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I always hold five cards - in the short suit :)
3 hours ago
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In Nightmare, the 1 opening is specifically 15-17 if bal. The 18-20 hands start 1 and the 21-23 with 2 (Multi, which becomes problematic in ACBLand).

IMO, you will have a problem if 1 is 15+ bal. You can handle a 0+ HCP transfer if the balanced hand has a limited range. But if both hands are wide ranging you will get lost on various auctions. Particularly if 4th seat enters the auction.

As an example, in Nightmare if 1C-1S; 1NT responder knows opener is a regular 1NT opening. This is not workable if 1NT is 15 to even 18 because now responder has to invite with 6 HCP and that will be silly most of the time. What you would need to do with unlimited 15+ is make 1S 6+ and 1NT 0-5.

I played around some Nightmare ideas some because the GCC allows transfer responses to a SAF cub but not a natural club. So ironically, responding 1D to 1C with xxx/xxxx/xxx/xxx is now fine. (But such is the silliness of legislators).

We settled on switching some things around. The wk NTs went through 1D (like Precision), 1NT was 15-17 and now the bal 1 definition was 18+ and more workable.

It worked OK and we had no problems handling it, but it did not feel like it had edge vs a normal strong club. Compared to std, there are more compact auctions, of course. No 1C-1S; 2NT space killing starts.
20 hours ago
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At your table, the consideration is that S took preference for spades on a doubleton. With 22(45) he might have preferred to scramble with 2NT to a minor fit or pass the XX and let partner pick. I would be inclined to play hearts to be 3-1 and start with the J, losing only to stiff K off.

Hard to say what is right at OT not knowing how the auction went. North may have started with X just to show extra values if he has everything. So you also need to know overcall style. Some overcall on KQJxx K10 AQx Kxx, some start with X.
Feb. 20
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Maybe :)
Feb. 20
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No BAM KOs due to lack of popular demand. Talk about luck all you want, but few want to sweat every single card and bid for 60+ boards.

Justin is 100% right. Either that or Johnny Chan has ten bracelets because of his lucky orange. At the end of the day one cannot win without playing skillfully - especially in our game.

Losers complain about bad luck, winners look at their scorecard and figure out how to play better next time.

Congratulations on an impressive win in a world-class field.
Feb. 20
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It seems acting on the UI got its just rewards. Now for the PP as the cherry on top.
Feb. 20
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And the reason this does not mimic real life is. . . . ?
Feb. 19
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Well, the answer is no one really knows because the alert definitions and instructions are poorly executed.

According to the ACBL definitions, a cue bid is: “A bid in a suit which an opponent has either bid naturally or in which he has shown four or more cards.” By definition, since 1 is artificial and F (but not SAF), 2 for TO becomes a convention and “most conventions require an alert”. However, further down the pamphlet the ACBL cleverly gives an example for Polish NOT requiring an alert even though that is at odds with their definitions. (But it does require an alert over Precision).
Feb. 19
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I do not think it is clear that South has done nothing wrong.

North made a very pointed statement of “over STRONG NT, 2 is a transfer”. The emphasis is mine, but the only reason to make this statement (rather than the obligatory “transfer”) is to alert partner that N did not hold a strong NT.

There are some fairly standard agreements here regarding bidding vs passing. a free 2 bid could either show 3-card support or maybe they play it denies a stopper. Either way, if South is any kind of a player, not making at least a move to game could easily show that South “got the message”.

There is no chance I would not be in game with a spade fit, a nine count with two tens, our strong hand sitting over the 1 bidder and (presumably) a strong declarer who would have no problem playing the hand knowing where every single outstanding honor card is located. Yes, one can “cleverly” construct one or two hands out of thousands where N has three dead hearts, but my partner is passing that hand.

As it is, give N the J and 4 just rolls with the worst possible hand N could have for his bidding. (It rolls opposite this 14 count, I guess).

There are two possibilities here. One is that South is a very weak player and/or South got the message N did not have a strong NT. In my experience, even weak players know when their partner is telling them not to bid.
Feb. 19
David Yates edited this comment Feb. 19
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Agree accept that after returning from a month off the player should be on probation for a year so that the next offense becomes a longer suspension.
Feb. 19
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Ed & Aviv, change “should” to “could” and you guys are spot on.
Feb. 19
David Yates edited this comment Feb. 19
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How many years did it take the ACBL to score across sections at regional and sectional tournaments? I remember one time at a LI regional we went to dinner with some friends who were 2nd O/A at the break, had the same table # and direction as we did, and our card that matched pointed in our section to 53% was much better than theirs.

Of course nowadays they nearly never get more than one section because A/X is separate, the golden opportunity does not matter and they always run team games opposite the pairs as well.

I suspect the ultimate solution will be pretty much the same for places that will not run web movements. Just put off adopting positive change until attendance is so bad that it wont matter.
Feb. 19
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If all of humanity were infected by the “this is how we always did it” excuse for a thought process that is so pervasive in the bridge world, then we would all still be living in caves.

Thankfully, my two local clubs always run web movements.
Feb. 19
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This hand looks familiar but I did not see it glancing in recent CG results.

If not this board we recently had this auction start where I climbed in with 4 on a min 5/5 pointed and a void. But the auction continued P-P-5H and then after P-P-?, partner, who practically never looked at her hand over the initial preempt or after my bid, bid 5 over 5.

I know I had no UI because this partner always bids 5 over 5 and I was really regretting having bid and then not randomly doubling to prevent her from bidding - until I saw dummy. (In fact, our club's copy of the laws has a hand-written 27E barring specifically her from bidding 5 over 5. I have been a good sport and not called the TD to have it enforced - though I certainly could have since it was “enacted” :)

It turned out to be quite a good board because most of the field defended 4. So it may be overly simplistic to say there is “no alternative”, because a surprising number of club pairs did pass.

I suspect the UI may well have something to do with North bidding. There is nothing to think about with the S hand over 3. When club players think and pass they invariably have a hand with “points” that would have opened the bidding. That being said, there isn't a lot one can do here as a practical matter.

All in all, club players are better about not generating UI than say 20-30 years ago. On Friday, I opened 2 fav in 2nd on:
Q / KJx / KQ1097 / 109xx. My LHO passed in tempo with AK10x / xx / AJxx / Jxx and we stole. My estimate is perhaps 1/3 of the club players make a pregnant pause before passing, though only a small percentage would have acted in balance based on that pause.
Feb. 18
David Yates edited this comment Feb. 18
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Regardless of whether this is the highest and best use of a 2 rebid, given its meaning, I find it inconceivable that North - with nothing but a fist full of working cards - would not believe his hand is worth a GF.

Game is excellent if partner opened: Axxx / x / Axxxxx / xx
Feb. 18
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A healthy number of excellent teams. Congrats to all and especially to the winners and runner-ups.

After the auction in years past, my partner and I would put together Monopoly money portfolios for bragging rights and/or a beer. Every year I would admonish him for buying shares of Steve. Some variation of “Weinstein is so expensive, how can you be so stupid as to pay that much?”

And every year I would lose because I did not have Stevo in my portfolio.
Feb. 18
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Anyone else find 4 odd? W is basically playing E for forgetting agreements.

As it is, 4-X looks like -2, on a good day it gets out for -1 . Q lead, S plays J, ducked and run. Then declarer x-ruffs for 9.

If W took a shot with six hearts - swap a diamond for a heart from N and a diamond for a heart from South - then 4 is making and 4 is -3 or -4.

Absent written evidence to the contrary, if W is playing his own partner for forgetting agreements, I see no reason to disagree with his assessment.
Feb. 18
David Yates edited this comment Feb. 18
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No matter, if you assign a weighted score it would necessarily be < 620 since there is some chance of failing.
Feb. 18
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Glad to see that in years past there was a “defect” with his credentials.

If you split George Herman Ruth into thirds, George would have 958 hits, Herman 238 HR and Ruth 738 RBI. Suddenly, the Babe seems like a normal player. Split J.J Meck into thirds, each part has about three world championships and 20 NABC titles.
Feb. 17
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Don't you beat this by taking A and playing 9?
Feb. 17
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