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Actually 4NT = going down – likely doubled. I think the only time this comes up, id psych it with like a 20 count and wait for it come back to me for the rewind.
Oct. 20, 2014
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Let's not forget our burden folks…remember that the stop-card followed by 3c/3d picks up many of our raises.

No joke – have had opps reflect (while putting dummy down) on whether it was ‘on’ in OP-like auctions.

My above suggestion was met with prodigious thanks.
Sept. 10, 2014
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X in these auctions is always T/O of the prempt suit – otherwise they can psych freely.

Did 2er alert 2 as weak? Will be fun when we find out someone thought it was M's.
Aug. 31, 2014
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Weary of all of these bridge-world deathish hand bidding problems…do something about it already

gazilli

or

use 2!N rebid for 3-card support lim++ 5-6+ in opened suit – throwing 2!N rebid into 2 (high utility and does not hurt GF option much (which let's be honest, everyone sucks at anyways)

or

don't play 2/1


Absent the ability to do any of that, open 2!N.
Aug. 31, 2014
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The question at the table was is(would) 1 be forcing?
Wouldn't that be a hand that thought it could go plus defending 1x, but not really interested in bidding past 1 opposite a normal balancing X?
Aug. 31, 2014
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I don't remember the exact hand, but the 2nd x was legit..pard has some 4513 opening+
Aug. 31, 2014
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Can play Fert vs. Fert – descriptive intermediate preempts work nicely – can play forcing pass with +++…basic principle is that they make the auction competitive faster – just be better at competitive bidding.
Aug. 31, 2014
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I thought the super moysian would be playing in 3x…Kinda disappointing pard couldn't send it back.
July 24, 2014
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I found a couple T's and opened 2N…
July 7, 2014
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yes you are right
June 17, 2014
Jacob Vrooman edited this comment June 17, 2014
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Ok got bored so am quantifying my initial line…if we assume righty is 5-5..5521 is 78%..the doublton is clubs 39% of the time.

We should assume that they don't have either the q or q as the lead suggests they hold AK of hearts and likely a spade honor…surely they could have found an opening with one of the q's….

Anyways so Qt98x of D's are missing – i've already decided to exclude the Q so 75% righty has the stiff 8,9, or T…

so looks like a 30% shot of hooking lefty for the club and running the J (ducking obv is lefty goes up Q).

Not sure what other % this line can pickup
June 17, 2014
Jacob Vrooman edited this comment June 17, 2014
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yes
June 17, 2014
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Forget the X…“Your pass was forcing, showing either 0-5 HCP or a hand that wants to penalize 1

This wasn't a penalty pass when I passed and it still isn't after pard makes the most routine of X's…

Sorry if I missed ringing up a #.


Obviously, state of the match could come into play – pass seems clear if you are looking for a swing
Dec. 17, 2013
Jacob Vrooman edited this comment Dec. 17, 2013
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W's bidding suggest he can count 13 – probably the same in NT's. Pard knows this so may not have risked an LOL dbl – I'm still leading a – don't much care which.
Oct. 29, 2013
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If you want to stick with the field, pass it obvious – playing standard the auction will likely go 1S-1N-2C and there is no way I'm bumping this playing 2/1.

But wait, what if opps venture a balance? Could easily envision an auction that gets STD's defending 2redX making? -1/-2? who knows.

Maybe over 2red pard ventures 3 – would you consider taking a bump then?

Really not as easy as it first looks – given the extra info you have on pards hand, you are in a position to beat the field.

However, you may need to try for game just to stay even….

Oct. 28, 2013
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Sorry, no explicitly 2-suited bids available.
Oct. 13, 2013
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Mig has an ineffable spirit. In addition to the wonderful things mentioned in the article, Mig also volunteers as a mentor for the USBF junior program.
Oct. 4, 2013
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More interesting – when you pass and pard comes in with 4
Oct. 4, 2013
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I can confirm the legality of this system when 2 shows constructive+ to <GF values (I played this in a big club context) so pretty much the only question is whether there is allowance for what may be considered ‘non constructive’ or ‘destructive’ hands in your 2 bid…for instance, responding to 1 with Jx xx Jxxxxx xx (planning to pass the 2 punt or correcting whatever to 2) if so – then I would have to say is should (and would be disallowed).


Playing in ACBL events, you must go out of your way to satisfy requirements – whether we agree with that or not – that's the way it is.

Without knowing the intricacies of your system I would be concerned with bidding 2 with most of the bottom of the range traditional forcing 1N bids…presumably you can't pass with these hands because of your wide-ranging openings.

On a side note, you neither have to prealert or provide a written defense for this treatment if it is legal.
Oct. 4, 2013
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Looks like a crossed 5th position

Bobby, Kevin, and John in 2nd, Kevin and Shane are in a sloppy 4th, and Gavin in 1st.

USA 1 in Bali for Ballet…
Sept. 15, 2013
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