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Rosenkranz doubles when they are played promising the Ace or King. When made, you know that leading from an Ace or King-Jack is perfectly safe. When not made, you know that leading your suit when headed by the A-Q is probably a bad idea even after a raise.
Feb. 21
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every card has at least two votes - impressive
Feb. 12
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you “woke up not dead again today”
Feb. 1
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When I was on my High School debate team in Des Moines many decades back, my side won a debate using lots of statistics. The judge asked if I had ever read the book “How to Lie with Statistics” by Huff. I never had but got it from the library the next day. The quote on the cover page was the quote about “Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics”. It was attributed to Benjamin Disraeli. Twain popularized it in the USA. I have always loved the phrase. Almost as much as “Intuitively obvious to the most casual observer”.
Jan. 22
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Born and raised in Des Moines. Went to college at Illinois in '64 and essentially never returned. Definitely centrally located but probably not a place you would ever visit.
Jan. 15
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The question is one that truly decides if a rebid of your major absolutely guarantees a 6 card suit. Being one of those people, I pretty much must bid 3 with a 13-point, 5-1-3-4 hand. By the vote count, it appears that a number of those guaranteeing a 6-card suit do indeed make some exceptions.
Dec. 26, 2017
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Our partnership agreement is
(a) with weak 5-4, we transfer to 5 card suit
(b) with invitational, we bid our 4 card suit over the 2 response (and yes we may end up at three 3-level in hearts but such is life)
© with GF, we jump to the 3-level in our 4 card suit.

Like Michael said in the first response, it is whatever your partnership has decided.
Nov. 17, 2017
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never discussed this specific auction but, because we play lebensohl, we would play a 2NT bid as lebensohl. I am not sure how we would play a pass but I am 95% sure the final contract would not be 2XX.
Oct. 30, 2017
Mike Ladd edited this comment Oct. 30, 2017
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Easy last minute booking at Regionals is probably caused by last minute cancellations. This is good for you but it can be very costly to the tournament hosts who may be subject to “lack of rooms actually used” penalties.
Oct. 27, 2017
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try this for MABC (D6 & D7) Regionals
http://www.districtsix.org/MABC/RegionalAttendance.htm

It is from 2002 to 2014 but they quit updating it then so it might not be it be for the period you want
Oct. 27, 2017
Mike Ladd edited this comment Oct. 27, 2017
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Based on what I read, this new policy appears to be a success. I wonder how long it will be until it reaches down to some selected regionals.
Oct. 26, 2017
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I thought that starting with Philadelphia there wasn't a date you could still cancel without being subject to a one night charge. Guess I was wrong.
Oct. 25, 2017
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I am tempted to do a poll on the “other” options as that is becoming a big winner. What beside mini-splinter (need a good definition), invitational w/o a fit, fit jump shifts and what else are the options?

I do appreciate all the comments.
Oct. 7, 2017
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for all the mini-splinter people, how do you play the jump to 4 of a minor when 3 of the minor is mini-splinter
Oct. 7, 2017
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I could certainly put it thereon the card. It just seems wrong not to “alert” something that is red. Still, the constructive raise is a "say nothing' bid.
Sept. 28, 2017
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agree to the mis-use of an alert. Sad to say but the thought is there but never would do it for the obvious reason
Sept. 28, 2017
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We play puppet over a 2NT openings so some solutions don't exist. With a weak hand we just transfer to the 5 card major and play there. All other sequence are GF. With 4-5, we transfer the hearts and then bid spades. With a 5-4, we bid 3 spades. With a 5-5, we transfer to spades and then bid 4H.

There are many other uses for the 2NT-3 sequence but we find this is the easiest for us.
Sept. 9, 2017
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could very well be the case
Aug. 21, 2017
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Whatever the way the policy is eventually implemented (I expect some minor changes to what was stated), there are two very key dates. An obvious date is September 25 when those unsure of attending may very well cancel before penalties occur. The second is the date the Spring Regional in Philadelphia can be booked with guaranteed penalties for canceling.

One thing to watch is attendance as this policy seems to me to generate fewer players. Those in a 50-50 attendance situation, may decide not to go. The top players will not be impacted but those under, say 2500 points, may very well decide that the lure of a National is not worth the cost unless they are 100% planning to attend.

Another interesting point is for me would be the Summer Nationals. I booked rooms in Toronto through the first Sunday in case I qualified for a GNT spot. I highly prefer staying at the tournament site rather than somewhere else. When that dream was misplayed away (in early February), I cancelled immediately (5 months notice). Next year, that will not be an option. It will be another factor in even trying to qualify.
Aug. 21, 2017
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I presume this only applies to reservations made thru the ACBL.
Aug. 18, 2017
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