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As far as I can see this thread is a lot of hot air. There is no agreement about what is a sensible lead, nor what the huddle suggests. Without such agreement, there is little point in considering anything else.
April 5, 2016
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A heart lead seems quite normal to me as well. If anything the huddle suggests a diamond lead (well arguably anyway - I'm not sure I am convinced. But in any case there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with a heart to me. Which kind of makes the rest of the OP somewhat moot).
April 4, 2016
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Which is good of course. But what about getting it (whatever they come up with) in use in other areas of the world as well?

And, though I am no expert at all in such things, why does it need a committee? (Some years ago I used to work somewhere that was very sensitive to surveillance and they seemed to know in seconds that you had something in your pocket that you shouldn't in a part of the building where you shouldn't have it. In other words, doesn't this technology already exist?)
April 4, 2016
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The owners, of course, can do what they like with their own site. But I didn't really see this as any sort of fun.
April 4, 2016
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If I recall correctly, you also have to alert the rebid on sequences where it is ambiguous whether the 2nd suit is longer or not (which happens on some sequences where clubs is the 2nd suit in Blue Club, for example)
March 31, 2016
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People need to get this c word in perspective - or we need some new terminology. Many players, at club level in particular, take conscious or unconscious advantage of UI. Mostly they either don't know it is wrong or have seen others getting away with it etc. In that sense they are not cheating, not deliberately so.

However, make no mistake it is cheating to take advantage of UI. The fact that people don't know is as much down to the lax culture we have in clubs as anything, and that will only really change if we get zero tolerance on the subject coming from on high. (But I'm not holding my breath).
March 31, 2016
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Double post deleted
March 31, 2016
Nick Warren edited this comment March 31, 2016
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That can happen. With some partners more than others, though, I have to say.
March 31, 2016
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I'd just let it go. Obvious bad ruling, but rocking the boat will probably only mark you as a trouble maker.

Some directors in clubs just don't understand MI, UI, logical alternatives and the like. I know. I've directed and did my level best to do the right thing. I'm sure I understand the laws better than a lot of club directors, but I genuinely struggle to follow some of the threads that appear on the legalities of the game.
March 31, 2016
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Thanks. That being the case I think I'll stick with 3
March 30, 2016
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The clue is in the name. Frances with an “e” is feminine, at least in England (might be different in other parts I suppose). Sometimes abbreviated Fran. Whereas Francis with an “i” is masculine. Sometimes abbreviated Frank.
March 30, 2016
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What is the difference between 3 “constructive” and 2 followed by 3 “invite”. Does either imply anything about spades? (probably not I suppose)
March 30, 2016
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Yes. It is hands like this that make me think that 15-17NT range (that means something like the truth), 2/1GF and FNT is inherently flawed. Something has to be compromised and it shouldn't be proper disclosure.
March 29, 2016
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From the EBU site:

6. What are the arguments for and against introducing
additional weighting for certain events?

For the start of the scheme and possibly indefinitely, though subject to review, EBU and County and similar events will have an increased weighting. Note that there is no upper limit to the grade you can attain, even if you never play in such events, provided you score highly enough in club events. The additional weighting just increases the speed at which your grade is changed by the results in these cross club events.

The primary reason for the extra weighting was to aid diffusion (and so standardisation of grades) in the early years of the scheme.

However, other arguments exist.

One view is that when we play bridge we are always trying to play at our best, even when we are not playing at more prestigious events. The counter-view is that some players will happily attend a mid-week club evening session when
tired after a day’s work, but would be careful to be fresh before a weekend national event.

A disadvantage of event weighting is that the complications to the maths of introducing another scheme of weighting (on top of that of decay) make it more difficult for the ordinary player to understand how weighting and decay work or why their grade is doing what it is doing.
March 29, 2016
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Not good enough for an upgrade in my view, just. But with as little extra as the 10, I would.
March 29, 2016
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>I have to give the NGS a health warning. It is a very flawed tool, and it truly does not make the term expert or world class objective.

“Very flawed” is an overbid. Certainly there can be some “anomalies”. However, it is a lot closer to being a good objective measure of current skill than, say, masterpoints.
March 29, 2016
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Not precisely what you're asking for, but closely related:

https://chrisryall.net/bridge/two/clubs.htm
March 29, 2016
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I open and am equally comfortable (or otherwise) with 1 and 2. The shape suggests 2, the defence in other suits suggests 1. Pass is too timid IMO and 3 asking to go minus.
March 29, 2016
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Ian says his usual partner is his wife. Either he passed and she had enough for slam or he bid the slam and she didn't. Either way he is in the dog house. (And even if the result of this poll says he was right, its an old bone for dinner anyway).

Personally, I'd have tanked and eventually concluded that p having 2 of 3 out of completely solid clubs, heart void and A was a reasonable bet.
March 25, 2016
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Yeah, the argument is reasonable enough in isolation. However, if one partner is going to treat a 15 that is barely worth 14 as if it truly were 15 and the other partner is going to treat what is basically a balanced 8 count as a “blast to game”, then clearly we're getting into territory where this argument is going to become a little thin, imps odds or not.
March 24, 2016
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