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Stu:

Is Committee of Public Safety being considered?
14 hours ago
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140 is:
my bowling average
by batting average
my spouse's IQ (on a bad day)
my usual MP score on a 156 average
a fairly blood thirsty psalm

-140 is usually better than -200.
16 hours ago
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Peg:

Great to see that you are the Captain of this team! A well-deserved honor for my favorite ornithophile.
April 15
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How about:

1 - 2
3 - 3
3NT - 4
<whatever your system calls for here>
6
April 14
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I agree with Tom. First determine if you have 12+ tricks. If you do, then check for aces.
April 14
ATB
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North was a bit aggressive, but South's 2NT with 11 losers and no potential ruffing values seems quite excessive.
April 12
ATB
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I the partnership agreement for this double is:

take out: 100% blame for West

penalty: 100% blame to East for forgetting

co-operative: 100% blame to BOTH for agreeing to this.

Two-way (either t/o or penalty “partner can tell which from their own hand”): see co-operative above

No agreement: no comment
April 12
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I might well be mis-remembering, but I think Robson's club has its own rating scheme.
April 12
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Ian:

When one is only strong enough for one bid, support with support. If you bid 1 with a minimum hand also holding three Hearts, your 2 rebid become wide ranging in both strength and shape. Also, with a minimum 3=5=(4/1) including high honor in spades, I want the ability to raise. When responder is minimum, we will end up in a 4=3 spade fit rather than a 5=3 heart fit.
April 10
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Assuming 5-card major openings, I think 2 should deny 3+ hearts. With 3-caard support for partner, I would have raised on the first round (or with a minimum, perhaps have bid 1NT if playing constructive raises).
April 10
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Pardon me, but who cares?

If people enjoy playing in Gold Rush Pairs then it's a Good Thing. I never had any interest in playing in limited events but, again, who cares? My preferences and my reasons for playing bridge are simply that: my preferences and my reasons. That does not make them better than another person's.
April 8
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I strongly dislike the idea of barring “kids” out of Open events. I also see no reason to encourage hiring a pro in order to play in an open event. Your scheme would make open events non-open events.
April 7
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My weak twos vary with vulnerability, position and partnership agreements. Ignoring 4th seat where my weak twos are not really weak (and are so Alerted), they are strongest in 2nd seat vulnerable and weakest in 3rd seat white versus red. In the former they are quite constructive and in the latter they are wide ranging and can be quite junky.

A couple of side notes:

Having a partnership agreement on what weak twos look like in various positions is more important than what the agreement says.

Some of my partners like disciplined weak weak twos. This does not mean the are always sound; it means that 3rd seat white they are always junky, for example. Others prefer a wider range of allowed hands.
April 2
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Peg:

Ya, I know, but I can not think of any other way of enforcing a rule other than to enforce it. :)

Good luck in the remainder of the tourney. Also remember that no good deed goes unpunished.
March 27
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Peg:

Just guessing, but I think part of the reason is that the pause after a jump rule is seldom enforced at clubs. This seems upward into tournaments.

The only was to reduce the frequency of this is for more players call the director and ask for protection. Might help.
March 27
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There are two forums on Bridgewinners which might be of more use:

Clubs and Teachers (private)
Webmasters (semi-private)
March 27
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If your methods do not include a way to invite in No Trump other than beginning with 2, the sequence shown is usually played as invitational non-forcing with four spades.

If you can invite 3NT via 1NT-2NT or 1NT-2 then it can be played in various ways.

Back in the olden days, pre-Jacoby transfer, non-forcing Stayman played this sequence invitational, non-forcing with five spades and forcing Stayman played it as a one-round force with five spades. The ACBL convention card had a check box for each method.
March 25
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Howard:

Thanks. The difference is that you actually read the question. My vote is changed to the side of the angles.
March 23
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As long as the ACBL pretends that master points mean something, they should be consistent. If 2400 MP qualifies for someone to play in an event, then you should be allowed in.
March 23
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OMG!. I didn't notice that. Formal-wear, I guess.
March 23
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