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What he held has nothing to do with whether the bid is alertable or not. If the agreement is alertable, the alert is required. I could have forgotten my agreement and bid based upon the agreement I have with another partner, only to realize after partner has called that our agreement is different and alertable. I should inform our opponents at the proper time as to the agreement, but not to the content of my hand. The opponents are only entitled to a description of our agreement, not what we actually hold.
Nov. 16
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Tactical bid, not even something requiring a director call.
Nov. 12
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I guess I'm in the middle of your description. For me, 2 shows six in the suit, and less than 16 HCP (would jump to 3 with 16+), 2 shows extra values (15+) and at least four Spades in the suit. 2NT shows balanced hand with 17+ HCP (would have opened 1NT with 15 or 16), and 3NT shows balanced hand with 12-14 HCP.
Nov. 12
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Of a similar vein is the auction 1 - 2 - 2NT. Do you play 2NT as a minimum or extras? I play it as extras, showing slam interest, with a jump to 3NT showing a basic opening hand (12-14 HCP), balanced with five hearts. Other partnerships reverse this. It is all about partnership agreements.
Nov. 12
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Assuming a 15-17 NT opening, partner has between 8-12 HCP, and had the opportunity to ask for a club lead if he wanted one (he could have doubled 2 to suggest the lead). Since the only tricks we are likely to get are coming out of his hand, I need to do as much as I can to protect any opportunities he will have to get them. I chose the 10 because I play Rusinow leads, but playing Standard, I would lead the Jack.
Nov. 6
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As I play Min/Max Michaels, I bid 2. If partner asks what I was thinking, I tell him I had an Ace and King more than I promised.
Nov. 5
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My thought as well. Accepting a transfer after interference is how you are supposed to show three card support and good values, which is what you have here. I don't understand passing, as the hand doesn't have godd enough clubs to qualify for a trap pass.
Oct. 31
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If East attacks Spades immediately, it would not do well, but how many players do you know that would lead a Spade from QJx on the fly? Most will lead a diamond honor, and following a discouraging signal from West, switch to a round suit. That allows North to start a crossruff.
Sept. 16
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Looks to me that 2 would be the best contract for N/S.
Sept. 16
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Partner has a limited hand, with little known about his distribution. Why give Declarer any assistance trying to figure out the hand? Let him do all the work by leading the one suit where he rates to have all the controls.
Sept. 10
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Yehudit, another argument that supports this approach, is that 3 is the simplest way to let partner finish describing his hand. Most of the other options provided close off partner from showing some hand types. By giving him the most room to keep bidding, we might be able to figure out what he really has.
Aug. 29
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I suppose it's possible South is asking for a Diamond stopper in my hand in order to play 3NT, but it wouldn't be my first thought. I have to go with the idea that the 1NT bid was just East trying to muddy the waters and play the 2NT bid the same as if East had passed. So, Stayman it is. If South has a two suiter, he can either declare 3, since he has to interpret my bid as taking a choice, or bid his other suit, which I can either pass or support.
Aug. 28
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The way I was taught by Ralph Cohen was that stating that the declarer had not lead from the correct hand was nothing more than drawing attention to the irregularity; it is not acceptance or rejection of the lead. Either member of the non-offending side can still accept or reject the lead at this point. The first to speak makes the decision for the pair.
Aug. 20
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Since I subtract one for 4333 distribution, I would always pass this hand. It usually works out well for me.
Aug. 16
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The Huntsman Games fall into a special class of games called SPC (State/Province/Country) games. They are not a true Sectional tournament, but rather a special championship allotted to award silver masterpoints. They are similar to the Illinois and British Columbia Senior Olympics bridge events.
Aug. 16
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David, this comment definitely deserves a love button rather than just a like.
Aug. 13
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At least you didn't go down two on the second hand, following a club lead and then a ruff.
Aug. 12
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Much depends upon the systemic agreements in place for the partnership.

In my system, using Texas and then bidding Blackwood promises slam values in the transferred major. The only question is the final level. While my 17 HCP are quacky, they are still 17 highs. Systemically, I cannot pass as we have the values for slam. I'm sure partner would prefer a third spade, but the sequence he chose does not allow me to tell him that I only have two spades.
Aug. 6
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My consideration is that I am typically a fast player, so I usually go and refresh my coffee or check the score if a ball game I'm interested in is on the TV while I wait for the rest of the room to catch up with me. If it is a case where I get done and everyone is ready to move, it is usually only about twenty seconds if I'm at the table when it is time to move. But I'm usually spending five minutes away from the table before the other tables are ready.
Aug. 2
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Georgiana, the largest NABC ever was the 1991 Summer NABC in Las Vegas where the final table count was 24,221.0. The second largest was the 1986 Summer NABC in Toronto with 21,075.0 tables. Those are the only NABCs to draw over 20,000 tables. Vegas in 1985 drew 19,827.5, in 2004, drew 19,720.0, and in 1979, drew 18,517.5, to round out the top five Summer NABCs

The largest Fall NABC was in 2001 in Las Vegas with a table count of 16,818.0. The largest Spring NABC was in 2004 in Reno with 14,954.5 tables.
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