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Patrick Shields
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Feb. 5, 2012
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I have been playing 1M-2M as a positively constructive raise for some time, which does affect this, but the two hand types where we can lose out on after 1M-2M are those hands where we belong in the other major, and hands where we belong in a slam in a ...
Are very light openings against the spirit of the game? Are they a form of Psych in 21st century clothing?
The above discussion has focussed on light openers which have 8+ hcp, but the really light openers have less. In England, the EBU regulates that you cannot have an agreement (implicit or explicit) to open at the 1-level hands with fewer than 8 hcp. The consequence of this is that ...
A Small Taste of Open Bridge: The 2018 Camrose
Don't you have to redouble to tell your partner that you have three aces, so they can bid 7N with the heart ace?
Active ethics: A Step too Far?
I voted that this was a step too far, but I have since been pondering whether I can always be 100% sure of that. And the answer is rarely. I must therefore be extremely circumspect in not telling of my own revoke. In a case where the revoke really did ...
I still don't get this whole ethics thing
I must declare my support for the David Burn position. What people don't seem to realise and to accept, is that the rules here go way beyond restoring equity. In order to guarantee that you are not taking advantage of UI, the rules are such that you nearly always ...
Foursomes - Another modest proposal for the GNT's
There is no doubt that having more players is an advantage. Can anyone come up with a handicap scheme that could turn it back into a level playing field when you have six playing against four?
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.

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