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While I agree all your points, partner has 5 and 2 with 8 losers. I can’t prove it without a sim, but I suspect game is at least 50% here.
5 hours ago
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Support for 3 suits, if not, support for 2 suits. Majors are nice suits to have.

Universal? Nothing and I mean nothing in bridge is universal, except perhaps difference of opinion.
6 hours ago
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Ed, It doesn't say illegal - it says not natural. Artificial bids over 2 strong and artificial are allowed in all cases. They appear to need an alert. Nowhere does one see consideration of lead direction (Top Strength but not length) as a valid basis for overcalls. Some of the stated principles are obviously wrong (need for 10 HCP to act over 2 is beyond silly. We would all act with AQxxxx and out).

Because no one alone can determine the implications of all the changes on known exceptions - so one does what one can with the best information, and improves over time.

Perfection is the enemy of the GOOD.
6 hours ago
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Directors no rule on all appeals in ACBL.
Polled players names have never been reported.
Not sure how this suggestion impacts the current situation.
12 hours ago
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Unfortunately after the NT response, partner might sit the second double. Can't risk that there.
12 hours ago
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Michael, surely you are not suggesting that a lead directing call is “purely destructive” (although it might be to declarer's score :-0 )
12 hours ago
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Looks like 5 1/2 to me, David. The point is he will bid 3N too many times when a 3-5 fit s better.
14 hours ago
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Thanks Ed. Then it would seem that they should alert under current regs, though I surmise the current regs need adjustment. This is likely a loophole that needs addressing in the new alert charts. If I Overcall on AKQ and out, there should be no regulation barrier. Now there is. That’s wrong.
14 hours ago
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Ed J, the presentation of facts in your post lacks specificity.
First, we need to know what their overcall agreement is.
Second, we need to know if their use of lead direction in this circumstance is common or rare. If the advancer expects a natural call, there is nothing more to say.
Third, we need to distinguish between what the relevant agreement is, and what the hand actually held.
Fourth, the post facto comment that said it was lead directing must be parsed to determine if this is a post facto description of what occurred, a possible explanation for a minor (1-card) deviation, or a statement of agreement.
Fifth, bad bridge is not illegal. Even if overcalling 2 might lead to a phone number, that by itself doesn’t make the bid improper.

Consider that the advancer expects a natural overcall and plays accordingly. After the hand is over and they enjoy (unique) defensive success, advancer might praise partner for making a risky lead directing overcall. The overcall is a one card deviation from natural. I fail to see redress here.
May 20
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The operating word is frequently. If infrequent or rare, no alert is required.
Also, I call to question whether the quote might be out of context. Surely, no one expects 10 HCP or so to overcall a 2 opening bid.
May 19
Steve Moese edited this comment May 19
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Ed R, lead directing overcalls never required an alert. Indeed one purpose for overcalling is to direct the defense. If advancer generally expects a 4- card suit, then this is a deviation. Can anyone cite where lead direction is alertable?
May 19
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Would seem that 3 sets up 4 as a GF strain search better than 3, which likely eliminates a
5-3 fit. Post 3 Opposite advancer’s 3N rebid, 4 is now misdirected and 4 impossible.
Having rebid 3, 3N by advancer is more likely to be right.
May 19
Steve Moese edited this comment May 19
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(You didn’t specify if 2 was strong, forcing, and artificial. It matters.) assume 2 is artificial.

No. On all charts, any artificial call after an artificial opening is allowed. Here 2 is artificial because it doesn’t match the definition of natural or quasi-natural. Even so, a 3 card suit headed by the AQ is a one card deviation at worst.

Lead directing overcalls are not banned by the Open and open+ cards.

Prior to the new cards, a 3 card minor was considered natural.
May 19
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Start at “What should a TD do” and work from there….
May 18
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Kerry’s posted a thorough set of examples above. One wrinkle you might consider:

Meckwell Lite (from BBO link)
1nt 14-16
1d/1nt 11-13
1c/1nt 17-19
1c/1h/1nt 20-21
2n 22-23
1c/2nt 24-25
1c/1h/2nt 26-27
1c/2h/2n 28-29
1c/2h/3n 30+
Some like to free 2N for 55m weak hands. No strong feeling about that choice.
May 18
Steve Moese edited this comment May 18
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We’ve gotten feedback that too many ppt slides turns people off. They would prefer to be doing things, even if answering questions among themselves.

That offered, you can create a 3x3 table in ppt and use the squares 2,4,6, and 8 (start in upper left with 1 and count left to right) as the compass points. If you lay out the entire hand ahead of time, you can copy and edit the table or the cards themselves to show one or 2 hands, and certain card combinations or end positions. There is a way to use the animation feature to show cards played dynamically, but this can require patience and meticulous effort.

Recommend you keep one idea per slide and interrupt the presentation enough so people are not forced to pay attention only to the screen, You can tune this to your audience.
May 17
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Yes, Chris. Fixed.
May 17
Steve Moese edited this comment May 17
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3M GF.
Double is negative but thrumpish - opener can give 3N precedence with a stop. We aren’t trying to stop at the 3 level.
4 denies interest in 3N and has values for the 4 level. NF but encouraging.
4 is LR+ GF in . With M interest, start with negative double.
May 17
Steve Moese edited this comment May 17
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MWLite mitigates some issues with rightsiding by putting all 8-11(not 5 cards) into the 1 response. This makes natural responses start at 12.

Transfer or flag response systems can work. Larry Lowell created a transfer system where 1 shows or balanced, 1 shows , 2 shows and 2 shows . To make this work efficiently, 1N shows 45 MM or any 55. 2 shows any 4441, and 2 shows 5m440. 2N to 3 are transfer preempt responses. 3 is an AKQJ solid suit. Easy to use.
May 17
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Jonathan, do you mean to say (2Z) - X - (P) - 4X is leaping Michaels? (X not OM).
May 17
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