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Brian Callaghan
Brian Callaghan
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June 14, 2014
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about me
Resident in London, England. Lives with wife Christine Duckworth and cats. Bridge player for more than 45 years, having taken the game up with school friends. Had salaried employment for decades in IT (as an IBM mainframe dinosaur) until 2001. Subsequently made a minor living as a bridge professional. Now mostly retired.
United Kingdom

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Forcing or Not?
While I agree that it is logical for “forcing” and “forcing one round” to have distinct meanings, and that “forcing one round” should sensibly guarantee a rebid, I don’t think that is how most understand it. If I agree with a partner that some call is “forcing one round ...
Splitting honors: which honor to play?
Seems to me that with QJx in particular, when the lead is from dummy to declarer, you should [b]not[/b] play the Q. Reason is you might play the Q from either Q10x or AQx. If you have Q10x, you definitely do not want partner to take the ace ...
Pass-1!D; 2!C
Yes, I play a passed hand 2 over 1 to show a 6‑card suit and a fairly wide point range. (More contentiously, I also do this over a third‑ or fourth‑seat 1 or 1 opening. It's more attractive when playing 4‑card majors.)
forcing? fit-showing?
My preference is to play × to show a spade suit and tolerance for hearts, so my 2 would say a return to hearts was unwelcome.
Where did you learn to play bridge?
I voted for “School”, but that might give the wrong impression. At my school, the pupils were forbidden from playing card games, with the exception of bridge. And only those in the sixth form (around ages 16–18) were allowed to play bridge. The prohibition had little practical effect, and ...
Where did you learn to play bridge?
I've known opponents who treated 4 as always Gerber, but none of them referred to it as Norman Blackwood. Sounds like a conflation of Norman and Blackwood, both 4NT asking bids. (I don't recall ever playing against anyone who used Norman, though.)
2!C-Multi ?
I've played 2 this way in one of my partnerships for quite a few years. (It's allowed in some EBUland competitions.) I think I picked up the idea from the Dutch. (It is or was fairly popular in the Netherlands.) I play after 2-2NT, that 3 ...
In another part of the forest
It's a very nice construction, David, and to drop the Q under the A as defender is certainly your best chance to get declarer to go wrong, but… Suppose declarer now cashes a high trump from hand, crosses to dummy with a diamond, and after the A, tries the ...
Thanks to everyone who took the time to express their opinion. I guess it's back to the drawing board. Particular thanks to Steve Moese, who not only addressed my intended subject, bidding taxonomy, but put forward a user-friendly counter-proposal.
Or to put it another way, if you held a two-suited hand, the only way to show it using purely natural bids, is by two distinct one-suited bids.

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