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I cannot even remember what I did before I learned lebensohl. Now I cannot imagine how to bid without it. Perhaps you should teach it to your partner :)
8 hours ago
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If I were in charge, all of these would be alertable. Since I'm not in charge, whenever the bidding goes 1m 1N, I always ask if they could be bypassing a major.

And for those of you who say opponents should be aware, that's nonsense. I'm not required to learn your system in order to know when to ask about your bids.

As long as you know something that I might not, you should be required to alert.
Oct. 13
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Of course you call the director. If you wish, you may offer the director the option of no penalty, but according to the Laws, the director decides this, not you.
Oct. 13
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I have to admit, if I had a partner who couldn't learn 2/1 and who expected me to learn a complex artificial system instead and who insisted on always opening 11 HCP and who even uses HCP as his sole criteria for opening …. I'd start looking for a new partner.
Oct. 11
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Who is the main audience that you want to have pay attention?

If it is young people, choose a name that resonates with them. Ask a few people that age what would make them try the game.

If it is middle aged people, choose a name that gives them visions of a happy leisure time and later retirement.

If it is elderly people, choose a name that suggests health and mental longevity.

Know your audience!

“Bridge Unites” is totally boring :)
Oct. 11
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Non-forcing, because there are two other game forcing bids available … 3 and 3.
Oct. 5
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There's no ranking, it's Double or head for the door.
Oct. 1
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Seems to me that discarding the honor counts as sacrificing it … you are giving up that possible trick for the same reason.
Oct. 1
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To me, Serious 3N says, “I'm interested in slam, I have more stuff, but not enough to go there myself, so what do you think?”. In this hand, with 3 worthless spades and half my values in the opponent's suit, I think NO, so just sign off in 4.
Sept. 30
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Assuming you are playing long suit game tries, it is a counteroffer … no club help but will diamond help do?
Sept. 28
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I always open longest suit first. If 5M-6m, just open 1m and bid M and then M again, shows at least 6-5 regardless of HCP. Partner should recognize this sequence for what it is.

With anywhere near opening HCP, adding distribution points (either length or shortness as you prefer) puts you in the “reverse” range, so there is no such thing as a 6-5 distribution with a few HCP that is “too weak to make a reverse”. Total Points always gets you to reverse strength.

I firmly believe that any 6-5 should not be played short of game, and if partner peeps any kind of positive response to either of my suits, I seriously consider slam.
Sept. 27
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I chose ambiguous because there are hands where you do need to find out about a heart stopper.

As the 2 bidder, I would treat this as a limit raise or better, but still bid 3N with a game-accept hand, a heart stopper, and only 5 spades. That way partner can have the option of passing or correcting to 4.
Sept. 25
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I will consider myself put down by people who believe Bridge World to be the defining authority for bridge terminology (which I do not), but I still resent the nationality insults.
Sept. 24
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2 should be alerted, and explained as a relay (not a transfer) to 3. In practice, I wouldn't sweat it … if you care, just ask if it promises clubs or not.
Sept. 23
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Who defined a “relay” as an inquiry? I call an inquiry an “inquiry” and a command to bid a specific suit a “relay”. Stayman is an inquiry. 2 demanding a 3 bid by partner is a “relay” to 3.

Please don't presume to be the authority on terms like this, nor to denigrate the “States” because you prefer to name things differently than we do.
Sept. 23
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4 leaves lots of options. If partner has both majors, it won't matter which one we are in. If partner has enough controls, she'll invite with 5, otherwise slam is dubious.

If opps bid 5, I'll be able to bid 5 and let partner choose.

An immediate 5 might get us too high.
Sept. 19
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I'm aware of all of that, Richard, low indeed, and now as a result we are considering if it is normal bridge to deliberately try and entice opponents into giving away info with their body language.

That's even lower.
Sept. 18
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I'm sure you can do a lot of wonders with “wholeheartedly” :)
Sept. 17
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Why do we bother with nationality-based competitions when top players can just switch it whenever they want?
Sept. 17
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The number of people who have voted “Just normal bridge” is an excellent indication of how low this game has sunk.
Sept. 17
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