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Steven Mcgrahan
Steven Mcgrahan
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June 8, 2013
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about me

Learned weak NT to start then Acol, then SA, then Precision and then 2/1 (the easiest to learn as more of a treatment). Now try for 2/1 and Precision but often get stuck with SAYC. Recently learned Mosca club with canape and Polish club.

Book i learned bidding most from Precision Bidding in Acol by Eric Crowhurst

Redoubled with overtricks:

2D+2, 3N+2, 4S+2, 2S+3, 1N+3, 1S+3, 2H+4, 4S+1, 4N+2


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Bridge Accomplishments
Top 2015 Online pts U1000 for ACBL Unit 166
Favorite Tournaments
Hamilton Sectional
Favorite Conventions
fourth suit forcing
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ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
Laura & Steve
Standard American
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If asked will ecplain that 3c 3d 3h & 3s could be 6. But am not going to alert or announce. Acbl says in alert notes 6 cards is to be expected for 3 bids.
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I know of opponents who systematically always bid 1 with 45 unless it qualifies for a NT bid. They dont announce, alert or pre-alert. If you ask about bid they tell you.
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So, are you saying after every time i describe a bid I have to say "we may upgrade and downgrade hands". That's fine but unless all my opponents have been the "Walrus" and merely count hcp, nobody is disclosing properly.
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True but announcements are part of the rules. In acbl jurisdiction you are supposed to say "could be short". I think it should be "could be short as 2/1/0". The opp can ask if need be. Surely, people know 1 is different from 1. ACBL would ...
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People who open 1 in standard and announce could be short. Obviously, don't normally open 1 short on hands in their normal range of 15-17 so I don't see the difference. Other than they can't have 16+ hcp unless they have downgraded. If you feel ...
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No announcements in ACBL do not allow a lengthy explanation that could cause UI.
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A standard 1 has basically same hand types except for balanced hands with 2. It is very common in standard to open 1 with 4 5. So only 46 is unusual. Even then will open that 2 mostly. Yes you must disclose ...
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Mike said "Anyway, I think the simplest is to announce 1♦ as could be short, and if short, opener has a 14-16 NT hand" This isn't an announcement it is an explanation. Explanations are not what you are supposed to give when partner bids unless asked by opponents.
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Re bd 1: "OPP complains that this hand looks nothing like what was disclosed." What utter nonsense! Is opponent trying to say they (including director) wouldn't open 1 with 0=3=5=5 within 1 pt of their normal opening range but has a void? I suppose they ...
I apologize for this question
"If 2♣ does promise 3, no alert required." OP say promises no length. so could be 0 if 3460. or 1 if 3451. If something like this (or includes 4-card raise) isn't included then does promise some length.

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