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“Truly, it boggles my imagination to think that partner could not overcall 1, could not make a bid beyond 1 over partner's double … But now, suddenly, he has a heart holding that ought to be superior to my spade holding.”

He doesn't need a heart holding that is superior to your spade holding; he just needs a hand such that you will make more tricks in hearts than in spades. e.g. if he is very weak with lots of hearts then you may well be better off in hearts, your top spades will score tricks regardless of being trumps; and if you are in spades you may well be on your own, unable to get to dummy.
Sept. 30
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Pearson had a point!
Sept. 27
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I'd be more surprised if they had.
Sept. 25
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They issued reminders one season; games are refereed by the home team. Unfortunately I have had to give up playing do to arthritic knees; just starting on the Total Knee Replacement journey, probably January for the first one.
Sept. 24
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With 6 divisions; has been running since 1931.
Sept. 24
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When we teach 1NT we tell our students that their partner must announce 12-14.
When we teach the 2, 2, 2 responses we teach them what to announce, and that they need to alert 2.

We teach them about the STOP card and when they can ask about bids.

Etiquette is probably more important than making the correct bid; it avoids getting into trouble.
Sept. 23
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'Bad' teachers.
Sept. 23
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“Transfer” would be wrong in Ebuland in any case; you are supposed to state the promised suit e.g. “hearts”
If there isn't a promised suit then the correct action is to alert.
Sept. 23
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1NT (12-14) opener must reopen with a useless doubleton in order to penalise opps who make inadvisable overcalls. Allows partner to make takeout doubles.
Sept. 23
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Kevin,
Sheffield Table Tennis League, so supposedly proper ping pong.
Sept. 23
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For me it will show 8 losers…
Sept. 23
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We prefer standard count when declarer leads, udca when we do.
Sept. 23
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Sept. 23
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“A client” is an unfortunate euphemism over here, for a 4 letter word most of which are in the original.
Sept. 22
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(I think I have related this story before.)

We were playing against a notorious tanker who lead from dummy, my partner followed in tempo and then he went into a trance for several minutes (at least 5 or 6). My partner then made a gesture which meant “what is he thinking about?”; he immediately played the Ace and dropped my singleton King.

At the end of the hand I gave my partner a huge telling off at the table “What were you thinking? You are supposed to sit there impassively. Why do you think he was sat there for ages? He was just waiting for one of us to crack so that he could get a read and it worked. You just gave us a bottom because we can't prove he was cheating.”
“Sorry partner.”

We then moved to the next table; declarer never said a word; but he has never done it again when playing against us.
Sept. 22
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Probability doesn't come into it, what is our agreement for a double here? I think it should show shortage but I don't play Lucas/Muiderberg.
Sept. 22
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We teach alerting/announcing at the same time as teaching the bid and are very proactive in enforcing them during the play sections of our lessons. The aim is that these actions become automatic.
Sept. 22
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Glad to see that Frances Hinden's dislike of Lady's events doesn't extend to mixed pairs, bring that gold medal home!
Sept. 22
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Doesn't bidding 3 get us playing in 3 rather than 2x ?
Sept. 21
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Very confusing to see Northampton and Chesterfield (not to mention Florence) in Hampshire!
Sept. 21
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