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Sounds as though we should export the old direction to FIFA. They will fit right in.
18 hours ago
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About as well as I like them after 1.
Aug. 13
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Even better reason to play 17hcp notrump showing 2254. I don't know what the point is behind such comments unless backed up with a coherent theory of why such a range solves similar problems without creating new ones.
Aug. 13
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I am in the 1N opening camp. Yes, the hand is too strong for it. But I don't like the options after it goes 1-1. If partner transfers to and then invites game in NT I will bid 4
Aug. 11
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I've read with interest these comments about heat, temperature, and sweat. Good God! I have many recollections of EBU summer events in the 60s and 70s, but I don't ever remember being physically uncomfortable. Bridge players are now able to add the definitive truth about global warming: it is real.
Aug. 8
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I am amazed that so far, unless I missed a comment, that nobody has raised one glaring fact about Brighton: the Hotel Metropole is a dump. I don't know the venue of the current Eastbourne events, but it used to be the Grand did it not. Now that was a hotel with some trappings of luxury.

This afterthought as an edit: perhaps I should have used the word suburban to decsribe the Metropole.
Aug. 7
Robert Stevens edited this comment Aug. 7
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If you are almost never missing decent games when partner passes 1, then your p must be raising on hands like xxxx Kxx xxxx xx. Fair enough, if that is your style. But if he is that weak for a raise then you must be in poor games when you are a jack weaker (not to mention a queen).

None of this is especially calamitous, but, as always, when the range of bids is too broad it must necessarily lead to inaccuracy. Yes, the same is true of missing 5-3 major fits.
Aug. 6
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2 sucks; 4 sucks.
Aug. 2
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Optional penalty, but if partner has strength suggesting the penalty will be larger, he should take it out to 3N?
July 31
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I believe quite strongly that the big hand should open 1. As a famous player once said: “If I can just get by this round..”. Especially when playing two card openers, partners always seem to dredge up some response. Harder, perhaps, would be if the suits were and .
July 27
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Certainly, first bidding a solid six card suit seems better than a moth eaten five carder. But, perhaps the methods did not allow that. And I am wonderering how Frances later diagnoses the magic doubleton A (not to mention the four low s opposite, not three low)
July 27
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Completely agree with Phillip and Phillip (the other one).
July 26
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So, you don't like the title.
July 24
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Connected low honors are great for NT.
Like Qxx and Qxx ?
July 23
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It has always amazed me that, given the popularity of 2N as a Herbert style negative over a weak-two, that this method has never caught on. I use it as a two way bid, either Herbert or a normal 8-11 (pick your range). If doubler wishes to invite in notrump he bids 2 which will the bust responder will pass. Not perfect, but the fact that 2, or show at least some values is helpful.
July 17
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What to do with xxxx xxx xxx xxx after (1)-x-(P)-?
Buddha like you ….Pass. You are going minus, it's just a question of how minus. Just give up the -280 or -380.
July 17
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In another recent poll the majority opinion was that responder, holding x Jxxxxx Qx Kxxx, should rebid 2 after 1-1N; 2. I hope none of those who voted for that action are now suggesting that 2 here shows extra values.
July 16
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Well then the problem as posed is meaningless since it gave no hint that declarer might have only two s.
July 14
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That's right Greg..all activities are of equal worth in this brave new world.
July 14
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We have our freedoms and anyone can play these events. Why anyone would is beyond me. If I ever get to the point of indulging in anything so lacking in aesthetic value please just apply euthanasia.
July 14
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