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@Chris this is why I cringe when OPPs ask about auctions.

My usual first response is that for us no bids promise anything. Our bids suggest this and that, but partner is free to deviate.
2 hours ago
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I asked, “Will you throw your hand . . . .” because that's exactly what my OPP did one day after:

1* (P**) P (P).

* Precision limited opening. May have as few as 0 s. At least 1 4-card MAJ.

** Can have 10 solid s. Apparently.
10 hours ago
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Well, some are going to object that “logically” is a loaded term. But yes.
10 hours ago
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Without naming names, some people now have jobs (not that they didn't have jobs before) in addition to everything else. I heard a rumor about 2 months without bridge or something to that effect.
11 hours ago
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Yu was not my partner on these hands.
12 hours ago
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I don't know. But if I were coordinating a tournament and wanted to sell the maximum number of entries, I think I would hold the most popular event a maximum number of times.

Bridge and/or competitive purity be damned.
13 hours ago
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I am not the one that said Yes. I am the one that made the bid.

My partner is less familiar with these opponents.

I did call the director and made sure that they had accurate information.
April 22
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Yu and I used to say, “Whatever s/he considers an opening bid up to about 16 HCPs.” (we used a different range for 1 than this current partner.

We (both partnerships) do tend to open excruciatingly light in 3rd seat, especially at favorable vulnerability.

I will just adjust to say, “Opening bid up to 15 or 16 points” and leave it at that. I am not a K&R person, but Hand 1 has 13 points in my length count (for openings) system - High Cards, +1 for 5th in long suit, +1 for 4th in second long suit, +1 for 5th in second long suit.
April 22
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My question on hand 2 was merely if “Yes” to “Standard?” is misleading enough that I should take action.

(FWIW – These OPPs would NEVER open 3D with only 6 in suit).
April 22
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Resents the fact that there are people that do away from the table preparation of any sort. As if it were somehow unfair to them. Because they don't.
April 22
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Before I even show up, I can tell who the teams will be and we all know each other and each others' methods. I may be surprised.
April 22
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I doubt that there are any such players. Ax, Kx, 5432, AKQJ9.
April 22
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Here's my point: “Could be short” does not nearly come close to containing everything I know about the hand and most people in the Saturday afternoon club game don't have any idea that they don't know nearly what I know about the hand.

But if the rules nits want me to say “could be short” then that's what I will say. If you're playing in the D23 GNT finals next weekend, be prepared.
April 22
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@ those berating OPP.

OPP is one of those players that resents that people have detailed agreements.
April 22
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Clearly 1M does not require an alert.
April 22
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<<The alert procedure requires the announcement “may be short” rather than an alert.>>

I would agree with this in a non-limited opening context and I note that Danny Sprung made the same comment upthread. However, I had been informed/instructed that the combination of a limited opening together with the could be short feature required a different treatment.

Also, we play 10-12/13 NTs NV 123. Are we required to alert this auction: 1 - 1 - 1NT (which shows 14-16).
April 22
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This whole thread made me think of a question that came up in my 199er Post Mortem class on WE. The Responder's hand after a 1 opening was K93 AKT2 Q64 863 (Board 12, The Common Game, Afternoon Session, 4/18/18). These 199ers have picked up Jacoby 2NT GF raise, but don't have DC's agreements around 1 - 2 . . . and wanted my input.

Well since you are charging them for your expertise, hopefully you have some . . . .
April 22
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There is something to be said for x's being penalty/lead directing oriented rather than TO in OPPs GF* auction.

*Since the OPPs are GF'ing, I cannot be suggesting NT as a place to play so that would be my TO bid.
April 22
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Well . . . presentation matters. A point I would make to people complaining about apparently inconsistent interpretations. Along with my usual point that we are not compensating directors as if they are federal court judges . . . .
April 22
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Gene: That comments moves me solidly toward a Claytonian position that the pre-alert process has gotten out of hand. And I am generally in favor of pre-alerts.
April 22
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