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People don’t need additional motive to cheat if you’re dangling the hand records in front of them.
I completely agree that more will do it if it’s so easy. I also agree that banning kibs isn’t a great idea, but there should be no issue with a slight delay once it can be implemented. That’s the best start to solving the problem.
July 4
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I like responding on garbage when they pass, but not taking free bids with it. Lho already knows his partner has something and your partner may bid more under pressure when you don’t want him to.
June 28
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JD because you won’t be on play again and partner may have AT82.
June 16
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The hand with the shortness isn’t always sure partner knows it is shortness.
June 16
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I also just type in the explanation before I bid. No issues that way.
June 16
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*known* shortness leads should give suit preference. You could have AKx of hearts here, but given partner's known length and Qxx in dummy, I would treat that situation as suit preference.

If the HQ were not in dummy, I believe it would be attitude T1, SP T2.

By known, I mean both players are sure the other knows it's shortness.
June 15
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On board 1 partner is marked with at least one of the missing 5/6H, as declarer clearly still has the K, so suit preference for spades was 100% given.

Board 2 is harder, partner is clearly not asking for clubs, but the question is whether they can want a heart or not. Opponents methods matter as your constructed hand would clearly bid the first time if able. Partner should probably play Q-K-J-xS with their actual heart holding, and that should wake you up, whatever you think of your opponents bidding.
June 14
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It’s definitely also much easier to self-alert as you can do it as you bid, while everyone is waiting if partner is alerting. You also create more problems if they aren’t right on top of it.
June 12
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4th seat opener will often pass 1S with 3, with that and frequent raising on 3, I wouldn’t expect to catch them. The spots are terrible and you are too flat to elope trumps, pass before things get worse.
June 2
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The last time I saw this double from Zach it was Kxx.
June 2
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My partner overcalled 1S once and I held 8. They weren’t as good as this.
I also opened 3S once and my partner held AKQTxx. So it depends on context.
May 23
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Not my partnership playing it at both tables, but I remember once my teammates came back and apologized for going down many in 3N after a hyperagressive preempt. My reply was It’s ok, I made it. Doubled.
May 16
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I’ve held three 10 card suits, two of those were 10-3-0-0. One was hand dealt, the other computer generated.
May 14
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Awkward hand, but 3C is not forcing.
May 2
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The 2 or the 9 depending on partnership agreement. I think the 9 is superior, although maybe harder if you play rusinow.
March 17
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I have a very similar one to this probably about as long ago: My teammates came back once with massive excitement having defended a psych of 1NTXed, down 7, nvul for 1700. They read it out with such excitement.

The lose 12 vs 7N making had not occurred to them. I can’t remember whether they had all 40 hcp or just 39, but it was a lot.
March 13
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I remember once a pair telling me about a redoubled 3-3 fit they played and made in 4S at matchpoints in the first day of a national pair game. They were ribbing each other about it, but one comment made was ‘the one thing i know is it won’t be average’.

Of course, exactly half the field bid and made a slam on the board. They were dead average.
March 13
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Not really, there are plenty of options for showing 2 suits here.
March 10
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4H. Partner should expect something like a 6-6.
March 9
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I think it’s a safe bet that west’s pip was higher than east’s and anything in dummy, given that declarer was in his hand.
March 8
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