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QJxx = 2N. QJx = 1N.
20 hours ago
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Unfortunately you are playing 3rd and low.
Aug. 12
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Ya gotta do it. You don't have to be happy about it.
Aug. 11
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What's not to like?
Aug. 11
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This required me to put my hand on the table so I could hold my nose closed with one hand while reaching for the 3 card in the bidding box.
Aug. 11
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Assuming you play Drury and don't play constructive raises by a passed hand, you can only have a spade fit with a sub-min response. Therefore you can't have the hand you describe.
Aug. 7
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Generous
Aug. 6
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Maybe 12- - - if you are being generous
Aug. 6
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Change a small to a small and you have a 4 bid.
Aug. 6
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Calling this 11+ is a serious abuse of point count.
Aug. 5
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I am immediately starting a campaign to get “5. Offender’s partner may make any call withdrawn or cancelled.” added to the actual Laws. Offense of course to include making a bonehead bid in the first place. To be fair, you must act before the red card hits the table.

I invite suggestions as to the proper method of cancelling the call but propose that any interjection beginning “How could you…” or uttered above a certain decibel level be acceptable.
Aug. 3
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If playing ELC, this does not show extras. It just shows a hand that doesn't want to be dropped in 3.
Aug. 2
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My Grandmother had played bridge in some form or other since auction. She was an early duplicate player in the Chicago area from the Culbertson days who died in 1956 some time around my 5th birthday.

Can't really remember her face but I do remember sitting on her lap in her wheelchair literally at the kitchen table. She would put out a hand while explaining the latest hot bidding system “A=4, K=3 …” Not sure when I learned my ABC's but I know when I learned my AKQ's.

Undoubtedly explains my fascination with bidding. Now if only she had worked more on my defense!
Aug. 2
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Our agreement:

When we look for 3N and don't find it, then 4m is not forcing.

Jumps to 4m are forcing.

4m is forcing after minor suit splinter. Not forcing after an inverted sequence unless other factors apply.

Forcing if we blow past a chance to ask about stopper in 4th suit for 3N even if not a jump.

This case is somewhat ambiguous since responder has no comfortable way to ask for a stopper in over 3. Both 3 and 3 can be misconstrued as showing real major 2 suiters. Against that, opener passed up a chance to bid NT over 2S. Reasons for that could be no or tenuous stop, or possibly long broken suit unsuitable for NT with shortness in majors, etc.
July 31
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We had never discussed but both assumed it was forcing to 3NT or higher. But that means 4 not forcing for us.
July 30
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I'm allowed to have a max occasionally.
July 27
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Impossible to answer without knowing whether bidding style is strictly up the line or not. If not, then 7NT. If so, 2 .
July 27
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Why we got a replay and the subjects of the original post did not is apparently just one of those mysteries of the ACBL. Some things Man is just not meant to know.
July 25
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Same event, similar screwup. Our teammates were two of the victims. They ended up playing 5 extra boards.

Next to us were Les and Gloria Bart whose teammates were at the other affected table. The Barts finished 1st while we managed to tie for 6th in X, the last paying spot.
Strangely, our teammates are close friends of the Barts. We ended up going to dinner with them.

The cl********k occurred on the next to last board. A 20 IMP win left us in pretty good position but alas we lost a close one in the final round.

We were obviously adversely affected by our ordeal.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!
July 25
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The problem is the next round over 1M.
July 24
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