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Well, I don't see how “anything but a strong balanced hand” is playable, so absent discussion I would play it as strong and balanced. Partner might have bid anyway with an opinion about where to play?
Oct. 7, 2017
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The first time I meant
Oct. 7, 2017
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I see how passing could be right over 3nt, but I thought it was sort of unilateral since I could have a much worse hand and bid like this (on the flip side, opposite a void my hand could be worth zero tricks in NT). My plan was to pass 4 or 4nt and bid keycard over 4(?).

At the table I wasn't sure what sort of hand bids 5, hence the poll.
Oct. 7, 2017
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What does 5 show, just a general slam invite with good spades?
Oct. 7, 2017
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I thought this hand was too good for 3NT so I bid 2S intending (as Yu and others) to bid 3NT over 3. Partner bid 4 though and it turns out you're in a bad spot since you're off two aces for slam, but most of the (small) field is in 3NT. Fortunately, W saves you by bidding 4.

I was curious if people would bid 2 (or otherwise improvise) to get more information from partner before making a decision. I really like the idea of bidding a invitational 4NT (but probably partner would not have fielded), but it didn't occur to me until Richard mentioned.
Oct. 3, 2017
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I don't understand this comment. If the Colorado ratings accurately account for strength of field (no idea if this is true), I don't see why it should matter? I would think the effect of a small field goes both ways and sometimes you would get higher scores than you would otherwise.

Personally I think if there is a rating system it should have nothing at all to do with masterpoints.
Oct. 1, 2017
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It was undiscussed at table. I had thought without some agreement it should be penalty to double now.

This may not be best example hand, but point of poll is that I sometimes feel lost on hands where we may want to penalize, but no one has long trumps. Here my hand is good enough that I'd probably double and hope for best.

Another question is if I double, when can partner pull it?
Sept. 28, 2017
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So if you guys want to make a spade slam try with long spades and no side suit, you will bid a three card suit and correct to spades if partner tries to play in the second suit you bid?

How about if the auction starts 1H-3NT and you are say 3=7=(21) or 4=6=(21)?
Sept. 26, 2017
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Why should 4 be natural and other four level bids something else? I see the merit in bidding naturally, but not sure how you explore a spade slam then. Obviously 3NT is not a great bid for slam auctions (or really in general).
Sept. 26, 2017
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Not systemically
Sept. 26, 2017
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Playing transfers over 2nt, does partner break it after 1D-1S-2NT-3D if he has three spades and not four hearts? What about 2=2 and 2=3 in majors?
Sept. 25, 2017
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To clarify, 2 is ostensibly something like 5-8, but part of poll was interest in whether a bid like this can be made light in the same way many will bid 1M a few hcp short.

After 1m-1M-2nt, you can sign off. At the table you had not discussed follow ups to 2H in detail, but assume you have good methods here (what are they?)
Sept. 25, 2017
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We did switch once when we checked in, but it was late so we gave up. Later we had too much inertia. Maybe third time would have been the charm?

I blame the Hyatt for this because I don't think they should negotiate block rates if they can't ensure a comfortable stay at that rate. They did imply it was the nature of the deal they worked out with the travel agent, but I do not know enough details to know if the ACBL should take any of the blame (but I'm skeptical of that travel agency they use). For what it is worth, I didn't think I was taking the cheap route by booking through the ACBL and I don't think it is unreasonable to get a better rate since I booked months in advance (although per this thread the reservation wasn't guaranteed).
Aug. 20, 2017
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The Hyatt in Toronto effectively told me that those of us who booked through the ACBL were paying lower rates and being treated accordingly (I was annoyed at the incredibly tiny room they put me in). They encouraged me to book directly with the hotel in the future. Obviously this doesn't reflect well on the Hyatt, but I'll obviously think twice before I book through the ACBL again (for an upcoming regional for instance I didn't mention the tournament when booking in the hopes of securing a comfortable room)
Aug. 20, 2017
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This was mostly a sanity check that bidding 3 here was not “obvious” (or at least pass was reasonable); at the table there was a noticeable break in tempo over 2 and N bid 3. You call the director who is not impressed and pretty quickly rules that 3 stands. To be fair, director knew opponents fairly well and I don't think thought that I phrased my objection delicately enough (I was warned later that what I saying was a borderline cheating accusation and I should be more careful), which I don't think gave me much of a chance.
Aug. 15, 2017
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To clarify, the auction
1M-1nt-x-p
P-2m-p-p
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X is takeout is the normal agreement or you guys are saying X directly over 2m is takeout?

Edited to add:

This came up in the common game today: http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/common-game-2017-08-13-board-30/
Aug. 13, 2017
Shawn Drenning edited this comment Aug. 13, 2017
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You (and others) prefer 3?
Aug. 7, 2017
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At the Hyatt they basically said while I was checking in that they are giving people who booked through the ACBL the worst rooms they have and suggested booking directly with hotel in future (at a higher rate). We moved once, but still have an uncomfortable broom closet (but at least it is quiet). All the other rooms I have seen look bigger and they did offer to move us again to room with at least place to put our clothes, but we haven't taken them up on it yet
July 24, 2017
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I'll take the under on 85. What would you like to wager?
July 6, 2017
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I remember there was an old BBO (?) thread where Justin Lall tried to see if he could average over 70% over a large number of ACBL robot games and came up just a little short.

Since this tournament is fewer boards, but will likely be a stronger field, I'll put the winner at just a bit under 70% (and will guess that the winner will be a known strong player)
July 6, 2017
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