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Bud: Yes, they do. It sucks IMHO.
July 17
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David, here and on Moese's thread you have confirmed that you have observed a shift – can you quantify your observations re: change across the last 10 years or so?
July 17
Scott Needham edited this comment July 17
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I've lost the link to the WBF convention cards information. Here is a list from 2018 USBF competitors:

2/1: Milner-Lall, Bathhurst-Lall, Mahmood-Pszczola, Rosenthal-Silverstein, Hamman-Berkowitz, Willenken-Ginossar, Harris-Morgan, Botzum-Harris-Botzum, Nickell-Katz, Levin-Weinstein, Ozdil-Glubok, Casen-Krekorian, Sokolow-Seaman-Molson, Sanborns, Palmer-Shhi,

Strong C: Granovetters, Meckwell

UPDATED FROM ALL IN ROUND OF 8:

2/1: Fleisher-Martel, Grue-Moss, Levine-Wold, Weinstein-Wildavsky, Grossacks, Juster-Merblum, Cohen-Cohler, Chambers-Schermer, Mahaffey-Lev, Hurd-Wooldridge, Kranyak-Demuy, Fireman-Wolpert,

Strong C: Greco-Hampson, Grue-Moss, Hinze-Grainger, Jacobus-Passell,

Of course, there is no clue here as to who may have switched….
July 16
Scott Needham edited this comment July 16
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I just received Woolsey's “The Language of Bridge.” While skimming, I seemed to notice that he advocates LT in game try auctions also. Maybe another post, later.
July 16
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Our opps got to 6 also; I bet most in this (sectional) field did as well. Hard to resist the lure of a 10 card fit; the duplication will not be discovered by 99% of p'ships.

But I think S erred: 1N-2/2-4/4-4/4. Now can N can avoid sleeping on the SOFA?
July 15
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2) If players/directors screw up the movement, can be very difficult/impossible to correct.

Our web games are preceded by at least two repetitions of this announcement: “N players, remember that you are responsible to ensure that you are playing the boards and opponents displayed on your BridgeMates.”
July 13
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Use conventions, as said above, that solve real problems. Don't forget that no one who understands a convention uses it haphazardly: Conventions require judgment too.
July 13
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In our club, we play webs whenever possible–but we rarely have more than 17 tables, consequently need only two board sets. Another club in our area is beginning to experiment with webs, but on any given day they may have 19, 21 or 23 tables, so three board sets are required. Which has cooled their enthusiasm.

I say: Load the boards!! Your goal as a club should be to provide the best game possible, and playing all the boards is MUCH preferable to the Big Gap in the Recap.
July 11
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Pick your rule. Mine is that the KB suit is always the KB suit unless that suit has been bid naturally, twice.
July 8
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Take the push to Compressed Bergen: it's so much fun, when someone asks after the 1M-2N alert, to say that it shows 4+ M and 0+ HCP.
July 3
Scott Needham edited this comment July 3
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Yes, Virginia, there are auctions I've not thought through. I'd like to bring in Henry's (2) for what it implies and Adams' comment beginning “3 is natural.” I'm ignoring what I think is solid commentary on the 3 rebid, and postulating a 6-3-3-1 or 6-3-2-2 for this auction.

In 1-1/3-3/3N-4m, if 4m is natural, is it forcing? Seems to me that it must be. OK, considering that responder is not only Captain, but very nearly Fleet Admiral, what does s/he want opener to do? If the standard interpretation is that 3 is forcing and shows 6+ and short (doesn't opener raise to 4 with Hx or xxx?), isn't responder necessarily 6-5 with some hand that doesn't think 3N will play as well as 5m, 6m, 6, 7m or higher NT? If not 6-5, how does opener know when to raise?

I'm just a guy seriously trying to understand the utility of this interpretation of this probably too-particular auction. Even though it may be iron-clad standard, and in the end I may retreat to a corner muttering….
July 1
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N: 4 after 3N
June 25
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Jay: Good for you, no problems then. Many wouldn't, or wouldn't with all 5-3-3-2s. Ergo, the lopsided voting at https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bw-21-openers-3nt-rebid/
June 24
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I don't see why it is silly to let partner know, for instance, that I'm 15-17, 5M-3-3-xxm. Partner can decide: we've either got 5 level safety, or we don't.
June 23
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With another 4cd, I'd rather opener show it.
June 23
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Or Kokish/Birthright?
June 20
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Thanks all for your comments. So far as NT contracts go, I guess we will just suck it up.
June 19
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EDIT: What rules do canape players use to unravel suit length? or maybe tht's a topic for some reading….

EDIT2: I've been reliably informed that was a stupid thang to say. Seems canape is an opening style; shows you what I know.
June 19
Scott Needham edited this comment June 20
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Yes, well, one of my worries is missing 6m….
June 18
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Craig, I don't get the “ 1m-1Y-2NT always shows a fit for diamonds in a balanced hand.” Did you leave out a call?
June 18
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