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Thanks, all. I did Pass, without really thinking through all the repercussions, because I felt I should act in tempo.

Partner (still thinking about my 25 HCP) then chimed in with 5, which was doubled. (Wow, he never finds my second suit!) I announced the bidding accident before the opening lead. Down 1 for a good save against 4 making.

Maybe it should have been a bidding poll, but I really wanted to learn if I had done the right thing here.
April 16
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Steve, I think I'd agree with you…if I could remember that far back:)
April 4
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Consider the auction after a 4 opener. If South opts to pass, West will probably play 4 undoubled. If South bids 4, it will go all pass to match the table result. All upside, no downside.

On the other hand, switch the West and North hands, and EW will easily reach the optimum 4 game.

Or, give West the AQ instead of low ones, and South is -500 in 4x.

So I don't understand opening 1.
April 4
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“The decision was the result of a contentious special meeting of the WBF Executive Council held during the NABC tournament in Memphis last week.” This was the give-away.
April 2
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Bahar, thank you for all you did for the ACBL. I am truly sorry you did not have a chance to lead us forward and implement the big ideas.
March 27
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According to the arbitration document, his employment contract allowed termination without cause on 30 days notice. One months salary could have saved thousands!
March 27
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See Jeff Halle's suggestion above. Worked for me.
March 23
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I agree, irregardless.
March 7
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Gosh. After reading the first “good” - winning, I thought the second “good” might be Sean proposing. Silly me.
March 4
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Let's see. You promised nothing on the first two rounds of bidding. Fully aware of that, partner Xed 5. Oh yes, that's a great time to introduce your J high suit!
March 3
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Declarer's hand: Q65 T9862 K7 Q92. Declarer does not have sufficient entries to establish a trick for himself and can only come up to 8 tricks if North shifts to a .

If returning partner's shift is classified as a blunder, OP must be a fine player indeed!
March 3
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I don't understand partner's lead of the 4 rather than the 2. That convinced me not to return a later.
March 3
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Yes, dislike responder taking over with 4NT. If 1 key card is missing, responder cannot tell if there is a slam. If no keyxards are missing, responder cannot tell if there is a grand. 2C opener is captain here - responder provides information, does not ask questions and does not place the final contract.
Feb. 24
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Did you know when you were targeting before you posted poll 1 and poll 2? best to get right to the point, instead of beating around the bush with polls. But you'd better provide strong evidence.
Feb. 17
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I think it's very bad for partnerships to go around thinking partner forgot our system. I haven't had this exact auction, but I have had auctions where partner thought I'd lost it.

On this construction, I'd much rather give partner the benefit of the doubt that he has remembered puppet and simply made an error in judgement - thinking the 5 level will be safe. Even if a forgotten agreement is more likely, I just can't go there if there is any plausible explanation for his bidding, such as the examples shown above.
Feb. 15
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There is a very good reason to have a smaller carryover. In IMP pairs, you can win by trouncing just a few opponents and holding your own otherwise. In this event, suppose one pair is having an off day and giving away many IMPs. Since not everyone faces everyone at the table, the qualifier results are somewhat a matter of luck.

However, I must add that Van Prooijen - Verhees did not go +3700 by trouncing only the bottom of the field. They took over 400 each from qualifiers Multon - Zimmerman and Khokhlov Matushko.
Feb. 9
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The older wording: “You play suit-preference at trick 1. 10, 9, 8 are, by priority, suit-preference high. 2, 3, 4 are, by priority, suit-preference low. 6, 5, 7 are, by priority, encouraging. ”

I may be mistaken, but I think there has been discussion elsewhere on BW whether defining specific meanings to specific spots is (no longer?) kosher.
Feb. 4
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It means even the best decisions by world class players will sometimes net you -790. No guarantees in bridge!
Feb. 4
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What? Isn't this a chance to think about declarer play and how a difficult contract might make?
Feb. 1
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Georgiy, I had exactly the same reaction - that Kit was asking whether to play the 7 or 8. Then I realized that question would be “what do you play from hand.” “What do you lead from dummy” would have clued us in!
Jan. 29
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