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Didn't it used to be called “Eastern Scientific”?
23 hours ago
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How about the Italian-style control bid promising first or second round control? So then when partner skips over a suit, you know she doesn't have either. Quite often that lets you stay at the 4-level in cases where old-fashioned control bidders get to the 5-level.
23 hours ago
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“When the computer chose to freely bid 2H, I felt that I should raise to 4H even with only three. The fact that the computer would do this with a flat five-count absolutely befuddled me.”

You've been playing with robots for a while, and you haven't noticed that it has no notion of a free bid when advancing a takeout double? 2H on that auction shows the same values as does a 1H bid on the sequence (1C)-X-(P). A robot with the values you were hoping to find would have jumped to 3.
Feb. 18
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The vast majority of players in the US play 3 as showing 10-12 points in support. Anything less than that is considered unusual enough to be alerted.
Feb. 11
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The NABC Swiss has platinum match awards, and even if you don't get past the first day, you're apt to win at least one or two matches.
Jan. 17
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I heard it as “Burn's Law of Total Trumps”: “…select one where you have more total trumps than the opponents.”
Jan. 4
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Yes, I have always felt that Mollo was a little unfair to WW.
Dec. 29, 2017
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My partner and I, who do not open weak twos with four to an honor in the other major, and who play Responder's Reverse Flannery, would likely bid:
P-1
2-4.
Dec. 20, 2017
David Goldfarb edited this comment Dec. 21, 2017
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In the third paragraph on page 3, you are saying “West” and “East” when you mean “North” and “South”.
Dec. 16, 2017
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I nearly always designate the exact card on any play from dummy. I find it helps me concentrate on what's happening.
Dec. 14, 2017
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This one. I encountered it in a book by Marshall Miles. If I recall correctly, the minimum for 2H is defined as two kings, or 7 HCP including an ace, or 8 HCP including a king. 2C-2H; 2N is unlimited.
Nov. 24, 2017
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In my opinion, no. As I stated above, I was just trying to liven things up a little. I would encourage you to change your abstention to a vote, then make a comment saying “The poll choice said <x> but I disagree with the reasons given: here's what I think it should have said.”
Oct. 10, 2017
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Well, I was trying to be a bit less dry than just “100% N, 75% N, etc.” I tried to be also sufficiently vague as not to impose actual opinions on anyone. Evidently I didn't succeed for everyone.

I am curious to know what you would have voted if it had been the dry list.
Oct. 10, 2017
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At double-dummy you lose only two tricks: you can afford to ruff the third round of spades high, and then finesse in trumps.
Oct. 8, 2017
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I once had an auction where 2H showed spades, partner doubled as takeout of hearts, and then made a penalty double of spades.
Oct. 7, 2017
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Not if partner passes 4, you don't.
Oct. 5, 2017
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I actually held J6 QJ964 KQ8 Q96. Perhaps I should just have raised spades, but I thought partner could hold something like AKxxx Axx Axx xx, when a 5-3 fit would surely be better than the 5-2. I thought 4 was obvious on his actual hand.

Frankly, I don't understand pass at all: if South has a heart suit playable at the 4-level with Ax as support, wouldn't South have bid something at his first turn instead of passing?

To one comment in particular: yes, I think that x KQTxx Axxx xxx passes 3 and hopes for the best.
Oct. 4, 2017
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Steven Mcgrahan: I've seen a lot of people bid that way, but I am still waiting for one of them to miss a slam.
Sept. 17, 2017
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I have in fact heard people claim that Precision 1M bids are alertable.
Sept. 17, 2017
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I remember once I was in a competitive auction where we were bidding spades and they were bidding hearts. Partner bid 4NT RKC. I responded showing two key cards without the queen. Ah, too bad, thought partner, We're missing a key and the Q, so slam is not a good bet… Pass.

I managed to scramble four tricks with our various aces and kings, down 7 – thankfully not vulnerable, and needless to say not doubled.

At the other table, our opposite numbers sold out to 4 and allowed it to make! You know you're having a good round when you win imps on a result like that! (In fact getting a double game swing would not have brought us any more victory points.)
Sept. 13, 2017
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