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Mike Ma: “upgrade should not be seat dependent. If someone claims it is good enough to upgrade 3rd seat, then it should be good enough for first seat also.”

Why should your criteria for upgrading / downgrading be the same as mine? I certainly use seating as one factor in considering upgrading or downgrading.

Adjusting in third seat is not unusual for us - but maybe not as you are expecting. We play a 12-14 NT, but I will readily downgrade a poor 15 count in third seat - particularly if red vulnerability at IMPs and we were leading by 30 IMPs at half-way! (Other factors that you may not have considered!).
March 1
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(1C), 3C Ghestem
Feb. 27
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I think he means Principle of Fast Arrival.

I hate having to work out acronyms.
Feb. 25
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There is something amusing in Richard ascribing an artificial meaning to a bid that others believe is natural, when it is usually Richard who advocates a natural meaning whenever possible. :)

I'm with Richard on this.
Feb. 25
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Wtp 1NT opening for me.
Feb. 24
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Whilst we don't have a concept of “pre-alerting” in the UK, this is in effect achieved by exchanging convention cards which should include prominently on page 1 any issues that the opponent's need to prepare for (The Blue Book requires disclosure of “Matters to which special attention should be drawn”).

But this tournament is played under regulations that do not require a pre-alert and do not allow for the exchange of convention cards ahead of play. It would seem that there is a significant gap that is left.

I am not even clear whether competitors are sitting in the same room as each other.
Feb. 19
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Was there a convention card? Was it clearly marked on the convention card?
Feb. 18
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This form of multi is common in the UK.
Feb. 18
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Yes. Convention refers to a set of bids (this includes responses and follow-ups) or a set of defensive signals (so when you play High-Low both cards are conventional).
Feb. 8
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Yes, “Convention” relates to set (sometimes a set with one member) of calls or or defensive signals.

E.g. “Journalist Leads” refers to a set of leads, not a specific card.
Feb. 8
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You mentioned that they were juniors, so I guess that having the sixth card AND an honour makes it a particularly sound multi 2D :)

This is not to be recommended for anyone over 25.

The second double says: “I've still got the hand that I had when I made the first double” and “I'm prepared to play 4” if hearts is your suit.
Feb. 5
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“if you count an insufficient 6 that got corrected to 7

Are you wanting to poll for a ruling?
Feb. 4
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What is your minimum for a non-vulerbale Landy bid? … In 4th seat, at MPs?
Jan. 26
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Well yes, read his comment up-thread.
Jan. 26
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We play transfer advances. Here I bid 2, showing hearts, then we would support spades at the next turn.

Transfer advances mean that you don't need to choose between a forcing and non-forcing change of suit.
Jan. 18
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If this would be a normal weak two for this partnership, then switching to a Multi / Lucas Twos would be sensible.
Jan. 18
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There is a key piece of information missing. What is the usual partnership style for weak twos? Will this hand fall within partner's range of expectation?

If partner is expecting a sound six-card suit with two of the three top honours in the 6-10 range, then this is pushing it a bit!
Jan. 18
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You can play it either way round - I do play both penalty and take-out with different partners. But I think that take-out has become the normal method.
Jan. 8
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East remained silent throughout?!
Jan. 8
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Agree with this.

How do we show spades in this auction? Those doubling are clearly not intending the double as showing spades. Those bidding 3 are clearly intending the bid as artificial. In my world the 3 bid is natural (swap the diamond and spade holdings in the OP hand).
Jan. 4
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