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The problem of such an “action double” is that partner doesn't really know what to do. For this hand South knows to leave it in, what if South has one less ace? What if South has a wrong ace? Unless you carefully define exactly how many defensive tricks the double would promise, partner cannot intelligently choose.

The bids are just contradictory. If North has a hand justified to bid 6 later, then the hand is probably offensive enough to start with 4 initially. It is usually better to get the whole story out of your chest earlier than having to make a unilateral guess later. Incidentally I don't think this hand is offensive enough for 4 call… which, almost as corollary, means it is not a percentage action to bid 6 later.
Nov. 16, 2018
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Eric: what you said was actually what I meant. I mean you can certainly construct hands where 6 is the right action yet South may not be able to do it. But again, that doesn't mean I agree with the 6 bid. Just want to put things to perspective, rather than saying this is the worst bid in the world. If you look at random tables at BBO, there are a lot more unspeakable calls that are far worse…
Nov. 15, 2018
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I am not disagreeing. There is a saying that once preempted, you keep your mouth shut unless forced.

But I have to wonder, had 6 been successful, would we still see this post or an angry South?
Nov. 15, 2018
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6 is probably not the most outrageous or ridiculous bid in the world as some here have indicated. I mean, you can certainly construct hands where 6 is the right action. But of course it is too unilateral and aiming at too narrow a target. And certainly, when it is wrong (not unexpectedly), North has to take on full responsibility.
Nov. 14, 2018
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The NABC childcare is tailored for bridge-playing parents. It will be hard to find an outside childcare center that operates till 11pm and beyond. Lots of bridge-player parents really count on it.
Nov. 14, 2018
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You can call it any name but kids are kids, certain regulations (specific to kids) still have to apply. But then again, I'd expect the hotel to raise any concern long ago, not in last minute.
Nov. 14, 2018
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Not sure why so many are focusing on 10. Regardless of East's diamond discard spot (2 or 10), it is reasonable for West to play a diamond – for all West knows, East may have a stiff diamond to begin with. The fatal card is 6, I think it is in between “the worst play ever” and “did nothing wrong”, but I won't get involved…
Nov. 13, 2018
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I don't understand how this has happened. The venue was selected long ago, so there must have been some agreement between ACBL and the hotel regarding the childcare (at very least, rooms need to be reserved for this service), I'd expect that any issue regarding insurance or state law would have been brought up by the hotel way earlier. This is disappointing (doesn't affect me this time, but being a parent of two young kids I can feel for those players who intended to count on this service).
Nov. 13, 2018
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When opps double, why do we need to save any steps? XX is better used for “business” (or any other meaning you fancy, but in any case it is better than “step 1”). Same for pass – seems reasonable to use it to deny (or show) control in the suit being doubled, but no real need to use it to show “step 2”. For the same reason, I never understood conventions like ROPI.

Conventions like DOPI/DEPO have merit, since you may not be able to show the intended step responses conveniently. But when they double, there is no such problem.
Nov. 12, 2018
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But the 4th trump was already shown via 3 bid. Why do we need pass here to repeat the same message?
Nov. 12, 2018
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So East double 2 with both 2 clubs and 5 clubs?
Nov. 7, 2018
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How does East bid with, say, 4-4-3-2 shape and 7 count, that would initially pass 1NT as most of us, but doesn't want to defend against 2 (unless partner has club stack)?
Oct. 31, 2018
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Curiously, 6 makes on A lead.
Oct. 29, 2018
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If clubs were 2-2 the slam could be made by dummy reversal.

I am not sure how dummy having 4th club can help. Maybe the author meant “if dummy had four spades”?
Oct. 26, 2018
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Such a “natural” 1NT opening is not allowed in ACBL land, not only because it is wide range (greater than 5 HCP), also it doesn't meet the requirement of minimum HCP (needs to have at least 10 HCP).

But if this 1NT is artificial and forcing, maybe it is a different story.
Oct. 25, 2018
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Sure, there are certain parameters that will be different with the tablet, but the essence of the game stays the same. I mean, the difference is much smaller than, say, between Bridge and Whist (even though those two games both use cards – which tells me whether using physical cards is not a real determining factor on what a game is). It's only natural for all games to evolve, why should Bridge be an exception (especially given that it has been evolving all the time throughout its history)?
Oct. 12, 2018
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So East jumped to 7 in the hope of finding partner with very specific cards (such as KQ and 4th spade), while ignoring a large set of hands where grand is hopeless (even give West Q instead of 10, grand still has virtually no play). I don't think this is bad luck at all. For majority of times 12 tricks can expected to be limit of this hand. In fact if West doesn't hold 10, even 6 is in jeopardy.
Oct. 10, 2018
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Can Bergen raises be unlimited?
Short answer is no. You can design these bids to be unlimited, but then they shouldn't be called Bergen raises.
Oct. 10, 2018
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What makes sense really depends on what you prioritize, and how you deal with hand types not covered by those bids. On surface it may seem nice to put a wider range of hands into a single bid, which you hope to sort out in subsequent bids, and by doing so you free up bids to cover other hand types. But this has cost as well. Even if you just do a single bid showing inv+, you may lose some accuracy when opponents jam the auction, whereas if you have a dedicated bid to show GF hand you have a forcing pass available at high level, etc. So I think this is really about your bidding philosophy. How you actually design it, for example to use 2NT or 3 or 3 for those bids, that is only secondary and far less important.
Oct. 10, 2018
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By the way I can think of a few advantages even face-to-face: no need to shuffle then deal, automatic record of every bid and play, etc.
Oct. 10, 2018
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