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I had a pick-up partner do it in a Novice game…the only thing I remember about my hand is I had 5 spades and we were allegedly playing transfers.

Auction:
1NT-P-2H-P
4H-X-P-P
P

Partner opened 1NT, I tried to transfer to spades, and got double-raised in H. The doubler had a stack of spades and expected someone to complete the transfer. I passed the double back to partner (I have never seen this auction before or since, so who was I to guess what was happening?)

Partner was 0-7-2-4, let me play 4HX…+990
33 years later, I can't explain this 1NT any better than when it happened. It did teach me that anything I might learn in a novice game was probably dangerous.
May 22, 2018
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I realize this discussion has been dead for quite a while, but it might be worthwhile to reconsider the question in light of the cheating allegations that have recently been documented against the inventors.

It would be quite ironic if a bidding system has gained popularity because its inventors were cheating on defense…
Sept. 13, 2015
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I tried 3…it went all pass. Not good, since we were on for 4. They got there at the other table by passing initially and later getting an unusual NT in for the reds.
Aug. 31, 2014
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I was South. I thought we were in a GF after 2 cue bids, and I had shown a decent 4-6 in the reds. I was surprised to get passed out in 3D.

Thinking about how I might have bid the hand better, I came up with passing the X of 3C, then raising partner's 3D bid when that comes back around.
May 10, 2014
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I voted for 5 but would be forced to pass if it was a slow 4 bid.
April 23, 2014
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Hmm…I guess that breaks up the squeeze because you haven't rectified the count. Hard play to find at the table.
April 22, 2014
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Fine, poll edited…

Yes, huddlers irritate me; they get away with conveying UI too often.
April 19, 2014
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I'm not sure if it's relevant, but East hesitated because she WAS thinking of doubling, and was in the process of bawling out West for bidding again and going -500, when it was politely pointed out that double would most likely have gotten E/W a hardway -1390.
April 19, 2014
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The director was called when the 5 bid was made; N/S made the director aware of what had happened and asked for protection. The director was not sure how he would rule (he said that if possible, he would consult with some number of experts to determine whether the 5 bid seemed unduly influenced by the hesitation). Since this was a 3-table club game, a proper survey was not feasible.

He decided to postpone ruling and when it turned out that the ruling would not materially affect the match, the table result was allowed to stand. This was accepted by everyone at the table. (I was South, in case you were wondering.)

I was interested, mostly as a point of academic curiosity, what the ruling should have been, hence posting the hand here.

April 19, 2014
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It's supposed to be a white vs red save, and was until I added the hands in.

Edit: And now it is again; figured out how to edit the vulnerability.
April 18, 2014
Eric Hochman edited this comment April 19, 2014
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The director was certainly happy that this hand did not materially affect the result of the match and therefore he did not have to rule on it.
April 18, 2014
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The X clearly was meant to show a card, although it makes much more sense to have it mean the opposite, since partner is going to lead one on the auction unless something warns him off.
April 18, 2014
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Hands added.
April 18, 2014
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I agree, 3 is a much better action at these colors, but I can only report what was actually bid at the table.
April 18, 2014
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I believe pretty strongly that 5 should have been disallowed. Preempting and bidding again in this sequence is a fairly unusual action and without a “weird” 2 bid of some kind, it's hard to argue that the hesitation did not encourage the bid.
April 17, 2014
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I agree about the choices of contract. You could easily construct a 2NT opener where slam is on, but I wouldn't expect to find it. Conversely, you can just as easily construct a hand where there is no game.

My approach was to transfer to hearts, and hope partner could superaccept – then I know we're in a good spot. Partner didn't superaccept, so I decided to pass 3:

– You could easily come up with a hand where that's all you can make.

– Transferring to hearts and then jumping to 5 is probably not showing this hand.

– I was in a weak field and thought staying low and going plus could be the winning action.
April 3, 2014
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I know; I didn't do it that way because everyone would still have to explain how they'd negotiate their way around their 2NT structure.
April 3, 2014
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I agree with you, they should have one there.
April 2, 2014
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Thanks, that's useful. Saved a copy to my computer, since finding someone at the temple to connect me up with their WiFi might take a while.
March 31, 2014
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This is a game that rents space in a temple once a week; not a full-time club that would have a copy around.

I'm pretty sure the Laws are copyrighted and you can't just go find them on the internet. If you can, post up a link…
March 31, 2014
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