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Is there an argument that by passing the double, I have shown my hand: I have both majors, I have little or nothing extra, and partner should at this point be placing the contract?
April 19
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As did I.
April 19
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“We can raise directly on three” is a reasonable argument, but I've seen it said that distinguishing between 3 and 4 with opener is useful, so that responder can tell how high to compete based on the Law of Total Tricks.

For my part, I play 12-14 notrumps, and like to use double here to show a balanced 15+, thus freeing up 2NT to show a hand that would have jump rebid 3m without competition, and 3m to show a competitive hand with extra playing strength but not the world's fair in high cards…a 2 1/2 m rebid, as it were.
April 4
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If you play the methods that Fred Gitelman advocates in his “Improving 2/1 Game Force” series, after 1-2; 2-2, it is then impossible to play in 3NT: the bid is necessarily Serious 3N. Yes, it means that you give up on playing 3NT in auctions like these; on the other hand, you save memory strain and possible disasters trying to distinguish.
March 27
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1S-2C; 2H-2S; 3C-4H (splinter); 4S-P.
March 26
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Typo on page 11: “mede”.
March 25
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Opposite your sample hand, 3 is a favorite to make, and if it does go down, the opponents can make quite a lot in clubs. Why not make it harder for them to decide on bidding a club contract, by raising hearts?
March 22
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One thing I didn't realize when I was writing the article: this was my hand 11. It wasn't played as a duplicate.
March 20
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I don't think that makes any real difference to the play of this hand, but it's an excellent point.
March 19
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I'm going to guess…that the players use their pre-constructed decks of cards to play a game of Magic: the Gathering against each other. It's possible to play Magic with more than two players at a time, but it's really designed to be a 1 vs. 1 duel, so I'm going to guess that all the games in the tournament were played that way.

If you want to know the rules of Magic, I'm sure there are plenty of places to find them online, and that would be outside the scope of an article like this. The short version is that players buy cards that have various game effects, build a deck out of them, and then play to see whose deck is the more effective.
March 6
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If I had one less card in any non-spade suit, and one more spade, I would double if the spade T were the Q. Since I lack the spade length that I really should have, I want the SK, to make up for it.
March 4
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Ron has edited the OP. It used to say “…explained as '….”
March 1
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If partner is stuck with his mistake, the auction is now over, so any UI I might have is academic.
Feb. 28
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I like that rule, except that I find it to be one point too conservative. For me Axxx x Kxxx QJxx is a takeout double of 1H. (Mel wants another jack.)
Feb. 24
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The opponents are entitled to know what the agreement is about what the bid means. They are not entitled to know what is in declarer's hand, or that it doesn't match the agreement.

Imagine playing behind screens, so that declarer's partner's explanation is written, and declarer never hears it. Declarer might not even remember that he has misbid until after the hand is over. Obviously then it would be impossible for declarer to change the explanation before play starts. Even without screens, it's the same situation: declarer should pretend that his partner said nothing.

If declarer does that more than once, then his partner should start adding to the explanation “but he often forgets and bids it with hearts only”.
Feb. 22
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Well, that makes sense. Even so, I think that declarer has the Q, or why isn't she trying to finesse twice in diamonds? So then you're giving her AQx ATx Qxx QJxx…which is a 1NT opening. (And to anyone who makes a well-founded argument that that hand is too weak to open a 15-17 1NT, I say “Get real.”) Is AQx ATxx xx QJxx an accept? I suppose it is, but again why isn't declarer taking diamond finesses?
Feb. 22
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While I agree that a discouraging diamond seems right as a discard, I wonder about your statement that partner lacks the A. It seems to me that on the play you give, declarer's hand is something like AQx xxx Qxx KQJx. There isn't room in declarer's hand for the A.
Feb. 21
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I use Safari on a Mac. Safari no longer operates the Flash plugin automatically. So on lots of sites that use Flash I see a message saying that I need to install the Flash player. When I click on the link that claims to be a download link, I then get a dialog box asking me if I want to start Flash: options are Cancel, Use Once, Use Every Time.

I got this message on BBO, and I clicked Use Every Time. Now BBO runs for me with no problem.

So, if you now have the latest Flash player, try clicking on that link again that says it's a download link.
Feb. 14
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I find it hard to imagine how bidding rather than passing could be a purely mechanical error.
Feb. 4
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See my comment above.
Feb. 3
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