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I am available for Silodor. 2000 MP, 62 Power rating.

I can play Bridge World Standard version of 2/1 with extras.

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March 14
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There should be a contest of bidding problems, where one with most evenly dispersed votes win.
March 13
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The methodology used for power ratings is basically average MP score over last two years adjusted for quality of partner and opponents. Usually good players get good scores but not always. Sometimes a good player may get a series of bad scores and hence a lower average.

The result is highly correlated with skill and a much better indication of ability than master points, but one should not get carried away by a set of numbers. A statistician would always assign a range for an estimate and that range is wide when the sample is small. Hence, if you have played few MP events expect your rating to move around in a wide range.
Jan. 25
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I like 3c the best. This hand has a lot of positives and 3c shows the strength without lying about the distribution.
Jan. 17
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Heart Ace
Nov. 5, 2018
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Thanks Steve, your comments help clear a lot of my doubts.

However, key issue here is that common approach to bid 4 card suits up the line is not applicable here since partner has denied 4 card diamonds (else would have bid inverted minor)

So, how the spirit of common approach need to be modified to adapt for this situation?
Oct. 30, 2018
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I should have been more clear.

What I would like to know is what should 5nt mean after this very weird 4nt?

5nt now cant be with 44 in minors, since responder has denied 4 carder diamonds by not bidding 2d inverted minors and one can bid 5c or 6c with 4 carder clubs.

So should 5nt not mean Pick a slam? showing max hand with possibility of 6nt, 6d or 6c? effectively showing 5dia and tolerance for clubs. in other words perfect bid in this situation
Oct. 29, 2018
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system is for 1n openers, here 5d would look like minimum hand with 6+ dia
Oct. 29, 2018
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3c has high risk of getting burned in weak opening style.

4c too ambiguous without pdship agreement, dont want to risk it getting passed out.

real question is…what would 5nt mean in THIS auction?
Oct. 29, 2018
Shailesh Gupta edited this comment Oct. 29, 2018
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5d does not seem right, since it may look like weak hand with long dia, which stretched to bid 3n. so why cant range for 5n be expanded to include 44 or 53 in minors?

afterall, partner is upgrading his 10count likely due to club length.

e.g. ktx atx t qjxxxx cold for 6c and 6n
Oct. 27, 2018
Shailesh Gupta edited this comment Oct. 27, 2018
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Oct. 26, 2018
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Pass best communicates the general strength of the hand but I think 3nt is better, since it shows dia stopper which one may not be able to show later.
Oct. 15, 2018
Shailesh Gupta edited this comment Oct. 15, 2018
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Interesting that higher %age of players want to bid 4h when East is an unpassed hand.
Sept. 2, 2018
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does the dbl deny good D support?
Aug. 27, 2018
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may be 5c is better, less confusing
Aug. 24, 2018
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4h is slam try….aka “last train”.

believe that's the best way to reach this cold slam where pd had

ajxx aqxxxx a xx
Aug. 23, 2018
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2s is forcing to 2nt in standard methods, hence 3s should be non-forcing
Aug. 23, 2018
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great poll.

no right or wrong answer but can help short list players with one's style.

e.g. I should not play with anyone who thinks ATB is with East.
July 28, 2018
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that's the only relevant agreement.

some people play neg free bids but that is so uncommon that it is not even on bridge winners convention card
July 22, 2018
Shailesh Gupta edited this comment July 22, 2018
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this is the real question.

is it standard to assume that neg dbl promises 4h? I think so, but apparently many think otherwise.

(direct 3c is forcing, rebid of 3c after neg dbl is nf in any std method I presume)
July 22, 2018
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