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You can agree to pass the 10-12 balanced hands (5332, 4333) which typically have 3+ clubs.
Dec. 5
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3 (sets trump, hints at slam interest)-3NT (non-serious slam try)-4 (showing singleton club control)-4 (Showing k of diamonds)-4 (still concern about hearts)-4NT(blackwood partner I have hearts controlled if you have the AK of trump and A of diamonds lets get there)-5x response of your choice (partner I have those)-6.
Dec. 4
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Good point, I think not passing over 3 is also reasonable. This auction came from one of the BBO GIB bots so I decided to preserve the exact route it chose (because I think it also is at least reasonable, at least in hindsight, given the lack of abstentions). I guess 4 or X would be the primary alternatives?
Nov. 18
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2. If partner super accepts (3 probably right?) go for it.
Nov. 12
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I'm fine with 1NT by west (bypassing spades) with light 3rd seat openings, but only with an agreement. But East's 2 bid is laughable– come-on you have a game-forcing hand and you forget to make a forcing bid? Is this even worth discussion?
Nov. 12
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lol agreed. To be clear, I was West in this auction.
Nov. 10
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Only agreement is DOPI, so I guess pass shows at least a king.
Nov. 9
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Good point– added both.
Nov. 7
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Depends on Vulnerability? Partner's overcall style? Familiarity with opponent's minor opening style? Skill level of those around the table?

Expecting to come to an answer on a specific 4 point range in kind of ridiculous. And honestly why does the response have to be a 4 point range? You're making a lot of assumptions here.
Nov. 6
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Hey Robert! According from my research with Philip, to my knowledge under the ACBL General Convention Chart, all artificial openings require a firm minimum of 10 HCPs, whereas natural bids require a firm minimum of 8 HCPs (well this may be changing b/c 8-9 Natural 1NT bids may be outlawed with the new charts, but the rest is more or less set). I think this explains your director call with Flannery.
Under general convention chart, there are more regulations regarding responses to strong 1C bids. To have artificial non-gameforcing responses other than 1D waiting (e.g. transfers to 1C), your bid must promise 15 HCPs minimum. Luckily Luke and I don't play transfer responses, so if my understanding of the feedback here is right, we can play 1C as less than 15 HCPs (in terms of lowest expected deviation) as long as non-GF responses aren't artificial.
Midchart those restrictions are lifted. This is actually one of the reasons why with Philip I don't play transfer responses to our hybrid club, b/c it's only mid-chart, and not General Convention chart legal.
Hopefully I got this one right from all the discussion here. Thanks everyone!
Nov. 6
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You should give people a specific abstain if they would have passed or bid 3 over 2. I suspect a lot of people might not double.
Oct. 30
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On second thought… good point– added to poll. Now the list should be exhaustive (please update if you already voted and you prefer one of the new options).
Oct. 18
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Yeah but do I really want to make 4 more options for “Indifferent A, Yes B”… “Indifferent B, Yes A…” etc? I think the polarization is more interesting and makes formate simpler for the reader.
Oct. 18
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I think you have to treat 3 as a game try for the majors. While undiscussed, you really can't use UI to assume partner messed up her earlier bid. Without UI, I would say 3 would be a reasonable counter-gametry (which shouldn't be passed with spades agreed and partner knowing your preference)– but given UI it seems like you have enough to deduce partner can use that as an excuse to escape to a reasonable contract. Given you have a max with 2 club honors, I think the best logical alternative would be 4 (choice of games in the majors).
Oct. 17
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How about: P-1-1-2NT-3NT ?
Oct. 11
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I think south can probably scrimp up a 1 overcall if you want to be cheeky, but pass is normal. North's pass to the balancing double (great action which I endorse) is atrocious, probably the main blame. How much does he think his partner can have in defensive HCPS?
Oct. 9
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Yes usually (could be a bal NT raise too, no stopper).
Oct. 8
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I think you need it to be strong, just in case the opps are psyching (as per the sample hand). If you've aren't strong, you've already shown takeout shape– partner will know what suit is best to scramble to, so you really don't need it be “pick a minor” or anything like that.
Oct. 7
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This has been posted long enough– I decided not to wait for the push and bid 3 directly. Ilan and I were discussing it, if there was anything lost by bidding 2 first than 3 later. I suppose it slightly depends on partnership style for the balancing X, so maybe some adjustment for that if necessary.
Oct. 5
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Hey guys!–

Any particular advice or things that have worked for either of you in promoting college bridge on campus? Given that you each have had a chance to run a college bridge club at two different universities and have taught elsewhere, are there any common themes that have worked particularly well? Running Northwestern's bridge club, we always seem run into people who have the interested in learning, but we struggle to push them further into the game.

Also Zach, looking forward to a good match at the trials in December!
Oct. 3
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