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I've often wondered whether the term “DSIP” isn't rather presumptive if not an outright oxymoron? I guess it depends on who your partners are. OK, I went there. Now I am about to get clobbered.
July 17
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I suspect there is a difference between what people consider to be standard (if there is such a thing), what the meaning would be barring prior discussion, and what people might prefer the meaning to be. For example, in one of my partnerships we play the X as general game try without reference to spades/ maximal.
July 17
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One thing that I haven't seen mentioned yet is the fact that BBO has brought people from all over the world into closer contact by creating a platform where anyone from anywhere might be meeting/ playing online at the same time. I have played with and made friends on different continents, places that I could only dream of ever having the chance to visit. People who are unable to communicate verbally because of language differences can still play together. (and you learn words you never heard before!) Vugraphs from all over the world are now seen (so many people to thank for that) have exposed more of us to the great variety of methods that are used. Commentaries where people can learn from expert feedback that might never be available to them. I remember times under the windows version where I would see more than 15,000 people from all over online at the same time. Because of Fred and BBO!
Enjoy your retirement. You will always be on our minds.
July 17
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Match Points
If it's close, play for plus scores. +170 is unlikely to be that much below average but -100 is. At IMPS with 7 loser hand and 5 trumps (10 combined/ law) I would bid 4S. This is really close: depends on how light you open, too imo.
July 16
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Retiring?
I demand to know who authorized this! and on what grounds?
I am not part of any inner circles and I am certainly not a bridge expert (just a student and lover). I barely knew Fred: met him twice, once at a get-together that he and Sheri had arranged for BBF members in Nashville during a summer nabc there, and once when i approached him to ask if he indeed was Fred and to thank him for creating BBO. His response was to say thank you and offer to introduce me to the other members of his team. Cordial, Inclusive, Friendly, approachable, reaching out, and a super teacher/ programmer. I tell people that, instead of paying some local teacher for bridge lessons that will add up to a princely sum for the teacher, to get a copy of Fred's 2-part Learn to Play Bridge programs and study them at you own pace.
I left bridge (some say for the better) a number of years ago after a bad experience where my failure to make a contract on the final board cost out team a free trip to the nationals for the fltB teams from D-3. The guilt was significant. (I still think the hand report got some of the cards wrong (or else I was really exhausted at the time) Were it not for BBO, it is possible that I might still not be involved in this game.
So I really wish Fred would kinda hang around. He is someone very special.
July 16
Donald Lurie edited this comment July 16
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Hi Phil.
If you are still using the Old (flash) Version, I think I can get you there:
From main screen, click on Practice, on the next screen click on Bridge Movies, the on “Enter BBO Store to access educational bridge content”. That will bring you to a screen with a large scroll-down menu on the left hand with categories such as Bidding, Play, General, and on the right you will seen an article, probably one by Ben Dickens/ Inquiry.
On the left menu, scroll down past Featured Authors until you reach Fred Gitelman's name with the number 21 next to it (i guess 21 articles. I believe there a number of DOTW articles there, i counted 17. Good luck, let me know if it works.
I have no idea where they are on the new program.
DHL
I will double check

Yes, just double checked, got to them very quickly. JUst have to find the article you want and at bottom of the square you clikc on “Open Movie”. It just worked for me: i tried a few of them.
Hope this works for you
July 15
Donald Lurie edited this comment July 15
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This is deja vu all over again.
I prefer Steve's method.
July 2
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Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.
Widdershins go when the moon doth wane, and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.
July 1
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Assume not playing good-bad 2N: what would 2NT in this position show/ ask/ tell?
June 28
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inconceivable!
June 21
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South's hand was 6, A64, KQT8762 Q5
If you bid 4 with the OP hand, you likely play it there for a reasonably good result. We reached what seemed to be a good 6 contract, only to be scuttled by a 5-0 trump break (east had A9543). Not sure there were sufficient entries for a trump coup. Not sure what the best line for 6 would be: you likely get a lead through the Queen. (I'm sure many will have good ideas for how to make either/ both contracts)
East hand: T43, J93, A9543 82
West hand: J752, 52, void, KJT9764
June 21
Donald Lurie edited this comment June 21
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I can't say for sure, but to those who selected 4 as their' bids, I suspect that might elicit a 4 response from opener. Maybe not. (Maybe 5) 5 Excl. gets you 5N (1) What next by the hand? 6?

This is the companion hand: 3, KJ92, K63, KQT86. Grand in either minor. How should the bidding continue after the 4 cue?
Thx
June 13
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If partner does not have any or shortness in hearts, then he/she has a good enough hand that is prepared to deal with such a jump-response such as 3H here. (At least, that is what I was taught.) The question of whether partner's bid of a new suit after your 3H bid is forcing or not might make for another interesting discussion.
June 7
Donald Lurie edited this comment June 7
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Thx RF
although you disagreed with East's initial action with the companion hand in a separate poll, how do you play East's double in the given auction?
June 5
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Tom - amigo!
I'm not quite sure what you mean by playing “this double as cards bordering on T/O so it is unlikely pard will pass.”

But I will let the proverbial cat out of the bag and say that this hand was the companion hand for AQJ32, 62, KQ98, Q9.
(I held this S-D hand while my partner held the OP hand and chose to double 2. He was disappointed when I interpreted his double as T/O, couldn't convert, and bid 3. Partner at that point bid 5s, doubled by south, and with the finesse working I somehow managed to take 11 tricks (taking the precaution against the bad break.)
Yes, 2X would have been down a bit, maybe 11 or 1400, but the hand was unlikely to play there as north had 8 s to the KJ that hand't yet been mentioned.

But the whole point of posting this hand and its companion is to try to see how many people are using the same meta-rules regarding when doubles are T/O vs Pen after 1M - p - 1NT - 2Y -? as well as in the auction in this OP. It appears that not everyone agrees on the meanings of these doubles without prior discussion. But sometimes you don't have time for prior discussion and an “oops” occurs.

Fwiw: as of this writing, it appears from the other poll that 3/4 of those responding play 1M-p-1NT (f1) - 2Y - Dbl as takeout, not penalty.
June 5
Donald Lurie edited this comment June 5
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no entrapment or bias intended. I don't do such things. It's just that this hand came up after 3 straight hands of some less-than-orthodox bidding by the south player. Now I wish i hadn't mentioned that fact especially as I don't think it had any bearing on west's bidding - for that I apologize. more later when the companion hand is shared. This is more about partnership agreements.
June 4
Donald Lurie edited this comment June 4
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:) suspected at least some would be playing fit bids
thx R
May 27
Donald Lurie edited this comment May 27
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thx steve: p doesn't play snapdragon, don't ask me why not? I'm curious to find out how many play 3 as fit jump vs natural preempt vs natural/invitational, and if any play 4D as fit raise vs splinter.
DHL
May 26
Donald Lurie edited this comment May 26
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Thx: I guess i pretty much knew wolff after all, just needed some reminders. I found some stuff on transfers but am still need to absorb it. Thx for comeback
May 22
Donald Lurie edited this comment May 22
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Craig:
Thank you for your contribution.
As the OPer (I like that name), I will gladly answer your question about why we do not play one of the alternatives you mention. I preface this by saying that I am not afraid to publicly state when I am wrong or when I do not know something. My foolish pride went out years ago.
1) Although I know that 3 relays to 3 to sign off in 3M in basic Wolff, I do not know all the other rebids, inferences, and follow-up sequences. Feel free to provide them.
2) I know transfer rebids after 1M-1N-2N but am not familiar with transfers after 1X-1M-2NT. Nor have I ever seen them used. Granted, I have been out of the acbl club and tourney scene for almost a decade except for an occasional foray. I tried to google same but have been unsuccessful. Again, if you have something to offer us here, please feel free to do so. It would be very much appreciated.
3) In my experiences, signing off in 3M over 2N, especially when opener could be xx in the M, has more often than not led to a less optimal contract than just passing/ playing 2NT. Yes, it could be nicer if opener has 3-card support, bit it's also a level higher.
4) Brain drain factors are relevant. One also needs a willing partner.
May 21
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