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Michael: I would have opened 1 with your example hand, not 1. So it depends on partnership style, if you routinely open 1 with that hand, then yes 4 needs to cater for that hand.
Aug. 14, 2018
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Best of luck tomorrow. The ruling was about that 6 board? That one was huge.
Aug. 14, 2018
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While I agree that it may be worthwhile to trade a natural 4NT for something more useful, I think it is an overstatement to say “4NT is right only when there are exactly 10 tricks in notrump and exactly 10 tricks in diamonds”. For starter, 4NT is also right when we have 11 tricks instead of 10. Then there are cases where 5 or even 4 goes down (spade ruff, etc.) while we take 10-11 tricks in notrump. It is a somewhat narrow target, but maybe not as narrow as Kit thinks… and certainly can be attractive in MP (OP didn't specify the format of match, so we cannot dismiss that possibility).
Aug. 13, 2018
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Same argument if West had 13-HCP instead. Just because we “could” own the hand doesn't mean it is right to bid. My point is, given this is a marginal natural 2NT at best (even to the most aggressive bidders), and that 2NT can easily cause misunderstanding, why try it? It's not even a good 15-count (AKQJ tight in a suit is not really pulling full weight of high cards).
Aug. 13, 2018
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This is definitely reasonable. I just don't know how confident I would be to throw this at partner without discussion (I mean we may have discussed general approach but probably not this specific sequence).
Aug. 13, 2018
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U16 has reached semifinal stage. USA vs France, China3 vs Sweden. Hopefully they will show both matches on VuGraph.
Aug. 13, 2018
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Why bid 2NT on this hand?

It has a huge risk on partnership misunderstanding. Using 2NT as 2-suited hand is a popular treatment, so popular that without discussion I would assume that is the case.

Even with discussion and agreed on 2NT being natural, this is probably not the right hand to bid it (which reinforces why showing 2-suited hand is a more useful treatment on frequency basis).
Aug. 13, 2018
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Probably better to use 2NT as the “impossible raise” and XX to show max with defense. This way you distinguish serious and courtesy raise, AND you get the opponents when they enter the auction at wrong time.
Aug. 13, 2018
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2 is not alertable in ACBL land. East wouldn't know he misbid (until John Adams gave him a lesson afterwards), so where did the UI come from?
Aug. 13, 2018
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N-S were not misinformed. East simply misbid. Tough luck on N-S, but there is no ground for adjustment. N-S probably already got a decent score for E-W to miss game. How on earth would one expect N-S to buy the contract in hearts?
Aug. 13, 2018
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So you've been a long-standing member but haven't realized (until recently) that you are a (silver) LM and you have some blue-ribbon Q's? In any case, from what you described, you should be able to play any national events this fall.
Aug. 13, 2018
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How do you compete in clubs (say about 10-11 HCP and 6 clubs)?
Aug. 13, 2018
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The results page (http://db.worldbridge.org/repository/tourn/suzhou.18/microsite/Results.htm) doesn't work for me now. Clicking on any of the round link gets me Internal Server Error. Does anyone else have same issue, or is it just me?
Aug. 11, 2018
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I suppose the name “kids” can be offensive too. I don't think a 16-year-old wants to be called “kid”. Maybe this is more of an issue with language and culture, but even if that's the case (which I am not entire sure about), WBF as a world-wide organization probably should have been more sensitive.
Aug. 10, 2018
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Maybe the name was meant to be in line with “kids”…
Aug. 10, 2018
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To be honest I am quite surprised at the WiFi issues reported. The infrastructure in China is generally newer (and often better), at least in big cities. Not sure about Wujiang though, never been there.
Aug. 10, 2018
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Right, at least two options are missing from OP:
1) Pass, as I would have done if partner had bid in tempo.
2) Other.
Aug. 10, 2018
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We need to step back to look at the bigger picture. As long as we have diversity in general players, and a fair selection process from that pool, bridge will have a good future. We shouldn't dwell on the racial/gender composition of a particular team in a particular year. Take an extreme example, say we have 6 whites and 100 non-whites to compete for the top spot, and the team with those 6 whites happen to beat everyone else, would it not be fair to let those 6 compete in world championship, because they “lack diversity”? Do we must substitute some of the members in order to show “inclusiveness”? That's just political correctness to an absurd level.
Aug. 9, 2018
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Of course the hesitation has UI. Even if we don't know what partner is hesitating about, we know that partner doesn't have a hand that everyone will think 4 to be obvious. For example partner won't have x AKQxxxx AJxx x. The hesitation made 4 more attractive (although in my view still not attractive enough to bid it – but certainly closer than if partner bid 4 in tempo).
Aug. 9, 2018
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I see reasonable diversity. The important thing is to keep young players interested. Some of the young players told me that their schoolmates were very surprised to learn they played bridge. The prevalent image of bridge is “some boring card game at grandma's kitchen table, only played by very old folks”. If we want to change that image, it needs to start with younger generation.
Aug. 8, 2018
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