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Something is obviously fishy. I have a primed out, 4 loser, 17 count. I'm supposed to rebid 2? I think a low stiff heart was transmogrified into the Ace. :)
Nov. 11, 2013
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Yes, added.
Nov. 11, 2013
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On this hand, the 2 bid was magic. Partner should have splintered with 3.
Nov. 7, 2013
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Some people play that 1-1N-2m-3 is a strong minor raise (3m being weaker).
Nov. 7, 2013
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Do you play Rusinow? If you don't and your partner leads the K, you can have problems signalling. If you encourage with a doubleton (hoping for AK), partner can get Bathed. If you encourage with Jxx (playing partner for KQ), you might let declarer score a trick with Qxx.

Some people that nominally lead A from AK lead the K if they are about to shift to a singleton. But this is a situation where they are not wanting imput from partner, are trying to distinguish between a doubleton and a singleton.
Nov. 6, 2013
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Yes, enc. with 2, discourage with longer. Essentially, attitude based on count.
Nov. 6, 2013
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As is my wont, I hit the wrong button when voting. :-) Corrected now.

I also just noticed it was a club game. IMO, club games are where you teach players about active ethics. I think this is best done by the director (or someone knowledgeable and respected) taking them aside and explaining what is acceptable and what is not. If these players do not understand why they were wrong, there will be hurt feelings, and/or anger, and they will end up repeating the same type of things - or not coming back. Making scoring adjustments when appropriate - accompanied by and explanation of why - is fine. But I think that giving additional penalties is how you run a club game into the ground. The exception I might make is if the players are not only experienced, but also considered experts - thus they should understand their ethical obligations.

There are many “experienced” players and partnerships at my local club who do much worse things than this (ex: 20 sec hesitation followed by balancing at 2 level with 5 count - and this was one of the directors). Most of the time, the better players just sigh and shrug it off. If it is blatant and the players are not novices, I'll call the director. But there is little, if any, education in this area for these players. The directors just want their games to grow (or at least not shrink). Maybe if there was more emphasis on teaching active ethics to newer players, these things would not happen as frequently.
Oct. 30, 2013
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I agree with this. However, if this pair has a history of questionable ethics, I would at least submit a recorder form. I don't know if previous, unethical actions can influence a ruling on this hand, though. I'm guessing no.
Oct. 30, 2013
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I'll have to do that as well.
Oct. 24, 2013
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I would have made a T/O dbl to begin with. Then, I could go quietly without a thought if partner passed.
Oct. 21, 2013
Larry Sealy edited this comment Oct. 22, 2013
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shortly after I started playing bridge (mid-70s), I heard a folk story about how someone led to dummy, ran the clubs, discarding from his hand, then came back to his hand and ran some more clubs. Opponents: “Here come those damn clubs again.”
Sept. 13, 2013
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Too likely to miss a slam in OR when you open 2N or 2-2N, IMO. Way too strong for 2N in any event.
Sept. 12, 2013
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yes and yes (unless I'm too strong). If it's a probe for 3N, I certainly can't make that bid. He should know my shape within 1 card.
Sept. 11, 2013
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Same here, and a raise to 3 I normally play shows 4, so 2 is typically 4441 (specifically stiff club) or 2443 (w/o spade stopper). It's possible it could be 3442 with something like xxx, AKJx, KQxx, xx. 2 is similar, but without the 4441 hands.
Sept. 10, 2013
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I'm not sure how you will figure out to play 4 by bidding 3. 3 by partner would not normally be natural, 5 cd suit. It might show a concentration of values in spades, probably worried about hearts. If you raise this to 4, will partner know to pass?

BTW, what does a raise to 4 mean in your system?
Sept. 8, 2013
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That's what I would have done.
Sept. 5, 2013
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Touche', John. But I'm not in favor of the way our district does the handicapping (twice the ACBL standard).
Sept. 3, 2013
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Although many play it forcing, I play 2N is N/F and more NT oriented than 3. I would have both majors stopped. 3N = slam negative 18-19. You can play other ways, as long as you are on the same lambda (wavelength for the non-physicists among us).

{couldn't figure out how to insert the Greek symbol)
Sept. 2, 2013
Larry Sealy edited this comment Sept. 2, 2013
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Agreed, Aviv.
Sept. 2, 2013
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In District 10, the top bracket is handicapped some of the time. I would suggest you didn't put 1M, if you ever play here. 4-5 years ago, I played the finals of a KO and we had to spot a decent team 28 IMPs. I didn't have that many points, but we still averaged about 25K. BTW, we lost.
Sept. 2, 2013
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