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Switzerland might have a suitable sponsor if you're not too fussy about who your opponents might be.
Aug. 17
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For any good partnership, โ€˜12โ€“14โ€™ includes a good 11 or a bad 15.
No need to announce that, just put it on your CC.
Just bridge, but with full disclosure.
Aug. 17
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The bottom line is: what sort of reputation would you like?

Do you want to be considered a bit shady, only revealing what you absolutely have to and taking a few liberties here and there.

Do you want to be considered a bit namby-pamby; disclosing every nuance of your system at the slightest opportunity and complaining about the opps not doing the same.

There's a middle way, just say what you play!

'Just Bridge' means that if you declare your range to be X-to-Y then we expect it to be a good (X-1) to a poor (Y+1); it is NEVER (X-2) or (Y+2).

Announcements are meant to be pithy reminders to the opps; they are not full disclosure. E.g. our partner opens 2 and we announce “weak”; we don't announce a point range or any shape constraints such as no void or ‘at most 3 hearts’ or anything else we have agreed. These details are on the CC.

So for 1NT we announce “12-14” and our CC states “may be a good 11 or poor 15”.
If someone announced “11-14” then I would expect them to open some 10 counts.
Aug. 17
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Our course is approx 35 lessons which are each about 15-20 minutes presentation plus 2 hours of play.
Aug. 16
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I'm going to ‘borrow’ this!
Aug. 16
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Never with an Ace, sometimes with a K.
Aug. 16
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Agreed. It can often be better to have the balanced 12-14 hand as dummy in particular, this of course means that transfers opposite a weak NT can be a double edged sword.
Aug. 15
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Sheffield Bridge Club started a new duplicate session for inexperienced players tonight, we set a limit of NGS grade 8 which basically means anyone averaging less than 51%.

Was expecting 3-4 tables but got 7 1/2!

This was played in parallel with the normal thursday night session which has traditionally been the night the stronger players turn out. That section had 9 tables.

We played the same hands so that the ‘improvers’ can compare their efforts with those of the ‘experts’.

The biggest difference is the normal session managed 27 boards in 3 1/4 hours, the ‘relaxed’ session only managed 21. I ran the relaxed session and got precisely zero TD calls.

The only ‘incident’ was when it was getting a little noisy and someone issued a loudish ‘shush’, I said we don't do ‘shushing’ in this session!
Aug. 15
Ian Grant edited this comment Aug. 15
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We lead 2nd highest from these holdings unless partner has bid the suit.
Aug. 15
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The birthday probability is usually worked out inversely.
You start with 1 person and the work out the probability of a second person not having the same birthday. So 364/365.
Add a third person and it becomes 364*363/365*365.
By the time you get to thirty this sum becomes less than 50%.
Aug. 13
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I too believe Mrs C. is due a turn on the couch.

However, I strongly suspect that Annie's ‘couch’ will turn out to be the large pocket sprung one in the master bedroom with David able to sleep “where the heck he likes.”

:-)
Aug. 13
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Where would 2C-6H have got me?
Aug. 12
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If I can't open 1 with a 5008 I'm passing.
Aug. 12
Ian Grant edited this comment Aug. 12
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Transfer to clubs, either weak or game-going.
Aug. 12
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Are these lessons several days long?
Aug. 12
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Solo Whist players can be difficult, they will insist on leading the lowest card from an honour sequence and won't lead trumps when defending.
Aug. 12
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TIC.
Aug. 12
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I think I've seen these before…
Aug. 12
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If I downgrade I could open 1NT (12-14).
Aug. 12
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Actually you will be playing 2S whichever route you take, the only difference is who will be declarer.
Aug. 12
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