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When I said “a standard system” I meant one with strong no trumps and five card majors. Even though K-S was the progenitor of IMR they have been widely adopted by 2/1 players. It was really only in that context that I meant to raise the question.
Dec. 4, 2014
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The issue, Brett, is whether the auctions 1m-2m-2N or 1m-2m-2A-2N can be passed. If 2m is forcing to 2N, both of these 2N bids are nf. If forcing to 3m then 2N cannot be passed.
Dec. 4, 2014
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That Mr. Rodrigues has somewhat idiosyncratic definitions of the Wk 2 and certainly unusual responding methods.
Dec. 4, 2014
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Dale, the proper phrase is “Who'da thunk.”
Dec. 2, 2014
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The stars are in the heavens, even in North America. :)
Dec. 2, 2014
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What you do depends on your opening bid style. If, like so many today, you open anything that quacks of eleven points, then this is NOT a gf and 2 is far too much to bid. On the other hand this is too good for 3.

Now me, I prefer to play that partner will raise hearts with three in preference to rebidding a not too good club suit. Since my partner therefore has <4, <3, it is highly likely that he has some diamonds. 2N looks right on values anyway.
Dec. 2, 2014
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I've always thought they should be sorted by age, sex and MP rank of partner as well as type of event; for example if you were to get a section third in a single session sectional mixed pair game with me, it would show up under “silver, F2F, mixed, 1 session, >70, M, GLM.” *

* Note: it won't happen as I will not play single session sectional pair games.
Nov. 30, 2014
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I think I should perhaps explain why declarer should work the hand out.

Assuming West has five hearts and one diamond he must have a four card black suit. Whichever one it is, since he has no information about declarer's shape, he can't afford to throw from that suit. He may have the only defensive stopper. So he must be pitching from his three-card black suit. And he therefore has four clubs and clubs can't run. I suppose he could have been 5=5=1=2 to begin with, but that is much less likely than 5-4-3-1.
Nov. 29, 2014
Henry Bethe edited this comment Nov. 29, 2014
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My feeling is that Northern locations for the fall - except major Metropolises like Boston, Chicago, New York (?), San Francisco (is that Northern?) are a mistake. Not as bad, perhaps, as the spring when all of us northerners are ready for some warmth. Of course, with ongoing climate change the warmest city in Northern America in November may be Edmonton or Anchorage in a few years.
Nov. 29, 2014
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From here it looks like this will be a very small tournament. About 15-20% below normal for a Fall NABC, maybe 9000 tables
Nov. 29, 2014
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Thanks
Nov. 29, 2014
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Well, I think a correction that is a reverse or to the three-level shows extras, but not a correction below two of the opened suit.
Nov. 28, 2014
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No. It means it is on the agenda as a proposal. The vote may already have been taken but the result will not be divulged until Sunday at the Board of Governors meeting.
Nov. 27, 2014
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That has been discussed ad nauseum on a Kevin Lane (and a Jonathan Steinberg) previous post.
Nov. 27, 2014
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Well, if I held this hand and heard partner reverse into diamonds then jump raise spades when I have denied five of them I would assume a very strong hand with four very good trumps, a side concentration in diamonds, and short hearts. Probably some weakness in clubs. KQJx A AKx J10xxx would certainly be on my radar as a possibility. The J is not necessary, and the shape, as Yuan suggests, might be 4-0-4-5; or 4-0-3-6. In that case the clubs would have to be somewhat stronger.

What I would never expect is what partner actually had: 3=3=1=6 with a 20 count.
Nov. 27, 2014
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My best guess is that Sally opened, Kit was responder, and Stevie was the preempter.
Nov. 27, 2014
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Michael,
I am, again, a reporter and not a perp. I watched this auction unfold on BBO; my sort of memory is that it was some sort of Scandinavian event - perhaps the Swedish club championship, perhaps something Norwegian or Danish. It could also have been something from one of the “Suzy” teams involving either Cayne or Welland.

My interpretation of their methods is from observation, not a convention card or at-the-table explanations relayed by the operator.

Let me ask you this: suppose the minors were switched, and you held A9xx xx none Q97xxxx and partner opened 1. Would you respond 1 or 1NT?
Nov. 26, 2014
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Unless, of course you meant that partner opened 1. In which case 1 is semi-automatic.
Nov. 26, 2014
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I should make one further comment, I think. I play 3 in this auction - 1-1-2-3 as weak with four hearts and six plus diamonds. Its a byproduct of playing “Walsh” where I respond 1 with a weak hand with four hearts and longer diamonds. I also play 1-1-2-3 as weak with 4-6(+), 1-1-2-3 and 1-1-2-3 the same way.
Nov. 26, 2014
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My 3 shows a slam try in hearts with an unknown singleton.
Nov. 25, 2014
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