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I have deleted the first deal because it may have suggested inappropriate conduct which did not occur.
July 4
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Or they may redouble… If your partner is out there on QJ8th, you may have to look up the score.
July 4
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I will have to think about the reasons I would want to report myself to BBO. Does (should?) self-reporting insulate you from a subsequent investigation? Mitigate any sentencing? Perhaps remove the specter of cheating? The fact is I made a mistake and got lucky. But I am not lucky very often. My point was I think you need to be “lucky” a lot before there should be a problem.
July 4
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I would expect North to bid 3H over 3C. It is not clear whether 3N now by South is doubt about 3N or some 5-5 minor suited hand that is not worried about a club stopper.
July 4
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Shawn, don't you dare get me in trouble. “One was a genius, the other a knave.” I do not think that a female can be a knave. As I wrote in our wedding announcement coming up on 43 years, “Annie graduated Princeton University magna cum laude, phi beta kappa, and I was a member of the marching band.”
July 3
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Barry, I am dense. I don't get it. Help.
July 3
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I am not sure what I would do without agreement but we do play (similar to our agreements for Drury) that (1C)-1M-(P)-2C-(P)-2D says nothing about diamonds but that you have some game interest opposite a limit raise. I see that Mike Kopera is willing to bid it without an agreement. That may work assuming that 2C promised spade support. We do not play that it does.
July 3
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Attitude for us but had South bid 3S (promising 4 trump), then declarer would have a known singleton and third hand play is SP. (I am not saying that 3S is clear with a 4333 hand, just that had south shown a fourth trump our agreement changes.)
July 3
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It was my intent to address the passing of a multi (weak option only) 2D opening with a bad hand and not real diamonds. If it read like I was endorsing passing a precision 2D, I apologize. On the other hand, it might be an interesting gambit.
July 3
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I think this a most modest proposal.
July 3
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I do prefer 3D but as to whether North would have a “clear” 3NT is not clear.
July 3
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Not a single comment about Pinky and the Brain? I expected it would cause this post to be “trending.”
July 3
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It also works to jettison the Q when exiting with the club. But the idea of taking three tricks with the A98 sitting under the KJ and throwing away the queen was what I thought unusual.
July 3
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True story. We are in the car and Annie is driving. I read her what you wrote. She chuckled and said, “You better believe it.”

It is true we do not relax when we play. Most days we get the opportunity to play against very good competition and we try to take advantage of it.
July 3
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In a regional open game, what percent of the field finds this line of play? I would say 10% at best. In the first day of the Blue Ribbons I would take the under on 50%. In the final day of the BRP I bet it is closer to 90% than to 100%.
July 2
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If it had gone 1D on your right, DBL would be easy. But after (1D)-P-(1H) I think most players expect 4 in either black suit. Double might work but I would not be surprised to find you playing a spade partscore in a 3-3 fit.
July 2
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The world is on to you DB. Particularly nonvul, it has become “standard practice” to pass 2D with a bad hand and as few as 3 diamonds. Against such opponents, passing with good hands is not a good idea.
July 2
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I know pass is the right call. I know it, I know it, I know it. The pattern is 5332 with most of your high card points in the opponent's suit and your suit is bad. But I can't bring myself to pass at matchpoints all white. I know I would pass in an instant if vul or at imps. But matchpoints is such a dirty game. I hope I go for a number and I remember so that I won't bid next time.

Don't show this to any of the juniors I mentor.
July 2
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We have very few bidding agreements based on vulnerability. If it is takeout white v red it is takeout red v white. Whether we should sell to 1D at matchpoints is a guess. At imps I would not think about bidding.
July 1
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1N does not promise a spade check. The bid I would make with
Txx, Qxx, Axxx xxx.
July 1
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