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David, is this a sanity check for someone?
Feb. 23
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1N for the adventurous, X for the deeply disturbed.
Feb. 22
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I'm a strong advocate of passing balanced 8 counts without an extra feature but this is just ridiculously undervalued at 8.
Feb. 17
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Red green colo(u)r blindness.
Feb. 12
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But so many have started threads when they really had nothing to say!
Feb. 11
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Playing with my favorite partners, 3 denies not only 5 but also a stopper in and shows less than a GF reverse. Therefore, over 3 I would show a half stop in response.

Over 3. 3 is definitely a punt. Didn't have a half stop, probably 2! but even that is not solid.
Feb. 11
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What do you vote if you WISH you hadn't opened?
Feb. 11
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Joe, BT to the 3rd power (4th if you count the original 4N). Superb! Gives new meaning to "There's plenty of blame to go around (and around, and around, …) By the way Overcaller missed a chance to bid 5N to really pass the buck. Or he had 5 available if he was going for maximum ambivalence.
Feb. 11
Ned Kohler edited this comment Feb. 11
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I want my 4 to be Kickback but I will settle for a cue if necessary. Can't see a 3 cue that won't provide some play for 6.
Feb. 10
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Your methods aren't clear to me. Is 2N forcing? Can 2 be potentially so weak that with a balanced 16 HCP, you don't want to be in game? What is the minimum for 1 initially? After the 2N rebid?
Feb. 10
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I was not involved in this one. Came out of a “You hold” from a friend. He wanted to figure out how to turn -800 into -200. I told him if he did it right he could have been either +130 or +710.

Although bidding records don't show it they were red.
Feb. 9
Ned Kohler edited this comment Feb. 9
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So David, it falls into the category of a Blame Transfer? Unusual only in that it attempts to transfer blame from the bidding to the play I guess.
Feb. 9
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Ditto
Feb. 9
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Steve, do you mean that BOTH Partner and Declarer have the 10? I am also a big fan of the Princess Bride.
Feb. 8
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Jim, You also have to factor in that it is (supposed to be) impossible to generate an insufficient bid. I have never been able to do so myself although there have certainly been plenty of instances that have shown up in the polls. Clearly there are occasional glitches. I think Occam has my back on this one.
Feb. 7
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All you have to do is assume that somehow the auction was duplicated with the second 3 beginning where it should have been the “?”. In other words, it looks like a software glitch.
Feb. 7
Ned Kohler edited this comment Feb. 7
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I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess this is actually N's hand with N to bid.
Feb. 7
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You promised 6-10 and have 9. Pretty straightforward. Since partner did not open 1N, I am expecting him to be either 18 without a 5 card suit or 17 with a 5 card suit. Could also be 5422 with 5 , 4 of a major (probably ) and a stopper in the other major with 16+ HCP. Might be 4/3 in the M's with a stiff and hand good enough to overcome the expected misfit if you are a max.
Feb. 7
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More interesting is what to do if they bid the grand.
Feb. 6
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You decided (reasonably) to upgrade out of a 1N direct overcall. How can you do anything but complete the description now?
Feb. 1
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