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As a stopper ask
Nov. 11
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Knowing MP vs. Imps would be good… I went for SK anyway
June 15
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I think the second is very close but I would also use the shorthand “2/1” to describe a weak NT system using 5 card majors and in which 2/1 bids were game forcing .
Feb. 20
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I bid 2 if I think the won't provide tricks at NT. So outside entries (with some length) tend to argue against bidding
Jan. 17
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In the play diagram on page 6. Trick 5 shows the 6 from east.

Thanks for another great article.
Nov. 12, 2017
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Thanks for the article! On both pages 6 and 7, the play diagrams have north contributing the A to trick 11 instead of the A

When I first say the 8 lead I thought it might be from a doubleton. Why are we so sure that all 3 rounds of diamonds are cashing?

Thanks again for this series
March 5, 2017
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We have a mentoring program in which a mentor is assigned to each mentee for the year. Then ~8 specified dates throughout the year are mentoring games. Mentoring pairs are given a discount. Non mentoring pairs are allowed to play but do not receive the discount. The participation rate by our A players is high enough that we do not have a problem with strong pairs playing in the game since they are all split up to play with their mentees.

We have also, within the past year, added a “play and learn” once a month. This is supervised play with a discussion of each hand immediately after it is played (so basically barometer style). Since this requires more board duplication logistics, we ask for an RSVP for this game.
Feb. 20, 2017
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So for me this seems to get at the question what is the minimum HCP for a negative double?
Jan. 6, 2017
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Isn't the trouble here that we need to be declarer in order to protect the K? I can not figure out how to make that happen after X or 4
Dec. 5, 2016
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Thanks for these articles! Trick 3 of the play south should play the 4 instead of the 4…
Sept. 17, 2016
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My opinion is that any talk like this should be sure to cover
Law 74. Particularly section A point 1 and 2.

1. Courtesy
A player should maintain a courteous attitude at all times.
2. Etiquette of Word and Action
A player should carefully avoid any remark or action that might cause annoyance or embarrassment to another player or might interfere with the enjoyment of the game.
July 21, 2016
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we refer to the 5 4 as “the problem hand” and have opener respond to puppet stayman with 3N when he holds a hand that does not guarantee an 8 card fit opposite “the problem hand”

So…

2N 3C
3N! –> holds 2=2 or 2=3 in the majors

This is cribbed from some postings on r.g.b. by John Probst a hundred years ago…
Jan. 8, 2016
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I certainly don't mind disclosing the truth. I'm concerned about creating UI for partner but maybe that can't be helped at this point…
Dec. 7, 2015
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So If the opponents ask __you__ about your carding agreements before you have had a chance to straighten things out, how do you respond?
Dec. 7, 2015
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At our club, roughly half the norths were allowed to play in 7. One even got to play in 7X! I haven't talked to him yet to see how he managed it.

In our after action talk, we concluded that starting with 2 was pretty much always going to get you to 7. But that 1! might let you walk the dog enough to be allowed to play in 7

I was west. The auction at our table was
2 2 P 3
7 P P 7

Our north ALWAYS has her bid, So I believed her and 7 was easy. After I took off my shoes to count the undertricks.

Nov. 12, 2015
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Maybe this is splitting hairs but… If my partner squirms don't I have UI? I may not be able to infer that is suggests something in particular but I need to spend time figuring that (non-implication) out.
Oct. 12, 2015
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Thank you…

I guess what I find confusing about this the following:

RHO was described as looking shifty (which I took from context to mean uncomfortable). When this has happened to me it was the case that everyone at the table knew something was making RHO unhappy). That unhappiness seems to me like UI to LHO that RHO forgot the agreement. Given that, LHO _does_ have UI and I'd like to know whether, in their system, a 3 rebid by intervenor is:
a) impossible
b) forcing (to what level?
c) I forgot the agreement (is that legal?)
d) something else

I don't understand how LHO can pass w/o admitting that he is in receipt of UI that RHO forgot the agreement. Maybe if RHO has a diamond stack of his own…

LHO can (and should) soldier on as though his original thought (that 2 was natural) was correct. In bidding 3 he may have done that.
Oct. 12, 2015
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For better or for worse I have not gotten results that I understand from passing and then getting the director to deal with LHO's pass.
Oct. 12, 2015
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Here is a link to the associated lead problem. As declarer I was certainly taken in. And making 4 did not matchpoint well. My impression right now is that once the dummy has rebid the diamonds the risk of the diamond lead goes down significantly.

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/lead-problem-663/
April 24, 2015
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Here is a link to the associated play problem. I was quite impressed by the 6 lead. I felt quite boxed in the the (imagined) ruff threat. Making 4 did not match point well. Well done West

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/what-is-your-plan-2/
April 24, 2015
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