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Ummm…..p could be bidding with 0; you have forced him to bid. 17+ 0 does not = slam. Heck, it is not certain that game is on. If you think your were the place to play, then you could have bid them the first round. (Same with your ) You can't ask p to bid and then dismiss his bid (or assume that he has the magic hand for a slam in his bid – he did pass 3)
Oct. 10, 2015
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P knows that we are in gf situation; he knows i have tolerance for his bid. He has shown bucket list minimum and no desire to cue following my support. His fast arrival signals that he is not interested in looking for slam. He knows his hand, and has shown little desire to learn more about mine. Since mine is not a monster demanding more description, I pass.
Oct. 10, 2015
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Perhaps because p had 2 chances to bid and he did not says that p does not have support? P still does not know I have a good hand; all he knows is that I have 5 and little tolerance for (perhaps also 8+ HCP) His bid clearly shows 5-6 , although I would hope my p would open a hand with 15-17 HCP and 6 1.

BTW, if p thought I might have slam interest, he could have bid 4 instead of 4….my slam interest will not go away with his acceptance of the transfer.
Oct. 9, 2015
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@Joshua….LOL…my guess is that partner is the passive-aggressive type and is just pissed about some mistake I made 3 boards ago, for which I have already said sorry p.
Oct. 9, 2015
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Not likely. Very few would open 1NT with 2-2 in the majors. But then again, very few would bid 4 over a double of 2.
Oct. 9, 2015
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I think p has basically lost it; the jump to 4 after he has already defined his hand (15-17) and after he has refused my transfer tells me that the partnership is not on solid ground. I pass when I am totally confused and there is no logical basis for p's bid. There is no logical basis for a 4 bid here. P could bid 4, he did not. P could bid 3, asking me for a stopper and forcing me to bid; he did not. P could bid 3 telling me of his length in and concurrently asking for a stop or whether I could carry him to game at 5, he did not.

I imagine partner's hand is 3-2-3-5, with 15 HCP. I further figure we will have a long post mortem and will most likely end the partnership.
Oct. 9, 2015
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I am not privy to the history as to why the Thanksgiving holiday was chosen as a date for starting the tourney. It is rather clear, however, that whatever savings that may be made due to the more modest hotel costs are significantly diminished by the higher airfares at that time. For many, Thanksgiving is a time for family get togethers. Perhaps its time to reexamine whether the another date….either before or after Thanksgiving might better suit the majority of players.

I note that hotel costs, if that is a major consideration, tend to be lower in early to mid December also.
Oct. 8, 2015
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It's tempting to convert the responsive double to a penalty double. P was a passed hand. However, the responsive double tells me that p has a scattering of values and length in the minors. (Opponents may have 8-10 ) I'm not going to risk opponents making their doubled part-score when I have another option – a non vulnerable option. Sure, if opponents want to compete on to game, then I will risk the double. But not here.
Oct. 8, 2015
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I admit that I am a bit stymied why p would query for key cards and then bail when I show 0-3. Surely p does not think that I have 0 key cards; he must know that I have 3. Perhaps p forgot that we play 1430 instead of 3014 – he thinks that I have 1 keycard to go with his 2. I don't know.

What I do know is that p is captain of this auction. He has set the contract and signed off at the 5 level. I have accurately described my hand to a reasonable p. Why am I now going to second guess his judgment and bid on?
Oct. 6, 2015
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Great work; well appreciated.
Oct. 1, 2015
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Promises an honor. Without a honor, lead is top of nothing.
Sept. 30, 2015
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Since p did not precept the transfer (by bidding 2NT), I know he does not have 3 including either the A or Q. We are high enough.
Sept. 30, 2015
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I agree that 1NT here would have shown18-19 HCP. Had p bid 1NT, I would most likely raise to 3NT.

I have no clue what p means by 2NT. Here, I suppose the 2NT shows stopper, but weaker hand than 1NT. In any event, despite the scoring method, I am passing here because I don't know what p is trying to convey and I don't think I have sufficient support if p really is showing a weak hand. If p needs my support to go to game, there are forcing bids available. 2NT is not a forcing bid.
Sept. 30, 2015
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I voted for 2 because it is the bid I would make most often. I note, however that with a couple of partners I play sandwich NT in all seats. Thus, with those partners, I would have bid 1NT on this hand to immediately describe my holdings.
Sept. 29, 2015
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@ Yuan and John, Interesting comments. I guess I prefer to show 6 piece before game force and I thought AKTxx was close enough to constitute 6 piece; much easier with 4 or Kxxx to bid 2. I thought purpose of 2 bid is to communicate game forcing immediately. Here, 1 is descriptive and gf bid is still available. P has not denied 3 or 4 piece with 1 opening. By passing 1 now, isn't the fit forever forfeited? Just where is the line drawn?

In any event, my real query here was whether jump to 3NT showed extra values or was limited based on preceding gf bid. Generally, I would think jump to 3NT showed extra values. However, in light of p's previous 2 bid and my gf bid, the 3NT did not, to me, now show extra values. I bid 4, and p passed it out,but slam is easily made here. P's hand is: Q3 AKT74 AJ QT82. Query, are all p's bid taken into account when deciding what the current bid means? If p has limited his hand (12-14 HCP) should one give normal meaning to subsequent bid that seems to deny the first limiting bid?
Sept. 27, 2015
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Actually, Fantoni won the World Mixed Pair Championship with Donna Compton back in 2010. Her integrity is beyond dispute. Unless, of course, one does not consider a mixed pair event a truly world class event.
Sept. 24, 2015
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Your p's hand at this point is unlimited. The only thing you know is that he has 5 and 6+ HCP. Why not describe your hand and see what happens? 1NT without a stopper is IMO better than misleading p about fit that is not there. Yes, 2 is better partial, but why have you given up on game?
Sept. 24, 2015
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I sure want to know what my p is thinking. I hope I can bid that pass in tempo!
Sept. 23, 2015
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good point. I guess I should specify that it is relatively new partnership and fast arrival has not been discussed.
Sept. 23, 2015
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I find it interesting that your query is directly solely to “major” players. Do you think major players cheat for different reasons than average/ordinary players? People cheat to get an unfair advantage over the field – or is that the definition of cheating?

I would speculate that a lack of skill, ability, experience and/or low self-esteem has convinced the potential cheater that he will not win on his own merit and thus must device a method that gives him a chance to win. (Which, as an aside, is why I find it so hard to fathom any rationale for the behavior of the suspected cheats on the Monaco team). In any event, as a competitive person, I think the ego drives the need to win; the money, fame/glory are merely ancillary benefits.
Sept. 21, 2015
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