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Spot on Kevin. It was my specific holding that convinced me that P was intending to make Bergen raise.
Sept. 30, 2018
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I don't play routinely with this partner but I can't say that we rarely play together either. And there are many conventions and sequences that we have not discussed in great detail either. To be fair, I know I have misbid more than once :) due to forgetting I was a PH.

Partner is very intelligent, highly educated, with no known disability, and probably younger than the median ACBL player, and IMHO a good bridge player.

It's not consistently about any specific convention, but partner is generally prone to random bids or inferences that to me are weird, forgetful, and/or exasperating.

I don't understand how to square this with 40B5(s), the obligation to disclose special information gleaned from “partnership experience.” I don't think partner will ever play with me if I announce to every pair that he occasionally makes odd bids.
Sept. 30, 2018
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Having said that “we play Drury in 3rd/4th seat”, the only specific discussion we have had about the convention has been:
2C=3 card raise
2D=4 card raise
2M/3M=raises
2N=sub-opening hand without support

We have not had any discussion about any other bids in this situation.
Sept. 30, 2018
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We do not play fit jumps.
Sept. 30, 2018
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Michael, it is not true that this is “a convention one player cannot consistently remember”.

Partner is absent minded, but not consistently about Drury/Bergen. It could be anything on any given day.
Sept. 30, 2018
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John, I bid 4S. It made and was pretty much in line with much of the field.
Sept. 30, 2018
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To clarify: it's not that this player frequently forgets the Bergen/Drury distinction; it's just that he's quite absent minded and on any given bid he may or may not remember what our agreement is :)

I don't play that often with him that I can derive any patterns. If I were to put a frequency it would be once or twice per 24 board session.
Sept. 28, 2018
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LHO is an eminence and the director said nothing to LHO, just asked me what the bid was and announced it to the table.
Sept. 28, 2018
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We HAVE discussed that Bergen applies to 1st/2nd openings and Drury to 3rd/4th. Partner forgot.
Sept. 28, 2018
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“LHO out of line”
Is there a specific Law that addresses this?
Sept. 27, 2018
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Thanks Max. Gotta remember this.
“we have no explicit agreement but based on my experience with my partner I have a good idea of what I think he means; do you want me to share that?”
Sept. 27, 2018
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So you would pass?
Sept. 20, 2018
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Partner rates to have some values, so 3C will probably make +110. 4 rates to go down 1 on a heart lead, A ruff ruff. Without the double -1 is not good enough.
Sept. 9, 2018
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You meant 4, not 4
Sept. 7, 2018
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Partner opened with an inexcusably rotten 11 point minimum. (Surprisingly, 10% of the voters here agree with partner :)
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-l331pf83be/

I bid 2N, in hindsight wrong because it suggests a balanced hand.
P bid 4S (weakest of the possible options after J2NT) going down one.

One the other table the opponents made 3H, losing 6 IMPs and the match.
Sept. 6, 2018
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Noob question: what is the difference between a mini splinter and a full splinter?
Sept. 4, 2018
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How do mini splinters differ from “regular” splinters, and how would you show the latter (4H?)
Sept. 4, 2018
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After 4N RKCB, won't 5N become a King Ask?

Assuming 5N is beyond the Kickback King Ask, when is it Pick-a-Slam vs Grand Slam Force? Or rather what are suggested agreements around this?
July 10, 2018
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Ed, thanks for the pointer to Richard Pavlicek's site. I'm summarizing below for everyone's reference.

Bidding five in a major suit as a voluntary action (not competitive) is a slam invitation. In the old days this was just a general slam try, but modern methods give it a specific meaning, according to the auction.

1. If your side has bid all but one suit, it asks for control in the unbid suit.

2. If the enemy has bid, it asks for control in the enemy suit.

3. Holding the guarded king in the concerned suit, you should (reply) 5 NT to suggest 6 NT.

4. With first-round control in the concerned suit, you may make a control-bid as a grand-slam try. (if there is room. For completeness, from the ACBL article by Eddie Kantar: if you have a stiff in the unbid/enemy suit, then bid 6M).

5. If a single suit cannot be pinpointed, it asks for good trumps relative to the previous bidding. (this is a bit vaguer than the (old-fashioned?) “2 of top 3 honors”)

6. If your side has made a weak bid AND either opponent has acted, bidding five in a major is not a slam try. It is an obstructive bid. (The emphasis in the original on the “and” suggests that, over weak/pre-emptive bids that are not countered by opponents, 5M is still a slam try; but in this case it would default to #5).
July 10, 2018
Rajeev Jog edited this comment July 10, 2018
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Sorry to confuse everything. N bid 4 so S does indeed bid 5.
July 10, 2018
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