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I play that is just inv. with a direct 4 forcing.
Jan. 27
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I play it forcing, but not to game. We can get out in 3 or 4. You could play it NF, if you play 3M = shortness. But I prefer that bid with long s, not a 2-suiter.
Jan. 27
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I'll walk the dog. I doubt if you'll buy it with a direct 6 bid. 7X might be worse than 4+2, if somehow they pass out my 4 bid. I only see 3 likely tricks on defense.
Jan. 27
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Opps likely to save on that auction.
Jan. 27
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Partner freely bids 2 with 4333 and 2 queens, Red v. White?
Jan. 27
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Where is Al Roth when we need him?
Jan. 27
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Yeah, “setting trumps” is a little too strong. I play it's a suit with at most 1 loser opposite a singleton. That doesn't mean it HAS to be trump.
Jan. 25
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Deleted. Redundant discussion.
Jan. 23
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It's true that I “might” wrongside the hand. OTOH, I may have trouble finding an 8 card spade fit, if I bid 3N. I also leave my partner guessing which hand type I have. If I'm always afraid of wrong-siding, how good of a hand do I still bid 3N with? What is my range? 19+ to what? You also have to shoehorn in the long minor suit hand type. When partner has a good hand that was not good enough to act over 2, he doesn't know whether to bid over 3N or not. You could play 4C asks size/hand type (I play this after (3x)-3N), but you could get too high if 3N bidder is min.

I'd rather differentiate between hand types and not just design a system for right-siding. Clearly, I have a problem with Kx or AQ of their suit. I may be stuck bidding 3N, then. But on most hands, I'd rather start with Dbl.
Jan. 22
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I would have an unbalanced hand (long suit with shortness possible in an off-suit). With a flexible, balanced hand, I'd start with Dbl. I would not want partner to take out to Hxxxxx of .
Jan. 21
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Deleted: mis-remebered auction.
Jan. 17
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I played against someone in the finals of the BRPs this past fall who had terrible BO. Even backing my chair up as far as I could, it was very distracting, as well as annoying. I called the director and took him away from the table. He said he'd turn the cards if I was dummy. Unfortunately, I wasn't on either board. I don't know what can be done about it, but I thought refusing to play was not an option. There ought to be some deterrent to showing up to play without bathing in days. But that's not the subject of this question, I guess.

This was this first time I've noticed anything this malodorous at the table in over 10 years, so it's not something I'm supersensitive to.
Jan. 17
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“Should responder bid 3♥ or 3♦ holding xxxx,xxxx,xxx,xx”?

3. I'd assume the big one suiter. I'd need longer/better s to bid 3.
Jan. 17
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#2 and #4 (although if you enact 2, you probably won't have to do #4).
Jan. 12
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I'll open 2 and (unless raised) bid s at the 3 or 4 level. It may not work, but that's my plan.
Jan. 5
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“Masterpoints are not supposed to be a commodity to be bought.”

At the risk of further flames, I'll add this: one might argue that robot tournaments essentially result in exactly that. Note, I said “could.” I understand that there is significant skill involved in those games, but some of the skills used are quite a bit different than anyone would use in F2F games.
Dec. 24, 2017
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Well, you still get 50% of 0, if you played half the time.
:-)

Edit: I should have have said 100% of 0.
Dec. 22, 2017
Larry Sealy edited this comment Dec. 22, 2017
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Hmmm…..
Dec. 21, 2017
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How about “your'e preaching to the choir”? Would that avoid the flame?
Dec. 21, 2017
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He said $16/session, so this is not a National event. If it's a Regional Swiss, it's 2 sessions, so each team pays the same, but masterpoints are pro-rated.

That doesn't change your observation, though. It is justified by the fact that you get full masterpoints without playing the whole time (I'm just the messenger, BTW).
Dec. 21, 2017
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