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I quickly realized that the message wasn't legit and just deleted it.
Jan. 7
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I don't fully understand your explanation of the NS methods here. What would South rebid with (e.g.) AJxx Jxx xxx xxx? Many people play an approach sometimes known as “Ingberman”, whereby responder's weak rebid is the lower of 2NT and the 4th suit. If so I would just rebid 3 because 2NT wouldn't be guaranteeing a diamond stop.
Dec. 20, 2019
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Perhaps West held both club honours.
Dec. 12, 2019
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Overcalling 1 is probably the only way to induce partner to lead from his Kx.
Dec. 5, 2019
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Thanks - now added.
Dec. 5, 2019
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Weak suit, balanced, near minimum, unfavourable vulnerability. All this easily overrides the benefit of reducing the opponents' bidding space.
Dec. 5, 2019
Richard Granville edited this comment Dec. 5, 2019
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Given the answer to my query at the top, this has to be right.
Dec. 3, 2019
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Would they downgrade the hand with at least two of 6, 3 and 5 replaced by their respective tens?
Dec. 3, 2019
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The English Bridge Union website contains the following statement (within its “senior internationals” page):

In 2017 the World Bridge Federation's Executive Council began to raise the age requirement for Senior players to 65 over an 8 year period in accordance with the following schedule:

- Born in 1957 or earlier for the championship in 2018
- Born in 1958 or earlier for the championships in 2019 and 2020
- Born in 1959 or earlier for the championships in 2021 and 2022
- Born in 1960 or earlier for the championships in 2023 and 2024
- Born in 1961 or earlier for the championships in 2025 and 2026

The European Bridge League and Bridge Great Britain have changed the eligibility criteria for their Seniors competitions in line with this.

I would have expected the ACBL to follow suit. Is this really not the case?
Dec. 1, 2019
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Why do you need to show any NT hand after 1M (dbl)? Just redouble with a good hand and pass with a weaker one. Then 1N just shows clubs and 1 (dbl) 1 is natural. I've never had a problem with this approach.
Nov. 8, 2019
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He also wrote the “comic classic” book “No Bed for Bacon” in conjunction with Caryl Brahms in 1941. I read it some time ago but found it only mildly amusing.
Nov. 8, 2019
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In my book the 1 rebid shows an unbalanced hand. The auction 1 - 1 - 1NT - 2 (dbl) 2 - 2 - 3 is a much better basis for investigating slam.
Nov. 1, 2019
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My reason for leading 9 is that it's much the safest lead into a strong balanced hand. I'm not especially looking for a ruff.
Oct. 26, 2019
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If I'm playing a version of 2/1 that opens this hand 1, I rebid 1NT. In my book, a 1 rebid shows either 5 diamonds or 4=1=4=4 shape.
Oct. 26, 2019
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So do I in principle, but the Kx, no wasted club values and hand shape mean that a negative double is fully justified.
Oct. 20, 2019
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I expect that 1 would have denied 4 spades. This is a popular treatment with some strong London-based players.
Oct. 2, 2019
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Not so brilliant: setting up South's K allows a spade discard from dummy.
Sept. 6, 2019
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I play exactly as described by Monty Page above. The main advantage is that responder doesn't have to go via Stayman when he has no interest in a major suit. Many top UK players have abandoned non-promissory Stayman.
Aug. 27, 2019
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Gazzilli works best after a 1 opening in conjunction with the Kaplan Interchange. I've successfully incorporated this approach into the MOSSO system.
Aug. 15, 2019
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No, an Acol 3NT shows a solid minor with no outside ace or king.
Aug. 14, 2019
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