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I think all modern roads lead to a heart contract although some will have stopped in 4.
June 3
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No, and its highly unlikely to happen.
June 3
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Make 'em walk home!
June 1
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Its an appeal without merit, the type of appeal that we would like to discourage players from making. Only a complete @#%a2 would make such an appeal, the game would be better off without them.
May 30
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So they misdefended and then wanted help from the TD due to a non-offence. How long can I ban them for?
May 29
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The only difference between weak and strong NT when it comes to playing in 1NT when 2M is better is frequency. You open a weak NT more often so it happens more often. However, it is only an issue if you are playing a weak NT in a predominantly strong NT field (or vice-versa).
May 28
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I'd back the Director.

So your LHO saw what you saw and it still ended up in an appeal, who is your RHO: Shylock?

I would keep their deposit.
May 27
Ian Grant edited this comment May 28
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A weak NT simply makes your non-1NT sequences better, its pre-emptive value is much diminished by modern defences.

You need the invites for matchpoints.
May 27
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Open 1C (short, forcing) and then jump in the minor.
May 26
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The jump to 3 shows a 5 loser hand in my methods.

However we would start 1C - 2C (xfer) - 2D - 2S
so opener knows I have opening values (7 losers) with 5 diamonds and 4 spades.
May 25
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fairy snuff. :-)
May 24
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We know FN were cheating in defence, but do we have any proof that they cheated when bidding?
May 24
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I took a different approach and open 1 with diamonds or a balanced 9-11 in 1st/2nd seat. However the hand must conform to Ro18 (in EBUland) so with 9 hcp I must have a 5422 shape and with 10 I must have a 4432 or 5422. Works well at finding major suit fits with weakish balanced hands.

e.g. 1D-1H-1S shows a balanced 9-11 with 4 spades
1D-1H-1NT shows a balanced 9-11 without a 4-card major.

2-level responses are 2-way transfers; either very weak with a 6 card suit or game-going (but not strong) with a 5 card suit.
May 24
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I thought it was my turn…
May 22
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I am taking a devil's advocate position here because others are making too many unwarranted assumptions, we really need more info from Vigfus.

Were CCs required in this session?
What was NS's actual agreement?
Did west think his final pass was forcing?
May 22
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Maybe south didn't see the double and thought east had passed…
May 22
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Since when did north get to see south's hand?
North is only obliged to disclose agreements, we don't know if they were correct or not. If you were east or west and asserted that North was lying you would find yourself in very hot water.
May 21
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You can't penalize someone for not having a CC if they are playing in a session that doesn't require one. I usually carry a mini-CC on club nights (where CCs are not required) which basically covers opening bids and carding, it does not cover this situation.

North stated what he thought their agreement was, either he or South got it wrong. Players are allowed to have misunderstandings.

Now it looks to me that west thought his final pass was forcing, either he or East got it wrong. Players are allowed to have misunderstandings.

The only contentious action I can see is the redouble, is this using UI from North's explanation, or is it AI from North's pass?
May 21
Ian Grant edited this comment May 21
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Who lied? When?
May 21
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What infraction?
Even if there was one (which isn't clear cut) e/w are supposed to take reasonable steps to protect themselves.
May 21
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