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I don't mean to speak for Jack, but I suspect it is related to the MARTA schedules. ATL has a great public transportation system that many people use, but it doesn't run all night.
Aug. 13, 2013
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I finally get to disagree with Bernie. I find myself waiting around in the room for 3+ hours when there is a 1:00 start. I would much prefer 12:00 to 1:00. I also think the 3 hour break between sessions is excessive. So, if the start is at 1:00, a 7:00 evening session seems sufficient to eat a leisurely dinner.
Aug. 13, 2013
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I must be getting old. I totally agree with another of Bernie's posts. :)
Aug. 13, 2013
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Nice job on the tournament, Jack (again!).
Aug. 12, 2013
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I'll strongly second this. When Jim moved to our district 2 years ago, most people didn't know him. They DO now. He's a very fine player and great partner.
Aug. 12, 2013
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Congrats to Bill. Well deserved.
Aug. 2, 2013
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John, If you bid 2N then Q with no hearts and no stopper, your partner bidding 3N puts opener on lead. If his partner has a spade honor, particularly the A, you'd rather play if from his side. My direct 3S would effect this. I'm sure there are drawbacks to the way I play, as well. In particular, if I have 4 hearts and no stopper, I would bid 2N-3S. This wrong sides the NT as well, but I think we're more likely to want to play in 3N when I have <4 hearts.
July 29, 2013
Larry Sealy edited this comment July 29, 2013
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If RHO bids 3, I can now bid 4H to indicate 4 hearts and no stop (the hand I wanted to cue with), 3N still to show 4 hearts and and stopper.

You have to trade off the possibility of losing hearts with the risk of wrong-siding 3N when you have a stopper.
July 29, 2013
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RHO already had a chance to bid and didn't. Do we think it's likely that he's going to come alive after 2N-P-3C? Or that opener is going to come again?
July 29, 2013
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I'm not sure why 2 doesn't guarantee support. What hand type, that couldn't otherwise be bid, is this catering to?
July 17, 2013
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Logically, this is a splinter. But we are trying to win this board, not the post-mortem. Unless previously discussed, I will assume splinter, but (given the extreme distro) allow for my misinterpretation of his bid. But, what Bernie says, seems right.

BTW, there is no reason partner can't have a better hand for the splinter than the one posited above.
July 16, 2013
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I guess, I punted by not saying how I would follow up, but after 1, I guess I would try to guess how to bid given the auction back to me. Given the auction above, I guess I would just bid 6. If LHO bids 6, I'll bid 6 if parnter Dbls, 7 if partner passes.
July 16, 2013
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This is the standard, for some time, interpretation of 3, but some people play that 2-2-3 = 4 hearts and long diamonds.
July 16, 2013
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This is similar to (but worse than) a hand from a national pair game in STL. -, AKQ10xx, x, AKJ10xx.

I opened 1H. It went 1-P-2H, and I bid 6 - AP. Partner had Qxx of s and xx in . break, so it scores more in 6.

On these kind of hands with wild distribution and not so many HCP, it's my experience that opening a 1 bid makes for easier auctions.
July 16, 2013
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In option 2, you risk having to declare the hand in 3N and having partner's “stopper” led thru more often, than the direct 3.
July 15, 2013
Larry Sealy edited this comment July 15, 2013
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2N followed by 3N is 4 and a spade stop, the way I play. I'm not sure what else it would show, unless distinguishing HCP ranges.
July 15, 2013
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What Jim said…..
July 15, 2013
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Some partners (the ones who rebid 2 with 5 and play that high reverses show extras) want 4 pieces for a raise to 3.
July 14, 2013
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why can't you pass?
July 14, 2013
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Why would I ever want to transfer to ?

I'll xfer to and bid 4N. Hopefully, if partner has a min, he can scramble 10 tricks. His hand is too wide ranging to pass, IMO.
July 14, 2013
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