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No, I meant 3. Opener cannot have four spades because he bypassed 1. 3 for me is 1=3=5=4. Note that we're discussing the previous bid over the fourth-suit 2 bid.
Dec. 21, 2017
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Yes, it is obvious. With 0=3=5=5 I would bid 3 over 2.
Dec. 21, 2017
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Your issue with not knowing what trumps are is solved by playing Mulberry Bush here.
Dec. 20, 2017
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I would; see below.
Dec. 20, 2017
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I checked that trump is undecided and this shows two-card heart support. That is indeed what we play. But there is a lot more to it than this. First of all, 3 was a relay, not a support bid. Secondly, we play a version of Mulberry Bush for responder's next bid. Third, a 3 bid by responder (rather than 3) on the previous round asks for a spade stopper for 3N.
Dec. 20, 2017
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Don't get me wrong … I am not expressing enthusiasm for my impending senior status. AARP sends me cards every few months and I throw them in the trash. However, look at it from the other perspective. Someone grandfathered in now has ten years to be the youngest in this group. That is a huge random advantage. Another example of the demographics and consumer demands of Baby Boomers driving marketing decisions.

I could go on for pages about Baby Boomers and inevitably invite flags and Eugene's counsel. I will content myself with observing that I have become quite cynical about the divergence between publicly expressed motivations and actual private behavior. I look at a proposal like this and ask “Cui bono?” Inevitably, Boomers, which automatically triggers my skepticism.
Dec. 19, 2017
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I understand polls go into determining the LA's, but I consider pulling so clear cut that I would choose it at the table if my partner hesitated and shoot it out in committee.
Dec. 18, 2017
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Not that I particularly care, but adopting your standard for Senior eligibility would put me in the rare age class where it receded before my eyes for ten years, rather than the current five. Typical of Baby Boomers to adopt rules to maximally benefit themselves.
Dec. 18, 2017
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The KJ is always a guess, now, isn't it?
Dec. 17, 2017
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I suppose it depends on the client's purposes in hiring the pro. If it is to learn, the pro should certainly not be hand hogging. Hard to imagine hiring a pro for a club game if you're just going for the masterpoints.
Dec. 14, 2017
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Dec. 14, 2017
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One non-UI explanation is that South judged that a novice North playing 3N on a hand like this is likely to result in a poor score even if 3N is the optimal matchpoint contract. Why not shoot out 5C, declare it, and hope you can beat pairs in more normal contracts? A “club pro” doing this would also not admit to it in the presence of his client. Distasteful, yes, but not unethical.

You may have more information from being at the table that indicates this scenario unlikely.
Dec. 14, 2017
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I promise not to call the director on you if you play this against me.
Dec. 13, 2017
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Years ago in the intercollegiates our opponents had TeMaat syndrome on the set. After each of their (not uncommon) poor results they seemed to slow down even more. Eventually I called the director over and complained that they had gone into the four corners*, albeit a strategy normally employed while ahead.

*Dean Smith should be in hell for the one act of inventing the four corners offense. He single-handedly brought on the college shot clock by icing an ACC tournament final that included Worthy, Perkins, Jordan, and Sampson. Talk about wanting your money back!
Dec. 13, 2017
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John, you realize that DC legalized pot since you moved away :)
Dec. 12, 2017
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Well, I think it should be a GF. And the last thing you want to do is go jumping around with decent hands in a GF auction with slam possibilities. If 3 does not promise a spade fit, then 4 could be just a bad hand with three-card support that you chose to bid 1 with to throw sand in the air. If 3 does show spade support, then I can think of no other meaning for jumping to 4 than to warn partner not to go back to spades.
Dec. 11, 2017
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Isn't 3 GF? In that case, 3 shows that hand.
Dec. 11, 2017
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The 4 call does not exist unless partner psyched 1
Dec. 10, 2017
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I once saw a hand that gib determined was cold for one of any suit north-south, and cold for 1N east-west. I wish I had written down the hand.
Dec. 10, 2017
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Were the last two comments coordinated or independent?
Dec. 9, 2017
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