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I use DOPI or DEPO based on the situation. 2spades (p) 4NT (6hearts), I would double 6hearts with zero, pass with one and bid 6spades with two. How could partner not want to be in slam with two keys when I could easily have none and he wouldn't expect me to have three? Since double could be zero or two, you have to decide whether two is enough to show based on the situation. If I probably couldn't have zero keys, then I would use DEPO if the answer would take me above 5 of my suit.
Aug. 14
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what the ACBL needs is a place where you can put your cell phone during the event.
Aug. 4
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If my cell phone goes off, I'm exempt from getting a penalty.
My cell phone is in my room!
July 31
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Usually you make your safest lead against 7NT. Double says “I have an ace find it”. Therefore you lead one of the opponent's short suit where the ace might go away. It's usually just a guess.
July 25
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I play Eastern cuebids.
After 1diam (1sp) - 2sp - (pass) - 3diam (P)
3spades says I have a stopper bid 3nt.
3hearts says do something intelligent and bid 3nt with a stopper.
July 22
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If this was in ACBL land, what I would have done is to call the Director when I found out what the 2diamonds opener meant. It is certainly a mid-chart convention and requires a pre-alert and an ACBL legal defense. You're not allowed to make up your own defenses for your midchart conventions. There is a defense for transfer openers but it doesn't mention any strong options. Without a defense you're not allowed to play it.
July 20
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pass if partner bids 2hearts with #1
July 15
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I'd rebid 2clubs with both of the following hands

Q10xxxx/x/Ax/AJxx. If partner passes 2clubs I'm happy. If partner bids 2spades I'm happy also.


Q10xxxx/A/Ax/AQxx. If partner passes 2clubs, we don't belong in spades. If partner preferences spades, I'll raise
July 15
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its very simple. Whenever, the opponents make a direct cuebid always ask. If you always ask, then there can't be unauthorized information between you and your partner. Cuebids are self-alerting bids. I'm consistent because I ask the meaning of most early alerts so I can follow the auction. I've learned the meaning of assume.
May 13
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After 1Minor - (1heart) - double - (Pass)
2spades shows 11-14 with four spades and 1spade shows three spades
It's as if the auction went 1minor - (1heart) - 1spade - (pass) - 2spades
Same after 1club (1diamond) - double (Pass)
1major shows three
2major shows 11-14 with four.

Bidding this way makes overcaller have to continue at the three-level

You have a known 8-card fit so get the auction to the 2-level asap
April 6
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I'd overcall 1NT every time. There's a rule that says you can't open 1NT with nine HCP. There's no rule that says you can't overcall 1NT with a singleton nine. There is no way that partner could ever make a bid that would show knowledge of the fact that I only have one heart, therefore my hands would be clean. My partner would always Jacoby with five hearts and Texas with six.
March 26
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Are you supposed to ask about every bid just to make sure that it's what you expect and not some artificial bid that wasn't alerted?
March 19
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After double of 2nt, next double is penalty. If you bid a major you have the other major
Feb. 26
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From AJ96 or AJ76 you return a higher one since you know declarer has four
Feb. 25
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South should return the six of clubs. Leading back original 4th best is not correct and is often unreadable. You should lead back an attitude card. If South had only four clubs, he would know that declarer also had four clubs and should lead back a highish club. When the six of clubs comes back, North could see that it is the lowest club out and therefore must be from five or from AQ76
Feb. 25
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assuming minors

Double = penalties of 1or both minors or one 4-card major
3clubs = 4-4 or 4-5 in majors (use smolen over 3diamonds)
3diamonds = 5+-5+ in majors
3hearts = five spades
3spades = five hearts
Texas
Feb. 24
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Who in ACBL land is in charge of “Alert Procedures” on the web page?

There are two versions on when to alert Puppet Stayman

This is on the alert chart

no alert
Next higher level of clubs asking for a four-card or longer major

This is on alert procedures chapter 4

2♣: If it requires partner to bid a four-card major it is not Alertable; all other uses must be Alerted
Jan. 23
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In my experience, when partner alerts that there has been a misbid, at least 80% of players try to take advantage of the alert
either thru ignorance, small dishonesty, or very dishonest. Very few would go out of there way to hang themselves.
If somehow you can persuade the mis-alerter that he hadn't made a mistake, you would get his honest actions rather
then his dishonest or ignorance actions. If he has choice of options and his choice happens to be signoff in your world then there would be no
penalty. It would be nice if the rules were such that good players could alert in two different worlds and get therefore get
partner's honest bids.
Jan. 23
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If partner learns that you have a weak-two from your explanation he has
unauthorized information. In Utopia he doesn't use the UI. I guarantee that in the real world,
when the average 2NT bidder learns that his partner has a weak-two
he's going to try to use the UI to his advantage. Suppose an opponent doesn't like how he uses it?
Now he has to call the Director and try to explain to him how he
illegally used the UI. What are the chances that in the real world the Director is going to
understand what you're talking about? However, if the 2NT-bidder never gets UI, then at least you'll have his honest bids.
If you can produce a valid bridge result, like you would behind screens, that would be a good step. Later you can
protect the opponents.
Jan. 22
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Michael. What you and Kit are saying makes a lot of sense. I guess it would be very complicated if the 2diamond bidder had to
say that 2nt asked me to bid 3clubs with more clubs than diamonds, bid 3diamonds with more diamonds than clubs etc. If you said this
it would be impossible for the 2NT-bidder to figure out that 2diamonds was not Flannery. So we'll just say that 2nt asks for a feature and then
figure out if his bids are hedges.
Jan. 21
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