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Distribution around the table probably 3244(me)-3415-4351-3433. Let‘s try to shorten the long trump hand, there are no ruffs for the short hand.
March 10
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Yeah, funny. I doubled but didn‘t expect more then 25%.
March 10
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I changed to abstain, because nothing really fits. If „fixed“ means it was intentionally (I‘m not a native speaker), inexperienced players do not „fix“ you. If ACBL says that alerting is arguable (hey they regulate everything, why can‘t they say yes or no) you should always ask. I always ask what double of my artificial bids mean. As for the „double standard“, this shouldnöt exist in an official tournament, but I would always be lenient towards inexperienced players in a club game.
March 10
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I understand your sentiment, but IMO we cannot do without disclosure of our methods (not strategy or tactic). The problem is that bridge today is overregulated, especially in ACBL-land.
If that picture of yours is more or less up-to-date you probably haven‘t played bridge in the „anything goes era“.
Psyching with psyche control was allowed and why not? Read „How to Play Winning Bridge“: a junp in a new suit after a 1-level opening says, that we have game even opposite a psyche. 1-1;4 is forbidden. Nobody counted the number of your psyches. There was no rule of 18 for 1-level openings although opening bids were generally sounder then today.
I had a hiatus from 1978 to 2012 and was shocked as I came back to the game. I‘d like to have those good old days back again, but I enjoy the game as it is too. I insist however that we all play according to the same rules. Like it or not the rules are as they are (for the moment)
March 10
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Here it is not usual to have a CC in club games. Even the larger clubs seldom have more then 10 tables and after a while you know what to expect. Here are my three interesting situations (not on the same day)
(1)-2-(2)-P; AP I: „you didn’t alert 2“, opp: „why should I alert, 2 is natural“, I: „because it’s nonforcing“, opp: „2 is not nonforcing“, I: „but you passed with a 13 count, so obviously 2 is nonforcing“, opp: „I can pass whenever I want, but 2 is not nonforcing“, TD! Anyway, he excused himself.
Uncontested auction by the same pair: 1-1; 1N-4; AP. Responder has 6-4. Explanation: we bid suits up the line. All bids natural, no need to alert.
Third hand I open 1 on xxx, xxx, Axx, xxxx. Opps get to 3N, making +2 and scold me for my psyche. I call the TD who explains that psyches are allowed. Opp astonished: „So when you psyche, you don‘t even have to adhere to the rule of 18 nowadays?“
I give up, they‘re close to 80.
I am very strict only when it comes to UI.
March 10
Ronald Kalf edited this comment March 10
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2nd hand, not 1st. If 2 is forbidden, I’d rather open 3 then 1 although we open light.
March 9
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I probably don‘t understand this pro-client business. Now if I were to pay someone much better then I am to play with me I‘d pay to get better. What do I learn from this behaviour? Reminds of this story where the Rabbit explains the Toucan how to bid, copying what the Hog teaches the Rabbit.
March 9
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No unfortunately pard forgot to underlead his AK.
March 9
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If we have a 4-4-M-fit and pard offers cog, I pass with a balanced hand (and scattered values) and bid 4M with an unbalanced hand (and some balanced hands). If I pass with a stiff, in an unbid suit at that, I KNOW that we don‘t have a fit FROM PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE. I wouldn‘t be surprised if the the pro has forbidden the client to take 3N out.
March 9
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Craig, I have a high opinion of „Partnership Bidding at Bridge“ by Robson & Segal and a lot of it has become part of my system. You have to be aware of two things however:
1) R&S are British and the Brits play (largely) WNT (as do I which is why a lot fits in my system). In chapter 2 they differentiate between 4- and 5-card M and WNT/SNT, but not in later chapters.
2) the book is from 1993, at least my copy is. Bridge theory has evolved since then.
As Frances pointed out a) and b) are different. I play GB2N in b) but not in a) where I can pass with a weak hand.
March 8
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In a competitive situation 2N is always GB2N aka leb with the following exceptions
1) natural in a forcing pass situation
2) fit-showing if pard has shown a 5crd suit and you didn‘t have the opportunity to show support
3) natural if you had the opportunity to bid GB2N but made another bid
4) scrambling if you had the opportunity to bid GB2N but passed
5) scrambling if you have limited your hand within a 3 point range
6) scrambling if the previous bidding made it clear that there is no game
March 7
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Responder is the partner of the 2-opener. I’m not sure about „much of the world“, but a world class player like Kit Woolsey plays it. The 2N-bid is by opps and I’m not responsible for their agreements. I did however change the bidding because „much of the world“ probably plays leb here. If I understand you correctly you would bid 3 as W and consider that as a cue-bid.
March 7
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See OP: „shortness in a major and 4+ in ♦“
March 7
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Jaques, how then am I to interpret „if third seat pass it tells your partner that you are strong without shortness,he can overcall with nothing or close to nothing“?
March 7
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I agree that leb makes sense, but this pair doesn‘t play leb. With leb E would have bid 2N. I have edited the bidding accordingly.
March 7
Ronald Kalf edited this comment March 7
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Not necessarily, but I don‘t think it matters. After Ss pass over 3 it is clear that s/he doesn‘t have a strong hand.
March 7
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Whatever you play, I always enjoy laxness against my WNT. As long as you are not my partner, continue bidding with nothing in 4th.
March 7
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And up here!
March 6
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Can you be somewhar more specific? With 5 I can bid 2, with 4-4 I would have bid 1 with the values to bid twice.
March 6
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Pass is a Legal Alternative, not a Logical Alternative:-)
March 6
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