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I think it’s losing bridge to agree to not open a weak 2 at MP with this sort of hand. On average, partner will bid better when he has some idea of our hand, and opponents will bid worse when we take away 2 levels of bidding.

Waiting for a more solid weak 2, even if theoretically sounder, does not put enough pressure on opps.

Sometimes agreeing to open this sort of hand gives a bad result. But far less often than double dummy bidding and play would suggest.
Dec. 8
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And by bidding 6 the player is saying we have all the keycards but this is the suit where we might have a loser. If we don’t then I think there’s 13.
Nov. 24
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Just ban score cards.

A personal score card for any pair can be provided on request to whomever wants one at the end of the event (or session).
Nov. 24
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Has opener denied a singleton? If not, then 6 just asks for second round control of some sort. And opener should have a way of differentiating the singleton from the K in case there is a 7/7NT decision.
Nov. 24
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Again not the same thing, but I find it kept logging me out on the iPhone. I could log in ok, but previously it had kept me logged in.
Nov. 23
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Kieran, don't most elimination/throw-ins involve some element of extracting exit cards? But they're not called Dentist Coups.
Nov. 15
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Can't disagree with that last sentence.
Nov. 15
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What makes something a Dentist Coup rather than just an elimination and throw in?
Nov. 15
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It's not enough to be able to construct hands where 6 is the right action. You have to construct hands where 6 is the right action and South wouldn't make the bid.
Nov. 15
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Absolutely. But do we know at this stage whether we want to be captain?
Nov. 15
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If I recall, 1M in response to 1 showed 5 cards or a good 4 card suit. 1 denied this, and opener then bid 1M (or 2M depending on strength) with one 4card major, 1NT (or 2NT) with both majors and balanced hand, and 2m (or 3m) with a 44(14) or 44(05) hand.

After 1 1M, opener would support with 4 in that suit, but other bids would show 4 in the other major and give other shape information.
Nov. 14
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So the name was just to use a “brace yourself” pun?

I'm glad that's straightened out.
Nov. 14
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About 15-20 years ago, I came across a system called Midmac which uses 1 and 1 pretty much as you describe. It also used 2 and 2 as 6+ cards and opening strength (which made the 1 better defined) and 1NT as strong and artificial.

Like most systems it worked well enough when opponents remained quiet. I'm not so sure that after interference the knowledge that opener does or does not have a 4 card major is all that useful.
Nov. 14
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Obviously North shouldn't bid in front of partner, who might be sitting with a double. So he must take most of the blame.

That being said, South could bid 4 instead of 4 which at least tells North whether the hand is a double fit, and here would have prevented the sacrifice.
Nov. 14
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I don’t see any reason to assume E has the king. If West has it, a straightforward play in C works. Maybe you need to make West a passed hand.
Nov. 14
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Doesn’t a switch convert it into a RFL squeeze (to use Love’s terminology) so it still operates if you cash 3 first? Although that does give up on the S break, I think.
Nov. 9
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Have to do something while you’re dummy.
Nov. 8
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North made a conservative Pass, a reasonable cue bid, and an undisciplined pass.
Nov. 6
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1; 2NT looks about right
Nov. 6
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Perhaps they’ve read enough Mollo to realise the 13th card will be found exactly when we need it.

Although to be fair, that usually happens to the Rabbit, not Papa.
Nov. 6
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