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See Eitan's comments here. An announcement was expected a few days ago.
Nov. 12
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Thanks Chris! I'd alert all of responder's actions I listed above - I'm not an expert on the US regulations though.
Nov. 12
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I was South. Not wishing to take anything away from my partner, but 4 is pretty clear when partner has promised five cards IMO
Nov. 12
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I don't think they are. If West has ace-sixth in hearts then the quick ruff isn't needed.
Nov. 12
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IMO quick 4 = shape, slower = high cards
Nov. 12
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Robson-Forrester play 1M as five here. I like it too - I see support doubles as a necessary evil in standard methods and like to avoid the need for them where possible.

After 1 (1) X (2), I would play:

Pass = weak NT
2M = unbalanced minimum
X = good hand

After 1 (1) X (2); P (P), if responder chooses to bid again:

X = takeout, with both majors opener bids 2
2 = NF with 4 hearts and not 4 spades
2 = NF with 4 spades and 5 clubs
Nov. 12
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Good point. Sounds like David Burn and Marusa Gold to me.
Nov. 7
Mike Bell edited this comment Nov. 7
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“Not being able to find out opener's second suit” is not “cherry-picking a weakness”.
Oct. 31
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To assume that everything is fine when you have spade tolerance is incorrect IMO - you could still be missing a better contract elsewhere. I once saw a Gazzilli pair stop in 2 when our oppo bid and made 6 on the same deal, although I accept that there was some user error involved in that result!
Oct. 31
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Sure, but if you open a strong club and partner doesn't have 8 points you are well placed. If you bid Gazzilli and partner doesn't have 8 points then you are very poorly placed (including when you actually hold spades+clubs 11-15). You can debate the best responses for the weak hands (how many hearts does 2 show? What does 2NT show? Do you ever preference 2 with a singleton?) but you're always losing out somewhere.

It's better to have opener's second bid focus on shape, and have their third call deal with strength. Obviously, the problem with natural methods is that opener may not get a third call, or you may lose out when responder feels they have to stretch to give opener a third call - that's why I selected “other”.
Oct. 31
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Partner had AKTxxxx x x KT87, spades are 2-2.
Oct. 30
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Order of preference:
Other
Standard
Stick hot pins in my eyeballs
Gazzilli
Oct. 30
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Thanks Richard!
Oct. 15
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Alex - wild stab in the dark, but is partner you?
Oct. 15
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In related news, the most recent smother play I saw at the table occurred when declarer forgot to ruff something at trick 11, inadvertently endplaying my partner to get the trick back.
Oct. 11
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Stupidly talented guy, came 4th out of over 100 in his first tournament and has spent most of his bridge life with an NGS of 65+. Absurd of me to have not written the hand down.
Oct. 11
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I was once taking a supervised class, and filling in as a defender. I realised that I was on lead to trick 12 in a smother play position. Somewhat shocked, I took a few seconds to play a card, so the novice declarer put me out of my misery by claiming.
Oct. 11
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I've been looking for hands with one card of each rank, IIRC the stats suggest I should have seen some since I started looking but it's not happened yet (or I've missed it when it has).
Oct. 8
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Also, I would think the last round was the least likely time to have to take boards away.
Oct. 7
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A disadvantage of arrow-switching the first round is that, if the E/W pairs forget to skip, they are unlikely to realise until it's too late for the N/S pairs to be able to play the board.
Oct. 7
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