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Patrick Shields
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Assess the blame (11)
Exactly my sentiments. There is a danger of two quick losers but I cannot see how to avoid that every time.
When else can 1m-1M-2M be based on 3 card support?
I usually raise with this pattern because we will always have, between us, two or more fewer cards in hearts. So unless our hearts are significantly stronger than our spades, I prefer spades.
Attention: all fans and opponents to Polish Club!
For a while I have been playing X of the Polish Club showing a strong club hand (16+) with 1D negative and all the system I usually play in strong club systems (so 1D is negative). Other bids are therefore limited. I prefer to pass on balanced hands which allows ...
Alerting when there's no agreement?
And that quote is the key point : failure to alert is a definite declaration that the bid is natural : if such certainty does not exist, the opponents are entitled to know, and this can be done without creating UI problems.
I must declare that I am not good at, but must try harder, to follow the Michael Rosenberg interpretation. But to me, the reason we see alternatives being mentioned here (and used in practice) is that a consequence of the current Laws and the current Regulations is that once someone ...
Cue-bid after Polish 1!C is overcalled
I have always played it as 55+ major-minor with enough values to compete, as if I show one suit and they bounce I might not get to show the other.
How would you rule?
I voted OTHER, thinking that West should be rebidding 5 over 4 and that East could well pass that. So that must be part of the outcome. This result would be remembered better than any PP and might have a better effect.
2NT opening
I have played it both ways (one minor, both minors), and its occurrence is so rare it is hard to tell which is better, but I have found myself switching to both minors more often as that avoids it being a Brown Sticker convention and I save myself the hassle ...
Ethical - can we avoid this word?
Again no quarrel with the above but the discussion is clarifying for me what the problem is : it is that while there is no stigma with accidently breaking a rule (any game, including the Laws of Bridge or any regulations) it is very difficult not to associate the word UNETHICAL ...
Ethical - can we avoid this word?
The catch with using it in judgement situations is the implication (even in "soft cheating") that the action is deliberate. This is what we must avoid.

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