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Thanks. In that case I see why leading a diamond may not be best.
June 14, 2016
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So, let me get this right, *East* had 5/5 in the reds, 1 club and opened 1 and you didn't think to enlighten us that the opening was artificial?

What was the 1 response? 6 or more points, lacking three controls, artificial, as per Blue Club??

I abstain.
June 13, 2016
Nick Warren edited this comment June 13, 2016
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IMO the result is just one of those things. The responding hand is not an easy one. I suppose strictly it is an invite with a 6 card minor and, in my experience, inviting (while showing the minor) is, in the long run, losing bridge (though you will get a small share of tops with 3C making while the field is in 3NT down one or more).

Blasting 3NT or meekly passing are better options. And, worse, if you have no way to showing a 6 card minor invite, playing in 2NT is even worse as the 6 carder either tends to come in, in which case 3NT probably makes, or it doesn't, in which case 2NT is often too high.
June 13, 2016
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I've even filed greens in the circular file.
June 13, 2016
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For those interested, the page is 8j25 not 8J25.

Richard P's data, IMO, tends to confirm Rainer's point that 2NT is a loser's contract.
June 10, 2016
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So, two 10s and a 5 card suit are worth at least a point and the 10s are worth more than the 5 card suit. Figures.
June 10, 2016
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Good problem. I won't spoil it, except perhaps to say that it is more likely that East has been shut out of the bidding with a good hand than it is West. That being said, guessing the hearts is worse than a 50/50 bet…
June 9, 2016
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Depends on who I'm playing with. With many partners I'd probably fall off my seat!

With a relatively expert partner, but undiscussed, I'd assume option 1.

With one partner I'd expect a major 2 suiter, but this would change to and if the 1 opener was 2+ or otherwise artificial
June 9, 2016
Nick Warren edited this comment June 9, 2016
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Well, whether they matter or not, well done on achieving your goal!
June 8, 2016
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You might like to make a minor correction on page 3. It was West not East with the diamonds and it was KT9, not KJT he/she held.

But, nice article though.
June 7, 2016
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Well, hmm, at 59 I'm younger than a lot here and am tech savvy generally (work in IT), but tweeting? I don't even think the word is cool. Was on Facebook, but asked for my account to be deleted as it was more trouble than it was worth. Do use YouTube quite a bit though.

It appears to me social media is big with a lot of people - and then there are the others who live in a different world.
June 6, 2016
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Yuh, well, that'd be hard. The guy is dead!

Anyway, Precision burst onto the scene when the Blue Club was considered the Ferrari of bidding systems. In truth, though the Blue Club was arguably better than anything else people were doing back then, it isn't up to snuff for the modern environment - well - not the version popularised by the Reese book (translation) without a modern overhaul anyway.
June 3, 2016
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Or duplicate became popular and TV etc killed the home pastime. I don't think you can blame duplicate for the death of bridge in the home environment.

And in any case, I don't think home bridge is as dead as some think it is. I know of quite a few bridge players who play mostly or exclusively in the home and/or at non affiliated clubs that don't make it onto any ‘official’ stats.

Nor can you say that bridge is not learnt at home. My kids learnt at home for example.

P.S. Nor did people who are not now kids necessarily learn in the home environment. I learnt at school, partially through a school bridge club, but primarily by playing with friends informally in the lunch break.
June 3, 2016
Nick Warren edited this comment June 3, 2016
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I've played 1H-2m-2S didn't show a reverse before and 3S would have been taken as splinter raise of the minor. I suppose you can construct hands where the lack of a traditional reverse would have been a handicap, but we didn't come across one in practice.

(But this wasn't in an Acol context, it was strong NT, 5 card spades and hearts were 5 or 4/4 majors and a 2/1 was forcing to 2NT showing 11+. We needed a way for opener to get the 4/4 major hand (usually weak NT, but not necessarily), off their chest. I rather liked it.
June 3, 2016
Nick Warren edited this comment June 3, 2016
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I believe in England and Wales the only games you can play for money in pubs are dominoes and crib and then only for “small” stakes. Bridge and Whist can be played, but only by registered members clubs (i.e. not commercial), and only if the cost per day does not exceed £15.
June 3, 2016
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I find such a proposal flawed. In a competition such as a round robin, all anyone can do is do the best you can against the team you're playing on each round. While it is true that some teams might be better at beating up the fish, get lucky (or not) blah, blah, blah, eliminating results is just introducing another arbitrary/luck factor.

If you're worried about weaker teams influencing the result by randomising it, then play a qualifier round.
June 3, 2016
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I did once have a director superficially do that.
June 1, 2016
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I answered option 3, but tend towards sympathy with you.
May 31, 2016
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If playing Ekren or a Polish style 2 opener, then I'd open it. And I like to open these hands, but if not playing such openers, it is just too deficient in controls for my taste
May 31, 2016
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Whilst I acknowledge many would open the North hand, I don't hate pass.
May 31, 2016
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