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“a rare fun event”

You mean the others are NOT fun, Nigel?
4 hours ago
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As much as I detest negative 2 - and the dreaded MUD also …. I think that gambling 3NT does more damage than both of those.

How many hands are cold for 3NT - but - ONLY if the OTHER hand declares!

Just open your *X#*& minor and rebid it - let partner bid the NT!
8 hours ago
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Dave, some battles are not worth the fight. I filed something about the player…. wasn't going to go after the director (though perhaps I should have done so….)
8 hours ago
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Yeah; no kidding, Ed.

There are players like that guy…and then people like a couple (in real life and at the bridge table) who are 1000% above board. I recall once having an auction where our side was declaring and they were defending. When it was over, one partner stated that his partner had explained something that was not their agreement - and that, of course, if we thought we had been harmed, we should get a director.

Had he remained silent, no one other than he would have known that we'd been given wrong system information.

No class vs lots of class! And - that took ZERO questions from me :)
10 hours ago
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Wow. Sometimes I do find it fascinating to read people's responses. I would think that the one thing partner has promised is at least a semblance of a stopper. Yes, it might be xxxx which would not turn out to be a stopper. But - would I expect xxx or xx? No. Not in the hand that bids immediately after the overcaller.
11 hours ago
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I must admit I do not understand the voting. Does anyone's partner bid 1NT on this auction with fewer than about 7 or 8 HCP? And aren't their values (at least theoretically) behind the overcaller - and - don't more of the values rate to be “known” in one hand?

So - why would I not simply bid game with 18-19?

My partners usually have 7 to 10 for 1NT (sometimes even a lousy 11). So I do not understand only inviting with 18-19 - unless 2NT is considered forcing by some.
15 hours ago
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Rich, we have a player in our area that I like a lot - but - thinking for longer than a nano-second is often not in her repertoire. I have said to her: “It is not against the laws to actually THINK about what you ought to do”!!
16 hours ago
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I really did get that ruling….. And, as I vaguely recall (it was some years ago now), I did fill out a player memo against the opponent who did all the talking. (The other guy was pretty silent.)

I am certain that I asked about their methods at least 3-4 times. How many times are you supposed to ask to try to get the proper answer?
16 hours ago
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Yuan, I once played against a pair in a NABC Swiss. Asked them a few times what they were playing; told “EVERYTHING standard.”

Then, when I went down in a contract I might have made and their signalling seems so weird, I ask again and they say “UDCA.”

I get a director and get ruled against! And yelled at by the opponents (and NO the director had nothing to say about THAT!) Argggh!!
20 hours ago
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Very few. We play that all bids by opener are forcing after my bid - and - most of the time, we can sort it out. Responder's bid is so descriptive; very helpful.
June 19
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My favorite more modern convention is invitational jump shifts. Can't count how many times we've received good boards because of them.
June 18
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I've had other friends who've lost exactly like this on the handicap.

Are we having FUN yet?!?
June 18
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One of a few reasons I don't like them is this. So I know my partner has 3 card support. Great. Does he have 12 hcp or 19? What's the rest of his distribution like? Are his values pure, or do some look compromised by the auction?

If the opps bid again before I do, I don't know the answers to any of these and having a better sense of them seems more important to me than 3 or 4 trump…..
June 18
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I hate support doubles. And yes; I do realize I am in the minority.
June 17
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Rich; thanks for proving my point! The right shape can be worth its weight in gold, in contrast to the wrong HCP. But - IMHO - much harder to sort it out after the dreaded 2xx neg……
June 16
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Josh “Flight B pros” perhaps?

I admit to really NOT knowing how the mechanics of such an event would work. Nevertheless, the concept that “cheating is next to impossible” does not resonate for me. For those who are willing to cheat - almost always, where there is the will, there is the way!

Might be a tough nut to crack, but some could find it.
June 16
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Did the correction make you feel better, Mark? Or - did you need something like 3.80 for that? :)
June 16
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Oren - yet one aspect of this game that keeps it fascinating.

Personally, though I think I'd open 1NT, surely 1 with a 2 rebid is not nuts.

You can't know when you open if the deal will work better one way or the other. Just gotta guess and pick one.
June 15
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Wayne; I am in awe!
June 15
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#1 - it takes up a little room, which some of the time can be crucial
#2 - responder can have hands with almost no points but shape - and the hand will fit well with partner. Yet again - sometimes difficult to figure that out after the first 2 response.
#3 - no more Kokish
June 15
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