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My webpage was “broken” for most of the links, but I recently returned all the links to working order.

I also added the 6-table Howell with all three stationary pairs playing North-South cards throughout the session that was recently discussed in a different thread.
Feb. 16
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Also important to distinguish the difference between opening 2M in 4th seat and bidding 1M-1NT-2M rebid.

For me, opening 2M in 4th seat expects to make 8 tricks opposite a balanced 8-10 HCP with a few trumps and often is short in the other major.

Opening 1M and rebidding 2M shows a better hand than opening the 4th seat 2M.
Feb. 15
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Yeah, the club/heart squeeze against East falls into your lap for 13 tricks - if you still have dummy's singleton heart intact to get to the South hand.
Feb. 15
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Thinking of how 13 tricks seemed to be made frequently, I then noticed double dummy only a heart lead holds a notrump contract to 12 tricks.
Feb. 14
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“Against a natural preempt … a three-level cue-bid asks for a stopper for notrump.”

From Bridge World Standard 2017, and I believe also at least the previous two versions of Bridge World Standard.
Feb. 14
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I have played (and it only occurred once for me to use) that transferring to their suit and bidding the next suit up the line shows a 4-4-4-1 hand with shortness in their suit.

BUT - you are allowed to pass and play in their suit. I once held in second seat a hand that looked like

xx J97xxx Qx Jxx

and after (Pass)-Pass-(1)-1NT-(Pass)-?

I transferred to hearts and passed! LHO had opened a 4=4=2=3 11 count in 3rd seat with A108x, partner KQx and RHO void of hearts.
Feb. 13
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Yeah, that was it.
Feb. 9
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If using ACBLscore's 6-table Howell, whether your Table 2 and Table 3 stationary pairs play NS throughout or not, and assuming you put your Flight A stationary at Table 1 (with Flight B and C stationaries at Tables 2 and 3), then start with your top 5 pairs at the following locations to ensure they play against each other:

1. Both pairs at Table 1 (Pair 12 at 1-NS, Pair 1 at 1-EW)
2. Both pairs at Table 6 (Pair 5 at 6-NS, Pair 3 at 6-EW)
3. Table 4 EW (Pair 7)
Feb. 8
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I included below the Jeanie reports, followed by the ACBL balance report. I admit to being surprised how much better the Jeanie balance score is for all three stationary pairs playing NS cards throughout the session compared to the standard Howell where Tables 2 and 3 stationary pairs have some occasional arrow switches.

In the Jeanie program, I tried entering various combinations of having a small number of Table 2 and 3 arrow switched rounds and the Jeanie balance (calibre) score always dropped.

(Note: I also found the same thing for a 5-table 8x3 Howell with only 8 rounds and 2 stationary pairs sharing boards at Tables 1 and 5 where Table 5 stationary plays the second half of the session playing EW cards. Changing Table 5 to play NS throughout improved the Jeanie balance score from 81.46 to 85.29.)


Jeanie report for H0609

Average Comparison = 4.0909
Normalized SD = 0.8687
Calibre = 57.28 (balance quality = Poor)

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Jeanie report for H0609NS

Average Comparison = 4.0909
Normalized SD = 0.5657
Calibre = 76.13 (balance quality = Good)

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ACBLscore balance report for H0609.HOW, Tables: 6, Rounds: 9

Balance frequency table:
Comparisons Frequency
1 2
2 9
3 13
4 15
5 14
6 11
7 1
8 1

Total pair comparisons 66
Total board comparisons 270
Minimum comparison 1
Maximum comparison 8
Average comparison 4.09

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ACBLscore balance report for H0609NS.MOV, Tables: 6, Rounds: 9

Balance frequency table:
Comparisons Frequency
3 36
4 0
5 27
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 3

Total pair comparisons 66
Total board comparisons 270
Minimum comparison 3
Maximum comparison 9
Average comparison 4.09
Feb. 8
Bud Hinckley edited this comment Feb. 8
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John, when I used your method, pairs 10 and 11 were listed as both the NS and EW pairs for those rounds where they were originally played EW cards. I had to manually change all of their EW rounds to NS. It took less than five minutes to do that starting with the original 6-table Howell movement.
Feb. 8
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Is there a big advantage over a simple bye-stand relay (bye-stand share) Mitchell with four boards per round, where there is only ONE bye-stand and two tables share FOUR boards which creates very minimal problems?

Admittedly, the EW pairs playing boards in order is nice. That players whose habits are so set having to pass boards UP and not DOWN I can see a bunch of problems, at least the first few times!
Feb. 8
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With one of the local clubs I direct at which used to have up to 12 tables not long ago occasionally having six to eight tables now, I'm about to start investigating where to put the best four or five pairs to make sure they play against each other (to make sure the two pairs they miss do not include one of the better pairs in the room).
Feb. 8
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It seems common sense that you want players to be playing both NS and EW cards at some point, although you can afford one pair to be playing NS cards the entire session.

Has anyone determined the balance score from Jeanie with the standard ACBLscore 6-table Howell compared to the same without Tables 2 and 3 arrow switching? (Don't even think of using the ACBL “balance” score - you need to use the Jeanie score for comparion, or something similar.)
Feb. 8
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Ray, if you are correct, then ACBL should have modified that FAQ long ago. But considering ACBL’s Duplicate Decisions still has not been updated.

I’d be shocked if an ACBL tournament player was penalized for opening 2 with nine or more solid spades and out, especially if his convention (system) card said “9-plus tricks or 22-plus points”.
Feb. 6
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Yes, at least in the ACBL you can definitely open 2 with ten solid spades and out.

https://www.acbl.org/clubs_page/club-administration/club-directors/rulings-faq/#faq16
Feb. 5
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I know we've had discussion about this previously, but if in ACBL jurisdiction, a pre-alert for very light initial actions is warranted if this opening is not rare.
Feb. 4
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Some partnerships open 1NT with five hearts frequently but rarely with five spades. If so, that reduces the need for the methods described above.
Feb. 3
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A player I know locally who occasionally bids with flights of fancy held as responder on OKbridge very recently

Q83 Q53 QJ3 6432

and his partner opened the bidding 1 with

AKT742 AK6 AT64

After making a constructive raise with a hand worth only 4.10 Kaplan/Ruben points, opener bid 3 and responder overbid again with a 4 bid, raised to slam.

Now THAT is a perfect fitting responder hand! (The diamond finesse did not work, so 12 tricks was the limit.)
Jan. 28
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Many use 1NT-2-2-3 as an unknown splinter and opener can ask where it is. This time, he would definitely ask hoping it was the spade splinter, which it was. (3NT asks, 4 shows the spade splinter).

This means 4 (or perhaps 4) is the general purpose balanced slam try. Also how you set trumps before bidding 4NT key card ask if you don't use 1NT-2-2-4 for that purpose.
Jan. 28
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Bill, when responder has one (and only one) 4-card major, he jumps to 3 Puppet Stayman, which forces a 3 bid unless opener has a FIVE-card major. The 4-4 spade fit would be found with the auction

1NT-3
3-3 (showing spades)
3 (or 4 or 4m advanced control bid for spades)

Opener is NOT allowed to bid 3NT over 3.
Jan. 27
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