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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, 2018
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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, 2018
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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, 2018
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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, 2018
Scott Needham edited this comment July 3, 2018
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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, 2018
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N: 4 after 3N
June 25, 2018
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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, 2018
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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, 2018
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With another 4cd, I'd rather opener show it.
June 23, 2018
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Or Kokish/Birthright?
June 20, 2018
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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, 2018
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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, 2018
Scott Needham edited this comment June 20, 2018
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Yes, well, one of my worries is missing 6m….
June 18, 2018
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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, 2018
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Come November, we're changing, but we've got some events coming up sooner.
June 18, 2018
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Nice thought in the kind of direction I'd hoped to see. But I do I like that relay….
June 18, 2018
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Range Stayman.
June 18, 2018
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Our clubs allow folks to play anything they please except prohibited (forcing pass) stuff.
June 2, 2018
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Yes, exactly, 4 with only 5? 4m going past 3N? What is DBL, responsive, just cards or asking a stopper?
June 2, 2018
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I like ‘em except in 1X - (1) - DBL - (3). If someone has a way to deal with this auction – some magical omnibus meaning for a DBL over 3 maybe – I’d like to see it.
June 2, 2018
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