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Yes, matters can be different if you are a name player or a no-name player in a number of situations. Regrettably, it is perhaps human nature. Directors are human.
14 hours ago
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FWIW, here is a paste from OP's profile.


Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing with top players, I could get away with a murder. Playing with nobodies, opps can get away with every wrongdoing and a few TDs can get away with every judgmental word against me. Run bridge world like business and it will be a win-win situation. A lot of foreigners are run away by directors.
Favorite Tournaments
Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Gatlinburg, DC, etc…
Favorite Conventions
modified ogust, modified super accept.
BBO Username
purnima
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
17 hours ago
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Some, like me, play Big Mathe (above) plus the add-on that an immediate double shows a strong hand (presumably a good 1NT) with system on. No track record. Haven' done any sims. Preempt as high as you dare is probably the best advice.
May 24
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Astute point. Perhaps it complements mine. (Note uncontested, with a void in each hand.)
May 24
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I have only an academic interest in this – hardly a great player with no knowledge of the intricacies of big club systems. Surely, Meckwell's in a non-competitive auction has to be one of the very best. On the other hand, is another – like that of the Grannovetters equally so? Presumably, there are pro/cons for each.
May 23
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But why are these two great players in a contract that is virtually unmakeable?
May 22
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What do I know?

I still wonder why Zia passed in 2nd seat.
May 21
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Regret no 8-bd playoff!
May 20
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Michael, don't know where it comes from but I sure have done it with a 16-ct if playing 15-17.
May 20
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Not exactly so.
May 20
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Disappointing last board, thanks to Rodwell :)
May 20
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I dare not comment for fear of being barred!
May 20
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I wouldn't but, as I recall, the late and great John Lowenthal had fun with it.
May 20
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PS:
Wow again. Board 10.
May 20
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Wow!
Looks like quite an evening coming up.
May 20
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Henry,
Yes.
After opener's 1D, 1H, or 1S (at least 5+) no issues for me.
I've been focused on after the 1C opening which is nebulous and “almost forcing.”
May 19
Ed Judy edited this comment May 19
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Yes, a good example (a jump to 4H).

For many of us, it would suggest no 1st round or 2nd round control, depending on agreement.

With a minimum hand, should opener show a control? Pro and cons, imps vs matchpoints. One is real bridge, the other is not :) (And, yes, fake control bids can be part of the arsenal.)

And then we have the question of what might a 3S bid convey along with the possibility of a 3NT bid (serious or not).

Without a control in the minors, a jump to 4H would seem to be mandatory.

Playing Imps, I bid a control even with a minimum hand.
May 19
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Steve, I didn't mean to address you directly (you expressed your views generally beforehand); rather, I was asking BWers in general for any possible additional input.
May 19
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Henry,

I'm not clear as to what hand you are referring to, but I do agree that it is is probably fun to play – and, perhaps of more import, highly productive in the long run – but I'm trying to gain more insight as to how to minimize the downside.

(I'm slowly coming to my own conclusions.)
May 19
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Cogent comments, I think, from both Steve and John.

Not sure, but isn't it even possible to become a Diamond LM (let a LM) without playing against the best?
May 19
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