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Many years ago at a Sunday afternoon game in Plano, Texas a lady (I'll call her Ann) complained that she could never win in Arlington because none of the Life Masters would play with her.

It was Ann's lucky day. A bright young man was in town on business and came to the club looking for a partner. Ann was available, as always, and they started at our table. On the first board I was declaring 4. The young man lead a spade, Ann played the King. I had Ax and won the Ace. I drew trump and established diamonds. The young man was in for the last time, and switched to a club. I won and cashed the diamonds pitching my spade loser. Ann now faces the Q and plaintively asks “Why didn't you play another spade?”. Her partner exclaimed “You had the Queen???” At this point the young man and I attempted to explain that it is standard for third hand to play the lowest of equals, but Ann wasn't interested. It was no longer a mystery why she never had a partner.
Oct. 21
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The fifth diamond is not enough for me to venture 3/3.
Oct. 18
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Should show 3 spades, tends to deny four hearts, probably 3361. Any bid above 3NT would agree hearts.
Oct. 18
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Why do we want to avoid asking new players to learn what to alert? Because the ACBL alert regulations are more complex than the most players convention cards, and in my experience players with limited duplicate experience but a lot of life experience hate being told that they should have alerted or announced some call, or perhaps should not have.

Players who are new to duplicate should not be surprised or feel cheated when bids don't always mean what they do at the church social game. If they do, it's because we're giving the wrong message to new players. I think that's part of the problem – we tell people bridge is easy and fun. It can certainly be fun, but a lot of the fun is because it's NOT easy.
Oct. 16
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IMO fewer alerts are better for newer players. It’s about time to drop alerts for all doubles, redoubles, and jumps. Newer players may get some surprises but that’s ok. We want to avoid forcing new players to learn complex regulations regarding alerts. More experienced players can ask when necessary.
Oct. 13
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Seems like this just wrong-sides the contract most of the time. Occasionally the hand with the long major should declare but mostly it's advantageous for the opener to declare.
Oct. 11
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Nice. Sounds like they need to do something, online or in print to ensure that new players are aware of the rules. Casual ping-pong players are generally not. Online might be best in case of a dispute when no referee is present. That would make the rules available on cell phones.
Sept. 24
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Municipal recreational league? I'm not all that surprised.
Sept. 24
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Steve, with less than a game force responder bids a four card major ahead of a longer minor, e.g. with KJxxAxxxKxxxx responder bids 1. This is not peculiar to precision.
Sept. 23
Kevin Cline edited this comment Sept. 23
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Many pairs play that after 1 2 (or 2) then 2 shows a balanced hand. Responder can rebid a non-forcing 3, or relay 2 to 2NT with various game-forcing hands.
Sept. 22
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I abstained because we follow Daniel Neill's “Standard Modern Precision” 1 promises only a doubleton. 2 is not game forcing. With a four card major and less than six clubs or less than an game force, respond in the major.
Sept. 22
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But then bridge wouldn't be a Happy Fun Ball.
Sept. 21
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Good job John, maybe you could post an article about your experience?
Sept. 20
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Robb, there's nothing on the linked page or in either of the linked articles about misuse of unauthorized information. This should be covered in a subsequent article marked “Newer Players”. IMO newer players need to be taught: what is UI, the proper procedure when there is a break in tempo, and additionally the proper procedure for a disputed claim.

Of course misuse of UI is not limited to newer players. I have heard a player with 5000+ MPs scold his partner for failing to alert because it might have caused him to misbid.
Sept. 20
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Ian, that's true playing for fun, but would you see that in a sanctioned tournament?
Sept. 20
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Is there any other competitive endeavor where it's accepted that some competitors won't know the rules or won't follow them? Do some players in golf tournaments just improve their lie or miscount strokes while other competitors just think “Don't want to say anything, maybe Bill won't come out for the next tournament?” Do league tennis players allow some players to serve three feet in front of the baseline? Do bowling leagues allow some bowlers to release a yard past the foul line? Do backgammon players permit some people to make illegal moves?
Sept. 20
Kevin Cline edited this comment Sept. 20
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@Lynn LOL. Reminds me of the time a defender told me “We practice zero tolerance” when I insisted on calling the director to adjudicate a faulty claim.
Sept. 20
Kevin Cline edited this comment Sept. 20
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The notion that N/S are entitled to assume that ANY double is takeout seems likely to be an incorrect reading of the EBU laws. A double of a natural bid? Sure. A double of an artificial bid? Normally penalty.
Sept. 15
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I don't think it was rude, merely naive about the ways of people.
Sept. 7
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If fourth seat is opening 1S on 15 Pearson points, e.g. QJxxx Kxx Axx xx, Drury is still useful. Whatever limit raise partner has, I would rather play 2S than 3.
Sept. 7
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