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I'm significantly more disciplined in 2nd seat than in 1st. Am I off base there or is that distinction not ‘significant’ enough to mention?
Aug. 11, 2012
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If I don't know what to do after the HJ is covered I can always take up go fish.
Aug. 6, 2012
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I'm closer to never than always. I open light in 3rd/4th. I tend to upgrade 3+ T's (if 4-4-3-2 and no downgrades.) I suppose I'd tend to open xx xxx AKT9 AT98 but certainly not 32 432 AK32 A432
Aug. 6, 2012
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I'm not a fan of the 2D bid (seems like a bid designed to confuse partner.) I've shown a good hand with S support so 2N now seems pretty straightforward. Looks to me like a hand that might well have 4 top losers (or 3 and an uppercut in C) where 3N still is good if not cold, I should at least keep it in the picture.
Aug. 6, 2012
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I bid 3D because I'm sitting in for whoever bid it this way so far and am staying true to the spirit of his auction.
Aug. 5, 2012
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I can't believe I didn't open 2N
Aug. 4, 2012
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I always make sexy leads in polls so non-low spade for me.
Aug. 4, 2012
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“If you want to sign off, all you can do is transfer to spades and pass.” I'd at least consider passing 1N here. Wouldn't it be % to do so (at IMPs) with 87643 9632 A JT9, for instance?
Aug. 4, 2012
Jonathan Ferguson edited this comment Aug. 4, 2012
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I answered NO because I loathe random hesitations that have no bridge purpose other than misdirection and while this case is borderline, I'd hate to see favorable poll results be used to justify even more egregious behavior.

Even the stated conditions seem designed to mislead: 5 minutes is ‘at least 5 seconds’ as is 5 decades.
Aug. 4, 2012
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Passing is scary. So is bidding. I left it up to partner and he said defend, so let's defend.
Aug. 3, 2012
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Agree with Steve (I don't (never say never) give ‘likes’ but if I did I would here.) Terrible opening bid (and a better ‘teachable moment’ than what to lead on this auction.) Textbook 3rd seat 4 card major opener.
Aug. 3, 2012
Jonathan Ferguson edited this comment Aug. 3, 2012
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If it's my turn to play I shouldn't be looking at anyone. If it's their turn to play, I can look at them, but if they return my gaze I should look away and not stare at them.

As for sunglasses, one of my most horrifying bridge moments was at a nationals when I decided (in the middle of a session, perhaps after an opponent had made a two-way guess or some such) to make myself harder to read by wearing the sunglasses I had with me.

Not 10 seconds after I'd put them on one of my opponents called the director on me and I started seething that someone would be such an anal-retentive so-and-so, at least until he said to the director ‘I can see all of his cards reflected in his sunglasses.’
Aug. 3, 2012
Jonathan Ferguson edited this comment Aug. 3, 2012
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Even contemplating a bid other than 3H is an overbid.
Aug. 3, 2012
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I think tournaments will be played on electronic devices before anything like this is implemented. And once they are, individual timekeeping monitoring will be trivially easy to accomplish.
Aug. 3, 2012
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I think in a club game bidding 4H or 6H is terrible.

If playing with a partner who I trust implicitly to trust me implicitly (and assuming that 4N was unambiguously Blackwood, which I assume it was 30 years ago) I'll find out if he has 2 aces before settling for 7H when he doesn't.
Aug. 3, 2012
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I think it's more important to play a heart in tempo than which heart you ultimately choose. But I want a heart continuation (get my ruff while the getting's good and avoid setting up a pitch vs declarer's potential jx of diamonds) so I play the J. Pard probably couldn't have read the 6 anyway though (unless he happens to hold AK5432) and really shouldn't read too much into the spots anyway since he knows I have at most 2 hearts.
Aug. 3, 2012
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Playing with some random decent player playing not-hyper-aggressive openers I would only go red at IMPs.

I would never upgrade this hand unless playing with a partner who ALWAYS downgrades aceless quack-heavy hands. The fact that the partnership's 3 aces happen to all be in the same hand is not a particularly good reason to upgrade and the spots are abysmal.

All that being said, I like to defer to declarer on invite decisions and if pard is going to declare and wants me to blast with this type of hand, that's what I'll do.
Aug. 2, 2012
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The vugraph alert said 5-7 AKQ points. Did it show precisely 6? Are ‘AKQ points’ a common terminology? (Kit Woolsey and Matt Meckstroth (BBO vugraph commentators) weren't certain what was meant.)
July 27, 2012
Jonathan Ferguson edited this comment July 27, 2012
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AKQ point is A=3, K=2, Q=1 or ?
July 26, 2012
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I never know whether to use stayman or not when pard opens 1N and I'm 4=4=3=3.
July 26, 2012
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