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Isn't 3 basically a transfer to 4?
Oct. 17
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Do you trust your partner or the opponents?
Oct. 17
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If 1a-1b-1NT-2NT-3-3NT shows a balanced strong NT (15-17), and the 1NT bid showed a balanced weak NT (12-14), then … who cares? Why not just bid 3NT directly?
Oct. 16
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I read it as West alerted 2 and South did not ask for an explanation at the time.
Oct. 12
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So if the bid meant what South thought it meant, it should have been alerted, but given NS's actual agreements, it was correctly not alerted.
Oct. 12
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I don't get 3NT here. I see approximately 6 tricks in my hand and quite possibly no entry to dummy.
Oct. 12
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In the ACBL, cue bids are never alertable. What is the rule in the WBF?
Oct. 12
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Someone should invent 4-handed chess clocks, and then it all becomes easy. If you put a computer on it you can even go back and measure how long BITs were.
Oct. 8
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Specifically, if Opener has a one-sided stopper like Kx(x) you now cannot bid 3NT at all.
Oct. 8
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i don't know what happened or if the penalties are fair … but if a penalty has no chance to swing the winner of an event, then there's no point in having penalties. So, once we've agreed to allow penalties, we must be comfortable with the fact that every once in a while the winner will be decided on penalties!
Oct. 8
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Playing 12-14 NT you wouldn't open?
Oct. 7
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The biggest weirdness of SAYC is that it doesn't include new minor forcing. So with invitational and a 5 card major, you have to bid 2NT, and either you wallow in 2NT or Opener will make a move .. stopping to bid 3 with 3 card support.

On this particular hand, if Partner has a max 14 HCP but only two spades, I'm not sure I want to be in game, so I choose 2. If Pard takes a preference to 2, then I can raise that to 3. And if Pard passes us out in 2, that's not so bad either.
Oct. 7
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If partner has a random 3 count, it looks like I'll probably get 8 quick tricks, and the opponents will run their suit when I try to develop #9. If partner has 6 points, I won't get passed out in 1.
Oct. 7
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deleted: oops, forgot my own auction!
Oct. 6
Jordan Lampe edited this comment Oct. 6
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The short answer is: undiscussed. The longer answer is: Probably it denies 3, but I could see someone bidding 2NT here on a 4333 hand with relatively bad spades and tenaces everywhere.
Oct. 6
Jordan Lampe edited this comment Oct. 6
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What about West's hand doesn't indicate defending? The Pass over 2 showed a balanced minimum without extra diamond length, right? Is West supposed to wait until he's got AKJTx of hearts to be allowed to pass here?
Oct. 6
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Other than the J, which honor isn't working?
Oct. 5
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I mean … I get that if I don't bid NT now that I may never have another chance if North bids 3 … but if the A is our only stopper, and pard raises me with a random 14 or 15 count, I don't see 9 quick tricks.
Oct. 5
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Sometimes I am in the mood for top level bridge, and sometimes I am tired or distracted or whatever and just want to play some cards at a bridge table. In the latter case, I don't play as well as in the former case. If I have a skill-only rating I am trying to maintain, then that means you are telling me that it is in my best interests to not play bridge at all unless I can commit to being on top of my game.
Oct. 2
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The current master points system has one feature that makes it more skill based than people give it credit for. Specifically, no matter who you are, your expected master points per game is higher when you are flight C than when you are flight B which is higher than flight A. So, while the player who plays 100 times as often as another will still have more master points more or less regardless of skill, it won't be 100 times as many unless the skill is equal.
Oct. 2
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