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We vary based on strength, position and vulnerability. If the opponents are white v red (particularly in third chair), I don't care what range they state. If your double isn't penalty, you can and will get stolen from. We even play double is penalty against a favorable third chair 2N opener. (To quote Joe Grue, “Everyone psychs 1N.”)
Nov. 23
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Are we talking buds or berries? Gin or vodka? Shaken or stirred? A veal picatta made with olives would probably taste pretty good, it just wouldn't be the same dish.
Nov. 22
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Someone recently referred to masterpoints as marketing points. Sorry Peter, but the idea that 80% of the field can receive MP's for showing up just demonstrates how little value MP's have. If you ran just one tournament that advertised, “Attend this tournament and you are guaranteed 100 MP's”, that tournament would undoubtedly be successful. But if every tournament was run that way, eventually MP's would have no value, not dissimilar to any government that spends more than it collects. It looks good in the short-term but sooner or later someone has to pay for what is in effect borrowing against the future.
Nov. 22
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At the moment more people are raising on 3 than on 4. That I don't understand.
Nov. 22
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Richard, Annie is an excellent cook but I do most of the Italian cooking in our home. I actually do make a mean veal picatta but if you wish I can make yours with chicken. (And yes I use capers.) But if you want to make fun of my real name, “Caprera” means “man of the goats” from “capra” for goat. The problem is a good goat is sometimes hard to find.
Nov. 21
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Rapheal, keycard requires “actual or implied suit agreement.” There is not that says 5C is 2P. I like 5C with the given hand
Nov. 20
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When we first met in the European Nationals in Oostende (7 years ago?), you appeared to be playing bridge for pink points. What is your business model today?
Nov. 20
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I see no reason in standard methods (other than laziness) to preempt partner by playing 1D-2C as game forcing. Forcing to 3C, yes, but 1D-2C-2bananas-3C should describe this hand. (If you want to play 2C as some sort of artifical relay, you may be forced to play 3C as invite, but that is not an advantage of such systems.)
Nov. 20
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Club 9
Nov. 20
ATB
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I abstained because the North hand, IMO, should just up and bid game. I don't even think it is close. Passing 2S is worse than horrible. (South bid fine.)
Nov. 19
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I picked “all west” although no one did anything terrible. But I do believe the expression “voids are magical” (no, I don't know where it comes from but it so often proves to be true.) Assuming that east's double is “transferable values”, the west can take another call (i.e., 5N)
Nov. 17
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Enough time has passed that I think I can tell the rest of the story. Of course he didn't. He was playing with a fine young bridge pro who was a junior not too many years ago. Rodwell doubled, FYBP bid 4N (2 places to play), Rodwell bid 5D and FYBP raised him. Down one. Win 11 for +620 and -50. Anyone who thought double was “two ways to win” forgot about there being a third.
Nov. 17
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I love the game. It has been an important part of my life. But I get tired of solving the same type of problems over and over. It is also a game of mistakes. I have become increasingly intollerant of my mistakes as well as those of my partners. And while I believe my insight and knowledge is better, I think I make more foolish errors.

But the biggest issue is memory. My mom died of Alzheimer's, her mother died of Alzheimer's, her sister died of Alzheimer's. I am 66. I forget some acquaintance's name. Normal? I don't know. How can I know?

There is an autobiographical book written by someone dying of Alzheimer's. He writes a journal entry every day until the final page is a scrawl that falls off the page.

Aren't you glad you asked.
Nov. 16
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Xu dude. Great story about two good friends. I owe them both beers in San Fran. My favorite line is, “I figured that out very quickly.” We are talking two hours for three hands and finishing with “five minutes to spare”. This is a meaning of “quickly” with which I am not totally familiar. IMO, it is a true contest, they are both genuises, but it isn't exactly bridge.
Nov. 16
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I have a vague recollection of an “old” (Days of Edgar) Bridge World article on 12 opposite 12 as a viable game. There is no doubt that Meckwell have made a living off of 23+ games. I believe their “rule” is “Don't invite a notrump game if the partnership max is 24.” But if the partnership max can be 25 or 26, yes I do believe bidding is in order. To make it easy, lets assume vul at imps.
Nov. 16
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It is certainly forcing. As to whether it is GF, I think it depends on how you play (1C)-1D-(P)-2S. We play it looks something like 13-16 and a six+ card suit. That makes a cue followed by a new suit as GF. But if 2S is preemptive, you may need to be able to cuebid, bid a new suit and then check a same suit rebid.
Nov. 16
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We were not playing total score. Assuming teammates are +400, -500 is lose 3, -800 is lose 9 and -1100 is lose 12. There is not much difference between -800 and -1100. The goal has to be maximizing the chance of holding your losses to -500. If you put East on 5323 why would he make an early club pitch from Jxx?

Of course, the problem stems from my totally rejecting the idea that East would ride the double of 1S on a 4324 hand. Yes, the vulnerability is key here but I thought he certainly had 5 spades and might have had 6.

Would West have led his singleton spade in preference to DQJTxx? I thought the DQ looked reasonable. Not clear he should be looking for a ruff with HAJ8.
Nov. 16
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The question was, “Assume you are playing 2/1.” Many who play 2/1 don't open most 11's and crappy 12's in first and second. Kit, your answer ignores the possibility that your partner passed a hand that your (and my) precision methods would open and that the partnership could have 25-26hcp between them.
Nov. 16
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Who said it was the same deal? (One more post coming.)
Nov. 15
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P-1X-1Y-1N-2C artificial, F1.
Nov. 15
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