A few points:
Having an agreement about Texas in competition is important. As Steve referenced, a common one is "Texas is on if it's a jump."
With that agreement in place, your options are:
X = negative
3M, natural and forcing
3NT = to play
4C = natural and forcing
4D = 5-5 ...
Another advantage to the power redouble over 1M is that you can show a 3-card limit raise by redoubling and then bidding 2M, keeping things a level lower when there are likely bad splits. But I see your point about frequency.
I'll have to do a little research on ...
Yes, if we're red v. white, 3NT might be better than doubling. But sometimes the colors are reversed. And while +500 isn't as good as +600, sometimes it's 800 v. 600 or even +300 v. -100.
Aren't penalties one of the reasons people play intermediate 2 ...
Obviously the carryover is 12 IMPs.
Less obvious: why this wasn't calculated in advance, and included on the bracket sheet that went up on the wall.
(a failing of the tournament director, yes, but why didn't YOU know your carryover going into the replay?)
If PvC head-to-head was ...
> it steals valuable table space from the kids
From their cigar trays and highball glasses?
> "socialiability is a top selling feature for any participating kid"
The time to be social is when you go over the hands after the game.
How about a compromise? We'll add a few bids ...
Here's how it sounds to me:
Declarer has a 9+ card fit, known to all at the table.
Dummy's king is cashed. A bored defender who started with Tx follows with the x, and expects a swift continuation so prepares the T to be played.
Declarer, trying to ...
C. Violations of Procedure
The following are examples of violations of procedure:
5. looking intently at any other player during the
auction and play or at another player’s hand as
for the purpose of seeing his cards or of observing
the place from which he draws a ...