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No question but that Pass should have been an option.
Which brings up Jan's original Q. What if the CoC was IMPs?

I will post the full hand in a day or two after responses dwindle
July 5
Mike Cassel edited this comment July 5
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K&R (A9 AK965 A7 KJT7) = 21.85

I would pass before bidding 1
July 5
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One of the pairs in our game used 3 for majors forcing. The extra space is valuable. You & I can get there more slowly. It's more difficult to find the best fit or slam (not so much on this hand Steve Bs construction not withstanding) when you can confirm a heart fit at the 3 level.

I've never been a fan of the 3 level bids showing 5-5s.
July 5
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good point
tougher problem if South is unpassed hand
July 5
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If you transfer to hearts and rebid spades
2 2, 2 2N, 3 is this a GF as you've gone passed 3?
July 5
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as I stated in the very first comment that I thought I wasn't limited to 8 options. Would have included a simple overcall and other as further options but no edit of post gave me more options.

I invited discussion on “other” routes

Holding such good clubs and a heart suit that might be a trick source if the outstanding hearts are evenly split in some fashion (no opponent holding 4) I was curious how many would rate 2N highly
July 4
Mike Cassel edited this comment July 4
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I thought it was a given that theCommonGame deals are matchpoints
July 4
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This was bd 15 from tCG at night for 7/3/20

I thought I could include more than 8 selections, but I guess not.
Feel more than free to identify other routes

I don't know anyone who cuebids in the balancing seat to show big hands, but stuck the sequences in anyway
July 4
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over X
2M-1 c.r. or 3cd LR or 4cd LR (shapeless)

Opener's partner
rebids 2N with 4x3 and 3 trump
rebids 3M with 4x3 and 4 trump
rebids NS with 3 trump, LR and potential trick source a la fit advance

the Kriegel Lindfors conversation is fascinating
what is cue-lebensohl?

Promising no fit via XX allows a partnership profitable penalty doubles that are otherwise muddied

Big fan of “I've Got a Secret”
July 2
Mike Cassel edited this comment July 2
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very nice at first glance…. for the serious partnership
June 28
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Spot On
The question for the club manager is “when”.
The new player is so awash in rules/guidelines/adages/introductory concepts as they start to learn the game
Understanding the Proprieties while getting excited about this trick-taking game needs to be carefully interlaced with all of the other learning.
They don't have the experience to understand the concept of tempo and unauthorized information.
When you are so caught up in your own personal efforts toward growing adequacy it is hard to understand the ecology of the table and how your actions or lack of action convey information to everyone else.

Maybe there are accomplished teachers who have been successful in this area. It would be nice if there were best practices shared in this regard and maybe there are?
June 27
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Before we scheduled our GNT finals online I lobbied for this feature. I think it would slow play, but has the virtue of bleaching any tempo stuff.

BBO would/could not accommodate this request.
June 27
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After 2

2 is ?
2M is ?
2 having opened 1 is ?
June 25
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I believe a number of the early articles are based on a nebulous 2 response that is GF.
Lately, the treatment has been extended to include 3 card limit raises.
Twice this week we had hands that were 3 card limit raises

985
AK92
A92
842

A96
Q62
QT743
K4

where 8 tricks were the limit of the hand.

Opener's responses, therefore, need to account for this possibility.
June 25
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SAY NO TO CHEeTS

. = PERIOD
June 24
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Would you prefer BBO pts or regular MPs?
June 20
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You are a passed hand. I'm not so sure that it is forcing to game. Seems to me it suggests that you have 9+ (10+?) black cards and helps the NT overcaller assess game prospects.
June 19
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Q 10 8 6
8 5 3
Q 8 7 6
J 2
9 4 3 2 J 7 5
7 4 Q J 10 6
J 10 9 5 4 3 2
5 Q 10 9 7 3
A K
A K 9 2
A K
A K 8 6 4
June 10
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i like the idea of a flag button. Nothing could be simpler. And no action required unless/until someone accrues a large sum of them.
We then find out they play a very unusual system and many of the opps are flummoxed by their bids.

Oh well, who's next?
June 8
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could have been +1100 on the J lead
ended up -1150
June 7
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