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“Every situation is different.”. That is something we can all agree on. However if someone says “the primary purpose is xxx”. And you said “No, that is not the primary purpose”, but then proceeded to give an example which is xxx, then I think it is not a good example.
July 20
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Barry, the example you gave is about not having partner lead his suit because it is not safe. How about giving an example of where you have no problem with partner leading his suit but still McCabe, and why you need it. Say you have Kxx in opener's suit, and AQx in some other suit. do you McCabe? Just about the only hand I can think of where you have Kxx in partner's suit and McCabe is when you have doubleton in the side suit. Ideal would be AQ. Partner leads that suit, you take the A and Q, and lead to partner's A to get a ruff.

BTW, when you McCabe, what often happens is that you transfer the lead from your partner to you.
July 20
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Barry, I don't know who you are disagreeing with. I said the same thing repeatedly, and even Steve is not disagreeing.

Chris, nothing is free. If you play transfer McCabe, you give them a free double of the suit that you bid. Not to mention they can then use QB if the suit you transfer to for good use. Most importantly, if they bid over your transfer and your side end up defending, opener has no idea if you were making a lead directing bid or making a natural suit bid.
July 20
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Steve, you do not need A from partner to make game. It is just the most obvious demonstration of how good the hand is.
July 20
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If I open 2 and partner invites, I will put it in game. If partner bids 2N, I will 100% put it in 3NT. Ax from partner and we have 8 tricks already.

BTW, the effectiveness of 3 preempt is that they rarely would pass the double. Thus, you can be more aggressive with that preempt vs. say 3M. With this hand you are not too concerned with that. If you consider only the cases they will bid over the preempt, 3 is the least effective of the 3 level preempt for obvious reasons.
July 20
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If you don't have a 2 bid available, then one can debate if 3 is right. But with 2 available, which has the same preemptive value as a weak 2. The concern is not about 3 going for a tel #. The concern is this is your hand Give partner Axx, xxx, Kxxx, Ax, and 3NT is basically laydown.

You are second seat. You are red vs. white. Your hand is not pure. You have no shape. AND you have a tailor made 2 bid. How many defects do you need to not preempt?

This has nothing to do with how effective 3 preempt is.
July 20
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Crazy, who are we preempting with 3?
July 20
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Linda, because women are not playing as pure women team in open events? Or do you want them to play as women only team if they want to qualify for WBF?
July 20
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Steve, as you said, the main thing is to avoid opener leading his suit. There is nothing to suggest that side suit winners will go away if it is not led.
July 20
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Painting a road map is a red herring. You don't have to make a McCabe bid just because you have it in your repertoire. The only question is which is more useful, to be able to make a McCabe bid when you feel it is right or to be able to bid a new strain with bad misfit in preemptor's suit.

BTW, I see many people apply McCabe wrongly. E.g. they would the Kxx in partner's suit and K in some other suit, and they would make a McCabe bid. The primary reason for McCabe is you are worried partner will lay down the empty A on lead when you don't have the K or to a lesser extent lead from the K and you have like xxx.
July 20
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So if they make the Open event restricted to those under 60, and someone over 60 sues for age discrimination, but then chooses to play pro in senior events, that is irony to you? To say that men only events are the equivalence of women only events is a false equivalence. You can debate if women only events are still necessary or even debate if it ever was necessary. But there is nothing ironic about suing men only events as discriminatory and playing in women only events.
July 20
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Randy, so what?
July 19
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I have no idea why you say McCabe is not on over 3 level preempts.
July 19
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There is a difference between the 1 and 2 opening The 1 sequence, the P over 2 says 0-4 points (in the OP's system), may have one A or K, while the negative bid over 2 opening denies A or K (for some people denies 2 Q), that is not a trivial difference when you talk about X of 4.
July 18
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Steve, you're talking about a 5 day event like GNT at NABC. We are talking abut 2 day KO event and how to make it work. And the GNT format works if you modify it to bracketing or flighting.
July 18
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Playing 3 rounds of does nothing to hurt legitimate play.
July 18
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As many have said in BW, X has to be symmetrical.
July 18
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Please use bidding diagram or at least put parenthesis around opponents' bids/calls.
July 18
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Coop X works both ways. In this auction, either N or S has to indicate it is their hand. In MP, the important thing is to establish if our side has the BOP and if they have a 8+ card fit. What if opener has a minimum hand (say 12) and responder has 10 points, and they have a 7 card fit? Opener surely has to pass with her minimum, so if responder cannot X now with max and 3 in their suit, it can't be right.
July 18
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OK, I did not go back to read your OP carefully. I assumed that declarer put up the K on trick 1. As you commented above, the point is not about this hand, but what the discard should mean.
July 18
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