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Miles' argument was that if there were say 4 possible values for x including the 9, 2 will be read as low and if you play T holding the 9, the signal is readable 3/4 of the time with the second x being the problem case.

Whether you agree with him is another matter.

I agree suit pref in diamonds would be best but for argument's sake say that suit pref wasn't possible, partner had stiff and declarer took first round diamond hook or something of that nature.
Nov. 14
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The example Miles gave in his book, basically West vs 3nt led a spade from Qxxxx Ax Qxx JTx, dummy won ST from AT doubleton, marking declarer with SKJx, and declarer now sets up a diamond suit, and west is in with DQ. He at that point is looking at HJxxx and CKxxx in dummy, holding HAx and CJTx. If partner has HKQTx need to take 4 heart tricks now, else declarer has 4d 3s 2c. If partner has CAQx instead though needs to switch to club after heart is discouraged.

Miles claims that the signal should be T from KQT9, and 9 if like T9xx, basically that T is an honor signal not a high discourage signal and that the 9 is impossible to read. I learned from his book not from talking to people, so I just now finding out that most all are thinking differently.
Nov. 14
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I think ignorance/stupidity have to far outrank dishonesty, Hanlon's razor.

I have to say though that I've never noticed opps using selective use of the stop card as a signal, noticed anyone using it on one board but not on another. Mostly no one uses them. A teammate said he only saw rank beginner doing this probably out of ignorance. Is this problem really common and I haven't noticed? Ignoring the stop and bidding out of tempo I've seen thousands of times. Stop card as a signal can't remember noticing any instances? Are the people allegedly using dual systems, e.g. both weak and strong jump shifts? Or showing range of their bids, e.g.low or high end of a range?
Oct. 25
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The instacalls being complained about are being made < 1 second after the bid, not after ten seconds. They are made often before the stop card has even been removed. In the ACBL, unlike other jurisdictions, procedure was NOT to leave the card out 10 sec, then next player can bid after its removal. Instead, unwisely IMO, bidder was supposed to display stop card, bid, then immediately remove stop card, NOT leaving it out to make lho wait. Instead lho was supposed to wait the 10 sec regardless of whether stop card was used or not, or how long it was left out. In practice, most people without a problem just ignored the laws completely, bidding immediately, either being totally ignorant of the purpose of consistently pausing, or just not caring.
Oct. 24
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I'm a one bid card picker (mainly habit from slick newer cards sliding all around messing up the sequence) but if this one bid box per table was actually put in use I'd switch to the stack method to make it easier on other players and prevent the insufficient bids.
Oct. 23
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I found the article. It was combined with a bunch of joke proposals but I actually like the idea. No insufficient bids. Control tempo in tempo sensitive auctions. Fewer bids out of turn. What's not to like?
Oct. 23
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Reminders don't seem to do anything. Some opps want to fight over a mild admonishment to pause, “you're really supposed to wait 10 sec over skip bids”. I guarantee many will think no more stop card = no pause either. Should I just call director every instacall and make a nuisance of myself? I wouldn't mind a first time warning, second call auto procedure penalty alternative. But as it is all but a few people constantly ignore the rule and there is no real penalty.
Oct. 23
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Oct. 23
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Vast majority of my opponents don't seem to be distracted at all by the red card, they have their bid on the table before I even have had a chance to pick it up 1 second later. If they didn't think about their bid until I removed the card and actually were pausing I wouldn't be complaining about this and trying to come up with crazy ideas to make them actually think.
Oct. 23
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Is that true? There exist moderate hands that have fewer than 3 spades (can't raise), fewer than 4 hearts (can't double), mediocre clubs (unlikely to want to penalty pass). 2344/2353/2254 hands not strong enough to bid 2nt/2d. To me it would be useful to distinguish strength to get to game opposite some of these, without going to 3 level unnecessarily. Whether this is worth more than collecting every possible penalty is open to debate, in my view.
July 31
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So doubling and rebidding spades doesn't show extra values, with more have to jump to 3 and risk a minus? Is this the std treatment?
July 25
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You are missing that you probably don't want to play in a 4-1 fit. I also think the convention is that x in problems are assumed to be too small to matter, assume poster would put in spots if they are relevant.
April 24
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Sometimes partner doesn't believe his bid is maniac and I seek crowd support to convince him.
Nov. 7, 2016
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For those of you who chose invitational raise, what's the difference between that and 2nt, what should 2nt be used for?
Nov. 6, 2016
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If you don't want to invite partner to bid more why tell opponents how confident you are of making?
Nov. 6, 2016
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3 directly over 1nt could also be the SJS type hand since invitations can go through 2. So if this a third way to show GF 6 spades, how to distinguish?
Sept. 5, 2016
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There are some seriously weird people out there. 3 years ago I noticed a BBO user, who apparently only plays alone with 3 other bots. He switches himself from seat to seat playing both North & South (and likely peeking at E & W also), and creates fantastic completely implausible auctions to get to the best spot for N/S, thus scoring at an impossible rate (67+% over many boards).

It really harms no one other than creating weird results on the traveller for other people practicing against bots. Other people suggested I report this to BBO, let them decide if they wanted to do anything about it. Prompted by this thread, I randomly checked just now & 3 years later he is still doing same thing! So I guess BBO didn't care about this guy. Still impossible for me to understand why anyone would spend their time doing this.
Oct. 14, 2015
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1-5 is exclusion, unfortunately. Even if it wasn't, there's an issue that some 8 bagger might not want to play 5 opposite a min opener, might be aiming for 3 partial instead? It's unclear to me that direct 5 over 3 supposed to be more encouraging than 4 than 5, as many people play the direct game bid as less encouraging, fast arrival principles.

Of course if one has discussed the auction extensively it's easier but this is a quite rare sequence and it seems pretty easy not to have an explicit agreement here.
Sept. 28, 2015
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No single suited club invitation available directly over the 1 bid. Options are 1nt or decide to overbid FG immediately with 2
Sept. 28, 2015
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OK I suppose Mike should have worded the problem much more clearly and avoided ambiguity that this is a “how much should I bid problem” rather than a “I don't know what partner's doing” problem. 4 was natural period, not “seemingly natural”. Auction after 4 is undiscussed. 4nt is RKC, no kickback without lower GF minor suit agreement. rdbl would show 2nd round diamond control.

I was the club bidder, so I knew what was going on and was trying to clarify in reply 4 above. To me the question is if the 5 bidder is clearly supposed to do something else than bid 5 on say AKJT seventh of clubs and out, AJT/KJT 8th of clubs and out, or something like x qx xxx AJT9xxx, all of which I'd want to be in 6. It's hard for club bidder to really do something encouraging missing AK/AK of both majors and not having diamond help?
Sept. 28, 2015
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