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This. I do not know why 2 was chosen instead of 2N. Silver hammer syndrome?
52 minutes ago
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KO’s?
an hour ago
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All names of horses!!!

https://www.nytimes.com/1998/05/03/sports/horse-racing-pegram-and-baffert-celebrate-friendship.html
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You might enjoy District 11’s largest regional just across the river from Louisville KY. Held in the Horseshoe Casino in Elizabeth Indiana. We’ve had 1200 tables and a thriving flight A for years. We usually have 2-4 pro teams and a strong player base. This year they will use Mini Soloway KOs. We haven’t cancelled a flight A KO yet. The casino has a nice hotel and several food options. New Albany IN has a few hidden gem restaurants (10 min from playing site). IIRC the casino is about 30 min from the airport. About 22 mi.

Talk to Mark Lair, Eddie Wold, Alan Graves, John Kranyak or Robert Morris for perspective. PM me if I can answer any questions.

https://web2.acbl.org/Tournaments/Ads/2019/11/1911007.pdf

Looks like you have only 1-stop flights from SF to Louisville.
8 hours ago
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I’d open a bidding poll
;-)
10 hours ago
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Ben, F1R Inv+ for 3rd suit. Works as well.
21 hours ago
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Or always invite with 8.
22 hours ago
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I would have bid 3N not X.
Aug. 22
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ED, took you long enough….
Aug. 22
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The convention charts make the use of MWPs absolute.
Aug. 22
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In ACBL land, the new convention chart strictly limits requirements to NT bids. See
http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/about/181AttachmentD.pdf

Now, these limits do not necessarily affect how one fills out the system card (disclosure).
Just says 1N requires a minimum of 10 MWPs and cannot have a range greater than 5 MWPs.
These are exact limits and must not be changed by judgment.

As for the card, full disclosure is the goal.
I’d suggest
15-17 FUDGe (acronym for frequent upgrades and downgrades) (go ahead roast the acronym)
14plus to 18minus if indeed nonrare frequency for 14 and 18 make them possible.
14plus to 17 if downgrades are rare.
14-17 if 14s are frequent and downgrades rare, etc.

Rare is less than once a session.
Possible is once a session
Frequent is 50% or more of the times you hold that hand.
Or some preagreed definition.

This way we match the expected behavior to the statement on the card. Nothing wrong with that.
I do agree your hand valuation examples. And would start with 14+ for clarity.

Please note for ACBL, 14-18 is an allowed range. Opening 13 is illegal even if K&R says 14.
Aug. 22
Steve Moese edited this comment Aug. 22
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Le coup sans a tout
Aug. 22
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There is no factual source that can provide such information in an authoritative way appropriate for regulation. SIMs aren't it.
Aug. 21
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With QJ8 or 9 I would lead Q, otherwise 4th best. Not sure it matters here. now.
Aug. 21
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There was a time (in bridge this seems always true) that 1N-2-2-2 was 55 invitational. With 4=5 INV one bid 2N if inviting and partner showed the fit on the way to game. The popularity of the (Bergen?) 55 3-level bids (55m INV, 55m GD, 55M INV, 55M GF) led to the alternative described above, with the added “benefit” that stopping in 2 when right is possible.

We can debate the value of stopping in a partial versus better game bidding tools elsewhere. I lump this idea in the same class as playing 1N-2-2Any - 3m as nonforcing. I can do it, but why?

There are a multitude of uses for the 3-level bids that yield better expectancy (value times Pct) than the 55's.
3 = 5-Card Major Stayman (NOT Puppet)
3 = 55MAJ GF
3 = (3=1)/(1=3)=(45) (You choose fragment or splinter)
3 = (1=3)/(3=1)=(45) (You choose fragment or splinter)
is one possible scheme.
Much depends on how everything fits together, not just one conventional choice.
Some play 1N-2-2-2 shows a 5-Card invite so that 2N, 3, 3, and 3 can be used as transfers after Jacoby 2 red.
Aug. 21
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Not sure I can do anything about that.
Aug. 21
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How can teachers immunize newbies against:
1) Fear of the director call, and
2) Obnoxious behavior by others at the table?

Do newbies really understand their rights, and the role of the director? Have they gotten past their own issues with how to handle an apparent inequity/impropriety (as opposed to thinking its a personal accusation)?

Is any of this the role of a bridge teacher?
Aug. 21
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John, there is a law book for Rubber Bridge, too.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn.acbl.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Laws-of-Rubber-Bridge.pdf
Aug. 21
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Show partner 10 cards instead of 5.

https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/balancing-michaels/

Right side concerns matter only when partner holds the A. They could pick off the K on a lead.
Aug. 21
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Agree. Would seem the switch is a pure guess. The duck is easier to deduce.
Aug. 21
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