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It should be noted that a ZT penalty is a law 91 disciplinary penalty, and an appeals committee cannot reverse it per Law 93 B 3, though they can suggest a director reverse himself.
13 hours ago
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7= is the correct ruling, but I don't think it should be. If the laws were designed to deter all but obvious claims, 7-1.
13 hours ago
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South's pass is only defensible if North's double is not merely “penalty” but “pure penalty”=“if you bid, you'd better have slam in your own cards”, which wouldn't be anybody's agreement in this situation, IMHO.
22 hours ago
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I think the best hand for key card is the one with more strength in the side suits,especially kings.
Oct. 9
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Agreed, this would stop a lot of unsophisticated cheating in it's tracks. There are lot more stupid cheats than smart ones. BTW, there are more stupid honest players than smart ones as well.
Oct. 5
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“You have the high cards, I have the clubs. He stuck his neck out, here comes the axe!” I would expect doubler has a minimum opening a club stack behind the bidder. I wouldn't be surprised to see dummy broke with a club void. LHO is gonna bleed like he was bitten by Dracula.
Oct. 5
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Also, most player underestimate the equity value of a part score. Jean Besse estimated as high as +220 for a partial of 60 or more at game-all, a lot more than at duplicate. Rubber isn't imps, and partials are the main reason. Chicago is closer to imps than actual Rubber Bridge is, but not exactly the same.
Oct. 5
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But the equity value of advancing the rubber is included in the calculation of the percentages.
Oct. 5
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S. J. Simon stresses this even more than the game vs. slam decision, as it so much more frequent that adds up to more money over time.
Oct. 3
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If I'm losing heavily it's for one of these reasons or a combination:

1) I'm unlucky today
2) I'm outclassed today
3) I'm playing badly today

All of these reduce the chance I'll actually make a theoretical 50% slam (or any 5O% event).
Oct. 2
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Sept. 28
Mike Nelson edited this comment Sept. 28
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I'm a US American and a beer drinker. To me Bud or Miller Light taste like they've been drunk before, and Coors Light like its been drunk before twice. So if the offering is Bud or Miller, I'll lead 7. If Coors, I'll lead 7 out of turn, even as Dummy.
Sept. 27
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Support X should not apply to a natural 1NT overcall in the sandwich position. Opp stuck his neck out, now if you have the cards, swing the axe already. Now support X of an artificial 1NT is fine.
Sept. 24
Mike Nelson edited this comment Sept. 24
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Auction 1: I prefer 3 to be invitation asking for trump quality, so it can also be 1-2-3 stop if 3 bidder has good enough trumps that 2 bidder wont have them. (Similar to 1-2-3).

Auction 2: should be 8-11ish with exactly four spades, with 5+ spades jump to 3, playing the usual advances.

I actually prefer a 1NT advance to be artificial, similar to 2NT after the X of a weak two. playing this method,I would bid 2 directly with 5+ spades and go through 1NT first with only 4.
Sept. 21
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I can make a case for X=“lead your own suit, don't try to hit mine I have help in your suit” in this auction. At this vul, partner will have a decent suit but no entries and may hesitate to lead from his suit into opponent's announced stoppers. I don't know that this is the best use of X of 3NT, but it's not crazy. But I don't think X should be lead directing at all in this auction, just pure penalty.
Sept. 17
Mike Nelson edited this comment Sept. 17
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What else would it be? How can you be asking partner to bid hearts when he can't have them? All doubles by the partner of a preemptor are PENALTY. Make them guess, make them pay when they guess wrong.
Sept. 17
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BTW, under the new ACBL convention charts, signals (other than on the first discard) may only be based on relative rank, and an agreement that 10,9,8 = high; 4 3,2 = low; and 7-6-5 = middle is not legal. (I think it is unfortunate that they wrote that rule.)
Sept. 16
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Good point Bill, but my rule was not intended to apply to raised suit situations.
Sept. 12
Mike Nelson edited this comment Sept. 12
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Yes John yarbs are rare but does this hand rate to be 50-50 for 3NT opposite a random 5-count?
Sept. 12
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By that rule, case #4 would be takeout, though I might agree on an exception if partner were so inclined. The way I would phrase the meta-rule: If a player has previously passed and subsequently doubles, the double is takeout if and only if the opponents have shown a new suit after the pass.
Sept. 12
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