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ODR = Offense-defense ratio
May 27
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I thought a Swan was (7411).
April 23
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My preference in situations like this, whether or not it's “legal”, is to offer to explain what the bid shows, but to say “you should ask partner about <1NT here, whatever is relevant> first.” They almost always do. If they don't, I'm happy that I've divested my responsibility for full disclosure.
April 23
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Isn't the right question “If you had been told that North intended double as takeout, but that South forgot that was their agreement and believed double was penalty, what would you have done?” That gives both the authorized information from the table (what south said and did) and the correct information (i.e. the actual agreement). Seems like West believed this was what s/he was entitled to, and I think it's correct.
April 9
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Thanks DB for the reference to Mott the Hoople's “All the Way from Memphis”; I'd only heard Brian May's cover.
March 19
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“3 5+/5+ minors at least invitational” but forcing? Seems strange.
March 14
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@DJ I made a poor choice of example hand… AQJxxx / A / x / AQJTx?
Feb. 24
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Sorry to say, it was hypothetical. I held the 2 opener and was wondering after the hand if bidding 6 without the K could mean something useful. I was thinking along the lines of Andrew Yeckel above… it would have to be a hand where partner did the right thing with or without the K. Something like AQJxx / AK / x / AQJTx; without K, just play 6, but with K (and all keys) 7 looks good.

Seemed like a possible way to recover from the 4NT that people seem to dislike. :)
Feb. 24
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I'm not sure we'd be on solid ground here. I _think_ they would be “showing” as you imply; i.e. 6 over 6 would show the diamond king (and all keys).
Feb. 23
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IMPs. I agree re: bidding 2NT. I don't disagree re: 4. These were partner's choices, I was the 2 opener.
Feb. 23
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No good agreements:
5 = Q with K, maybe other kings
5 = no Q
5NT = Q with no K
6 = Q with K, no K, maybe K
6 = Q with K, no other K
Never discussed anything else.

(edited after Steve Myerson's comment below; I had forgotten 5 was available.)
Feb. 23
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@MR I didn't mean to imply that I couldn't see an alternative; just that I didn't know which alternative JH was suggesting. Nor did I mean to defend the choice (partner's choice, incidentally; I was the 2 opener); I simply didn't consider it germane to my question.
Feb. 23
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Thanks, forgot to mention that partner could have bid 6 suit immediately to show an odd number of keycards and a void.
Feb. 23
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I'm not sure what other bid you're suggesting. Regardless, thanks for the pointless implied criticism. Also, there's no hyphen in “hijack”.

Any ideas on the answer to the question?
Feb. 23
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Seems like the problem could have been prevented by LHO leading face down.

Sounds tricky to rule, since I don't think the auction is over. Might need to assign an artificial score, as much as everyone hates that.
Feb. 1
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I agree with Craig's suggestion.

But answering the original post, I think what you have in mind is legal if 1NT is forcing. If it's non-forcing, I think you're out of luck. See Open Chart, Opening Bids, #6.

http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/about/181AttachmentD.pdf

Whether or not what you are interested in has merit, I'll leave to you and others to decide.
Dec. 22, 2018
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@Richard Fleet: Language (of which bridge bidding is an example) is contextual. If you are in a context in which “Bergen raise etc.” has more meaning to your audience than “4-card limit raise”, then I think it's reasonable to argue the former is superior. I've certainly played against opponents at clubs for whom the convention name gives more information to them than the conventional description of the bid. Have you not?
Dec. 19, 2018
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Yeah, anything that decreased the amount of good bridge available to watch on BBO would be a bad change for a lot of us.

I'd echo Alan's sentiment. I don't think the fundamental problem is “NABCs aren't attractive enough because they're too common” or “NABCs aren't attractive enough because they're too small”. Those seem like the main problems that decreasing the number of NABCs would “fix”. I'd be more inclined to suggest those are problems with Regionals… so perhaps this fix ought to be considered for Regionals instead.
Oct. 18, 2018
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To Alan I say http://www.poorbridge.com/?misc=28
Sept. 6, 2018
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Can I just vote for “I like Phillip Martin and want him to post more”?
Sept. 1, 2018
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