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I seem to be in a very small minority here. I only use 2NT with weak hands or with hands that I will force to game.

Of course you are minority. No one would get in with 2 NT at these colors with weak hands, forcing partner to play at 3 level and offering opponents much more than their game bonus if they decide to double you. And if you are lucky and they decided to compete, which will be a competition that you will lose due to your dominated minor suits and vulnerability, you will end up defending and draw a road map for the declarer.

Basically to me showing minors with weak hands unless favorable vulnerability is nothing but barking mad!
Sept. 30
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IMO 3 by pd shows shape ( shortness) and 4-5 card or very strong hand with long heart suit. (AQxx KQxx(x) x Kxx(x) if that is not a 1 overcall for you) We do not have to worry about 2nd part pd holding 17+ hcp and long suit since he knows we bid 2 before we bid 4, showing real values and not shape. (I am assuming you have ways to show complete shapely 4 bidding hands, partly shape&values bidding 4 hands and values only bidding 4 hands)

To me pass by pd would be all flat hands with doubleton or even 3 card suit 13-14 hcp hands. (AQx KJxx xxx KJx)

Also IMO double of 3 would simply show extra hcps. Not 4-4 majors without special agreement (AQx AKJx xx Axxx).
Sept. 29
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Eric said it right. And I have to add that any natural 2/1 response by a passed hand respondent, despite being very descriptive, to a 3rd or 4th seat opener is screwing up the auction and plans of opener big time unless specifically discussed continuations.

Example: You hold AT9xx Ax x JTxxx and opened 1 in 3rd seat and partner responds a natural 2.

Or you hold AKxxx Kx AQxx Qx and open 1 to see pd bidding 2 natural (9-11 hcp) and try to find a forcing bid that does not leave 3 NT heaven behind and not have the danger of being passed at the same time.
Sept. 29
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The reason I did not bid 4 previous round was that I wanted my pd to know I am bidding 4 with real values and not just shape. Nothing changed in my plans, so I complete my plan by bidding 4 now.

Only thing that makes me curious is whether 3 NT is better contract or not, but if 3 NT is where I wanted to be I should have bid it previous round without all that info leak to opponents.
Sept. 29
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Congrats to Poland for winning the BB.
Sept. 28
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Heh! Don't you love it when they give partner a cherry picked 2 opener 3 loser hand and try to convince you that it is US who needs to figure this out and make a move…Not the partner who holds a 2 opener and his partner opened!
Sept. 28
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This is so easy pass that since it made its way to Bridgewinners passing must be wrong on this particular hand. But I still pass.
Sept. 27
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OMG USA 1! Couldn't believe my eyes this morning when i checked the final results!
Sept. 24
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Ty Lars, I found it. Pair-Score-Country-Number of boards

MECKSTROTH Jeff - RODWELL Eric 1.00 U.S.A. 287
DUBOIN Giorgio - VERSACE Alfredo 0.86 Italy 96
NYSTROM Fredrik - UPMARK Johan 0.79 Sweden 240
BROGELAND Boye - LINDQVIST Espen 0.77 Norway 336
KALITA Jacek - NOWOSADZKI Michal 0.74 Poland 320
DE WIJS Simon - MULLER Bauke 0.73 Netherlands 240
JU Chuancheng - SHI Zheng Jun 0.73 China 240
AA Terje - LIVGARD Allan 0.67 Norway 224
FORRESTER Tony - ROBSON Andrew 0.61 England 256
BACH Ashley - CORNELL Michael 0.55 New Zealand 288
CHEN Gang - ZHUANG Zejun 0.52 China 240
VAN PROOIJEN Ricco - VERHEES Jr Louk 0.52 Netherlands 256
FOURCAUDOT Marc-Andre - L'ECUYER Nicolas 0.50 Canada 32
EDGTTON Nabil - HUNG Andy Pei-en 0.45 Australia 304
EKENBERG Simon - HULT Simon 0.44 Sweden 240
LEVIN Robert (Bobby) - WEINSTEIN Steve 0.42 U.S.A. 287
AHASAN Md Rashedul - CHOWDHURY M. A. R. 0.42 Bangladesh 48
HU Linlin - LIU Yinghao 0.41 China 256
BIRMAN Alon - PADON Dror 0.39 Israel 272
ANKLESARIA Keyzad - TEWARI Rajeshwar 0.38 India 288
BURAS Krzysztof - NARKIEWICZ Grzegorz 0.37 Poland 288
GRECO Eric - HAMPSON Geoff 0.34 U.S.A. 288
ALLERTON Jeffrey - JAGGER Chris 0.32 England 208
RIMSTEDT Mikael - RIMSTEDT Ola 0.30 Sweden 256
LAU Pik-Kin Tony - NG Chi-Cheung Baron 0.30 China Hong Kong 240
LAURIA Lorenzo - VERSACE Alfredo 0.29 Italy 272
BOCCHI Norberto - SEMENTA Antonio 0.29 Italy 304
LEVIN Amir - ROLL Josef 0.29 Israel 256
AHASAN Md Rashedul - HAQUE Shah Zia-ul 0.25 Bangladesh 112
WAN Siu-Kau Samuel - ZEN Derek 0.25 China Hong Kong 240
GEORGE Julius Anthonius - PARASIAN Robert 0.21 Indonesia 256
MILNE Liam - NUNN Tony 0.20 Australia 160
CHMURSKI Bartosz - TUCZYNSKI Piotr 0.18 Poland 128
DRIJVER Bob - NAB Bart 0.15 Netherlands 240
TISLEVOLL Geir-Olav - WARE Michael 0.14 New Zealand 152
BAKHSHI David - MALINOWSKI Artur 0.11 England 272
KATZ Ralph - NICKELL Nick 0.11 U.S.A. 160
CARACCI Marcelo - ROBLES Jose Manuel 0.11 Chile 256
KVANGRAVEN Nils Kare - TUNDAL Ulf Haakon 0.07 Norway 176
FLEISHER Martin - MARTEL Chip 0.05 U.S.A. 224
L'ECUYER Nicolas - MARCINSKI Zygmunt 0.04 Canada 336
BROWN Matthew - WHIBLEY Michael 0.00 New Zealand 280
BAREKET Ilan - LENGY Assaf -0.01 Israel 208
ANGELERI Ricardo - POLESCHI Ricardo -0.02 Argentina 240
FERGANI Kamel - FOURCAUDOT Marc-Andre -0.03 Canada 80
DUBOIN Giorgio - MADALA Agustin -0.06 Italy 64
PACAREU Joaquin - ROBLES Benjamin -0.08 Chile 320
LAI Wai Kit - MAK Kwok-Fai -0.11 China Hong Kong 256
LAM Cheng Yen - TAN Wei Seng -0.13 Singapore 240
LIU Yu Chen - LUO Cheng -0.13 Singapore 256
FOURCAUDOT Marc-Andre - POLLACK Frederic -0.15 Canada 112
KHIUPPENEN Yury - KHOLOMEEV Vadim -0.15 Russia 240
SALAH Tarek - ZEIN Ahmad -0.20 Egypt 224
BHATTACHARJEE Aniruddha - SANTRA Dipak -0.21 India 256
GONTHA Leslie - SUHENDRO Stefanus Supeno -0.23 Indonesia 239
KHOKHLOV Jouri - MATUSHKO Georgi -0.23 Russia 256
GUPTA Uttam - KIRUBAKARAMOORTHY Nr -0.27 India 192
FERGANI Kamel - POLLACK Frederic -0.27 Canada 176
BOJOH Jemmy - KARWUR Franky Steven -0.29 Indonesia 239
FONG Kien Hoong - ZHANG Yukun -0.30 Singapore 240
AHASAN Md Rashedul - RAHMAN Md. Moshiur -0.41 Bangladesh 32
PEJACSEVICH Alexis - PELLEGRINI Carlos -0.49 Argentina 272
GILL Peter - HANS Sartaj -0.50 Australia 272
CAZABON Philippe - RAMIREZ Diego -0.51 Chile 160
AMIRY Reda - SAMIR Ahmed -0.58 Egypt 256
MATHIEU Philippe - SOUDAN Luc -0.58 Guadeloupe 256
KRASNOSSELSKI Mikhail - ORLOV Sergey -0.58 Russia 240
LALL Justin - MOSS Brad -0.62 U.S.A. 224
RAMADAN Baher - SALAH Ashraf -0.63 Egypt 256
TISCORNIA Fernando - ZONCA Martin -0.74 Argentina 224
KAMRUZZAMAN A H M - RAHMAN Md. Moshiur -0.74 Bangladesh 256
CHOWDHURY M. A. R. - ISLAM Mohammad Monirul -0.82 Bangladesh 96
GARNIER Charles - KEMPCZYNSKI Alain -0.87 Guadeloupe 240
CHOWDHURY M. A. R. - RAHMAN Md. Moshiur -0.94 Bangladesh 16
GERIN Dominique - PELLETIER Jean-Claude -1.03 Guadeloupe 240
CHOWDHURY M. A. R. - HAQUE Shah Zia-ul -1.08 Bangladesh 128
BOTBOL Joseph Alain - SIBONY Pierre -1.31 Morocco 248
BELKOUCH Abdellatif - DINIA Mohammed -1.35 Morocco 240
BOTBOL Joseph Alain - DAHAN Stephane -1.38 Morocco 16
DAHAN Stephane - LAHLOU Fatim -1.39 Morocco 216
HAQUE Shah Zia-ul - ISLAM Mohammad Monirul -2.38 Bangladesh 32
CHOWDHURY M. A. R. - KAMRUZZAMAN A H M -2.81 Bangladesh 16
Sept. 22
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USA 2 in the BB apparently suffered mightily from the last-minute replacement of Grue with Lall

I maybe wrong but I strongly doubt that this is the only reason. Something happened there. These results are way below the capacity of USA2 team.

I do not have an inside information and as I said I am just speculating. I did not watch them after the first 2 days but it is unfair to put it all on Justin/Brad partnership IMO. (unless you watched them and they were the main reason for these results.)
Sept. 22
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Omg! LOL
Sept. 20
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Last, assuming my partner ambush me with a convention we haven't discussed the rule is “if the bid could be natural than it is natural”. Consequently, 3NT is natural. One doesn't fantasize partner made up a convention out of no where.

I never said 3 NT is artificial as default. We all know 3 NT is natural w/o agreement. But that does not mean I agreed with all other stuff you wrote in order to make a point.

Last, bidding 2 NT would be questionable with spades unstopped.

Good luck with this style! :) In case you still did not figure it out, xxx vs xx is good enough stopper to play 3 NT when they did not bid it. Especially when you do not have a style that announces opponents what to lead! :)
Sept. 18
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Unless 2 was negative and limited to 0-7, why would anyone sane wants to play 2 followed by 2 NT being limited to 5-7 and want to jump to 3 NT just because he has 8 or 9 hcp? Screwing up all the space just to tell partner you have an extra Jack or two?

This hand looks like a text-book 2–2NT response to me. Are you telling us 2 followed by 3 NT means “Pd I forgot to bid 2 NT previous round” ? Or are you telling us Without any agreement 2–2NT would be something other than the example hand you provided?
Which one is it?
Sept. 18
Timuçin (Timo) Erkoç edited this comment Sept. 18
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I used to play

2–2
2–3 NT =4+ card fit and a void (with single direct splinter at 4 level) 4 asks the void.

2–2
2–3 (same, 3 nt asks the void)

very weak hands at most 1 control (A=2 K=1)
Sept. 16
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If you want to kill bridge forever, push for a migration to online only.

FWIW, I never advocated online Bridge. I always advocated that at (only) top level events electronics should be used instead of tables and cards. Where you still can see/talk/meet/dance/drink or however you wish to socialize with your opponents and/or team mates between the sessions.
Sept. 14
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Reading people is part of live bridge.

Nope, this is a very poor logic IMO that ruins this game. If what you said was true, in order to restore fairness, players should be able to protect themselves from being read by pretending, as they do in poker. To be more fair, if you allow my opponents to observe me in order to read me, you should also allow my partner to observe me to read me!


Basically it is self serving statement for cheaters to call it “I read my opponent to make this weird or anti percentage play/defense/bid” when they are confronted for it.

Anyway…If your understanding of our game is as low as this then it is an easy fix if people are obsessed with seeing their opponents. They can see them on a live cam, just not see partner. At screens you can see only one opponent, on cam you can see them both. That is an improve. Problem solved.
Sept. 14
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I would suggest boycotting those who played with the villain.

Very hard to protest Kalin Karaivanov, a Bulgarian player, who passed away very recently due to a heart attack.
Sept. 13
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Deleted nonsense. I thought we were respondent.
Sept. 12
Timuçin (Timo) Erkoç edited this comment Sept. 12
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Yes, Tom, unfortunately there were some pros in Turkey who had no problem playing with him after all he did.

Names of the players in his team were;

Salim Yilankiran
MEHMET SIRIKLIOĞLU
BERK BAŞARAN
OKAN ÖZCAN
EMRE KAYA
KALIN KARAIVANOV
ROSEN GEORGİEV GUNEV
Sept. 11
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