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Henrik, this sequence was published in the ACBL bulletin last month. The conclusion was not comparable. I sure hope the continent does not go the other way on this.
16 hours ago
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Were I do define this sequence… 2 could be 11 balanced.

2M or 3 would show unbalanced hands and enough to game force opposite 11. 3 would show 4 card support unbalanced. If shortness somewhere, would be minimum hand else splinter. 2M would be 4-5

2D would be my punt. We can get out in 2N or 3m if responder has the balanced 11 (2N rebid). Could be stronger.

2N would show a desire to bid NT. Would not be total trash and would be game forcing opposite 11 HCP.

Splinters available to show significant extras. I'd rather leave the sequence undefined than have 2 promise or deny anything.
Feb. 17
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No. Never the term “interpreting” Opps are entitled your agreements, or lack thereof The are not entitled interpretations, nor is your partner. See Kit's response the difference is subtle, but important.
Feb. 16
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true. Undiscussed, I would not promise or deny anything at this point. There might be an advantage to having an agreement here, not sure, but can play whatever.
Feb. 16
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The Ten lead might force partner to play declarer for Jx. I'd think about what could go wrong.
Feb. 16
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I just show a 4 card major that wants to bid the major.
Feb. 16
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It seems to me we have already exceeded the level of discussion that I typically have for a casual partnership playing 2/1.
Feb. 16
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You are being too kind to your partner.
Feb. 16
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Expanding on Gary's mentor idea…. How about pyramid points? They could be sandstone color.

You need x number sandstone points for each ranking. Sandstone point are earned when a member you recruited attains various milestones.. Getting a new member all the way to national master should be enough sandstone points for LM. Getting a bunch of members as far as Junior should be enough as well. etc.

If a member you recruit becomes a grand LM, you get some special category (Phoenix?)

“come granddaughter, you have to come play with me…”
Feb. 16
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You can balance with this kind of hand if you want. The problem with bidding directly is that partner is allowed to have a real 2-suiter, and we have support!
Feb. 15
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so swap the N/S hands and we make 5. If you were +200 in a part score, maybe you would be having the opposite argument.
Feb. 15
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I once asked the director to come check my partner's hand when I knew for sure partner had more. I don't see a limit. Some people get confused and I play with those people.
Feb. 15
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Richard, One could argue it was the H2 that was SP since the entire suit was known at trick one, and that the HK was just 3rd hand high at trick 3, and making sure not to block the suit. But the trumps were absolutely SP.

David, East does not want a shift. East want hearts continued.
Feb. 15
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Cosa Nostra? When they play each other is it “no holds barred”, or is it “Don't s#!t where you eat?”
Feb. 15
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The problem with a bidding problem is that a large percentage will have a pet bid that shows a 2.5 raise and really feel the need to show it.

1 P 3 = 9-10 and 4 trumps. Brilliant for this hand. But no help for the evaluation question, and sacrifices an otherwise useful bid. We already saw Gary do this below.
Feb. 15
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South has 7 losers. That's down 4 or -800. E/W can't do anything about that. South can play a trump to the King to create an additional loser.

800 comes into play because if e/w get too active, that is all the tricks South will lose. There have been all sorts of suggestions (cash club ace… sky club ace… shift to trumps…) all which seem designed to help South toward that result.

I have no idea where you get 1400. Down 5 is 1100. That is the best e/w can do. South is entitled 3 trumps and 2 aces with the worst play.

If your partner is asleep, we should settle for 800, but cashing the Ace is a mistake, so we really can't put blame on not doing it.

Where we can place blame are the two actual errors.

1) Not shifting to a diamond
2) Ignoring partner's suit preference and crashing the clubs.

I weighed #2 at 70% since ducking is a baby play if you trust partner's signal.
Feb. 15
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Depends who is declarer.
Feb. 15
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Richard, prefer… I prefer McCabe, but alas don't get to play it that way very often.
Feb. 14
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I prefer all new suits non-forcing after a weak 2 bid, but few of my random partnerships play this way.
Feb. 14
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maybe. Am i south or north :-)
Feb. 14
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