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There are pluses and minuses to that approach. I wouldn't want to use it when writing murder statutes.
11 hours ago
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So many opinions…
12 hours ago
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Being wrong has never stopped 'em. :-)
12 hours ago
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In Western society maybe. Even then there are folks who believe otherwise, at least in some cases.
17 hours ago
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Players should probably learn not to look for buzz words.

Players who get confused at the point you describe were not listening to what you said. Seems to me likely they won’t listen to anything else you say either.
17 hours ago
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IIRC Romex uses 2NT-3 to show 5 spades & 4 hearts, 2NT-3-3-3 to show 5 hearts & 4 spades, and 2NT-3-3-4 to show 5 spades and 5 hearts.
17 hours ago
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I think that if I'd played bridge for a thousand years and never come across a hand with which I might want to deviate, however slightly, from our agreements, I might characterize a bid as “promising” something or other. Until then, I agree with Alan.

I do find that some players, when they ask “what does that promise”, are asking what you promise them. Uh, uh. Nope. Nyet. No.
19 hours ago
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I daresay the current organizers of the Gatlinburg Regional might get just a little upset if the ACBL were to go bulling in and taking over to make it a NABC.
19 hours ago
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No, and no. It's close, but I might have passed 1. What's the vulnerability? If I bid 2, then 3 on this continuation should be natural - and both partners should be sure of that. Over 3 you can bid 3 if that asks for a spade stopper, or just bid 3NT. If partner wants to go on after that, he can (though I do play with partners who seem to think 3NT is a shutout bid, whatever the prior auction and whatever they have in their hand).

If you pass, it might go (1)-P-(1)-2-(.P)-3-(.P)-3NT.
19 hours ago
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If your partner bids 2NT and I ask “please explain your auction” what would you say?
20 hours ago
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Ignorance is bliss.
April 19
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A committee is an organism with six or more legs —and no brain. — R. A. Heinlein
April 19
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Any action? What is he supposed to do then, go home?
April 19
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People’s estimates of the duration of a player’s BIT are most often wrong.
April 19
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Why don’t I? Because there isn’t one.
April 19
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I find the argument that “everybody knows this psych so if you do it more than once you have a partnership understanding” more than a little suspect.
April 19
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More than once. Hm. Perhaps it takes only two swallows to make a summer.
April 18
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Anything you do in bidding is “tactical”.
April 18
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Duplicate Decisions is “a guide for club directors” according to its own title page. It is not ACBL regulation and it is most certainly not the law book.

The ACBL Laws Commission is analogous to the Supreme Court. There is nothing in Duplicate Decisions that says it's an official pronouncement of the LC.

David Burn does not live in North America, so even if DD were regulatory it wouldn't cut much ice for him.
April 18
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“This has the unfortunate effect of wrong siding NT when right.”

And yet the purpose of flip-flop, as I understand it, is to right-side a 3NT contract, that is, to make the presumably stronger hand the declarer. I would expect 3NT to be right more often when responder is invitational than when he's weak, as well.
April 18
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