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Yes you are right, Nick.
Dec. 9, 2015
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I always thought 70 E2 applied to situations where the cards in question were all in one hand, for example holding AKJx if he said “I play three rounds of trumps” the director should interpret it as AKJ in that order. So I don't think it is relevant here. Declarer intended to cash spades, then he might discover his miscount and decide to take a finese, but then again he might not. Benefit of the doubt goes to defenders.
Dec. 9, 2015
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But that means you will be playing 3 if you have a spades fit. Wouldn't it be better just to transfer to diamonds with those hands and then use this sequence for something else? OK you can be lucky to buy the contract in 2 but opps will probably balance with hearts.

In one partnership I use Stayman with weak hands with four spades and five diamonds, but those hands will bid 2 after a 2 response to Stayman.
Dec. 9, 2015
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fwiw you need 40 bits per deal (39.208 if your computer can handle fractional bits :) )
Dec. 9, 2015
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Can I vote “hate it but it is better than Capp?”
Nov. 27, 2015
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If 1NT is 6-10 then opener has a problem with a 4M5m hand and 15-16. I suppose you could play a reverse as non-forcing but that would be very non-standard and probably not a good idea. So it is nice if 1NT can be 8-10 as in Polish Club.

I don't think that is playable after 1 unless you are happy to respond on a 3-card major. But after 1 you can play 1NT as 8-10, and then the 5-7 hands will have to fake a 1 response. I would consider that standard here in the Netherlands but maybe that is a regional thing.
Nov. 27, 2015
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With five diamonds responder passes since defending 2 undoubled is already a great spot, and doubling just runs the risk that they go to a major. Note that responder would have used stayman with 4/3-5-1 so he must have a doubleton in a major.

For that reason I don't think that 2M should show 4/3-1-5 as Yuan suggests. Maybe a possible scheme is
dbl: 3-3-2-5 (in case opener is allowed to have a five card major).
2: 4-4 majors OR 2-4-2-5
2: 4-2-2-5
2NT: does not really exist but if it comes up it is natural. Probably only makes sense w/w at matchpoints.
3: six clubs (in case we sometimes don't bid on this directly).

You could also play dbl as more penalty oriented, something like 3-3-3-4 or thereabouts.

In any case, I don't think an artificial 2NT is useful here. With only clubs you just bid them, with two suits you want to offer a contract at the 2-level.

By the way, now that 2NT is doubled, opener doesn't need to wory. Just pass, responder can bid 3 if he meant it as something artificial. Of course, with six clubs, or maybe five good ones, opener can bid them.

Oops sorry Yuan, I got confused about 3/4-1/5 and 3/4-5-1. Some people bid 3-4-1-5 and/or 4-4-1-4 via Stayman but probably not 4-3-1-5.
Nov. 24, 2015
Helene Thygesen edited this comment Nov. 24, 2015
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If they open 2 you can play 3m as to play, 3 as a transfer to spades and 3 as choice of game with four spades.
Nov. 23, 2015
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If W is very inexperienced I don't think the chance that W has extra values is affected by the failure to alert. The only thing it shows is that if W forgot NMF she probably doesn't have four clubs. Probably her typical shape would be 2443 if she took 2 as natural and 2344 if she took it as NMF, so the non-alert is red herring IMO.

I voted “yes” because I think that with a very weak declarer maybe the best chance of a good result is to underbid and hope for bad splits. Without that consideration there is no LA to 3NT.

But in any case, the non-alert doesn't conway any usable information so E can do what she wants.
Nov. 18, 2015
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Actually I prefer not to play a natural 1NT at all but put all the balanced hands in the minor suit openings. 1NT could for example show long clubs (or long diamonds, as Ian suggests. I haven't tried that).
Nov. 5, 2015
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Maybe a reasonable policy would be to apply criterion 2 for domestic purposes and criterion 5 for representing USA/Canada in international events where IOC criteria may apply (if that is the WBF policy). Selection of IOC teams (and other teams that represent ACBL countries in international competition) is something for USBF, CBF etc so it is not something ACBL needs to worry about.
Nov. 5, 2015
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12-14 1st/2nd, 14-16 3rd/4th.
Nov. 2, 2015
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It did, there was a transsexual Candian mountain biker who was not allowed to play in the Canadian women's team afew years ago.
Nov. 2, 2015
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FWIW:
- YY can't exist since the X chromosome contains vital genes.
- XY-people with androgene insesitivity syndrome are already considered women in the USA for other legal purposes so chromosomes are clearly not the criterion.
- Whether women-only events should exist at all is IMHO a different discussion since there are so few transsexual people around that this issue should not be pivotal

Maybe it is userful to compare this to people who claim to have changed country, such as for example Roy Welland who was allowed to represent Germany. It appears that with respect to country we allow people to use whatever nationality they see fit as long as it is not completely absurd. So I would think that while Jeff Meckstroth probably should not be allowed to enter a women-only event, anyone who can reasonably argue that they have a female gender identity should be allowed. Disclaimer: I am transsexual myself so I have a bit of a dog in this fight although I rarely play in women-only events.
Nov. 2, 2015
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This is a good question. Maybe something like
4 hearts, slammish
4 diamonds, may or may not be slammish
4 hearts, not slammish
Higher bids: Clubs

But I don't think GIB distinguishes between slammish and non-slammish hands.
Oct. 23, 2015
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GIB plays (41)44 splinters since (31)(54) goes through minor suit stayman. That is a very reasonable treatment.
Oct. 23, 2015
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No, he will be on lead against a spade contract himself :) Sure, the double can be lead directing and probably should be.
Oct. 23, 2015
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I don't think this situation comes up frequently. 3 can't be lead directing (he is on lead himself against 3) and it can hardly be a game try either.
Oct. 22, 2015
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3NT. My hearts holding doesn't look like a singleton.

I don't understand that 5c should be asking for a control rich hand. If you need three aces plus the queen of trump, can't you just ask for it?
Oct. 21, 2015
Helene Thygesen edited this comment Oct. 21, 2015
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Why are you guys discussion the probability of holding a five card suit? The relevant denominator (if we want to test a hypothesis about cheating) is the number of hands he actually held with which he “should” (rsp: should not) have given the signal.
Oct. 21, 2015
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