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Hmm. I voted for the 4, but methinks the 7 might be right (but it took too long to figure that out),
Oct. 19
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“Had I paused a bit longer I could have worked it out <sigh>.”

Call me dense but I haven't worked it out. What did 4NT mean? If Gerber is clearly our agreement, then I'm taking the low road in 6NT, following the meta rule that bidding accidents don't suggest grand slam is on.
Oct. 19
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“Alert!”
“What's that?”
“Red suits. Er, Red and orange suits. You know, um hearts and diamonds.”
Oct. 19
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I expected more points, less shape.
Oct. 17
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Partner could have bid 6NT.
Oct. 17
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What a silly question. The whole point of bidding is that it's a conversation. Partner opens 1NT and we're trying to guess whether to blast to 6? How about finding out more about partner's hand first? As several pointed out above, we need a way to find 4+ in partner's hand and whether he is min or max.
Oct. 14
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1993 - it's dark outside
2019 - the sun is shining
Oct. 12
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Whatever name is chosen, let’s be sure it has some Punch, Samatha;)
Oct. 11
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For a minute I thought you were talking about one of my partners. After gaining enough experience, he no longer says “open all 11s,” and considers LTC and distribution as well. No clear criteria have been agreed, so I can't be any more specific in answer to your question, except to say if you made this a poll “open all 11s” wouldn't garner many votes.

How about switching the minor suits of your example hand: does he really think opening 1 on Qxx KJxx Qx QJxx makes sense?

By the way, what is your 1 NT opening range?
Oct. 11
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Let's do the math. Player's claim they were cheated out of $250,000, so they sue for $30.000.000. So if bridge players are cheated out of 250 masterpoints, they should sue for…
Oct. 10
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If I understand the OP, East asked these questions before his final pass. Unless they were prepared to take some action - and the explanation clearly suggests East can X with his trump stack - the proper time for 3rd hand to ask questions is after the opening lead has been placed face down. If you're not going to X after getting confirmation that there may not be a spade fit, then STFU.

This sort of thing happens all the time, with the hidden agenda of making sure partner understands the bidding before making an opening lead (although that does not seem to be East's motivation here). Drives me crazy!

Kudos to Max for his ongoing desire to do the right thing!
Sept. 27
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Meanwhile, Netherlands leads Poland by 1 IMP. Should be an exciting finish tomorrow (or tonight for us Yankees).
Sept. 27
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No one bid slam? Was this a 299er game?
Sept. 26
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Less common, but also annoying: 2 - 2 - 2NT- 3 “transfer”.
Sept. 23
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Got it, thanks.
Sept. 23
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I would have interpreted partners 64 plays as showing desire for a ruff, which could only be in . Is that too old fashioned?
Sept. 23
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Bidding or Xing means we are guessing about partner’s minor as well as the quality of his hand. The opponents are also guessing. Passing is the only way to let their guess be the last guess.
Sept. 22
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It happened to me in a regional pairs. Five minute tank after leading to the board and I played low in tempo. Finally finessed against my Q. It was a “nine never” combo.

I got the last laugh when I coordinated a dinner for 19 of the 21players from my area who had travelled to that regional. Guess who wasn’t invited.
Sept. 18
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A claim has been made. Since north did not agree to play on, play stops and the trick starting with the 9 is cancelled. However, South’s play of the A is evidence that the claim is not awarded. Making 3.
Sept. 17
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Grand slam might not work out too well as the cards lie.
Sept. 4
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