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You should try playing with someone of the opposite gender who just happens to have the same surname, like I do on occasion.
Sept. 27, 2016
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British English remains true to its Germanic origin and, in other places, its French influences. Whether this demonstrates culture and historic awareness or laziness and a touching unwillingness to change is open to debate. Personally speaking, when Americans start spelling the plural of dog as “dogz” and can use the metric system of measures, I'll listen.
Sept. 22, 2016
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Would require, apart from extra Brigemates, the ability to have two of them assigned to the same table (they won't allow it normally), plus mods to the server side software to hold two copies of the result and an extra dialogue with the bridgemates in case of the results not matching.

I daresay it could be done without a huge amount of work, but it isn't a 5 minute fix.
Sept. 22, 2016
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My golly you're old Ed if you remember back to Richard the Lionheart.

Some years ago there was a documentary that traced the Plantagenet line back to some geezer living in Australia. They turned up on his doorstep and told him he was the true King of England. In typical Aussie style he wasn't impressed and didn't seem inclined to raise an army to take back the throne.
Sept. 20, 2016
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ST said, “I remember that Sandra Landy once told me that bridge-playing women have three choices. It is possible to combine two of the three choices but you can't have all three. And the choices for women were career, children, bridge.”

To a large degree that it is true for men too - unless your better half enjoys being a bridge widow (and they don't!)
Sept. 19, 2016
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strong club with 4 card majors definitely has more frequent 1M openers than any 5cM system. Precision less so - it depends on how light you open - the modern trend is to open very light, the more old fashioned style opens not much lighter than what has become common place in “natural” systems.

i.e. basically I'm just agreeing.
Sept. 13, 2016
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If you're playing weak NT, then a 1NT rebid has much to recommend it. But I guess you're not… In which case I don't see a good alternative to 2
Sept. 2, 2016
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Lightner/Not Lightner. A spade is not necessarily wrong anyway.
Aug. 30, 2016
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I tend to agree that a weak 2 is underestimated by some. Sure opps have one step more in the bidding compared to a weak 2 opener. However with the latter they have 1 major to focus on, over the former they have both of them to worry about possible fits.

The argument about 2 as a normal weak 2 versus the myriad of other possible uses has to do with what fits best in the overall system.
Aug. 30, 2016
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Specifically on the auction 1-1NT responder is bound to have some club support and a pre-emptive use of the 3 rebid is at least worth considering. However over any other opening or indeed any other response to 1, some sort of support is less assured, so the jump rebid is less law protected. Thus the majority of sequences are used to show strength. And most would not prefer the memory strain of one exception.
Aug. 18, 2016
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I clicked one of your options, but this is as much about playing strength as it is about hcp
Aug. 18, 2016
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No. Welease Woderick.
Aug. 10, 2016
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It depends on who is answering:

Option 3 works for most folks.

For many of the rest option 2 works.

Option 1 is for the dead keen people who are prepared to put in the time and risk tipping off the lead etc.

I was particularly attracted to the team aspect of the write up (i.e. all members of the team are playing the same thing). It shows a serious attempt to be cohesive and, I would have thought, be particularly attractive for 5 as opposed to 4 or 6 handed teams
Aug. 5, 2016
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Yeah, but how many of the passer's were strong no-trumpers where they normally couldn't bid and didn't bother to read your directions or who were simply not used to penalty doubles and passed out of habit?

(I know you don't know the answer to that question, just pointing out that inevitably some people polled will have been lazy)
Aug. 5, 2016
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IMO the ethics of this is in the question of whether it is right to be playing for significant money with this guy in the first place. If you decide it is OK, then take the money. If it is not right, the game shouldn't be happening in the first place.
Aug. 3, 2016
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Well, that depends a little on where/who you're playing. It seems that in strong NT land many are using their doubles as something other than penalty and don't have other calls for this shape. However, in weak NT land, most are using X of a weak NT as penalty (and a great many of those come across strong NT sufficiently rarely that they haven't discussed any special defence to strong NT). In this case I reckon they rate to be on the right side of things.
Aug. 3, 2016
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Love all at MPs requires action
Aug. 3, 2016
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Nobody expects the Spanish Inq… oops I mean no trump contract.
Aug. 1, 2016
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Nothing really. Richard is just pointing out that opening 1NT with a singleton (honour or otherwise) is not usual practice in the UK. Here, you're supposed to announce, along with the range, if you sometimes open 1NT with a singleton.
Aug. 1, 2016
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I think this would be a lot clearer if someone could/would define the objectives. For example (I might have missed it), what defines the number of byes? Everyone is assuming 3. At least one seems to be necessary as there were an odd number of teams, but one could have had 5 or 7 or whatever. Who decides and on what basis?
July 28, 2016
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