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All comments by Anthony Taglione
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I'm happy enough with 2 on this hand as a fit non-jump.
May 19
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With my Precision partner, the bidding might go…
1 (16+) - 1 (8-10 and some 5-card suit)
1 (what's the suit?) - 1NT (it's clubs)
2 (not interested, how about spades?) - 3 (spades suits me, I have some)
4 (cue) - 4 (cue)
7 (let's not mess about)
May 16
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I take it that 2 is a weak-two?
May 9
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Ian is in England, where the weak NT is the norm. A 1NT rebid would show more.
May 7
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I'm raising and, if nothing else, I'll win the post-mortem if it's wrong.
May 7
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All hands have an upper limit.
May 5
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I hear people talk of rule of 20, rule of 19, etc. This easily passes the rule of 6… a six-card suit is worth mentioning.
May 5
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I also have one partner with whom we play a mini-nt. I've taken to announcing that as “10-12, although he sometimes opens light”. That usually gets a chuckle.
May 4
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If one fails to announce the no-trump range, all bidding ceases, while the other players sit there staring at you as though you're an idiot. Sometimes, I wave my hand and say, “the usual”, which invariably prompts the question, “You mean 12-14?”.
May 4
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One of my partners keeps all her cards in plastic A4 sleeves in her handbag. I keep mine in the car door with the mints, my bridge glasses and other assorted junk. When one gets just too coffee-stained or just generally dilapidated, I reprint it and add any convention tweaks we've accrued since the last reprint. I'll usually print fresh, clean ones before a congress, too.

As I said above, no one bothers to look at the cards at the club. Then again, maybe they're scared that they'll catch something from it. :-j
May 3
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When he next finds it, I'll let him know. ;-j
May 1
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I often wonder why we have system cards, since mine sits neglected on the table from the first board to the last. The only use it ever gets is as a coffee mat at half-time. The coffee stains tell me how long it's been since the last update.
May 1
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We have information that the opponents don't have, so an alert is in order. Few expect an 8-point or 9-point opening, so the bid has a potentially unexpected meaning. I also explain that the bid might be fully up-to-strength.
May 1
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I play light openings in 3rd seat with one partner and we alert. It's up to the opponents to sort themselves out.
April 30
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Fetch the comfy chair… and the popcorn.
March 21
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Thanks for the stats, Ian.
March 6
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I noticed some top brass at the club while we were losing to your B Team.
March 5
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It is worth a chuckle, though.
March 5
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I must admit that I have once called for a card from dummy before dummy went down… “small ruff, please”.
March 1
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I showed the puzzle to a handful at the club tonight. It was well received and only solved by the experts and only after significant thought.
March 1
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