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Maybe it's bad bridge but I like 3N as my first call.

We might get drilled on clubs, sure.
For that to happen, two things need to go wrong:
1) Partner has no club stopper
2) Opps need to figure that out.

Could it happen? Certainly. But we have another small thing working in our favour: If LHO is in any doubt as to his opening lead, he rates to lead a major suit. After all, we certainly haven't bid them.

Instead, I've inverted with a minimum opener. That's OK on its own, of course, but my diamond holding is rock-bottom. And I force partner into a “yeesh” 3 when he runs out of stoppers. Maybe I can count on him to have two of the top-three diamond honours, after all he has to have points somewhere, but maybe I can't.
Oct. 22
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MR: “In team sports, it is accepted practice to try to ‘get away’ with stuff. In bridge, it is not.”

In some team sports. Perhaps many/most.
In curling it is most certainly not accepted practice.
Sept. 3
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Next week: Those characters weren't actually cheating… it was their Evil Twins.
Aug. 30
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Just in my own partnership, this one could be grounds for divorce.
I'm bidding 3, and raising with two-card support will not please partner.
But in our partnership, her bid is hopefully 2N for clubs and hearts and cramping opposition, and the club fit's on.
Aug. 23
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First thing's first: I need to make sure I get a second call. Whether that's 1 or 2 that's job #1.
Aug. 14
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Where do you live, Mr Bennett, as I should like to move to your town.

If this is what the police in your area are dealing with, it means there are no murders, assaults, burglaries, robberies, fraud, traffic violations, public intoxication, panhandling, and so forth. Sounds heavenly.
Aug. 10
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If I feel the need to lie to partner with Hand #1, I'll lie with 2NT as unusual for minors.
If I bid anything other than 2 with the second hand, I'm walking home.
July 5
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Not sure about this.
Sounds well and good unless/until you're in a jurisdiction where the rescuers make a mistake, and no good deed goes unsued.
June 17
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I kind of like opening 1NT here. I understand it's an underbid.
OTOH…

–It's not a gross underbid. KQ touching good, spots good, but only a 12.25 Woolsey Point Count.

–You might miss a decent game try, sure, if pard has good-11 etc…but you're also making it trickier for LHO, vul, to overcall.

–Your distribution is quite honest. I presume there's a way to superaccept a transfer to .

–If it's their hand and you eat 1NTX, maybe off two or three isn't the end of the world.
June 16
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If you read Wilsmore's book, you'll note he found actual witches.
June 12
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“Here’s an analogy: In the sports world…the tennis majors are always in London, Paris, Melbourne and NY – they don't go to XYZ, OH just to rotate around.”

Seriously? Those tournaments have thousands of ‘kibitzers’ turning up daily, many of whom pay well over $100 to watch the action. Then there's the money from worldwide TV rights and big dollar corporate sponsorships.

When you can sell 20,000 tickets to he Vanderbilt final and get millions in broadcast rights, hold it in Arthur Ashe Stadium every year, sure.
June 9
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Just more evidence, I think, that 2 should be a gadget opener, not weak.
Even this hand (six diamonds and a quacky 9-count) isn't a weak-2 that most people are happy with.
White, as dealer, I'm opening this 1. I'm also risking having to walk home after the game.
June 5
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I don't like the 2 open because with this hand I haven't played methods where responder is going to be able to tell me what I need to know.
Open 1, rebid 3 and hope Partner knows what to do.
May 29
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This hand is awfully quacky to open 1N IMO.
If I get to open 1 and rebid 2 I think I've described my hand almost perfectly (since methods have me 5-4 either way), and perfectly cheaply.
May 26
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Link was posted here in a prior thread to a write-up… I can't find it.

Punchline is that the baseball players could look at each other's hands for a few seconds BUT the hands were constructs, not random deals. Zany distributions, entry issues etc.
May 23
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Warms the heart.
May 15
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How does W not drive to slam here?
15 HCP (feat. 3 bullets) and a void in the enemy suit opposite a second seat vulnerable opener.
If I'm W I demand my god-given right to go down in six of something.
May 15
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If responder had bid 2N instead of 2, what would 2N show?
May 6
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Can we please stop feeding Felix?
Cheers.
May 4
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Not curling. At least not at the top level. The game requires physical skill and average-plus players would be horribly exposed.

Aside: The world's best curlers can make a living off cashspiels and wearing logos–but I don't know any who earn enough not to work the offseason.
May 1
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