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I have strong opinions about 3NT being non-serious and cuebids being serious.
After the auction like 1sp - 2any - 2spades - 3spades, do you really want to bid 4diamonds as a non-serious cuebid
which could help the opponents when game might be touch and go? AKJxx/xxx/Axx/Qx is a non-serious slam try.
I'd rather have the auction go 1sp - 2clubs - 2spades - 3spades, 3NT - 4spades when Responder has xxx/xxx/KQJ/AKxx.
I cuebid 4diamonds instead of 3NT when we're likely to make five.
Feb. 24
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The abuser knows that he is not allowed contact with the victim and if he does have contact with the victim he can go to jail. If you're at a tournament with over 100 people and the abuser goes out of his way to avoid the victim, I don't see why both can't play. At a bridge tournament they could both be seated the same way if they were in a pair event. In a team event the directors could set up the movement so that they would be unlikely to play each other. The directors could help make sure there is no contact. I've never been a victim so I have no idea if having over 100 people in the room and having the directors know the score will protect the victim. The victim could have a kibitzer with her to make sure the abuser does not come close.
Feb. 10
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I have very strong opinions about (1). 1ht - 2club - 2dia - 4hearts means that you have no idea how to play 2/1

1sp 2hts - 4hts shows five spades four hearts 2-2 in minors with no minor honors

3) five clubs four hearts, 2-2 in pointed suits with no pointed-suit honors
Feb. 10
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I have in order of preference
1) opponent's suit
2) splinter suit
3) partner's first bid suit
Feb. 10
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1heart - 1spade 3diamonds does not promise longer diamonds. However if opener rebids diamonds, he can't have six hearts and could easily have more than five diamonds. If you play that 1diamond opener denies five hearts, you can have the auction 1dia - 1sp - 2hts - 2sp - 3ht to show a hand like x/AKQx/AKQxxx/xx
Dec. 23, 2017
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This hand is the reason why one should open 1heart with five hearts and seven diamonds. If partner has heart support he shows it right away. If partner does not have primary heart support, you know that you will play in diamonds. If you have six hearts, you'll rebid them. When you jump in diamonds and don't show six hearts, partner will know that your diamonds are better than your hearts. After 1heart - (2clubs), partner will show heart support if he has it. Therefore, you won't have this problem about whether to show hearts.
Dec. 22, 2017
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I play five-card majors so I would have opened 1heart
Dec. 22, 2017
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choice of suits. x/xxxx/Qxxx/Jxxx for instance
Dec. 20, 2017
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With a game-forcing hand, Responder should NEVER NEVER respond 1spade holding only four spades.
The auction 1heart - 1spade - 2diamonds leads to many complications.

Obviously, if 1heart - 2clubs- 2hearts shows six hearts, then 2spades does not show extras. However, if
2hearts can be bid with only five, I think that its very important for Opener to show his shape. Therefore
holding AJxx/AQxxx/xx/Jx, open 1heart and over two-of-either-minor, bid 2spades even if 2hearts could be five
Dec. 18, 2017
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I think that after 1sp - 2any, 2sp could be bid with five. However, if you play that 2spades shows six, I think its important that a raise to 3spades should show three. Jxxxxx opposite two is not slammish. However, it is opposite three.
So if you want to raise spades with two, bid 2NT first. You will then preference spades on your next opportunity.
If Opener bids 3NT, you can bid 4spades with a minimum two-card raise and cue bid with a better two-card raise.
Holding Ax/x/AQxx/AQxxxx, my auction would go
1spade - 2clubs -
2spades (showing six if you must) - 2NT I don't raise with 2
3NT - 4clubs (showing a slammish two-card spade raise)

If opener holds Jxxxxx of spades, he'll know that he's facing only two spades and will be conservative.
If he knows I hold three spades, he will be more aggressive.

If I held Ax/x/KQxx/Kxxxxx, (a minimum 2/1) I would bid 2NT and then bid 4spades over 3NT.
Dec. 18, 2017
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If you're playing a forcing club, then 1heart - 2clubs - 2hearts should show six. However, in a generic 2/1 system if
you have xxx/AJxxx/xxx/AK, it is anti-positional to rebid 2NT and 2diamonds should show four.
I think that its easier to defend 3NT if opener plays it after 1heart - 2clubs - 2NT - 3NT. They know that you have exactly five hearts and probably don't have four spades or four clubs. If the auction goes 1heart - 2clubs - 2hearts - 2NT - 3NT, they know a lot less about Responder's hand other then he does not have three hearts. After 1heart - 2diamonds, you need to be able to rebid 2hearts with xx/Axxxx/xx/AKJx. 3clubs should show extras and 2NT with xx in spades is anti-positional. With xx/AJxxx/xxx/AKx raising
diamonds takes up bidding room. If Responder wants to find out how many hearts you have, he can rebid 2NT. In most auctions, if you don't have anything real to say, the cheapest bid should be the default. In my book, rebidding the major does not promise six.
Dec. 17, 2017
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I have no idea who first decided that you should return original fourth best but that is not right. You should return attitude. If you started with A8732, win the ace and return the two. If you return the three partner might think that you started with A32. If you started with only four, then you have to decide based on the lead, the cards in your hand and the number of cards in dummy whether to return high or low. What you return is not based on what signals you are playing. From A32, win the ace and return the three playing standard, upside-down or odd-even signals.
Oct. 20, 2017
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This happened at the Washington Bridge League Unit 14 table Board-a-match A/X game. The game would have been bigger but the Washington Nationals were playing the deciding baseball game that night.
Oct. 19, 2017
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The opponents who had 1/5 the masterpoints of this pair did not call the Director. (neither did this pair)
Oct. 19, 2017
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If you noticed her discomfort, then maybe you should jump to 4spades
Oct. 17, 2017
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You can do whatever you want. If you want to guess that partner has bid Capp instead of DONT you can do that. You're not obligated to play partner for a 5=5 moose.
Oct. 17, 2017
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When you have no unauthorized information, you can do whatever you want. You're allowed to use bridge logic to figure out that partner has made a mistake. You're under no obligation to jump to 4hearts if you figure from the auction that there is a problem. Partner's 3club bid says that there could be a problem and you're allowed to guess right.
Oct. 17, 2017
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There are no rules that say you have to bid according to your agreements as long as your partner has no idea that you varied your agreement. Playing 5-card majors you can open 1spade with AKJx. Playing weak twos which promise a very good suit, you can open 2spades with 876543. In this situation you can do whatever you want assuming that you have no unauthorized information from alerts or partner's expression. If I had to guess what partner was doing, I would have guessed that 2hearts was CAPP. I am allowed to make this guess. Since you explained to the table that 2hearts showed both majors, your partner has to bid her hand as if you alerted her 2heart bid as showing hearts and a minor, and she should probably have passed 2spades. If you were playing against a weaker pair, maybe under active ethics, you should have called the director when partner showed up with 1/5/3/4 distribution.
Oct. 17, 2017
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What would I do if I was playing Capp, bid 2hearts none vul holding 9/KJ765/K84/J763 and partner bid 2spades? I would probably pass 2spades. Partner should have at least six spades since he didn't pass 2hearts and didn't bid 2nt asking for my minor. It was your partner who took advantage of the unauthorized information. You can do whatever you want since you have no unauthorized information unless your partner alerted your 2spade bid or told you by expression that there was a problem. If partner alerted your 2spade bid, then 3clubs is a game try and you must bid a game.
Oct. 17, 2017
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3clubs is a mixed raise (7-9 with 4trumps). I think you need a mixed raise. 1major - 3diamonds natural invitational (6 cards 10-12). 1spade - 3hearts natural invitational but denies two spades unless you have a self-sufficient heart suit. You don't want to miss your 6-2 spade fit and play in 3hearts with six opposite one
Oct. 7, 2017
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