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That’s true Don. Perhaps I should have waited for that on Monday but I thought the subject was of sufficient interest to put it out to the community sooner.
March 2
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Robb doesn't. This was not a unilateral statement.
March 2
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Although David Burn and I seem to agree on the correct ruling here, I disagree with one of his comments in this thread.

“No, it isn't. 5♠ is an enquiry made by the man in charge of the auction. 6♥ is a sign-off made by the man in charge of the auction. And you bid seven. You genius, you”

MANY pairs (at least on this side of the pond) play this or any bid that makes playing a slam inevitable promises all the keycards. Some don't. But I don't think this pronouncement is valid since it is hardly universal.
Feb. 22
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If I understand “spiral scan” (not sure I do) then instead of 6H (or 7H) the 6H bidder could have continued the inquiry with 6C. By choosing to bid 6H, he denies interest in moving on. He could have hands (usually with a stiff club) where such action makes sense. The BIT is Unauthorized Information. The BIT suggested doubt about course of action. Is pass a logical alternative? According to Law 16B1b “A logical alternative is an action that a significant proportion of the class of players in question, using the methods of the partnership, would seriously consider, and some might select.”

After polling I suspect that it is likely that under this definition pass could be considered a Logical Alternative. If that happens, the 7H bid should be disallowed.

Whether you or I would have bid 7 is irrelevant. You or I would have bid 7 if we intended to do so over the scan rather than responding. Since this player “forgot” to bid 7 when he could have, he doesn't get a do-over.
Feb. 20
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I don't understand one of the potential answers. You ask about what to play to encourage. You are asking what a correct attitude signal is. Why would count be relevant? If you didn't specify encouragement, that choice would be appropriate.
Feb. 16
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It would be nice to make a forcing pass, but since 3 wouldn't be forcing, a pass higher than 3 can't be forcing either.
Feb. 14
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First Class Mail went from 2c to 3c on November 3, 1917 for the war effort. It was reduced back to 2c on July 1, 1919. There was also a 3c rate during the 1860s but it was limited to 1/2 oz.
Feb. 10
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I think that for most experts this is a “pre-balance” situation and 2NT can be quite frisky. To me Pass is clear.
Feb. 7
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After a 1NT overcall a simple 2 bid may not give you the chance to bid again. 2NT should not be a completely preemptive action between two bidding partners that haven't shown a fit. It is very dangerous.
Feb. 1
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I like my 5 bid over 3NT that wasn't very popular. I don't want the “last guess” so I avoid that problem.
Jan. 25
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The question is what 2NT shows. To me, NV, it suggests offense without a lot of defense. With this hand I bid 2 and judge whether to bid 3 if I have the opportunity. Yes, sometimes it will go 2 p 4 and I am fixed (maybe).
Jan. 25
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“In some of my partnerships I play that 2♦ in response to 2♣ promises values and 2♥ becomes the ”second negative“. ” I avoid these issues because I refuse to play that. I play either 2D negative and 2H artificial POSITIVE or plain old 2D waiting. I like the Kokish convention and playing the 2H negative makes it practically worthless.
Jan. 21
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I object. Peter Noone in Herman's Hermits “Mrs. Brown”. https://youtu.be/lv8k0VI9tBc
Jan. 19
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Carol's husband Tommy played with Crane quite often.
Jan. 16
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This is such a bizarre auction that I would be more concerned with a fast action than with a slow one. Tempo rulings should, to some extent, be made in context.
Jan. 14
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Amazing resource. I would love to see some of the “ancient” BW articles (20s and 30s).
Jan. 14
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I agree that it is highly probable that the 4 bid was the beginning of a grand slam try. But it is also possible that it was not. The answer if he claims to be making a grand slam try - next time find a bit that commits you to the small slam OR find a partner who doesn't straitjacket you with his tempo. Sorry kids, I have seen it too many times. If you don't trust me, trust Michael Rosenberg. There is zero daylight between us on this issue.
Jan. 13
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I don't have a problem with 4. This hand is a powerhouse. But once you make that move and get no cooperation you are stuck at the 5 level. If you wanted to bid 6 all the time you should just bid it.
Jan. 11
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Would have preferred a 3 bid
Jan. 7
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I think double is fine. The vulnerable opponents are bidding on few HCP which suggests bad splits. I am pretty sure partner has 5 spades here, but it isn't absolutely clear. Even so, I would be much more comfortable making a 5 level move with a fourth spade.
Jan. 6
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