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My opponents bid it :-(
June 2, 2015
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Adam, bidding 1D as a transfer to H with Qxxxx isn't a pretty safe psych, it's illegal in the ACBL to psych a conventional response to an opening bid.
May 29, 2015
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Why would it matter if the defense is GCC legal when your transfers are not?
April 29, 2015
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There are many parts of the world where “thumbs up” is a very insulting gesture.
Jan. 24, 2015
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There was a debate in the ACBL Bulletin about this in 1988 or 89 between Edgar Kaplan and Ira Rubin. The arguments for each side don't seem to have changed :-)
Jan. 23, 2015
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Under ACBL General Conditions of Contest, convention cards are only required at sectionally rated events or higher.
Jan. 1, 2015
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What seems to have led to the disagreement was that the K could've been from KQ when partner had JT doubleton.
Nov. 26, 2014
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Thanks
Nov. 5, 2014
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As someone who hasn't been to a tournament in almost 15 years, can some explain to me what Gold Rush Pairs is?
Nov. 5, 2014
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The interviews are also available through iTunes. The latest one is from 2009
Aug. 7, 2014
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I recall GIB bidding its JTxxx of hearts in response to a TO double of clubs. Never mentioned the side suit of ATxxxx in spades :-)
April 29, 2014
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Their system shows shortness down the line. 3 would show a singleton spade.
Feb. 12, 2014
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The auction may have gone like this:

1 1NT
2 2
2N 3
3 4
4 4
5 6

1 11-15, as few as 0
1NT Artificial GF
2 Some 4-4-4-1 or 5m-4-3-1 hand
2 Asking
2NT 4-4-4-1
3 Asking for shortness
3 Short
4 Slam try
4 What suit
4 Spades
5 2KC w/o Q
6

2 over 2 shows a 5 card club suit

Regarding your question about right siding the contract if the two K's were switched, I don't see any way to have it played from the other side. The 4 bid setting trump asks partner to respond key cards if they are interested in slam or pass otherwise. It's possible with no club control Pam may have rejected the slam invitation.
Feb. 12, 2014
Zelig Rubenstein edited this comment Feb. 13, 2014
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I prefer to play 2H as the relay in this auction but that wasn't available in this partnership.
Jan. 20, 2014
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At a local sectional Swiss I had three consecutive matches end up with the same score, 0-0. The second match included the same psychic spade opening at both tables.
Jan. 2, 2014
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ACBL regulations only require convention cards at Sectionally or higher rated events not at club games.

http://web2.acbl.org/codification/CHAPTER%2012%20-%20Section%20c.pdf
Sept. 12, 2013
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We've been playing it about twice a month for the last three years and my partner also plays it with someone else once or twice a week. I can only recall one complaint and that was from someone with whom I have a history of bad blood.

For the first year or so, we pre-alerted and provided a defence. We still provide a defence but no one's interested in our pre-alert anymore since they all know what we play.

At one of the clubs there was a pair who had to stop playing their system (not a transfer system) because there were too many complaints to the so I think people will complain if they have a problem.

I don't know anything about green eggs and especially ham :-)
Aug. 18, 2013
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I have permission to play transfer responses with a couple of my partners at two of our local clubs. At first we would give a defense to the opponents but now no one even cares, they all know what to do.
Aug. 16, 2013
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Gavin Wolpert has represented Canada and will be playing for the US in Bali.
Aug. 14, 2013
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Politically they continually endorse the most extreme left party in the country (other than the communist party), Meretz, which gets about 6-8% of the vote on average. It's one of the lowest circulation newspapers in the country.

And I would assume Yehudit reads the hebrew edition which is more extreme than the english edition.
Aug. 8, 2013
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