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You mean B J Becker, not Mike.
17 minutes ago
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Another possibility is to play both X and 2 show 3 trumps, but different hand types; see Barry RIgal, above, for two examples you might want to distinguish. Or just so that opener can play spades from ether side.
2 hours ago
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Wow. When I saw this nasty problem my first thought was “I can't afford to pass”. I could probably be persuaded that X is better than 1NT, but I make pass a distant third. Obviously horrible things could happen whatever you do, but IMO the downside is higher for pass than for either action. The panel did not see it this way.

For those who think the original deal proves something, it is board 9 here;
https://www.bridgebase.com/tools/handviewer.html?linurl=https://www.bridgebase.com/tools/vugraph_linfetch.php?id=68157
Jan. 27
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Depends on agreements, but yes. Our normal play here is UD count, the 7, and I don't think we're the only ones.
Jan. 26
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Old maxim: to win at bridge you don't have to play well; you just have to play less badly than other people. (ok, maybe not that old)
Jan. 25
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I don't understand why you thought his answer(?) meant hearts were 3-2. That's not what he said.
Jan. 23
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If you want to get good scores on bidding contests, I'm sure that's a good way to do it. At the table, of course, you don't get a committee. It seems possible you'd learn something from this exercise as individuals, and also that you wouldn't. So what happened?
Jan. 22
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I'm very uncomfortable with the idea that following the rules should ever be cause for penalty. If North in particular has a history of violating this rule I suppose there is some justification. What other people in the field do is certainly irrelevant IMO; those people are not under N-S's control.
Jan. 20
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Sometimes the partial count will indicate that a particular opponent cannot have length. That may not be what happened here, but the OP question is not stupid; there are cases where playing the K first is right.
Jan. 18
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You can't win, you can't break even, and you can't get out of the game.

From The Wiz, although there are similar predecessors.
Jan. 15
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3 card raise to 3. This is not popular, but worked well for us.

The real answer is you shouldn't bid this without agreement.
Jan. 13
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I certainly wish that everybody sending me junk e-mail was paying for them. Can we charge more?
Jan. 12
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Yes. Makes figuring out who won the first Swiss match rather difficult. Obviously that's not what it means, but that's what it says.
Jan. 10
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For those who don't know, it really stands for Your Mileage May Vary, used to indicate that something might be different about the reader's experience with whatever he was talking about than the poster's. It is originally American but I thought it was universal by now; it's been around since the 1970s. Apparently not.

The original use was in car ads. Car manufacturers here are required to measure and make public the mileage their cars get. The measurement is done by a standardized test promulgated by a government agency, the EPA. All car manufacturers learned early in the game to rig their vehicles so they got good numbers on this test, but the mileage in practical situations is much lower. To cover themselves in ads, they showed the EPA-measured mileage in large type with a tiny little footnote saying “your mileage may vary”. The usage has spread from there to all sorts of other situations.
Jan. 8
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Apparently this slang usage hasn't crossed the pond (I had no idea it was American). When playing IMPs people frequently take safety plays to make their contract, when a more aggressive line would have brought in overtricks. When this happens it is common to say “no matchpoints” ironically.
Jan. 6
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The comments above indicate why you should not try 4 or 4 without discussion. The best result possible, remember?
Jan. 5
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I think 4 should be forcing, but that's a matter of agreement. Even if it isn't, South has 3 trumps instead of 0, is likely facing spade shortness, and has a likely ruffing value. I wouldn't even consider passing 4; I'm more worried about missing slam.
Jan. 4
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“…since her social education had included a course of lessons from an expert, she was familiar with most of the conventions.”
Jan. 4
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Part of it is simply that there are lot of Asians in Silicon Valley.
Jan. 3
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@Peter Gill: at a WBF event about 10 years ago there was a similar screwup about start time: the daily bulletin said one thing, and the booklet they had given out at the beginning of the week said something else. What they did was go around to every table (in the event that was going to continue tomorrow) and warn each table individually. That's how to do it.
Dec. 26, 2019
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