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Sounds like you have an agreement then, and the director was right that you have an illegal agreement.
Jan. 3, 2017
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What would you answer if the opponents asked “could your partner have a singleton which is not the Ace, King or Queen?”
Jan. 3, 2017
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“… how often the logical choice is different from the one that may seem ‘obvious’.”

This is actually something I don't like about most problem solving books. You can do really well by following the algorithm: Figure out what you are naturally inclined to do. Then look around for the trick that means your natural inclination is wrong.

The problem is, that algorithm isn't useful at the bridge table. Since most of the time there isn't a trick, you could waste a lot of time looking for the trick that isn't there, and your natural inclination was right all along (there's a reason it's your natural inclination, after all!). I want a book that teaches me when it is right to look for the trick.
Dec. 30, 2016
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Doesn't leading low to the J lose an extra trump trick, even when the split, if RHO wins - now or after a shift?
Dec. 18, 2016
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Just charge \$1 more to the pairs which want to play NS
Dec. 12, 2016
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I always played 2 without interference as natural and forcing. And so I assumed that with interference it was also natural and forcing. Then my partner told me that in interference it was just a raise asking for a lead.
Dec. 6, 2016
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How about shows 3 card support AND extras (game invitational, 18 ish points) in both auctions?
Dec. 6, 2016
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I analyze it like this. It is the same as what 1NT-(2)-X would be. Everyone (?) plays “systems on” with 1NT overcalls. Now, you just need to look at your convention card, and see if you play negative doubles over 1NT. The generic principle to follow is that if my X is penalty, then partner's X is penalty. If my X is takeout, then partner's X is takeout.
Dec. 5, 2016
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My thinking was: the only suit that can't blow a trick is diamonds. If declarer has Ax(xx), he was always going to be able to finesse anyway. I didn't think about declarer holding A9x when I made that decision.
Nov. 30, 2016
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If partner has that hand, why didn't he bid 4NT?
Nov. 18, 2016
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Oh, if my XX is natural, then that's what I should bid. Now I have to change my vote to abstain since I don't understand the agreements.
Nov. 15, 2016
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Is 2NT forcing?
Nov. 15, 2016
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Since redouble is negative, I can't imagine partner leaving it in. So 2xx doesn't appear to be a possible contract.

If I pass and make 4 when 3/4NT was on, then I lose an imp or two (+580 vs. +600). If I pass and make 5 when 3/4/5NT was on, then I gain around 4 imps (+780 vs. +630). If I pass when slam was on, then I lose a ton of imps (+980 vs. +1370/+1440).

So I think I have to bid on. Since XX shows the other suits, Partner should figure out that my 3 bid is natural, and hopefully we can bid constructively from there.
Nov. 15, 2016
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Would it be so crazy to change the stop card to orange?
Nov. 5, 2016
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Last I checked your partner was allowed to make bids also, even after passing originally.
Nov. 3, 2016
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I mean an article with a poll. And it is not obvious to me how to “target” it to the intermediate forum, please advise what I should do.
Nov. 2, 2016
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We should post ATBs showing only the hands of the alleged misbidders and add an option " not such a great game, no blame"
Oct. 26, 2016
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Isn't 4-2 better than 5X=?
Oct. 6, 2016
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Offer to play?
Oct. 6, 2016
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If you bid 3 and partner thinks it was a 3NT try and bids 3NT, can't you just correct to 4?
Oct. 6, 2016
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