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It would be nice if people stopped using “Swiss” when they mean “round-robin”, and vice versa. I blame ACBL for advertising these as Swiss when round-robin is the proper term.

In my district, D21, the directors typically set it up so the top is an open Swiss, the middle are bracketed round-robins with a number of teams equal to number of rounds +1, and the bottom odd number of teams is also a Swiss. This seems ideal to me. Anybody who wants to play up can. No one gets bumped down who doesn't want to be. Match lengths are normal length. Only some people at the top/bottom who hate swiss (which is effectively an incomplete round-robin) instead of a complete round-robin for whatever reason won't like it.
May 31
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If opener is allowed to be 6-3 in the majors, and responder can be 1-6/0-6/1-7/0-7, it feels gross to me to not be allowed to play in our MUCH better major fit. Game before slam, and I think this game situation will be a lot more common than the slams with no minor control.
May 29
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My perception is that it's “slightly worse”, barely noticeable, since it was so bad to begin with. Went from 90% don't pause to like 92% don't pause maybe.

Several opponents I've admonished thought the requirement to pause went away along with the banishment of the stop card. Most probably don't understand the rationale behind the pause in the first place.
April 10
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Right, “Michaels” only refers properly to the direct seat cue convention. This cue in sandwich position doesn't have a name associated with it normally, and is usually either natural or other two suits, popularity varies by regional preferences. I would never assume spades+hearts without very specific discussion, that is extremely unusual, and shows why you shouldn't use convention names as agreements.
Feb. 26
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1S caters to finding 4-4 spade fit opposite minimal responding hand not strong enough to check back … wouldn't such responding hands negative double?
Jan. 15
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In real life the no brainer choice didn't work very well. I was just checking if I was supposed to do something else.
Dec. 8, 2017
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Oh never mind I constructed poll wrong originally and didn't notice, opening bid was 1d, sorry
Dec. 2, 2017
Stephen Tu edited this comment Dec. 2, 2017
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So if you bid 4 instead, what is next call after 4?
Dec. 2, 2017
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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, 2017
Stephen Tu edited this comment Nov. 14, 2017
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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, 2017
Stephen Tu edited this comment Nov. 14, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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Oct. 23, 2017
Stephen Tu edited this comment Oct. 23, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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