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Talk about the devil being in the detail….

I was more interested in the player's reaction to the story.
Oct. 21, 2015
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Hi Yuan,
against better opponents methods matter however.
They sure do; which is why I play some fairly unusual stuff!

Let's say I'm sat the same way as Kieran Dyke and Michael Byrne for example (recent winners of the Great Northern Swiss Pairs in the UK). Their judgement is probably better than mine, their declarer play is probably better than mine and their defence….
So if I'm playing similar methods who is going to get the better score?

If I play quite different methods then I've got a chance if the cards suit my methods more than they suit theirs. Note that this is a zero risk strategy in a good quality field because I would otherwise be expecting to do badly.

When we play well we often get into the prize money in EBU (and WBU) events so it does work.

MPs or IMPs matters too; you can take bigger risks in MPs events because a bottom is just a bottom.
Oct. 21, 2015
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Several years ago we played a swiss pairs match (7 boards) against a guy who regularly topped the EBU Masterpoint charts each year (sadly, he is no longer with us). We made every contract we bid and held them or took them off in every contract they bid. Every hand was a part score and we were pleased with our performance against a tough pair.

We lost 20-0.

Our opponent was kind enough to tell us why; we hadn't competed enough in the auction. Our bidding strategy changed that day! Now, we rarely let our opps play in anything less than 2S. The sandwich NT is a big part of this strategy, especially if one of our suits is spades.
.eg. p-(1D)-p-(1H)-1NT-(x)-2S….

All the 1NT promises is 4-4 in the other two suits and less than opening values; I'll bid it on as few as 5 points in the right circumstances. Partner will usually raise to the level of the fit. I'll let the opps pick the bones out of it.
Oct. 21, 2015
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Looks like you have too many gadgets to choose from! :-¿
From your options the natural 3D looks like a solid start.
Oct. 21, 2015
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The trouble with playing 1NT as strong in this position is that you only get a suitable hand once every blue moon. That may be fine for imps but at MPs its a wasted opportunity.
Oct. 21, 2015
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Perhaps we should be suspicious of any pair whose results playing together are in another league to those when they play with others. Particularly if they are playing something unusual or which experts think is ‘unplayable’.

(That's me in the dock then!)
Oct. 20, 2015
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We've done that once but we had to give it back.
Oct. 20, 2015
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In the UK we can submit suggestions for House of Commons debates via a government website.

After 10,000 signatures, petitions get a response from the government.

After 100,000 signatures, petitions are considered for debate in Parliament.

Various methods are used to publicise petitions.
Oct. 20, 2015
Ian Grant edited this comment Oct. 20, 2015
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3H level of fit; hoping to silence the opps.
I can't imagine that pass will buy you the contract.
Oct. 20, 2015
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My agreement is that 1NT only promises a stop in suits bid on my right so that doesn't help here.
If 1C can be short then X looks like the only option.
If 1C is natural then I hope I'm playing inverted raises in a competitive auction.
Oct. 20, 2015
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“so pick one you and your partner like and can have fun with. ”
Best advice ever.
Oct. 20, 2015
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My answer was low from Qxxx but second from Jxxx; and then I saw the ‘Robinson’ approach about leading to an empty dummy and thought “I like that”.
Oct. 20, 2015
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I'm definitely passing 3D on the first board, how many times am I going to bid this mediocre hand? Partner still has a bid…
Oct. 20, 2015
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A truly excellent idea; could we have one for English too.
Oct. 19, 2015
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As Jane; the other benefit is it stops opener bidding 1NT.
Oct. 19, 2015
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To misquote Miss Piggy “Thar on t'thin ice fro-og”!
Oct. 19, 2015
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And “ey up” and “'ang on a bit” instead of alert and stop cards.
Oct. 18, 2015
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M2D used to be L3 and above but individual clubs could choose not to allow it. The EBU has now scrapped L3 and all events and most club nights are now level 4. In L4 any 2 level opener can be of a multi type and include a selection of weak, strong and strong balanced options.
Oct. 18, 2015
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I have just returned from Paris where even the Italian restauranteur spoke fluent English.
Oct. 18, 2015
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Live. Learn.
Thanks!
Oct. 18, 2015
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