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I don't defend anything. My position has always been that it has to be an even playing field. When some players can “upgrade” while others cannot, I would just as soon no one can upgrade. I can enjoy bridge whether I am allowed to open 1NT only with 10+. By the way, I play 10-12 NT in some selective situations, so it is not like I am stuck in Goren age. But if they say no 1NT opening below whatever, no problem, I can still enjoy bridge as long as everyone is subjected to the same rules. I, however, have problems when a top pro can take a bathroom break in the middle of a hand while I cannot.
Dec. 27, 2016
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One man's progress is another's uneven playing ground.
Dec. 27, 2016
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Danny explained it clearly already for the 10 point NT cutoff. You don't want an explanation. You want the regulations to be different.
Dec. 27, 2016
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Both opponents have shown strength. N did not make an unlimited bid initially. S has limited his hand. Thus, in spite of N biding 5 red vs. white, it is not a forcing pass situation.
Dec. 27, 2016
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Personally I am in favor of having an even playing field for everyone.
Dec. 27, 2016
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I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.
Dec. 27, 2016
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To avoid unnecessary tension, when E claimed he had Jxxx, he should show those cards.
Dec. 26, 2016
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Opener made a bid (that it is Pass is immaterial), X is however you want it to mean. It has nothing to do with law. Law decides whetter X is a legitimate bid over the pass, it does not tell you what it has to mean.
Dec. 26, 2016
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The laws of bridge has changed. The scoring has changed e.g. As I said, forcing pass is exploiting a quirk of the laws, so let's change the law to allow X of a forcing pass.
Dec. 26, 2016
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If you play forcing P, why would you object to TO X by opponents? After all, the P is supposed to be the best way to bid the hand, not the best way to screw opponents' good hands. If you insist that no TO X is allowed, then you are just trying to exploit a quirk in the bidding system
Dec. 26, 2016
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Actually, the higher the stakes, the more one should be ethical.
Dec. 26, 2016
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I for one will not ask to see someone's cards if they tell me they have Jxxx.
Dec. 26, 2016
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What kind of tenable position is there to say you have Jxxx when you don't? If it is a fouled board, fine, and that is easily confirmed by checking with E prior to this round and after. If not, E is a cheat and should be known as such.
Dec. 26, 2016
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By default, when nothing is said about continuation over 2, it is assumed natural bidding. Unless you agree to bidding 2NT with no stopper, how can 2 promised 6?
Dec. 26, 2016
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Sorry, the 1 bid should be if the 1 does not systematically correspond to a NT hand if it has singleton,
Dec. 25, 2016
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The point of the regulations is no upgrading when the lower limit is beyond a certain point. One can evaluate her hand for 1NT but not beyond the lower limit of 10. Similar with the 1 <2 opening.
Dec. 25, 2016
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Would a 3 opening that shows a 7 card solid suit that may be be allowed?
Dec. 25, 2016
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The regulation is not about what “is”, it is about what “is not”. Evaluation is about gray area.
Dec. 25, 2016
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2N was more than forcing to 3, it was GF.
Dec. 24, 2016
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Of course it is a good contract. You have 24 points combined, a 4-4 trump fit with good trumps, a double fit, minimum waste in your short suit, If they set you with a D ruff, more power to them.
Dec. 22, 2016
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