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All of this is valuable, mostly because it gives my partner and me some ideas to talk through, e.g., the opportunity to show a stopper for a possible NT contract. Thanks all of you.
4 hours ago
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Makes sense. So step one is make sure the opps bids are natural. The Precision diamond bid is “two plus diamonds” as I understand it. Thank you.
21 hours ago
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I can shed some light on this. I sat east when partner and I played this deal, although not against Marion and his partner. Marion is too kind to point out that EW are not strong players, and east fits into that group “who would double holding 5 trumps” as mentioned above.

No one was in 4H. The auction at our table was strange, as South did not open. North bid one diamond, and as the worst bidder in our club I bid two diamonds. South asked my partner what that meant and my partner said “He has both majors.” South now bid 2H. My partner passed and north asked my partner what my 2D bid meant and she replied “He has both majors,” (this time a bit louder). North now bid 3C, thinking that 2H was unusual vs unusual and that his partner's 2H bid showed a GF hand with the fourth suit, clubs. This was down 2 for plus 200 for us.

I sympathize with Marion on this one.
March 18
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Sept 2018 issue of ACBL Bulletin, Billy Miller's column: He says in competition this system is on, unlike your description Gavin. What are the pros and cons of system on or off in competition?
Sept. 22, 2018
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Whatever Richard Fleet says, I trust him.
April 1, 2018
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I had trouble with the comment, “The only thing I might add is that the K♣ is almost certainly at your left judging from the lead.” Someone enlighten me why this is so.
June 1, 2017
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I'm glad you posted this, as I go through the same ruminations every time I have to make this decision. I get it right half the time!
May 28, 2017
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Thank you Spencer. Interesting analysis. I appreciate it.
June 13, 2016
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Thank you all. The principal issue between us was not that I found great fault with 1 NT, but that my partner was unequivocal in stating that 3 NT was simply a poor bid and that I had no other reasonable call than the club transfer. Based on the feedback here, I conclude that the club transfer was indeed a reasonable choice, but more importantly, that 3 NT was not a bad call at all. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't nuts. Ribs
June 12, 2016
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Agreed. Certainly 3 NT was not a lock. I took a shot, that's all. Thank you.
June 11, 2016
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I appreciate this Gary, and that was part of my thinking, certainly not the 10 points. But I should have been wiser. E-W have 17,000 points between them and their defense was surgical.
June 11, 2016
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A kind poster pointed out to me the hand generator icon by PM. Thanks everyone for your understanding and sorry for the inconvenience. I will add that Mr. Hann's comment about my senior eyes was the wittiest of all the needling! Ribs
June 11, 2016
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Good one David. I promise it was mechanical error. Despite the post I promise I can really count to 13. This is the second time I've posted here and both times I entered the cards incorrectly! Thanks.
June 11, 2016
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Very sorry. Mechanical error by me. Here is the north hand:
AK762, J 10 3 K 9 C: K 10 2
June 11, 2016
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I appreciate all of the helpful and insightful comments. I think my initial judgment that we had been damaged by the BIT was influenced by the results, i.e., we were the only pair doubled. But many here made the same point that the double is obvious to them, which suggests that had the Director been called and he did poll, the double would have been highly supported, and this is backed up by the votes. Thank you all so much. What a great resource this site is. Ribs.
May 16, 2016
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Here is North's hand:

♠KQ762
♥-
♦A743
♣QJ75

Thank you all. Your comments are thoughtful and helpful and I'm just trying to learn. Ribs
May 16, 2016
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My apologies to all, and sorry for the errors in my post. It was my first one and I made two mistakes. First, my hand held K 6 3. Thank you Nikos and Mark.

Second, the doubler's hand was:

♠T8
♥KT4
♦KT9
♣AT984

My apologies and thank you for your contributions. Ribs
May 15, 2016
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