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yes to 9 decimal places
Aug. 14
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Apparently I didn't.
Aug. 14
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If the regulation means something other than what is written it should be rewritten.

As written anything that shows length in more than one suit is lawful as it does not show length only in suit other than the one bid.
Aug. 14
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You can use 4-way transfers without giving up 3NT. 3 can transfer to clubs and 4 can transfer to diamonds.
Aug. 13
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There are simple almost linear relationships for the expected numbers of aces, kings, queens, and jacks in a players hand depending on the number of hcp they hold. In consequence there are also simple formulas for controls and other linear combinations of aces, kings, queens, and jacks.

jacks = 1 (independent of the number of hcps)

queens = 0.05 * hcp + 0.5

kings = 0.1 * hcp

aces = 0.15 * hcp - 0.5

These simple rounded formula work surprisingly well for a range from around 5-30 hcp.

Here are the actual numbers (rounded).


hcp aces kings queens jacks tens
0 0 0 0 0 1.444444444
1 0 0 0 1 1.333333333
2 0 0 0.581395349 0.837209302 1.286821705
3 0 0.320197044 0.614778325 0.809852217 1.250574713
4 0.205032945 0.393663255 0.5450722 0.908734053 1.216388616
5 0.291891892 0.477130977 0.708108108 0.984823285 1.170893971
6 0.377549162 0.600294942 0.86090727 0.967103988 1.132682738
7 0.537219219 0.727217348 0.852854697 0.963761686 1.102105228
8 0.686014344 0.818566268 0.885600737 1.029042347 1.0645307
9 0.815997227 0.90688943 1.002639873 1.010063054 1.029378935
10 0.956310529 1.022854197 1.043819925 1.018555446 0.995384434
11 1.131974167 1.108307682 1.059536076 1.028108135 0.963563771
12 1.272090733 1.208178216 1.12239547 1.042311483 0.928336011
13 1.427622531 1.296681293 1.18563323 1.028199535 0.895762601
14 1.592042834 1.396177731 1.204167438 1.034960595 0.863627934
15 1.753277048 1.483387527 1.245899275 1.044930679 0.830278386
16 1.9043844 1.581308408 1.30459392 1.029349334 0.797818215
17 2.067546167 1.67601679 1.334038585 1.033687795 0.765412296
18 2.234136747 1.766156028 1.367113912 1.030757103 0.733537357
19 2.378313337 1.870681721 1.421415999 1.031869489 0.699746606
20 2.542732394 1.963646558 1.462814267 1.012502215 0.668700507
21 2.695381508 2.073284378 1.487551865 1.023517103 0.635585016
22 2.846286923 2.167378907 1.54949949 1.013716608 0.602568675
23 2.984535733 2.289650168 1.59739476 0.998117043 0.570033588
24 3.139997699 2.392879489 1.628776254 1.003818229 0.537169814
25 3.269268318 2.518343129 1.688517926 0.990861489 0.503667682
26 3.387316822 2.643562567 1.76523126 0.98958249 0.468256318
27 3.535355161 2.765218882 1.802092436 0.958737837 0.437621743
28 3.614761729 2.935462006 1.866053079 1.00246091 0.397918031
29 3.734212531 3.039878317 2.005965178 0.931584568 0.365373267
30 3.815384351 3.250191251 2.015841635 0.956205572 0.329153021
31 3.87804099 3.365732774 2.194314212 1.002009294 0.284433637
32 3.94444648 3.574187402 2.333174539 0.833302796 0.257209865
33 3.97137746 3.729516995 2.410733453 1.104472272 0.198211091
34 3.994647636 3.857270294 2.842997324 0.763603925 0.171275647
35 4 3.961538462 3 1.115384615 0.102564103
36 4 4 3.6 0.8 0.066666667
37 4 4 4 1 0
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Aug. 13
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Richard's site won't load for me.
Aug. 13
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There does need to be some consistency with the moderation. Some such articles are removed.
Aug. 13
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I suspect that 3 then pass 3 or otherwise 5 if that is to play is a good strategy.

I will check out Ella's suggestion of passing 3 to see if that improves the score.

At the moment I have 5 making about a quarter of the time but 2NT is so bad that it is better to bid 5 than pass 2NT.
Aug. 13
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Did he ask for pictures or is that your assumption?
Aug. 9
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Some are bots but some are real people.

@Sarah Approaching people you have never met should not be assumed to be an indication of sexual interest. I am sorry but that is bizarre. A friend request on social media is about as innocuous as one can get for an approach.

As I say I have had students, female students, send me friend requests multiple times. Here is one email “This is my new email so we can stay in touch, only if you would like.” This was from a student thirty something years younger than me - a similar age to your daughter. I would not dream that this was sexually motivated or she was creepy. We should treat older men the same. There are many innocent explanations for every sinister explanation and in the end this is an interaction between two adults.
Aug. 9
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I agree with Tom no one has done anything wrong.

If you were concerned you could talk to the director in the first instance.

I have had friend requests from young female people that I do not know well. Should I assume they are hitting on me? I don't think so and I don't think you should assume that if the roles are reversed.
Aug. 9
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It just lacks one thing for it to be a joke.

It is not funny.
Aug. 9
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Its okay if it shows an overbid.

For me it is a void but also exclusion - above four of our suit.
Aug. 9
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I really need to know how often partner bids 1NT with a stiff spade to answer this question.
Aug. 9
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There is provision in the laws for a director to assign an artificial score if the options become too complex.

“If the possibilities are numerous or not obvious, the Director may award an artificial adjusted score”

If the offenders have appeared to have gained an advantage then I do not see why the director cannot rule ave- to them and something else, probably A+ to the non-offenders.
Aug. 9
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You could be right. On the other hand when opener has already shown a super maximum there is relatively little utility in a finer discrimination of their hand.

We use the two step super accept so that responder can continue with their slam exploration if strong with as little disruption as possible.
Aug. 9
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I get similar numbers from simulations Craig.

680 times 10+ tricks with the contraints:

16-17 points
not 4333
4432 or 5332 or some 5422
Four or more hearts.
Aug. 8
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I completely disagree with this paragraph:

“Save your director calls for instances where it is obvious and demonstrable that a pair took advantage of UI. When you call the TD on suspicion, in case where it should be obvious that the accusation cannot be reasonably shown, then it appears to all involved that you are merely wasting everyone’s time with the objective of annoying the opponents and, in the process, the TD.”

It is not my job to know the opponents methods and style. Therefore I cannot judge whether or not an advantage was taken. It is the tournament director's job to establish that and not dismiss a question without due consideration.
Aug. 8
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Sorry I wasn't clear 2NT like 3 would have been is game forcing.
Aug. 8
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Nothing as a game try. New suits would have been game forcing showing shortage - 2NT a spade shortage.
Aug. 8
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