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I have read eight of the 17 pages of this article, and a half-dozen pages of a couple of previous articles I dredged up by clicking on “READ MORE BY DAVID LEVIN”. I have arrived at several conclusions that many here might disagree with:

1. You are the most detail-oriented person I have ever encountered. And you are accurate. I failed to find a single error in your examples.

2. You must have several dozen clones to produce the sheer
volume of your accurate postings. I am more than impressed.

3. Your articles are beyond the scope of my mental capacity.

4. With due respect to the Bridge Winners Community, I think these writings are beyond the scope of most of them as well.

5. But since I know of no other forum that would / could
handle this extremely detailed technical bridge material,
you are correct in posting it here for study by brainy folk in the present and future, especially robot developers.

You have not played bridge since 2007. I don't see how you had time to eat or sleep over the past 13 years. Mazel tov.
May 9
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For the life of me I do not understand why the first round of bidding is not done by the robots, using the BBO system. Now round one of the bidding is the same at all tables, and it takes away the nonsense of opening worst minors, etc.

Add standard carding, and NOW you have transformed a silly event into one with a decent degree of bridge skill.
April 25
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No, it shows plenty of cards for his taking control.
April 11
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I would not have any “system notes” with a non-regular partner, and in the absence of any “agreement” I would play responder for a club slam try, with a hand like KJTxx x x KTxxxx.

The 2NT opener could have signed off in 4S, even with limited spade support like Qx, on hands where he has no slam interest.
The fact that he assumed captaincy without being asked (with his 4NT call) to me shows my 4C bid improved his hand.
For example he might hold like Ax KQxx KJx AQJxx
April 11
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I would rather die from Coronavirus, than have to select from such a long list of unfamiliar items.
March 27
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Will a common system be used, or will there be a list of 20 or so agreement options a pair can quickly choose from?
March 27
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Eugene, I (almost) totally agree with your post. Stopping
the opening bid hanky-panky a la the Synrey approach would be a vast improvement, and solve most of the problem.

But another issue that hugely influences the luck factor
is WHETHER to open a marginal hand, like 10-11 HCP.

I invariably get a poor result when I choose either side
of the decision: eg with Axx xx AJ8xx Jxx where you know
everybody at the table has 10 HCP. If I open, our side gets too high and gets a minus; but If I pass, the hand may be passed out, or the opponents get a minus, either of which are a much better score than even a small minus our way, which gets use a tie-for-bottom 20% score.

Having the bot make this decision would improve my luck. :)
March 24
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As I have repeatedly stated, the first round of bidding should be done by the bots, using the BBO standard system.

And the robot defender should ALWAYS lead his partner's
suit (if his partner has bid), unless leader has an AK+ or
KQJ+ suit of his own.

Now you have an event with most of the luck and fakery
removed, and have what approaches a test of skill.
March 23
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Acting at adverse vulnerability with either the West or the East hand will be featured in Chapter One of my forthcoming book “How to Go For -1400 against Nothing”.
Feb. 5
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Maybe because earlier, we didn't think it was worth wasting time discussing such an obscure situation; but now, we figured that partner could cope with our contemporaneous invention.

Sorta like bidding 3NT over RHO's weak 2H opener. It's common sense that you want to play in 3NT, even though you
have not discussed or defined such a 3NT call.
Feb. 4
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What is the best bid with xx x Jxx T876432?
I voted for other = natural and non-forcing.

Opener will know what to do with AJx Axx AQxx Axx.
Or with KJx AKx KQxxx Kx.
Feb. 4
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I'd double 3S with North's hand, because I have FIVE hearts, and a takeout double of 3S promises at least four hearts.

And if I held the South hand and my partner doubled 3S, I'd
bid 4H because I think it is worth a 4H call on values.
Jan. 27
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You have too many agreements. Go back to 16-18, reg B'wood,
Stayman, Jacoby, K from AK+, Xfers, 4th best leads. Period.
Jan. 22
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I STOPPED learning bridge about 1970 because the proliferation of too many new concepts ruined the game, devolving it into a memory exercise for fixed partnerships.

A 4H response to a 1C, 1D or 1S opening to ME means “I want to play 4H” and would be made on a hand such as x KQTxxxxxxx xx x

The best test of bridge ability in my opinion would be a multi-sessiom BAM event where you get a new partner every two hands and play without screens or alerts or agreements.

We could call it the Wisenger.
Jan. 14
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And how are you bidding Qxxxx Jxxxx Ax x?
Jan. 9
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As well as the option of Spade Ace at trick two.
Jan. 2
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I play all the time with strangers, no system discussion.
South should give North a break and bid 3NT rather than 3S.
How bad can 3NT be with both majors double-stopped?

Often, on many different auctions, a cue bid of the opponents
call ASKS for a stopper in that suit.
Dec. 24, 2019
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East's auction is impossible outside of an asylum.
Dec. 23, 2019
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Play super-strong opening bids (18+) in first seat, allowing you to pass with up to 17. Then start doubling the opps.
Dec. 19, 2019
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How about bidding 2C ant then bidding 2H over partner's 2D?
That should show exactly four hearts and club length.
Dec. 18, 2019
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