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I've been trying to play in the District 8 GNT the past five years and have been unable due to a combination in those years of one or more of (1) geography - five hours from South Bend IN, (2) Lake Geneva regional sometimes being at the same time, and (3) my work schedule as a control room supervisor at a nuclear power plant - often in April and early May I'm working 65-70 hours a week during a refueling outage of one of our units.

For me, admittedly, (3) above is the biggest problem, although next year is one of the few years that won't be an issue. If it was the second weekend of May instead of the first weekend of May, I likely would be able to play during some years. Unfortunately, I won't be able to retire from my job in the near future!
April 17, 2013
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How do you define a “mini laptop”? Can you tell us what it is specifically?
April 15, 2013
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Suit preference is definitely the expected agreement playing with an unknown but very good partner if the lead is a highly likely singleton. Less clear if a doubleton is possible.
April 12, 2013
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I would recommend you play a version where responder's jump to the 3-level in his second suit shows five cards in his first suit, and if you go through 2 first and then bid a different suit at the 3-level, you show 4-5 or a concentrated 4-4 hand.

Example of two invitational sequences:

1-1-1-3 promises a fifth heart
1-1-1-2-2-3 denies a fifth heart
April 11, 2013
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Is the limited section set up as a new event, so that there are two events of one section each? (If you choose the limited section to be the same event, you never get a chance to limit their masterpoints as the choice doesn't come up in the set up.)
April 11, 2013
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Thanks - I see that now. But is there any way to change that number of limited tables later, if a few limited pairs arrived at the last minute? I didn't see any way to change my “estimate” of the number of limited tables after the open section is set up in ACBLscore.
April 11, 2013
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LOL - in fact, when I saw the recent Mike Roberts article, I thought it would also be an April Fools post - until I see it was posted a few days ago.
April 1, 2013
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……….A10743
……….KQ9
……….109
……….A63

Q82……………….J9
7652………………10843
4…………………76532
J10972…………….K5

………..K65
………..AJ
………..AKQJ8
………..Q84

2NT (20-21)……3H
3S……………….5NT..(pick between 6S and 6NT)
6S
March 20, 2013
Bud Hinckley edited this comment March 21, 2013
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……….A10743
……….KQ9
……….109
……….A63

Q82……………….J9
7652………………10843
4…………………76532
J10972…………….K5

………..K65
………..AJ
………..AKQJ8
………..Q84

2NT (20-21)……3H
3S……………….5NT..(pick between 6S and 6NT)
6S
March 20, 2013
Bud Hinckley edited this comment March 21, 2013
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I would not give up 3 of a minor as a natural invitation with a six-card or longer suit, playing 2/1.
March 19, 2013
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A few years ago I just avoided the Monday play, but the directing staff did a terrible job posting that “optional” Monday event was one you were going to pay for anyway! Didn't play Monday, and was surprised on Tuesday to have to pay double to face a top ten seed.
March 19, 2013
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Of course, the companion hand is the other recent poll question I submitted.

A10743 KQ9 109 A63

K65 AJ AKQJ8 Q84

Opener bid 6 and opening leader's club with the king behind dummy's ace meant 6 was down 1. 6NT and 6 are cold from either side of the table, and 6S is cold played from responder's side. Only 6 by opener fails, and only on a club lead as the K is behind dummy's A

37 times this was played in the second NAOP qualifying session.

1440: 29 times
1430: 2 times
-100 or worse: 6 times
March 19, 2013
Bud Hinckley edited this comment March 19, 2013
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Of course, the companion hand is the other recent poll question I submitted.

A10743 KQ9 109 A63

K65 AJ AKQJ8 Q84

Partner bid 6 and opening leader's club lead meant 6 was down 1. 6NT and 6 are cold from either side of the table, and 6 is cold played from responder's side. Only 6 by opener fails, and only on a club lead as the K is behind dummy's A

37 times this was played in the second NAOP qualifying session.

1440: 29 times
1430: 2 times
-100 or worse: 6 times
March 19, 2013
Bud Hinckley edited this comment March 19, 2013
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Thanks, Henry - I saw your comment just after I realized I had a 14 card hand!
March 18, 2013
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MY BAD!!! The diamond suit is AKQJ8, not AKQJ108. Please re-answer the poll if it changes your answer. Correction has been made.

You are holding K65 AJ AKQJ8 Q84 with the auction 2NT-3-3-5NT-?.

That explains the discussion that the hand was too good for a 2NT opening!
March 18, 2013
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I still think opening a vulnerable 3 or 4 planning on bidding clubs later has some appeal, unless partner would never expect a hand close to this strong.
March 18, 2013
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Yuan, on the auction at the table (1-1-2-2-5-?) responder holding xxx xxx Qxx AKxx has LESS diamonds than expected (therefore better defensive prospects) and a club ace-king which he has no reason to think they won't cash on the given auction. Yes, if partner bids clubs or if the opponents reveal their heart fit, everything changes. But when opener bid 5 and decided not to show the club suit, I don't lay any blame on responder for doubling 5.

Ironically, if responder passes over 1 with his xxx xxx Qxx AKxx (not at all ridiculous), his side will be much better off! Opener will bid 5 on her next bid and now responder looking at all those minor suit honors will always bid to at least the 6-level.
March 18, 2013
Bud Hinckley edited this comment March 18, 2013
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I didn't have any problem with partner calling this hand a 2NT opening. Yes, it's maximum, but I don't think it's a clear 2C-2D-2NT (22-23) hand.
March 18, 2013
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OK, I added those - although I sure wasn't thinking any grand other than spades was going to be considered.
March 18, 2013
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I agree - and with the perfecto KQJx Axx AKxx Kx we want to be in the grand. But with KQJx Axx AKx Kxx we don't want to be in the grand. If your methods allow you to distinguish between those two, you play better methods than me!
March 18, 2013
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