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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Wasn't this the auction that cost Levin - Weinstein a Cavendish a half dozen years ago. Not their fault. Bobby and Stevie had it won but at the table where the team in second played, their opponents screwed this one up and the imp swing propelled them past L-W.

4H-4S is natural. Period.
March 16, 2016
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Kit, do you play the second double the same way (showing 2) after 1D-(1S)-DBL-(2S)? What about 1D-(1H)-DBL-(2H)?
March 11, 2016
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The following is absolutely true. The year is 1976. I am a graduate student. I had recently learned how to play bridge. My first/only bridge book was Love's book on squeezes. (My second book was Adventures in Card Play. I was “self-taught” and my teacher was an idiot.) If I had nine top tricks I would “always” duck the first four to preserve my squeeze options. I occasionally would find that line when I had ten toppers! (Counting tricks was harder than rectifying the count.) My “girlfriend” Annie, now my wife of 39.5 years (this year is our 40th) specially ordered for my birthday two decks of cards, printed on the back, “Squeeze Caprera.” It was a great gift. I still have the two, now rumpled, decks.

So, in answer to your question, I play for the squeeze.
March 9, 2016
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I am of the 1453 hand school rebidding 2C after 1D-1S. 2H is then GF, a “pattern out” relay. If responder pref's to 2D, we bid 2H. I have never had a problem that I can remember. (Getting older has the advantage that I more easily forget my bad results.)
March 9, 2016
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The real answer is that “in this day and age you NEVER see a downgrade!”
March 5, 2016
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If Eric is bidding 4C, I am definitely passing 3N. (Sorry, my friend, I just could not resist the temptation.) I did pass 3N but 4C has merit.
March 5, 2016
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Is there a penalty for “recorder form without merit”?
March 5, 2016
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Normally it is correct to raise unless you have a weak “one bid hand” with no intent to compete beyond 2H.

KQTx, xxx, xxx, xxx

This hand bids 1H-1S.

But KQxxx, Kxx, xx, xxx,

This hand bids 2H.

Now, AQxxx, Kxx, Qxx, xx,

This hand should bid 1S and then 3H.

March 4, 2016
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Mark, I was unfamiliar with your prior postings and have now read them. Your suggestion is well thought out and appears to have a lot of merit but I have several naive questions (I acknowledge I have no expertise in this area whatsoever.)

1. If I want you to build me a building, we enter into a contract, a purely consenusal bilateral agreement between a willing buyer and seller and as a part of that contract agree between us that disputes as to performance will be resolved by binding arbitration. Is the relationship between the ACBL and its members such that the ACBL can say to every member, “if you want to play in our tournament, you have to have agree to be bound by arbitration in the case of an alleged disciplinary violation?” It just doesn't sound like the same type of a consensual bilateral agreement. (It sounds more like the ACBL, offering the only game in town, ramming down every member's throat forced arbitration, like it or not.) Can the enforceability of an arbitration judgment be challenged on this basis?

2. Most (all?) States have “right to work laws” which provide that an individual's right to earn a living cannot be unfairly denied. (I just made up that standard but I believe it to be something like that.) A likely scenario is that a highly paid bridge pro is expelled for cheating. How does arbitration stand up to a civil suit brought under something like a right to work law or an alledged antitrust violation (See Blaylock v. LPGA)?

3. Am I correct that arbitration agreements are not insulated from common law claims of fraud in the inducement and contract unenforcability, particularly where the parties to the contract are not “equals”, similarly situated? If so, is arbitration really as good as it sounds?

4. An earlier posting suggested that some distinction in the process of resolution should be made based on the severity of the maximum penalty which can be imposed. There is clearly a difference between lifetime expulsion with no right to appeal as a result of collusive cheating over an extended period and 30 days probation for urinating in the hotel bushes (in my opinion, the most ridiculous sanction ever levied by the ACBL.). Is there any problem in limiting the application of a binding arbitration provision to penalties of at least “X” but not more than “Y”?

5. The concept of fairness resulting from a trial before a jury of one's peers is well embedded in the American legal system. You are suggesting a “blue ribbon arbitration panel.” How does that translate to a flight C player caught stacking a deck? Or is arbitration only intended for the high profile cases of top international players? Where do you draw the line?

6. If we are talking about top bridge pros making in excess of $500,000 a year, the idea of members of your blue ribbon arbitration board voluntarily serving seems a bit fanciful. Can the arbitration agreement provide that the losing party pay reasonable cost associated with the arbitration process? (I would assume so. I just have to believe that once we get into the arena of “high stakes cheating” the best arbitrators deserve to, and are going to want to, be paid.)

Thanks. Look forward to your reply.
March 3, 2016
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Again, I want to be clear about this because I think my initial letter is poorly worded in this regard. An accused cannot even have a lawyer in the hearing room. The ACBL can and often does. The extent to which the ACBL lawyer can participate under CDR 5.1.11 is open to interpretation, but in practice it has been the case that in certain matters the ACBL lawyers (yes, they may have more than one) have taken an active role.

The motion before the board in Reno would put the accused and the ACBL management on a level playing field.
March 3, 2016
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