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My partner & I play 2/1 but open 12-14 NT, so we have to rebid 1S because a 1NT rebid would promise 15-17. I abstained so that this treatment would not affect the outcome of your wager.
July 13
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Take a look at the Friday/Saturday schedule for the Wilkes-Barre tournament, August 5-11. Mr. Yuenger would appear to be right - My apology if I mis-stated http://tournaments.acbl.org/schedule.php?sanction=1908032
July 11
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“Relegated” was my choice of words, Melanie. Don't know if TD's use that word, but it seemed like an appropriate choice given the large BW audience who might also follow (non-North American) football. Cheers
July 11
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LOL - Your answer looks like a BIT, but there is only one logical way to handle it. Cheers
July 11
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This idea seems to be catching on in North American regionals, as I see some version of it in many tournament flyers: 2-day KO = 1 day of Swiss to determine brackets (and for 2nd day qualifying?), then bracketed KO on 2nd day (Don't know if they have 4-team brackets or 6 teams with 1/3 going on to the evening final).

Since I always want to take some time off at any 6+-day tournament, I never mind the straight KO and if we lose in the 1st session of any day, I just found some time off.
July 11
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Steve & Ray, My point of discussion was intended to be about how the lowest ranked team in the top bracket (pick your # teams per bracket) would feel about being relegated to the 2nd bracket.
July 11
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I've followed a number of “Can we play up?” threads - Here's a point I do not recall being raised: The last time my team asked to play up in a KO bracket A, the director's reply was “Yes, if the 8th team in the bracket does not mind being relegated to bracket B”. I thought it was a thoughtful reply, and wonder how many 8th-ranked bracket A teams would be happy to “play down”?

BTW, in a prior event our team had to work hard to convince the director to let us play up into bracket A. We got to the final match against a very, very good team. No-one thought we could win, and we didn't. But the loss was respectable, and we “won” the 2nd half of the match by a small margin. Playing against such a good team, win or (probably) lose, was a wonderful experience for us. I'm looking forward to buying that director a drink.
July 10
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In support of your initial suggestion (1,2,3,…), an interesting read is the book “Bowling Alone”
July 10
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Thanks for reporting these good news incidents. Surely someone could find two bottles of wine?
July 8
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6C, because partner can never know enough (my Club void) to know to bid 6 when it makes. Ready to accept my share of the responsibility - pre-empts work sometimes!
July 1
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We open 1NT with 12-14 and use Guoba Rescue which, after the direct DBL, allows us to “escape” with any single suited or 2-suited hand. When the opponents DBL in balancing seat and it comes around to responder, a suit bid is to play and RDBL means “start running” in any 4-cd suit. Yes, there is an occasional disaster. Sometimes we use garbage Stayman when there is no direct DBL. It often works out but, yes, we once ended up declaring in our 3-2 Diamond fit (undoubled) for -300.
April 3
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IMO, any hand that would cause partner to pass 3D would be so poor that bidding 3NT would not be a great 2nd choice. I bid 4C without the hesitation, so bid it with the hesitation. I will happily call the director on myself, and be ready to apologize if the world concludes that I don't at all understand the ethical imperatives.
March 19
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The need to think before choosing pass or choose to play 3C (or 3D)
March 19
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David, would you please help me understand what hand you would hold as East, including an 8-cd heart suit, and make no bid over the 1D opening bid, plus then bid 1H in response to partner's balancing dble?
March 19
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I would open 1NT, mostly because it is our point range (according to the author) and I try to shy away from making anti-agreement bids that will leave partner wondering far too often. However, I agree with the added strength of the hand, and have no big issue with a non-1NT opening. BUT, I was more than halfway through all the comments and feeling weird from wondering "Why is no-one considering a 1S opening??) Thanks Christopher & Kit, because if I got the urge to not open 1NT, I would definitely open 1S (Partner and I never are bothered when either has a decent reason to treat a 4-cd suit like a 5-cd suit)
March 19
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Thanks to both of you. I investigated both suggestions, and tried the (FREE & IMMEDIATE) playbridge.com site. It gives me exactly what I want. I'm sure Dealmaster also does, but don't want to wait for CD's. Cheers, and thanks again
March 14
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If I could, I would claim one less trick for declarer, but not one more trick for me. Declarer needs to learn a valuable lesson
March 14
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3H, 4D & 4H are all better bids by north than 4S!
March 14
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With my regular partner I would be surprised that he alerted 3S - Seems reasonably natural to me, as does the 4S bid (East simply wants to advise "I have 5 Hearts in case it matters to you)
March 14
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Thanks for your suggestions, Kerry. Just to clarify, I did not actually identify who bid 1NT & who bid 2C. Publicly, partner and I try very hard to use only the word “we” when we have a great or terrible result - In private, we discuss in detail for (hopefully) our future benefit, but try very hard to be non-adversarial.
Jan. 20
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