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If (big if) a bit is established north is looking at 2+ defensive tricks with an exclamation point on the plus.

On this vul does anyone actually look at the north hand in pass out seat and think their partner was considering a double?
Jan. 27
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A club lead, a stray black Queen(10?) in south or a declarer misguess even in crossing to hand is enough to beat this.

Given the accelerated high level of the auction it is going to take a lot more than a “slight” hesitation to take me off the double.
Jan. 25
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You also have the advantage of knowing where most of the missing high cards are which is often worth a trick in the play of the hand.

Should the opponents bid on partners defence will also be more effective at least by mid-hand than if you had passed or even balanced in a suit.
Jan. 7
John Gillespie edited this comment Jan. 7
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I think “I don't have enough information” (why not?) = No. At least until further notice.
Jan. 2
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I'm in the acbl where 2 is not alertable (today? yesterday? tomorrow?) I think.

If it was alertable wherever this occurred I object strongly (yet again) to the notion that the non-offenders have to protect themselves by asking if competent opponents have bothered to follow THE %%#@!%& RULES!

Often giving inferences and clues that can be used against them in the play of the hand let alone the rest of the auction.
Jan. 1
John Gillespie edited this comment Jan. 1
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Against a strong club we overcall naturally and often on a lead directing 4-card suit aiming at first to set the defence.

Direct overcalls tend strongly to deny a decent opening hand as we pass with those unless very shapely where dbl = majors and 1nt = minors doesn't fit.

After 1 negative and 1nt or something else non forcing by opener either one of us can almost always come in when we should.
Dec. 28, 2018
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Gotta run it at least twice (or more) to see if it catches on.

The optics of collecting 3 sessions of entries for 2 sessions of hands played is particularly bad.
Dec. 20, 2018
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“However, as he became familiar with their methods, both from kibitzing so many hands and from studying their system notes, which they voluntarily provided to him”

This from Richard Colker. So our National Recorder is provided with your system notes and kibitzes for thousands of hands….. none of which you cheat on.

I'm shocked, SHOCKED I say.
Dec. 19, 2018
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I have been able to quote the relevant laws and state my case effectively during the directors deliberation for a loooong time should I think they are on the wrong track.

I may be an outlier but have NEVER appealed a ruling in 40 years. Only had 3 or 4 appeals against, almost all at our teammates table and won them all too.
Dec. 15, 2018
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Recruit experts to play a simple system, understandable to the hoi paloi (with a bit of help), put up some prize money and televise it. Youtube it as well, along with the most basic lessons.

Commentators can touch on the complexities that await newcomers to intrigue them without scaring them off.

We used to have SAYC only pair games at Regionals and whatever the market wants plus a good hospitality suite would help tournament attendance.
Dec. 14, 2018
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My first ever psyche was opening 1 on a 2 count and then realizing I had counted 13 cards, not points.

I still do it almost always but face down now.
Dec. 11, 2018
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Playing 3 as fit showing AND forcing is “daft” and when not including “forcing” in the explanation is bizarre.
Dec. 9, 2018
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And west bid 3 despite the explanation? I want to rule 3 down whatever GIB says +1
Dec. 9, 2018
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This is often a now or never hand with that stiff spade.

That said, I open here about every 6 months to either blow a trick on partners lead or remind myself how dangerous it is with my glass 1/2 full partner.
Dec. 8, 2018
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I don't open either, in particular #2 because I can (almost) always bid spades at my next turn if it looks right.

Reverse the majors and I'm in.
Dec. 8, 2018
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There is a flip side. We had a Kiwi transplant that won 3 or 4 National Titles before she made LM.

Lived in a small town with 1 small weekly club game and spent some time playing in my local clubs where they consistently would announce “Todays game is silver and/or red points”.

It took forever for her to get her blacks.
Dec. 7, 2018
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It's a bold idea involving poaching best practice from the rest of the World so sadly it has no chance with our current bunch running things. I soo wish it was not in so many respects.

Just think of what it would do for Sectionals. In South Africa these are often held off season at Resorts with 1 pairs game running 3-4 days before a Swiss at the end. One or two days are only 1 session with activities that make it a true holiday.

Pre-booking required based on available space and flexibility in future scheduling to match demand.
Dec. 7, 2018
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See above. It was marked on the cc so misbid not MI and no infraction since east had a clear pass of 2.
Dec. 4, 2018
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So the onus is on the non-offenders to protect themselves by asking instead of the offenders to follow the freaking rules?

Not calling the director before playing the hand is one thing but I call B.S. on that part.
Dec. 3, 2018
John Gillespie edited this comment Dec. 3, 2018
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Peg: I prefaced that part with “on the ball”. When I am I explain the lack of alert and add a “do you need a director?” part.

Of course I play in a lot of fields where the opps are not always familiar with the laws/procedures but that can apply to foreigners in ACBL land too.
Dec. 3, 2018
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