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What's your NT range?
Nov. 8
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That's an 11-card hand, Martin. Thanks for your input on the first bidding problem. Any thoughts on the second, or additional questions on the last page?
Oct. 25
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That’s not a thing.
Oct. 21
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If 3 asks for a stopper, then South should be able to deduce from North's 3NT bid that North has Qxx. South can then bid 4 to set clubs as trump and let the bidding go from there.
Oct. 15
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Not quite good enough for 3. With the honors moved around like xxx, K9x, AQJ10x, xx it might get there.
Oct. 13
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2 says to partner this is our hand on power. That’s not what we have here.
Oct. 11
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A cellphone would be pretty useless in a cave. No reception.
Oct. 9
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I would play 4 asks for key cards in clubs, 4 asks for key cards in hearts.
Oct. 7
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3 doesn’t stop partner from bidding 3. Then 4 by us should show our hand.
Sept. 22
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Also, I do not agree with your assertion that “Had double been alerted, and a David Burn explanation of ”we don't know what we're doing, but amongst the possibilities are spades, not spades, and values“ South would still have bid 3, and North would have bid 4 to initiate a sign-off sequence. Maybe E/W would go to 4, but they won't go to 5

I see no evidence that is the case. I think the auction would have been the exact same.
Sept. 15
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When did East and West offer their opinions on what the double could mean? Was it during the auction?

If there were no questions from North or South during the auction, what could possible be construed as misinformation? The lack of an alert? Shouldn't there be an easy reference as to which calls require alerts in the EBU? It should be cut and dried whether a call for which there is no agreement requires an alert. My guess is that no alert is required. In this situation I would not be “uncertain whether the regulations require an alert”, I would be confident that no agreement = no alert.
Sept. 15
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This poll needs an “Other” option. What if I don't like any of your ideas?
Sept. 1
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With some partners, I play the following:

X suggests penalty in at least one of their suits.

Unusual/unusual cue bids

2NT = lebensohl

2NT then a cue bid on the 3 level shows a stopper in that suit and denies one in the other suit.

2NT then 3NT shows stoppers in both suits.

Direct 3NT denies a stopper in either suit.

Bidding a suit that is not one of theirs is to play at the 2 level, and forcing at the 3 level (standard lebensohl treatment applies).
Aug. 27
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A double is not a bid.
Aug. 23
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I don't know the name, but I can give you the rest of the system that I learned with this.

After 1m,
2 = (10)11-12 bal.
2 = mixes raise for m
2NT = 13-15 or 18+ bal
3NT = 16-17 bal

After 1m-2,
2 = relay to 2NT, after which 3NT is to play
2NT and 3NT are to play

This lets the opener right-side NT.
Aug. 22
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East followed with the lowest spade possible; playing upside down attitude how does that show a dislike for spades? It seems consistent with either liking spades (if attitude), even count in spades (if count), or preference for clubs (if suit preference).
Aug. 21
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If your scoring method would encourage people to take fewer tricks, then it's not unethical, it's just playing intelligently. Is it unethical to try to make 10 tricks in 4 rather than try for 11 because you're playing a knockout match? Is it unethical to make bad, swingy bids if you're behind big in a team match, even though you know it is negative EV?
Aug. 17
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Your partner needs too specific of a hand to make slam that it will not be possible to ask for it. First choice 4, second choice keycard and go opposite two.
Aug. 16
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Aug. 9
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