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SAYC convention card is available on acbl site: acbl.org, Learn, Important Documents, Convention Cards, on lower right side is tab where TDs could go to print out multiple copies of SAYC CCs ahead of time to provide to those they are instructing to play SAYC. It's another PIA for the TD, but …………
Oct. 12
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Steve: the operant letter here is the “I”. It carries with it certain assumptions (or is it presumptions) that, for my personal experiences, often haven't been supported by reality. Anyway, as previously documented/ confessed elsewhere, it's always my fault, responsibility transfers in competition or not.
Oct. 7
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DSIP is an oxymoron.
Oct. 6
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I always get scolded or dissed: this is nothing new.
In fact, when I was born, the doctors spanked my father. It's taken over 65 years but I've gotten over it.
I'm now more interested in how to better evaluate such hands.
Sept. 24
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agreed
Sept. 24
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I like David's idea of blaming the opps for not having made a responsive double as a defense for my not having raised to 3. Had they done so, then i might have felt more comfortable about bidding 3 on light values.
Hmmm, blaming the opponents for my own mistakes seems like an up-and-coming, hopefully viable legal defense tactic. (Oh well, my son, also an atty, says it isn't viable.)
Sept. 24
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I really don't mind revealing that I was east, that I was torn between Pass and 3, and that I expected constructive arguments, spears thrown, and useful suggestions. I'm not that proud, and my skin is pretty thick…sort of matches my head. I can take it.
I admit openly that I was on a fence re whether or not to bid 3. I am quite familiar with the lott and that 4-cd supt/ 9 trumps is a virtue. However, i must also add that we do not have a way to distinguish between a weak and a constructive raise to 3 (no xfer advances, etc), that i definitely would have raise with the Q vs J, that i was concerned about partner playing me for a bit better hand (he can be quick with the cube/ red card), and that i was concerned about encouraging a lead from partner. Based on various discussion, perhaps the latter concern was faulty reasoning. The argument that passing vs bidding 3 permitted opener an easy 2nd bid has merit imo.
Results aside, the real question I have, I guess, is whether or not a raise to 3 with my hand is the percentage bid. Judging from the many who have implied or stated that passing 2 was insufficient, it sounds like most feel that 3H is the percentage bid. But is this in general, or is it in context of having additional bids available for differentiating weak from more constructive raises. Methodology Does Matter
Sept. 23
Donald Lurie edited this comment Sept. 23
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I dare to agree with Alexander that double of 3 might better be played as responsive, showing 4 , and 4/5+ s.
If one ignores the original 1 opening, the bidding has gone 1 - 2 - 3 - ?. would not a double here be responsive? This way you get to describe your hand type asap. Who knows, partner might choose to convert (unlikely) but at least you've gotten your suits and hand type described. (and you're still below 3NT)
Maybe you won't get your blood against frisky opponents, but at least you are most likely to not get your own bidding screwed up, and there might be something in the bidding that can tip you for a play for an extra trick.
Anyway, just a suggestion from a non-expert person who loves precision and started playing the original system (version 1) in 1970
Aug. 4
Donald Lurie edited this comment Aug. 4
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posted this hand to see how many, if any, would open it 1NT. I opened 1, P responded 1NT-f, I rebid 2, and needed a break or two when partner took a preference to 2. Needless to say, on this occasion, partner had little in the majors, much more in the minors, and NT made 2 or 3. (can't recall now the companion hand-notes probably buried somewhere-will provide if can find). I said to P after the hand that I “knew” i should have opened it with 1NT :).
July 25
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it really wasn't so much what contract we got to. it was the process of getting there that i found to be so unusual if not amusing. still won 9.9 imps for 6 +1
fwiw, the out-of-the-blue 4 bidder hand was 82, J109874, 852, 85. closer to an initial 2 overcall which, in itself, would have made things interesting depending on what one choses to bid with my hand (maybe 3 ?, maybe 2N?) the comment about another missed grand was somewhat “tongue-in-cheek” (not really serious) 6 was fine
July 18
Donald Lurie edited this comment July 18
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Dave: That's “Say kids, what time is it?”
July 17
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Seeing how the trend so far is for a 2NT response by the east hand, with your permission (or without), I would like to share with you all what transpired next. It was a first for me.
After
Pass - Pass - 1 - Pass
2NT - Pass
The next round of bidding brought this: 3 by partner and then, out of the blue, 4 by rho.
So it's now gone:
Pass - Pass - 1 - Pass
2NT - Pass - 3 - 4 -
What is partner showing with his 3 bid? 5-6 in pointed suits? What to do over 4 Rightly or wrongly, I bid 4 (Probably should Pass)
So now it's
P - P - 1 - P
2NT - P - 3 - 4
4
Partner now bids 5. (He likes to torture me) After my eyes got back in focus, I interpreted this as exclusion, presumedly for s, and bid 6 (2 w/o)
Partner now Passed 6 and i looked around for my “Aleve” bottle.

This was Partner's hand: AQ106, void, KQJ74, AKJ9

Another Grand missed.
When was the last time you played in a slam when the trump suit was first named as a response to a keycard ask at the 6-level. A first for me. Making 7.
Getting to 7 might have been much easier on partner had I responded 2 instead of 2NT to his 1 opener.
Can you all recommend a better way to get to 7?
TIA
note: I submitted this as a bidding poll to see how many might initially respond 2 to 1. My partner assured my that we might then have wound up in 9 had I initially responded 2.
July 17
Donald Lurie edited this comment July 17
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this partner, in 3rd seat, will likely be prepared for a possible 2NT from partner.
July 17
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I did. patience. will give companion hand tomorrow. it gets better :)
fun hand
July 17
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this has to do with doubling the transfer suit, not making a takeout double
July 16
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because my partner would play 3 as showing extras
July 12
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Because my partner would play 3 as showing extras.
July 12
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we try to be sensible and prepared for actions that partner might take. 6 to 9, Hxxxx: not
we try to have a reason for bidding
July 8
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thx steve. invites seems better than vague 2 which can be on much less imo
not sure that the good spades would mean overcaller has that good of hand as we try to bid s when we have the suit if reasonable.
July 8
Donald Lurie edited this comment July 8
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unless there are 50+ hcp in the deck, on this sequence, how much can advancer have for a competitive 3 (even if 2 is NFB)?
July 8
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