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Michael:

Yes, it was a stated agreement, which I hope everybody now understands. The alert chart should apply.

All this business about the charts, particularly the open relative to the others, appears to be a problem that needs attention. Perhaps to the psych stuff as well.


Above all, I hope we can get explicit charts in sync with explicit alert procedures, but that seems too much to expect.

Only the Bridge God knows what havoc the new convention card(s) will bring.
22 minutes ago
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Some, like me, don't even know what an android version is.
I still like my 25-year old flip phone and my 1983 Leading Edge computer for word-processing serious articles.
41 minutes ago
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Jim, I think we need an old boy's club to exchange our most memorable dreams.
53 minutes ago
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As one of the more older set, I find virtually any upgrade in most anything to be a pain in the ass.

I still like my 1983 Leading Edge computer for word-processing :)
21 hours ago
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I don't think it's just you. I'm not a veteran vugraph viewer on BBO - so I was taken back by the recent USBF presentation.
22 hours ago
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Yes, Steve, this seems to be evolving as a solution of sorts. I see where Greenville (which I believe is almost always a signifcantly larger tourney than Cincy) has a qualification in the flyer – something like top 2 brackets may have fewer than 9 teams, and be played as a 2-session round robin, qualifying four teams to a ko.
23 hours ago
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Yes, John, Ray is correct. This was actually their stated agreement. Perhaps Ray is the only responder who was really reading :)

We do have communication problems on this blog, from time to time. :)

A solution seems impossible.
23 hours ago
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Ray, you may have but that doesn't make it so. I'm not aware of echoes.
May 24
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This is all a very interesting exchange, but I ask you again:
given this auction, should 4th chair have made it clear (during the bidding or before the opening lead) that he and 2nd chair have an agreement that the 2D overcall could be a lead-director and not necessarily suit-showing?

This was acknowledged to be the case during/after the play of the hand.

Afterthought: OR does the above comment/question simply serve to recycle the thread?
May 24
Ed Judy edited this comment May 24
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Most extremely stable geniuses, like myself, dream too much.
May 24
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Steve: This is getting weirder and weirder :) I thought you wrote something about psyching an artificial bid, to wit:
“Of course people have been known to psych over strong, artificial bids. That's legal but not what seems to have happened here.” I agree that is not what happened here but I questioned if it were legal–referring to point 4 in the open chart under Overcalls; i.e., “4.Psyching an Artificial overcall.”

John: ‘Ed, “Alert, 2♦ is artificial showing a lead director in diamonds, not guaranteeing length.” It’s not a psych, because that's what he has.'

Quite apt. Turns out that was the unspoken agreement. If 4th chair had spoken there would be no issue.
May 23
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I particularly like the OP. The notion of trying to break through the old boy, old girl network with more transparency about a candidate is most commendable. Not to say that other comments aren't helpful.
May 22
Ed Judy edited this comment May 22
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I never found Crane “charming” – just cooler than a cucumber.
May 22
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The Hog said a lot of things.
May 22
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Even if you don't need one, you might consider trying a mild anti-depressant pill for a while. You're life may well brighten!
May 22
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At my age, dreams are the best part of my life :)
May 22
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Steve, I believe “highly unusual and unexpected” is right on.

However, (unless I don't know how to properly interpret the new charts, which is quite possible), I fail to see why it is permitted to psych an artificial bid. (I'm not as enthusiastic about the verbiage used in the new charts as most other experienced players appear to be.).

I believe the following is accurate as “Not allowable” in the open chart (haven't checked other charts).

“Overcalls
1.After a Natural suit opening bid, a new suit Direct Overcall below 2NT that does not show at least one known suit unless that bid is an offer to play in No Trump or takeout of the opening bid.
2.After a Natural suit opening bid an Artificial direct1NT overcall that does not show one of the following:a.A Strong hand; orb.At least three cards in all of the unbid suits; orc.At least 4-4 shape in two known suits; ord.At least 5-4 shape in two suits, at least one of which is known.
3.A Purely Destructive overcall.
4.Psyching an Artificial overcall.”
May 22
Ed Judy edited this comment May 22
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Maybe some geographical clarification will help some readers:
Unit 140 is in NJ, within District 3
District 17 is a big hunk of the far South West
May 22
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Something like the old 20/80 rule exists practically everywhere, for practically anything.
May 21
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Brett, sounds like that speaks well for unit 140.
May 21
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