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Go with an anagram.

It Enlivens Wine
Intense Evil Win
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Nine Elves Win It
April 14, 2014
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It must have seemed very Coughkaesque.
April 4, 2014
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I'm not sure but I suspect that BBO doesn't accommodate 3-way team matches; at least I've never seen one. So they're stuck with some setup of even numbers of teams.
Feb. 15, 2014
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I mentioned in the Accomplishments thread that I've also missed a 13-card fit. After something like (1) 2 (P) I had something like 1237 and decided to just bid directly what “had” to be partner's minor. (The kicker is that this embarrassment happened on the first of two boards against an expert pair, and on the second we somehow defended a partscore one trick better than the rest of the room, for an average round.)
Jan. 12, 2014
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I still don't see that “the system forces 1.” The system forces *some* call that isn't Pass, but many folks here seem to be asserting that All Players Without Forcing Club Raises will bid 1 rather than 1, 3, or some number of NT.

It may well be that most players of expert standard in the U.S. will prefer 1 over the alternatives, but are we really talking about experts in the OP? Is the OP about players who've discussed this situation with the current partner, or those who haven't?
Jan. 9, 2014
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The Stop card would come in handy there.
Jan. 9, 2014
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Given the conditions in the OP (2/1 or Standard), this will not be a systemically short bid, so partner will be expecting actual diamonds.

I'm having trouble wrapping my head around the idea that a pair not sophisticated enough to have a forcing club raise will develop a structured nebulous 1 response.

EDIT: I see that Michael Shuster, above, has encountered such a pair. TIL.
Jan. 8, 2014
Brian Baresch edited this comment Jan. 9, 2014
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“26 trump, but only 25 tricks.”

In a club game our side had 13 hearts (and 10 clubs) and their side had 13 spades (and 10 diamonds). We make 7 and they make 6, but some their way made 7 when a was led and they got a ruff and sluff at trick 1. IIRC every table played something doubled.

Same partner some weeks later, we missed another 13-card fit when after (1) 2 (pass), I looked at my 2137 hand and decided to skip the 2NT ask and just bid what I “knew” was partner's minor.

GNT flight C district final, against a team that had beaten us in the qualifying Swiss, I figure we're maybe 10 IMPs ahead at the half. Teammates come back and compare, we're up 51. The other team has a long drive home, so they concede. I report the result to the director, and he says, “That's interesting. I bet someone you'd win by 100. I wonder if I can collect.”

After 5 matches in a Swiss, the four of us considering our situation. “Keep doubling them, guys, you'll beat one eventually.” Teammates had let in a doubled contract nearly every round. In the last match, we were +650 in 5 after a competitive auction, and I “jokingly” told partner we'd probably lose 5 against -850 at the other table. Wrong! Lose 8 against -990 after teammates doubled them in 4.
Jan. 6, 2014
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My first tournament ever my partner put me in 7NT, and when dummy came down I saw 14 top tricks, but I knew I needed an odd number, not an even one, and spent a couple of minutes looking for trick 15.
Jan. 6, 2014
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I am not.
Jan. 5, 2014
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Last time someone tried giving me lessons at the table I said “Wow! How can I be more like you?” He stopped.
Jan. 4, 2014
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I'd be curious to learn, empirically rather than anecdotally, what % of players drop out of the tournament scene once they get their 751st masterpoint.
Jan. 3, 2014
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“What's so bad about letting people play in whatever event they want?”

Well, people in Rye upthread want to play in two-day KOs but the organizers won't let them.
Jan. 1, 2014
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Nice video, thanks. Only problem is that the hand diagram at 9:30 has only 12 cards.
Dec. 29, 2013
Brian Baresch edited this comment Dec. 29, 2013
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At the club last night partner opened 4 and I was looking at Kx AKxx xxxx AKx. I bid 6, and opening leader cashed the AK to beat it. (Partner was void in the wrong suit.) If the defenders' hands were reversed, a Hubbell double would have served them well.
Dec. 17, 2013
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I'm starting to think that way, too. We know a priori that West started with at least one minor-suit card, and we've seen him play one, so we have no new information. We know that East started with at least nine minor-suit cards, including both clubs and diamonds, and we've seen him play two, so we have no new information.
Dec. 15, 2013
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I saw that structure in a Rosenkranz book and liked it. I talked one partner into trying it, but we haven't put it to the test much.
Dec. 12, 2013
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Tournament organizers are not obliged to accommodate every possible neurosis. If everyone who said “I don't like _____” got their way, there'd be no tournaments.
Dec. 11, 2013
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Why not use Fibonacci discards? 2,3,5,8 encourage.
Dec. 11, 2013
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If being watched makes someone nervous or embarrassed, they need to choose their public appearances with more care.

Showing up at a tournament carries the inherent risk of being watched, and that's just how it is.
Dec. 10, 2013
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