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I don't think a mixed raise does this hand justice.
Dec. 29, 2013
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That is my recollection as well. It was kept silent for awhile between Truscott, Hayden, Becker, and Gerber to allow testing of the hypothesis.
Dec. 29, 2013
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I've read Truscott's book and am certain they were guilty.
Dec. 29, 2013
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Umm…. surely you mean the 2nd round, which looks clear.
Dec. 28, 2013
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I would have bid 2
Dec. 28, 2013
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I just read more closely and saw the advancer's hand. I think this should be changed to 4HX -2, if that is at all possible. Assume he bids 2N and overcaller squirms and bids 3. I can now bid 3, so partner might Dbl 4.
Dec. 28, 2013
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EW committed no infraction, unless you call lying about bidding 4 an infraction.
Dec. 28, 2013
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John, I think that whoever said he would bid 4 was an offender of some sort. It seems like he was looking for something for nothing. If I could, I'd stick him with the -800.
Dec. 28, 2013
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Depending on the level of the players, they should either get a nice explanation of the requirement for active ethics when there is UI, or a stern lecture. My experience is that there are never procedural penalties given at the club. Directors don't want to run off players. Problem is, if this had happened against a couple of novices, the director would nver have been called and this pair would have gotten away scot-free. I voted for 3H, but not knowing the other hand, I'm not sure it would really pass this. Maybe 4H -2 should be an option.

I encounter this kind of stuff all the time at the club. I pick my battles on what to call the director on. I think this would have been one. One issue is that new players are offered lessons, but this typically includes rudimentary bidding (with plenty of conventions - my pet peeve for new players) and card play. As far as I know, lessons in ethics are not generally included (this is possibly not true in larger clubs/cities). So, to some extent, many of the people that play only in clubs do not really understand why they shouldn't bid like this.
Dec. 28, 2013
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Partner will bid 4. He did his all with 3. The question is was this hand worth bidding game after 3 or not. RDBL would surely be the strongest game try. Pass or 4 would be weakest, depending on agreements, with the other being somewhat stronger, but not as good as RDBL. I'm guessing most of the passers consider that to show a better hand than 4.
Dec. 14, 2013
Larry Sealy edited this comment Dec. 14, 2013
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They are Vul vs. NV. 5m is -1. 4 makes if they drop the K offside, which is not all that far fetched, given the shortage of dummy entries. However, opener only had AQxxxx Axxx A xx. He doubled the actual 3 bid, but I doubt he would have risked 4 over 4m. 5 is off 2 fast tricks and a trump trick, minimum.

We actually got to 5 -1 (not doubled) for 20% of the matchpoints.
Dec. 14, 2013
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I thought I was barred from bidding 3N. I actually bid 4, but I'm thinking 4 would have been better. If you bid 4, partner will bid 4, most likely. There was no discussion of Last Train, so I don't think he would risk 4. He held x K10xx xx J9xxxx. 3N, which I thought unethical, results in going minus. 4 makes 5.

Even slam in hearts is a good result (-1 vs. 3N-2).
Dec. 14, 2013
Larry Sealy edited this comment Dec. 14, 2013
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I would then be wishing for the pre-Zero Tolerance days….
:-)
Dec. 13, 2013
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Let's agree to disagree.
Dec. 13, 2013
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I think balancing is so clear that if partner takes a year to pass, you have to act.
Dec. 13, 2013
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Partner had an easy 2 rebid with that hand - free since he has 3 spades; showing values in his “second suit” instead of none (3); and keeping the bidding lower. You could raise s and he bids 3. He clearly should have bid 3 over 3 once he misbid the first time, but was probably enticed by the charms of 3N. He probably figured the JS would keep the opponents off a lead.
Dec. 13, 2013
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If you pass or RDBL, partner bids 4. Do you raise?
Dec. 13, 2013
Larry Sealy edited this comment Dec. 13, 2013
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That's not exactly a news flash.

If he has 4 s, you get to 4 by bidding 3 then showing 4 hearts. You also win when 3N is better than 4 when partner has 3.
Dec. 12, 2013
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You're right given the conditions. I had BAM in my head for some reason.
Dec. 11, 2013
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If partner has Q9x of (would he encourage with only 3, knowing the 13er - if I have 3 and not 5 - would set up?) and Kxx of to go with the A, I need to continue clubs. I think it likely he would have shifted to the Q, or a higher spot, if he had that card and not the K. If he needed a spade back, he should have shifted to a high .

yes, he could start with the K with the holding I'm playing him for, but that requires that I have the 10.
Dec. 11, 2013
Larry Sealy edited this comment Dec. 11, 2013
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