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I tend to abstain when articles are hard to understand as well. Or more often, not vote. Or I might comment, saying what it is I find difficult to understand.

Luckily this is a well set out, concise article where the hands are clear, the bidding is well-explained, and the question is well put…
7 hours ago
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Depends on the major. Opposite 1H, I like it to show spades. Which, I suppose, isn't actually ruled out by the “forcing” option.
May 17
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With my partners where I don't play t-walsh we play that as promising 4; I don't plan to alert my partners' simple raises of my suit any time soon.
May 14
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I'll be honest, bidding clubs when you have clubs just instinctively seems more memorable, though most people playing a relay system shouldn't have too much trouble with memory…
May 14
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Hum, which article is that? It isn't the featured one, and Kit's articles don't always have the most informative/specific names.
May 14
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Thanks for the input! I did think (a long while) afterwards a redouble as to play is pretty much the natural meaning of the call, but I was a little too nervous to go for it undiscussed.

Is that a standard structure that we should know? It does seem fairly logical at the very least.
May 13
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I suspect after 3H, as south I would be bored by the auction and jump to 6C to avoid giving away info…
May 7
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As another young player it's definitely the social aspect - BBO is all well and good, but even then I only really play on it while partnering friends.
May 6
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Hum. I play transfers over the club, so that's just an invitational hand with long diamonds, but if we ignore systemic contortions I think I play it as longer diamonds than spades with invitational values.
May 4
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“Europeans don't have to work quite as hard as we do. But before Europeans get too complacent keep in mind that most social trends originate in North America and eventually migrate to Western Europe (examples: informal forms of address, non-smokers rights, attitudes toward women and minorities, etc.) It's only a matter of time.”

Gosh, that might be the most annoying US-centrism I've seen since Larry Cohen decided he wanted the Polish Club banned because no one he knew played it…
May 4
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They also recommend not bidding the grand on those hands because there might be a 4-0 heart break, making it only slightly more than a 90% slam.

Well, if the KS in South's hand is actually a low one then it's a bit worse, but they've given me 4 of the top 3 honours and I'll use them.
April 29
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Don't know about ACBL but, playing at a medium-sized club in England, I don't know a single club player (granted I don't know a huge number) who'd do something like that. Perhaps I've been happily under-exposed…
April 20
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10-12 in third seat is the best place to open it, my man.

Fourth, though, you're exactly right, and same for the v. weak 1 level opens.
April 20
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Other: this sounds like good fun. Not great, nor even good, but definitely fun. And that's what I look for in a casual system. It looks legal, and that's mostly what I care about in my systems.

Switch up the preempts and get yourself some flemish twos. Maybe a multi 2H, but I'd guess on principle they throw you in jail for that kind of thing in ACBLand.
April 20
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As an 18 year old player who got into bridge through school and has helped teach/introduce to the game various others at my school… this seems like a bad idea. Levels, bosses, drama and quests are not part of the appeal of bridge, and had someone tried to introduce me to the game through something like this I would have laughed and switched back to whatever it was I was occupying myself with before. A thoughtful card game will not compete with an online RPG or even CCG; it isn't supposed to and trying to force it to is a doomed project. Bridge Base Online does fine on its own for that side of the game.

Also, saying that bridge is a dying game because old people play it is flawed logic; there are as many people becoming old as there are growing up, and recruiting them seems perfectly possible.

I will say that I suspect it's harder to manage youth bridge in the States given that population centres are more spread out; the EBU can host events pretty much anywhere in the South and get a fair number of young beginners.
April 10
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