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Those blasted Buonarrotis…
Oct. 2
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Surely the first time you confirm values for game, this is not a slam try. When partner or yourself subsequently does something other than bid the game (or clarify the strain)… that is a slam try.
Oct. 2
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Nice one.
Sept. 30
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Maybe relax a bit…?…
Sept. 29
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Interestingly, the three countries - NEtherlands, England and USA - with multiple semi-finalists didn't win any.
Sept. 28
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Why not?
Sept. 27
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Yes. Yes.


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Sept. 27
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Answer 4 is kind-of tricky, since I don't know what it entails……. so there is a tiny possibility that I play it.
Sept. 27
John Larkin edited this comment Sept. 28
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Yep. Should have said “what a false comment.” :)
Sept. 27
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Good stuff above from both sides.
Sept. 27
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When opps voluntarily bid game, does knowing that the points are shared out unevenly between them influence my decision to bid? If it does, is that because my untenaced hand means that any tenaces in my partner's will be UNDER the good hand?
Seems unlikely
Sept. 26
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BH: and, include “fun”.
Sept. 25
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Would consider an alternative to “can't get away with” if you wish to emphasise that “it is not an accusation”.
Sept. 24
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I could…
Sept. 24
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Sad to see the Bermuda demise of your countrymen. Nice to find myself supporting them in a sporting endeavour, since it's some time until the next Ashes.
Good luck to the others.
Sept. 24
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I always thought “puppet stayman” made no real sense….and I had always thought the more likely explanation is that those starting to use it were referring only to the bid of the “wrong” major when showing four cards. They thought of that major as a “puppet” for the other, though it does not insist on partner saying it. Meanings of such words will grow separately, and vary.
Meantime, I feel the OP bid 2spades is a puppet to which partner replies with a relay 3clubs to which OP further describes his hand by either passing or correcting.
I stand by the local quick description of “transfer to the minors” (even though it is to one minor) as giving the essence, and opps can check up on the mechanics (and, indeed, the etymology) if they wish. The wording may be “misleading” to those wishing to analyse the words, but probably not to the opps. The Bridge World reference given below does show a second meaning of transfer as being this puppet manoeuvre, so it might not show a specific suit as does the first meaning.
Sept. 24
John Larkin edited this comment Sept. 24
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Because it's “my” partner's action.

….meantime, you appear to be entirely correct here. Although it does suggest that the TD would have to go into a very detailed investigation at a stage in the proceedings where that is impossible. I had always assumed that this timing was just to clarify the facts over any break in tempo….but the Law does appear to suggest more.
Sept. 23
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MH: which bid is the “puppet”; the 2S or the 3c response.
And which bid is the “puppet”, by your definition, in puppet stayman?
Sept. 23
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IN SCotland, would be alerted and explained as “transfer to minors”… which I think is OK.
Sept. 23
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Or/and maybe a systems thing.
Sept. 22
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