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Reese, but it is tough to choose between him and Kelsey.
12 hours ago
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I should perhaps have made slightly more clear that both opponents reacted visibly and audibly to my lack of alert of 2. Perhaps unsurprisingly they both had significant holdings.

I am happy to admit to making a mistake. That is (partially) why I posted this. But I would like to avoid being a conduit for club-holding opponents next time.
Feb. 16
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Answered ‘other’, since either you have discussed it and know the answer, or haven't and are heading for a disaster of enough magnitude to be worth posting on BW afterwards :)
Feb. 9
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Blue Club provided a playable approach, using canape to show mostly shapely hands. Hands with clubs are treated differently.

We have been playing Blue with intermediate 2/. Works quite well. Flannery hands: try not to pick these up..
Feb. 6
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Isn't the hand over the J supposed to say something to the effect of, “sorry, I have no problem” after they realize they have inadvertently tanked before playing? If they were actually giving deep thought to which diamond to play from x(x(x(x(x)))) then I think I would be booking a trip to the Partnership Shop soon.
Jan. 29
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Swiss Teams, Sectional, yesterday.
Board 17, we had a good auction to a cold 7 after a 2 opener. Our expert opps at the other table had a misunderstanding and only reached 6. 11 IMPs to the good guys.
On the next board we reached a normal 6 with an 8-card fit missing the Q. Our expert opps at the other table had a misunderstanding and bid 7. The Q was onside. 11 IMPs
to the bad guys.
Jan. 15
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UK audience only: I was on Top of the Form, BBC TV panel game thingy between 4-person school teams. I would have been 11 or 12 at the time. I did poorly on a sports question, which did little to improve the quality of my school life for the next couple of years.

We lost - first round - and I think that was the only appearance by the Liverpool Institute in ToTF.
Jan. 9
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It's not clear. I think that there is a general sense of ‘meeting’ and a more specific sense of the New Year's ritual (who should enter one's house first in order to maximize luck in the coming year).
Jan. 6
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“n-way” takes fewer keystrokes :)
Jan. 5
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1-(1)-X-(p)-2-(p)-2 would show a GF hand with hearts (because 1-(1)-2 would have shown 5-8 with hearts).
Dec. 27, 2017
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I can imagine some minimum hands where responder might pass. Obviously he will attempt to keep the auction alive on most hands.

Yes (with 5-8 and a suit he would have bid 2 over 1).

Yes.

This is not actually my system but I am attempting to make intelligent guesses.
Dec. 27, 2017
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No. Yes.
Dec. 27, 2017
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Did N lose an Ace somewhere….?
Dec. 15, 2017
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At our table (we were EW), NS started 1c-1h-2d-2s (unalerted, but emphatic) followed eventually by a 4c/4NT sequence that I think showed that the partnership had 8 Aces. Someone ended the Ace-asking with a graceful leap to 7NT. Only 2 NS pairs found 7NT in our 11-table game; 3 pairs found 6NT.
Dec. 15, 2017
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There are various ways to handle a positive response to 1 with a balanced hand. An advantage of those ways that show range immediately is that opener has a better of the combined HCP when there is competition. On this particular hand, W would be in a somewhat better position if he knew that E was in the 12-13 range rather than 8-11. Still nontrivial to find the fit and untangle which Kings are valuable, etc.

Of course, TANSTAAFL applies - having more than 1 response for a balanced positive consumes another possibly useful positive response.
Dec. 10, 2017
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The “best” EW effort was -870. We also got a few fractional MP from the pairs that tied our -400 (3N-4, 4s-4).
Dec. 7, 2017
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Thanks, Paul, I think it's becoming clearer now.
Nov. 18, 2017
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This example is exactly what I am having a problem with (in addition to that preposition):

Auction 1: 1 - 1; 2 - 3 … (finds their 4-4 fit)

Auction 2: 1 - 2; 2NT .. (didn't find the 4-4 fit)

Auction 3: 1 - 1 => 2; 2 .. (finds the 4-4 fit)

In auction 2, there is no reason for opener to probe a 4-4M fit, since responder denies one. Auction 3 is presumably illegal since only UI tells opener that responder may have a 4M. But this is orthogonal to HJ (a couple of comments above this one).
Nov. 18, 2017
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Indeed. I am impressed beyond words.
Nov. 14, 2017
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Yes, W changed 3 to a pass.
Nov. 14, 2017
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