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I would blame South.

First, I think it's attitude. Based on the auction and dummy, a spade continuation could easily be best even if there are no more tricks to establish.

Second, if it is suit preference, surely North would have played the 10 if they wanted a diamond.

Third, if South had raised to 3 it would be much clearer to everyone that North's card is suit preference.
2 hours ago
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Right. There is only one SAYC. But when people think of 2/1 they tend to imagine their preferred version, so of course that doesn't appear to have as many flaws.
8 hours ago
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If you're using transfers, why not XX to show spades and bid 1 with balanced. I'm also not a huge fan of bidding 2 instead of 2 because doubler's partner can have a wide range of hands and we don't want to give them two turns.

I would do this:

1: Either balanced or a weak heart raise (up to balanced 6 HCP)
2: Limit raise or better
2: 7-10

The goal should be to use the immediate 2 on the hand types that will have high frequency and give the opponents the toughest problems when they come up. A very weak 2 is less frequent and when it does come up, often they are strong enough that it has no effect.
12 hours ago
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I think when people design and evaluate methods in general, they give far too much weight to uncontested auctions compared to contested ones. The preference for 15-17 NT over 12-14 is a consequence of that.

The primary goal of system design should be to gain the advantage in the most common types of competitive auctions, with gadgets added on to plug any gaps that might exist elsewhere. The weak NT is devastatingly effective when opponents have a game or part score. If you like 15-17 because you don't want to be holding a 15 HCP 5332 after 1S-1NT then your priorities are messed up. Just use some variant of Bart or Gazzilli and come out very close to even.
13 hours ago
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That part is easy. Jump overcalls may divide people though.
July 1
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Did you bowl or bat?
July 1
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I don't think it is completely fanciful though for various reasons it probably won't happen.

Maybe also insert random short pauses in the bidding and play so people cannot use timing to transmit information.
June 30
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xxx x AKxxx AKxx seems like a typical hand.

In theory it's nice to be able to bid 3 with Axx so partner can bid 3NT with Qx, but in practice I'd probably rebid 2NT with that because NT could easily be right when partner doesn't have Qx and I'm saving nearly a whole level of bidding when partner has other plans.
June 30
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Don't preempt over a preempt. Fast arrival only applies when the lower bid would set trumps. Therefore South should bid 3 not 4.
June 29
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The other problem with different treatments of double is that you might encounter people like me who play the bid two steps below 3M is around 8-11.
June 29
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A limit raise can be based on shape and few high cards. I'm not giving up the takeout double. A cue bid for takeout puts you a level higher in many cases so is not a good substitute.
June 28
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I prefer 2 natural regardless of what their double means. Maybe they psyched. You've doubled 1 for takeout so 3 is always available as a cue bid.
June 26
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I didn't win so I'm not on lead.
June 23
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Only when I lose. The solution is reading. I find the novels chosen by the Guardian as the top 100 of all time are the most effective:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/aug/17/the-100-best-novels-written-in-english-the-full-list
June 23
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What Nicholas said is the American approach.

The French/English/My way is the double jump is an invitational bid: a five card suit and around 10-11 HCP. The single jump can be 8-10 with a four card suit or a bit less with a five card suit.
June 22
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I'm not French and learned from English books. My understanding has always been that a single jump neither promises nor denies a five card suit. The actual hand is borderline between 2 and 3.
June 22
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I would be doubling on most hands where I want to compete. This sounds like a hand that doesn't want to risk a pass of the double, maybe 1336 or a soft 2335 such as xx Qxx QJx QJxxx.
June 22
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Good question. With 4432 shape and four card support I might raise with 14 HCP but would usually pass. Probably people not as old-fashioned as me are raising on less.
June 21
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If the theory is we should allow things where it is too hard to enforce prohibition, probably suitplay or other software should be ok too. Actually why not just allow people to phone Michael Rosenberg.

If the theory is we follow the laws of bridge as much as possible, with exceptions only for clear improvements that are not possible face to face, then notes should not be used.
June 21
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If the problem is lockdown and people can't leave the house, then I agree using your own computer and nobody directly observing means collusive cheating cannot be stopped.

But if the problem is just being unable to travel, maybe we can still organise championships where everyone is in a controlled location, with an independent observer, and not using their own computer.
June 20
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