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While I dont agree with the assumption that 1 shows 4crds, it seems normal that cuebid+raise is GF (slam interest), 2M is a courtesy raise (maybe just to preventing opps from getting in with 2m), 3M is invitational, and 4M to play.

Dont know if that would be best on this specific auction but I like to have general guidelines instead of changing the system for every possible auction.
June 10, 2016
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Actually this is also a good point and a problem with the pre alert rules IMO.
You are not allowed to play i.e. Multi, but you could come with a list of 30 pre alerts, some of which very exotic, as long as they are allowed under the (?)chart.

It makes sense to me to have an upper limit as to how many pre alerts you can have, at least when it comes to pair games. You cannot take up the first 2 minuts of every round by a 2 page long pre-alert list.
Even if I normally dont care so much myself about what people play, it is still impossible to follow such a pair and not be in a hurry yourself every round.
May 22, 2016
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Ok thanks all for your responses. We'll pre-alert it from now on.
It is also noted on the convention card in the lead/carding area, where there are two blank lines. I think this is better than marking the ‘special carding’ box. It also seems unlogical to me to tell people to ask about something I just pre-alerted, and easier for them to just read it as well.

Unfortunately my experience with pre alerts is that 1/3 of the people is actually interested, 1/3 of the people doesnt care what you play, and the other 3rd replies with disdain that they either cannot read my scribbling or not understand my mumbling.

If it werent for the fact that I love my transfer responses to 1C , I would try to make a pre-alert free system just because I think it's such a hassle every round.
May 21, 2016
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I think that is a BS argument.
To set the contract you need partner to have some values so better make it the ace of clubs or an entry.
This is different if you have a very good alternative, i.e. KQJ of spades, where it seems you better hope to set up some spade tricks to go with your heart trick(s) and hope partner has some slow trick somewhere.

There are enough lay outs that a diamond lead will set up/give away the entire diamond suit for that argument not to make sense here.

You can also argue that after a double from partner, it is more likely the contract will go down anyway or that a club lead will give you a ruff (possibly from a natural trump trick) but will set up the entire club suit for them so you wont get your diamond/spade tricks anymore.
May 11, 2016
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Why would this be any less extreme than the case of Lance Armstrong? He cheated himself to 7 wins in the Tour , but FN have won I dont know how may tournaments/championships
April 6, 2016
Marion Michielsen edited this comment April 6, 2016
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I think this is only for Italian bridge events.

The EBL and the WBF have their own investigation.
April 6, 2016
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I think your structure is ok, but I would play 2D as a GF asking bid (like in the 2way check back ) .
A jump to 3H can just be natural and invitational (no use to all of a sudden preempt us to the 3 level when the opponents didn't even want to come in on the 1 level)
The jumps to 3 minor would I rather play some natural and invitational (only 4H), especially the 3C bid as partner has showman unbalanced hand with clubs.
March 18, 2016
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I dont understand why a not so strong balanced hand has to act in direct seat.
Shouldnt it be the unbalanced hand in the passout seat who acts? You dont need to bid with any balanced hand just to tell partner that he can bid his suit.

This is just asking for trouble and I really do not see any upside to it.
Feb. 5, 2016
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My favorite to play against is multi defense.

Whatever you bid, responder can double/redouble to show values. Next hand now usually cant preempt because they dont know the suit and will make the cheapest response on the 2 level.
Now both hands will have a chance to bid a 5crd suit or to double them for penalties (or the first hand can pass to show he has neither).
I would say the bidding stays low very often and gives you maximum chance to penalize them or hit your best suit yourselves.

Apart from that , the people that play multi defense use it at any possible opportunity, also on crappy hands, and even when we get to play our normal 3NT you can often play the hand double dummy.
Feb. 4, 2016
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People seem to forget that nothing comes for free.

Disturbing opponents bidding might work well at the local club but against good opponents you give them a lot of info/opportunities as well. Especially when its not know yet which suit(s) you have you cannot preempt well with the 4th hand so then it is only your 2 level bid that is taking away bidding space.

Especially in the direct position I think there is little to gain and much to lose with overcalling marginal minor hands. You wont win the bidding with it and the opponents might have a better partscore in 2M than in 1NT.

In the last North American Swiss we met the same pair twice on different days, and both times they overcalled 2 to show diamonds and a major.
The first time we found 4 in the 43 fit because we didnt have a diamond stopper (3NT-1 at the other table) and the other time I could play 4 basically double dummy because I knew the trumps were 4-1 behind (4 -2 at the other table)
Feb. 4, 2016
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With 8 points and 4 spades she just doubles 2 , regardless of the meaning of the bid.
If partner bids 2 , she raises to 3. If partner bids 2 , bid 2NT.
Depending on the meaning of 2 you also have the extra option of doubling the opponents for a juicy penalty.
Feb. 4, 2016
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“I'm bidding in the hope that I can get a better score than I would from defending 1NT”

This seems a little too simplistic in the direct seat, who says they are going to pass 1NT?
Feb. 4, 2016
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5?
Jan. 31, 2016
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Agree very much with Kit.
Both players should have redoubled 4 but south had already bid his hand twice when he bid the slam.
Jan. 30, 2016
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a six man team is already sponsoring the acbl more than a four man team because they will buy 50% more hotel rooms.
Coming to think of it, the third pair that is sitting out and hanging in the acbl hotel is thereby contributing to the acbl without even playing. So if you just look at a cost/benefit perspective, it should be cheaper to play on a 6-man team :-)
Jan. 24, 2016
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Agree with David. Sounds nice that it makes it easier to compete but thats not so useful when both your opponents already failed to get in on the 1 level.
Dec. 13, 2015
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I totally hate this rule.

It's annoying when people ask it all the time and it gives UI when they don't. I've heard even the most ethical players raise their voice in disbelief when their partner showed out.

It also seems strange to specifically allow someone to ask this question and then say it might be UI if they do. Just get rid of the rule and pay attention to the game so you can follow suit.

Once my opponents asked my partner why she didn't ask if I didn't have any more hearts. She replied that she was sure i would have played one had I had one.


Dec. 13, 2015
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Agree very much with Kieran.
Its not just when you arent sure wether or not to raise 1NT to 2NT but also when it goes 1M-2M and you dont know wether to bid on or not. It might be better to score +90 in 1NT these hands than -50 in 3M :)
Nov. 27, 2015
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5 x down 3 seems too nice.

First east has to bid 3, which west has to take as a cuebid. West can then sign off in 4 because he has a dead minimum, and then east again has to sign off in 4.
West, with both controls in the minors, might take blackwood now. East responds 0 or 3 keycards, which have to be 3. West now signs off in 5, which to east should be asking for the queen of spades. East signs off in 5. West, utterly confused now, might wake up and pass, or he might correct to 6 in a suit. Now NS will double.
It seems that 5x - 6 or 7 is a reasonable result, or 6x -4. or 6x down a million. 5x - 6 or 7 seems a good compromise.

Apart from that a PP for both players seems in place.
Nov. 11, 2015
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Yes, I agree. We should be proud of how Joris and his teammates handled this instead of suggesting that they fixed results.
Nov. 2, 2015
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