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I would also have bid 4C. At this point I bid 5D exclusion.
Oct. 7, 2016
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Interesting question and one that I was going to ask about as well. I seem to remember that in some book (I think the 2/1 Game Force Quiz Book but don't have it with me), he described a hand with approximately 2 points in third seat white against red as a mandatory psyche bid. And I have been living with that ever since which is a long time. I have never discussed it with a partner but I am sure that there are some aware that in third seat I can open up quite lightly white against red. I did it once at the local club and they established a rule that you simply can't psyche against B and C players (I have been waiting for an auction where this could come up and I have to guess if they are B/C players :-)).

In any case, do I need to stop making this a practice, mark it special on my card or just leave the box light 3/4 seat openers checked?

And of course by writing this, I have in a way had the conversation about this with some of my partners since I am sure they will read this.
Sept. 12, 2016
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So for the hand I posted would you bid 3D or 4C? Just curious what priority you would use
Sept. 1, 2016
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Oren, I think that means with my 3451 hand you agree with 2 spades. I did not see your vote. If you were playing spiral, how would you respond after the 2NT bid. And since you say we should not play spiral and precision, what would you play for responder to figure out more about my hand?
Sept. 1, 2016
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Sorry to say, good point. What kind of hand would you re-evaluate and bid 3C then 4S?
Aug. 31, 2016
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Before I respond, let me just say that I find your comments always well thought out and useful. So thanks for all the time you invest in helping others here.

Spiral asks me to further define my hand. The responses are
3C–3 card support and a minimum (remember my range is 11-15)
3D–3 card support and a maximum
3H–4 card support and a minimum
3S–4 card support and a maximum

I am sure there is some meaning for 3NT and maybe even bids beyond that but I don't know what they are.
Aug. 31, 2016
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I like 2C to be 11-15 with 6 but that's just style. The AD makes it easy. How would you bid it if EW were missing the AD and 6C or 6H was dependent on a diamond singleton or void?
Aug. 31, 2016
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East has a very good 5 loser 14 HCP hand. Most precision players start 1C at 16 or a good 15 so I think few would open this 1C. But that's just my opinion and it would be interesting to see if others disagreed.
Aug. 31, 2016
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In precision it is pretty easy-2C-2D-2H and then bid 2S to start a cue bidding sequence. The hard part will be to get to 6H or 6C if opener does not have the AD as you won't be sure what their distribution is diamonds and spades. Anyone know an asking bid for that?
Aug. 30, 2016
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But you did get to learn some Norwegian
June 5, 2016
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This is “standard” bad pro behavior. Pro makes mistake but doesn't want to look bad to client and potentially lose income source so pro finds someone else to blame. Either client or opponent-whatever will help make pro look best. In this case pro chose opponent. Club wants pros to play there so Club takes no action. This was a “good” pro-usually they yell at their partner.

But Melissa is right, it detracts from the game and should not be tolerated. Because it is a strategy, if the offending party was penalized it would not be repeated.
May 10, 2016
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Is 2D really never alertable after 2C? I (playing precision) always alert it. Where is a good write-up of what is and is not alertable?
Dec. 8, 2015
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That was funny
Dec. 7, 2015
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I think in this case JoAnn understood at the time that the pair at her table were playing up and are not normal national event players. Their was no intent to give UI and no inference was taken on the lead. I don't think the person making the lead (my teammate) would have ever thought of using UI. JoAnn did a good thing by educating the player as did the rest of their team. But to make a bigger deal of something done by a player who did not know better ( but hopefully does now) when their partner took no inference is IMHO a bit much. I think JoAnn needs to get over it. The objective of the game is still have fun. Yes the game needs to be played in a fair and ethical manner. There is nothing here that indicates otherwise.
Dec. 7, 2015
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What I was saying was offer BZ a plea bargain. They can take it or not. If they don't and they are proven guilty they are banned for life. I don't think the team members who have never cheated should ever be penalized other than having their results here nullified if and only if BZ are found guilty. They are victims not cheaters.
Oct. 3, 2015
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Certainly BZ knows if they cheated and if they did, how they cheated and the likelihood that eventually it will be proved beyond any reasonable doubt (I have not looked at enough to have a valid opinion on whether that is already true). Also, they have had a week to take the situation in.

Someone should say to them that if they confess now, they will be considered favorably for eventual restoration to playing privileges. If they don't and they are eventually proven guilty in some open and fair forum, they will be simply banned for life and any results for the Polish team will be vacated.

Oct. 3, 2015
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South should bid 4C not 3S
Aug. 29, 2013
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I think in precision today it mentions you can pass 1D. So I would like to know for sure what he GCC mandates. I would pass 1D so 2D should be extras which S does not have.
Aug. 23, 2013
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You can actually look at the BOD minutes on the ACBL website. While it does not say how much time is spent on each topic, I would be surprised if more than 25% of the time is based on NABC related issues
Aug. 22, 2013
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To give some perspective to my comments, I don't stay at the host hotel for a variety of reasons that are not relevant to this conversation.

Making numbers up, let's assume that the cost of the host hotel room, before absorbing any BOD costs or the cost of the playing rooms was $100. And let's assume that the cost of the BOD and other general organizational costs equated to $10 per room. And furthermore that the built in costs to the hotel rates of the card rooms was $15 (these are made up numbers and I recognize figuring them out is difficult but let's assume within some tolerance one could figure them out.

I agree with Joann that the $10 cost is a general cost of running the ACBL and should not be borne by the attendees at the tournament. It should come from dues or some other source that the general membership supports, not just attendees.

I also agree that the $15 should be borne by attendees. However, just because I stay at another hotel, I should not get a free ride on this. It should be built into card fees or some charge borne by all the attendees, not just those that stay in the host hotel.
Aug. 22, 2013
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