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paage 5 typo: “until iT is clear”
Dec. 10
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Directing or if the movement includes an awfully slow pair: Mitchell.
Dec. 3
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deleted. misread the topic.
Sept. 16
Hank Eng edited this comment Sept. 16
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Am I the only one who thought the article was going to be about Joel Wooldridge being in direct contact with higher powers?
Sept. 13
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I also use it after a 2 rebid. Now, a raise to 3 shows a doubleton, but a 2 rebid shows the actual 3-card invitational hand.
Sept. 4
Hank Eng edited this comment Sept. 4
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The responder is a very weak (almost novice) player.
Aug. 9
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Aces Scientific used the method Gordon first described: if weak, pick one and transfer to it; if inv, 2D(transfer) then 2S; if strong, 2H(transfer) then 3H.
Dec. 18, 2016
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I think this was called Weissberger at some point.
Dec. 18, 2016
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I've seen 3rd/5th play your way with different players, so now when I hear “3rd & 5th,” I'll often ask, “3rd from even?” which is the way I learned it in Rosler & Rubens' Journalist Leads.

I also ask, “In the middle of the hand, too?” which has gotten a few yes's and probably's.
Nov. 29, 2016
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“You are E and lead your systematic low spade… You play 3rd/5th leads…”

Just making sure, that means you led the 8 to show an even number, right? If so, then partner knows declarer has at most a singleton, and his 5 is suit preference. If you led the 3 to show 5 or 6, then partner (with a three card spade suit) is giving attitude and showing the J.
Nov. 29, 2016
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When I play with a weak defensive player, I play suit preference.

When I play with a strong defensive player, I follow what John Miller stated: attitude when a tap is possible; otherwise, suit preference.
Nov. 18, 2016
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I'm willing to bring a new deck of cards to an NABC if the price is brought back to a reasonable $15 per session.
Nov. 15, 2016
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Thanks everyone for voting and comments. I polled this hand because at the table, the opener did not alert 3C (in ACBL-land), broke tempo, and rebid 3N. She did alert *after* responder rebid 4S.

After I led and saw the dummy, I called the director. Holding a balanced near maximum, I said some people might try for a matchpoint top and pass 3N, which goes down 1. The director polled 3 players and all 3 said they would bid 4S, so he claimed passing was not a logical alternative and let the result stand (4S making).

A side known fact at the club: responder is known to play this 3C response with most of his partners, and opener is known to not play conventional major raises with any of her partners.
Nov. 14, 2016
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I recently had a discussion about this topic. My partner and I agreed that a direct 3N was a hand with no good slam cards for opener's suits, while a 2N then 3N showed a hand with possible slam cards for opener's suits.
Oct. 21, 2016
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When my partner and I were just starting, she kept forgetting what our 2NT opening was (20-21, 20-22, 22-24?). On one hand she looked at the opponent's convention card before opening 2NT. At some point, an opponent asked me the range for the 2NT opening, so I picked up the opponent's card and announced 20-21.
Oct. 20, 2016
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Sorry, I have trouble keeping up with Alert Chart… In Reno NABC (March 2016), I had a great contract changed because my partner did not alert this treatment - which I believe was alertable at the time. Perhaps I was naive to trust three national directors who gave me the same ruling. The ACBL revised their chart in April 2016 to give these examples:

1♦-P-1♥-2♥: If natural or 2-suited takeout, no Alert.
1♦-P-1♥-2♦: If natural or 2-suited takeout, no Alert.

http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/play/AlertProcedures.pdf
Aug. 16, 2016
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With no discussion, I'm not sure what to expect from some decent players in my club.

However, if I'm playing at the local club with newer players (<10 years), I expect 1N, 2, 2, 2N, and DBL to show both majors. Then after the hand, I usually get them to make half of those bids natural.

I am like Dave Beer: I play 2 and 2 are natural (and alertable in ACBL-land). DBL usually has both majors or could be a very strong hand. 1N is natural, and 2N is really the only conventional bid: 5-5 or better in the majors.
Aug. 16, 2016
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I expected medium or better (14-17 hcp) so a Q more than Aaron's: KQxx Kxx AQxxx x. I recently played against an Emerald LM (7500+ masterpoints) who surprised me with a 4=3=4=2 hand with 12 hcp, so I'm not sure what “expert standard” is for this auction.
April 25, 2016
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What about telling the club owner about the bad director ruling? Perhaps they will look into getting the director educated?
March 31, 2016
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I am not an expert but I am a strong club player and hope to become an expert and I learned in my teens or earlier.
March 29, 2016
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