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I thought sit-outs were for smoking
Aug. 4, 2017
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Originally with the Montreal Relay 1 - 1M showed a suit where you'd be willing to accept a three card raise as opposed to guaranteeing a 5 card suit.
June 24, 2017
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How about my opponents' auction?


2 - 2
3 - 4NT
5 - 5
6 - 6
7 - 7
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June 24, 2017
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I know mine probably doesn't :-(
June 22, 2017
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Greenwich Mean Time
May 16, 2017
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Sometimes it requires an alert and sometimes an announcement depending on what the rest of the hand's distribution could be and whether it is forcing or not.

http://www.acbl.org/clubs_page/club-administration/club-directors/rulings-faq/alertsannouncements-for-1%E2%99%A31%E2%99%A6-opening-bids/
May 13, 2017
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It's an interesting idea but it doesn't address the inherent unfairness of determining your strat before the results are in.

In a multi-session event, you'd have to reconfigure the stratifications after session awards are given out.
March 18, 2017
Zelig Rubenstein edited this comment March 18, 2017
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I held AKJ,AKxx,KQJx,QJ and heard partner open 1S and rebid 2H.

Finding partner with 1KC I bid 6H and got the “don't bid Blackwood with 2 quick losers” lecture when partner held QTxxx,QJxx,Ax,xx.

No Gary, I never played with him again. :-)
March 15, 2017
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I used to play Schenken which is a strong club with four card majors.
Jan. 18, 2017
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With opening bids lighter today than in Kaplan's time, I would expect a balanced 12-14 in 4th seat after 3 passes to be quite rare.
Jan. 1, 2017
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ACBL clubs can allow or disallow whatever they like unless it's a mult-site event like a STaC.

When I played with Doug we were allowed at two of the local clubs to play the transfer responses as long as we pre-alerted.
Oct. 25, 2016
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I used to play 3M response was 5-3 in the majors also. The problem is when partner was interested in a minor suit slam it tended to blow them out of the auction so I stopped.

Do you have some way to deal with a minor suit slam try over a 3M response?
Oct. 16, 2016
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Will the Leafs be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs while the Jays are still playing?
Oct. 9, 2016
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In the 1995 CNTC finals they had to get new hand records and remake the boards after third day when Fred Gitelman noticed recurring patterns in the hands. I don't know if anyone determined what the problem was but it seems like it was also the random generator.
Sept. 26, 2016
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There's more than one Geneva Convention, maybe they got the number wrong.
Sept. 22, 2016
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If the opponents can have any distribution other than 4=4=3=2 for their two card club opening, they should be alerting and not announcing “could be short”.

http://www.acbl.org/clubs_page/club-administration/club-directors/rulings-faq/alertsannouncements-for-1%E2%99%A31%E2%99%A6-opening-bids/
Aug. 30, 2016
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The Blanchard lawsuit occurred before I started playing bridge so I was never familiar with the details

From reading the LA Times article, it seems the suit was protesting Women only events as much as Men only events. If that's correct, why did one survive and one disappear?
Aug. 11, 2016
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Perhaps they can just write a new scoring program
/sarc
Aug. 5, 2016
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There was also a similar case at the Canadian Nationals in Toronto about 20 or 25 years ago. I spoke to Jonathon Steinberg about it a couple of months ago but neither he nor anyone else I talked to could remember the outcome.

The one thing people did remember was that at the time the punishment was felt to be very minor.
Aug. 3, 2016
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The Granovetters play 12+ to 16 as part of their strong club system.
July 25, 2016
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