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I'm no expert on these systems, but doesn't a short club opening usually mean that a pair promises 4 when they open a diamond? So if you bid diamonds after the short club, it would promise clubs. It sounds like the system and auction was described as having a good hand with diamonds and clubs. And I could see why AKQx could qualify as having clubs, and you would certainly want a club lead rather than a diamond lead should you end up defending (likely, being short in both majors). I just don't see enough to adjust a score here.

I also think if the declarer had said (which is what I think some are implying) that his club opening is a strong hand but not necessarily clubs, that holding AKQx he was being unethical. I would have a much bigger problem if that was what happened than with what really did.
Dec. 5
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If its over and above any fees you paid, then I would say it could qualify as a gift. If it is in lieu of said fee, it's simply tax evasion.
Nov. 24
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I don't disagree with those concerned about getting the expertise on board, but if you reduce the size, it's much easier to then address the quality. To an extreme, if you have a 3 person board, you only have to bring in 2 qualified people to have a majority.

First let's get the problem to a manageable size, and then we can worry about fixing the problem.
Nov. 11
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I don't like the bidding from either side. W bid the same as if he had: xx AQxxx KQxxx x and he had a 4 loser hand. And E bid the same as if he had: KQxxx x xxx Jxxx
I'm not sure how you can expect to get to the right contract that way.
Nov. 2
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Because that would be a post-empt, which isn't in the bridge encyclopedia.
Oct. 21
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If opener could easily be 11-15, why would he assume partner is playing him for 13-15 if he responds 2NT? What does responder do with 4 clubs rather than 4 diamonds when he can't bid 2?
Oct. 20
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And why is there no recipe for Matzo ball soup in that book while we're at it?!
Oct. 19
Mark Raphaelson edited this comment Oct. 20
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I think we need to see what's hand to determine what he would do if there were no alerts and he had to treat east's heart bids as natural.
Oct. 18
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Agreed, but I think of this as a brainstorming session, where a theoretically bad idea can spark something, or an improvement in someone else. Which I think has happened. I think a couple of these ideas have evolved into something pretty good.
Oct. 15
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I like it too. I also like the added meanings of “Passing on Bridge? Think Twice!”
Oct. 14
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Funny names and bridge puns aren't going to attract anyone. The problem is they think they know what bridge is and that it's for old people. Whatever the name is, it has to be something that speaks to that. Or a challenge. Something that can pique interest.

MINDCRAFT - The Real Challenge
Not Your Grandmother's Bridge
Can You Handle Bridge?

I like the first, but hopefully you get my point.
Oct. 11
OK?
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How could you NOT open it? 3, but I'm conservative.
Oct. 9
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Move a couple of cards between the North and South hands, and the now obvious heart lead gives you a top. Congratulate partner for a thoughtful auction and move on.
Sept. 24
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(assuming IMPS) I think I want to continue a spade. Doesn't this kind of endplay LHO immediately? If he cashes two spades, our spade is trick 9, we cross in diamonds and finesse the T safely setting up enough tricks. If he switches to another suit, this solves the problems there as well, no?
Sept. 23
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Joe, I do think you are in violation if you use any unnecessary time when holding a singleton. If you appear to be thinking, you are indeed misleading the opponents. That is my understanding.
Sept. 19
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Wouldn't it make sense if in online bridge, similar to screens, you got all bids leading up to yours simultaneously? This would correct tempo issues online, although it would slow the game down slightly.
Sept. 19
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Wouldn't players who regularly raise on tree have a way to find that out?
Sept. 16
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I didn't know there was such a thing as a bad 21 that you would need to upgrade this. Yes, lots of A and K, but AK tight, and no intermediaries. Meh.
Sept. 10
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Am I the only one wondering why the second hand didn't open 2NT rather than 2?
Sept. 10
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I think it ridiculous that someone can demand they don't get a sitout or they will go home. Half the time, everyone should have a sitout. It is nobody's preference, but that demand basically says “I'm more important than the rest of the people here”, to which I would reply, Thank you for volunteering to removing the sitout" and let them leave.

And while I agree in theory with having those who insist on a NS getting any sitout required, this is unfair to those with a true medical condition who need accommodation (and I would not call them Picky. I would call them unlucky and bend overbackwards to help them. You know who is truly in need a stationary or specific table).
Sept. 9
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