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I think the best theory is that if the match is so close that one small swing will decide the result, I should aim to take my best action. If the match doesn't seem close, I should take my best action to try to catch up. Therefore always take your best action.
Feb. 6, 2017
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Why did I bid 2N? X seems more normal - pard might have KQxxx xxxx x Kxx for this bid and we've missed 4S. Partner may also be trying to push them into 4H and/or keep them out of 4S, so I shouldn't get us to 5C.
Feb. 5, 2017
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I am close to maximum for 1S, but don't know what partner's intentions are with 2C - asking for stopper, showing good hand with Spades, showing good hand without spades-I think it is right to P & the figure out what's happening based on his action (also opponents if they bid)
Feb. 5, 2017
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Since I didn't bid 2H, I have too much to bid 2N (assuming it is NF) so I have to bid 3N
Feb. 5, 2017
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A poker problem. I bluffed having a weak hand with long diamonds & bid 3D instead of 1D, so partner bluffed having a strong hand with stoppers and bid 3N instead of 5D. We have gotten them to their most likely make - but I guess they might make 4 or 6 occasionally. In any case I can't bid.
Feb. 4, 2017
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Had it been 1N P P, I would have doubled. RHO made a weird use of junk stayman-nothing in majors & I have to pay off to it.
Feb. 2, 2017
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Why not 3N? Pard can always go back to 4H, and 9 may be easier than 10 opposite a hand like QJxxx Kx xxx Axx
Feb. 2, 2017
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More interesting is what 3D means - without discussion I'd tend to think cheapest suit at 3 level is 2nd negative and doesn't show diamonds.
Jan. 31, 2017
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Having been recently censored for a political joke, I am a little afraid to make this comment, but I'd recommend introducing the problem without any reference as to the sex of partner and the opponents. Are we supposed to respond I'd bid 4H with a woman, but pass with a man?
Jan. 31, 2017
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I agree that political diatribes have no place in bridge discussions, but (aside from humor which my comment attempted) there are a lot of areas in which bridge and political philosophy overlap. Conservative, liberal, etc. Not to mention Kings and Queens are considered political figures. So perhaps the ACBL needs a dictator or an emperor and not a president. (In my mind at least Americans both in the contract bridge league and the country as a whole do not always do a good job of electing a president.) So as a True Man I have to put a Nix On the idea of over zealous censorship.
Jan. 30, 2017
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At risk of getting further out of line, I can't imagine what community has guidelines that I violated
Jan. 30, 2017
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Why not 3S over 1N ?
Jan. 30, 2017
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Much as I hate system - given that a reverse is F1 (forcing 1 round) then you have to have some agreements - did 2S show a minimum with 5+ or was it a wide range force, would 2N be forcing, if not then 3C must be. Otherwise you are forced to guess some random game - 3N or 4S when diamonds or slams might be better
Jan. 30, 2017
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Jan. 30, 2017
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Tragic. Michael was always willing to answer questions & he seemed virtually unflappable at the table. I can add my name to the impressive list of those who won with him (on a team with Sylvia Moss & Harold Lilie.) In one of the bidding discussions during that tournament Sylvia pointed out that he'd forgotten a convention on page 77 of the notes. He replies that if it wasn't in the first 20 pages, he couldn't be expected to remember it.
Jan. 30, 2017
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I thought the vote would be closer. Obviously 3D (shortness) makes sense, but a stiff A may cause pard to misevaluate KQx & it ignores value of club cards. 4C shows 5-5 shape, & emphasizes club values would be good, but suit is too weak. Last alternative of ignoring both seems misdirected, but could certainly work.
Jan. 20, 2017
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I would suggest that ‘ethical’ in the original question is perhaps not the correct word. I have played in many games where undo's were allowed for revokes, bids out of turn or clear pulled the wrong card situations (declarer leads to AQ in dummy, plays A and next player plays K.) I have also played in many where the rules were scrupulously enforced. I find the latter much more pleasant than the former, in which I sometimes feel like I'm not sure if I'm protecting my rights or taking a free shot (as after a failure to alert.) The question really isn't about ethics, it is about what is good for bridge and what makes us feel better about ourselves as players and about opponents as friends.
Jan. 11, 2017
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I mentally just tested out results if partner has a balanced 21 count consisting of 3 AKs, and none made game any good.
Jan. 9, 2017
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Speaking of psyches I went with 3H, which I'm hoping slows them down when we end up in spades
Jan. 8, 2017
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Sorry -pass omitted, problem relates to North's bid. Since we do play support doubles (& redoubles) I guess 2H is more attractive. Bob H made the key comment that after double are agreements are still on, but after an overcall we have a Q & don't need them.
Jan. 8, 2017
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