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1-1, 2 promise six.
1-1, 2 promise five; 4-5 red to weak to reverse or six.
Feb. 15
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I find it ridiculous to allow written defenses in high level competition. It’s OK for beginners and advancing players at club level, IMO. But not beyond that.
Feb. 12
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Whether it introduces a significant problem for the TD depends on what scoring program is used.

We use Tomas Brenning’s Ruter (Magic Contest), where this is trivial to handle.
Feb. 12
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Nobody said change is always for the better. Comparable Call is definitely a big leap forward. Far more hands are allowed to be played normally than was the case before this change. It’s true some hands are complicated, for TDs and players, but still it’s far better than it used to be.
Feb. 6
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I agree that a club switch at trick two is the correct defense.
Feb. 6
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In the diagram you’ve played two rounds of diamonds, all following.
Feb. 5
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4 would be natural, IMO. After a 2 opening, a new lower ranking suit is natural at the 4-level; a higher ranking suit is control showing. A rule I learned some 35 years ago.
Jan. 31
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No sci-fi. Dbl is penalties, pass is forcing; partner decides. 4NT is to play, something like Ax Kx KQxxxx Axx.
Jan. 31
ATB
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Peg, I’d raise to 3 with that one. But there are hands where we’ll play a game in a partscore. I do, however, believe the upside is larger than the downside. For starters, my partner knows I’m 55+ when I jump shift, making further bidding MUCH easier than for all the fake jump shifters.
Jan. 30
ATB
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My fault, you’re pretty clear above. I skipped your «not» when reading the response.
Jan. 30
ATB
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Why, Peg?

Seems more «natural» that since we’re in a force, there’s no need for it to be non-natural. Especially since we’re jumping in non suits, it’s imperative to be able to find the suits we might have.
Jan. 30
ATB
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Actually, I’d rebid 2. That’s almost forcing for me, partner will only pass with 1-3 and a sub minimum respons.
Jan. 30
ATB
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North’s bidding looks like 4-6 to me, 3, to be followed by 4 if possible, is far better, IMO.

Personally, I strongly dislike the fake jump shift, and don’t at all understand 4. Thus I voted about equal blame.
Jan. 30
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If you’ve got the habit to think forward in the auction, both when it’s your time to bid and when opponents are in turn, you’ll be prepared for much of what’s happening. The 5 bid here isn’t exactly sensational, IMO. When you decided to bid 5 last round, you should also think about what to do next round.
Jan. 29
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John, you can’t impose a general rule regarding what is a BIT in this situation, it’s totally player dependent. A two second pause here for me, would definitely be a BIT, I’d make a call in my usual 0.5-1 second (unless playin on home ground, where a ten second pause is mandatory).
Jan. 28
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Abstained. The questions asked in the poll is totally off regarding the hand I hold. I have an automatic pass here, whatever partner did or didn’t do can never change that fact.

If anyone didn’t pass here after a BIT by partner, I’d take that as clear evidence that the player involved knew exactly why partner hesitated. And rule accordingly.
Jan. 26
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Make sense of east’s auction??? Do you really expect east to nearly always pass here? I don’t, he’ll bid with distribution and pass only with a (semi)balanced hand. The double isn’t for penalties.
Jan. 25
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2 natural, 2 Blacks, 1NT 15-18.
Jan. 24
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I don’t see how you were damaged here, whatever their true agreement, if any, was.

East thought 3 was invitational, and would obviously pass 3 if you do the same. You can’t force him to bid game, whatever the agreement was.
Jan. 24
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A heart at IMPs, spade at MP.
Jan. 23
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