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Definitely weird how players who once they think they are better than average decide to denounce Gerber as worse than useless. Just ask yourself this: How many Gerber players have EVER bid a grand slam missing an Ace?
Now go and read the “your worst mistake” and “Humerous Bridge Happenings” threads.

Its also odd how many players now advocate minorwood (or even Razwood) which they somehow don't realise is Gerber with a different response structure. Especially as the biggest crime Gerber is accused of is using up the 4C bid which can be put to better use (allegedly).
Oct. 26, 2015
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Can “occasionally” mean “on every occasion”? :-(
Oct. 25, 2015
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1NT as balanced 15-17.

(I'll get my coat….)
Oct. 25, 2015
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Absolute doddle of a hand, bid whatever gets you to 3C. However, I only play weak nt….
Oct. 25, 2015
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I just don't want to get any dumber.
Apparently Bridge can help; it just occasionally makes you feel/look dumber.
Oct. 25, 2015
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@PeterH: whadever. :-)
Oct. 25, 2015
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(A)Yes
(B)Better to raise diamonds at any form of scoring, partner will almost certainly have 6 of them (see (A)).
(C) Show
Oct. 25, 2015
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Marrying one of my bridge partners; luckily we realised that our marriage would soon be over unless we gave up Bridge. 15 years later and we reckoned we could cope with the trials of both and some days we even talk to each other.
The last 10 years (it was our Silver Anniversary a little over 2 weeks ago) have been a ‘blast’ :-)
Oct. 25, 2015
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Just in case you were wondering the Assembly Rooms were on Verisimilitude Avenue…
Oct. 24, 2015
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Sometimes good players go into a tank and we often wonder why, Kit explains what they are thinking about.
Oct. 24, 2015
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Thanks for reminding me.
I was playing with Omar in the Hamman team in the Potteries Invitational in those days held in the Assembly Rooms in Stoke-on-Trent. Sadly this wonderful Victorian venue is no longer with us due to cuts in local government funding.

Omar opened 1H and I responded 2D (not GF), Omar bid 3D and I tanked before bidding 4D. Omar put me into game which drifted off because of a bad trump split with 3NT cold. When scoring up Bob asked me why I didn't bid 3NT and I said I was worried about hearts, he said that he usually bid 3NT in these situations unless he was sure it wasn't making. Sadly it cost us the match but the advice has stayed with me.
This is partly because it caused me to mess up a hand in the next match. The opps cashed 5 heart tricks against my 3NT when 6C was cold.
This meant that our chances of making the final evaporated along with my hopes of playing for this team again.
Oct. 24, 2015
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The more I read this forum the more I realise how conservative US bridge is. I think some of it is enforced by the acbl; such as m2d not allowable below sectionals (whatever they are).
I think it's fortunate that you guys seem to breed good card players because I think there's a danger you could be left behind in bidding theory.
Oct. 23, 2015
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X for me is a balanced 12-14 or any strong hand.
2NT is balanced 15-17 doesn't promise a stop.
suit bids are natural and constructive.
so on this hand its a double.
Oct. 23, 2015
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If east is known to pass with hands like that then I have every sympathy with west; one of them has to do something otherwise you will be defending weak 2s all night. East's 2nt bid is about as stupid as it gets opposite someone who is known to be balancing.

Personally I wouldn't want to partner either of these players.
Oct. 23, 2015
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..and a procedural penalty to all the kibbers?
Oct. 22, 2015
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You have your agreements, I have mine.
Oct. 22, 2015
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If only :-(
Oct. 22, 2015
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So I placed my opening bid on the table and my partner correctly announced weak. She was then interrogated by my LHO “So what is he showing?”.
“5-9 hcp and a 6 card suit”
“with 6 spades?”
“yes”
Followed by a slow pass. My partner passes and my rho doesn't have much option.
During the play my partner is getting increasingly angry and frustrated as I keep ducking tricks and on the two occasions I get in I fail to lead trumps.
I keep a straight face (apparently) even though I had intended to open 2H but had somehow managed to open 2S.
-600 was an absolute top with the opps taking 10 or 11 tricks in NT at all of the other tables.
Oct. 22, 2015
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I wasn't here when Dean was posting so have no idea whether his ban was justified or not. However, he is banned and anyone else posting on his behalf should get a ban too; otherwise there is no control over who posts or what is posted.
Oct. 22, 2015
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Card Play Technique by Mollo and Gardner.
My candidate for best bridge book ever written.
Alternate chapters on declarer play and defence with quizzes at the end of each chapter. I pick a quiz every now and again and if I don't get 100% I read the chapter, helps to stop you getting into bad habits.
Oct. 22, 2015
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