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Wow, you must have a perfect bidding system and a perfect memory if this is your only problem.
Aug. 14, 2016
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No 1 is always unbalanced. Pard thought 1N shows 5-4 and 2 would have shown 5-4. We switched the bids 1 year ago and it doesn't come up very often.
Aug. 10, 2016
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Just coming from a club game. Pard held in 2nd position :Kx, :AK, :Qxxxx, :Jxxx. The bidding: (p)-1-(1)-X; (p)-1N-(p)-2; (2)-3-All pass. I alereted 1N as showing both minors, usually longer . IMO he had a clear pass over 2 without the 2-bid, but no obligation to bid 3 over 2 with a minimum and bad Suits. Maybe this is taking ethics to far, but we prefer that over being not ethical enough.
Aug. 10, 2016
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If the pro interpreted 3 as artificial, he should have alerted. Omer, you have my fullest sympathy. One more thing: I don't understand this pro-beginner system. Here (let's just call him/her) a good player plays with a beginner in order to improve his/her skills. Why then should the good player play as many of the hands as possible?
Aug. 10, 2016
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Sorry to say this Kit, but this is getting silly. Of course Flight C wakes up if the pro bids 3.
Aug. 9, 2016
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Also a good idea, but even more alien then 1N forcing to some. I don't mind having to play 2M if I overcall and pard has a natural 1N.
Aug. 9, 2016
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A close second to #2 IMO
Aug. 9, 2016
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“t is very hard to imagine 3♦ as being natural…” That could have been your argument in the post-mortem after an alert by pard. That is if you have to explain -1100. Now that there is no alert, there is only one possible call: PASS! I have heard your kind of justifications for making use of UI and I hate it.
Aug. 9, 2016
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18-7=11, 22-11=11. What is your call, if you are to strong for an overcall? Double. I had expected you to understand what I mean with “power double”. I know the term “power double” is also used for a double only on power in combination with 1N for takeout as proposed by Jeff Goldsmith (not a good player in your opinion?).
Aug. 7, 2016
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Ron the Greatest, please explain why the range of an overcall is “very wide” compared to an opening bid. Lower limit for an opening bid 11/12, upper limit not good enough for semi-forcing. Lower limit for a 1-level overcall 7/8, upper limit not good enough for power double.
Aug. 7, 2016
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Play 2? Not necessarily, but do you expect to play 2 if you overcall 1M with 2? You hope that pard can help you. 1N? Is that really extremely valuable? After all many play F1NT over 1M too. NF change of suit? AFAIK you are an advocate of non-forcing free bids if opps overcall your opening bid. Why not in this situation?
Aug. 6, 2016
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Maybe I should have written “minimize randomization” in stead of “fair”
Aug. 5, 2016
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“Recruit a few dozen or hundred new members and have bigger games. :-)”

I'd love to, but the reality is worse then anything you can imagine. When I started playing bridge again at the age of 60, I lowered the average age in the club (not true for the club I'm playing in today!). Bridge in Germany is dying of old age.
Aug. 5, 2016
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I like the idea, but in my book (1)-1M-(P)-2 is non-forcing. But what about 1N? Downside is that 1N cannot promise M-support. (1)-1M-(P)-1N; 2M weak, …; 2 intermediate, then 2M “natural” 1N-bid, 2N invite, other fit-showing. I keep my non-forcing 2 and lose the possibility to play 1N, a fair trade-off IMO.
Aug. 5, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Aug. 5, 2016
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I expect pard to pull which is ok for me. If pard passes with the rest of the points that's ok for me too. With opps vulnerable I would pass. I should add that a reopening double shows cards for me. With other agreements you might have to pass and accept a bad score.
Aug. 3, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Aug. 3, 2016
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How many tricks do you estimate? n losers is not the sam as 13-n tricks. My 1st and 2nd hand preempts are disiplined, because I do not want to preempt pard (2nd hand is worst!). In my younger days I occasionally played with a wild preempter. We hardly ever got punished badly, its the games we missed that made it non-profit.
July 30, 2016
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Again, from the lead we know that declares only card above the 5 is the Q. I know that pard started with AJ 4th or 5th and he knows that I know. Therefore no reason for Smith.
July 30, 2016
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If pard has A taking K and returning wins, if not declare has K as entry even if I duck (pard has 2 clubs). I can play K before returning in case pard does not have A but QJxx or QTxx in . But what if pard has K? If I duck pard will take A on the next trick, return a small and I still have a if I come in with K. Or declare will play A and another giving pard a chance to signal.
July 30, 2016
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6 is in dummy.
July 30, 2016
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Nonsense, pard started with AJ85(x), possibly A85 or J85 hoping to find my suit.
July 29, 2016
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