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… because there is a continuum between bridge judgment and implicit agreement, and because the regulations warn against assuming local preferences are what defines “standard”. Used to be one had to have an honor in all 4 suits to open 1N. Now we don’t get concerned when people open 1N with 2 open suits. Imagine.
an hour ago
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Suspect Howell.
5 hours ago
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Use both hands.
;-)
5 hours ago
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Lo siento mucho pero comunico en Español con frecuencia.
10 hours ago
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Doesn’t the 2N gadget make those moot?
10 hours ago
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Rule of 2-3-4 opens 3.
10 hours ago
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Bill, all GF hands with a fit for partners minor and a 4 or 5 card major and side shortness uses the 2N transfer to 3. Then either 3 or 3N shows shortness with 5=4 and 4=5 respectively. If you have a GF raise for partner’s minor that allows for a side 4-card Major then reworking the response scheme makes sense (3 and 3N show a void in low and high side suits).

A direct jump to 3 over 1N shows 6=5 Majors and a slam going pure hand.

Jumping to 3 over 2 by responder in the invitational sequence DNE as the bid forces to 4 without strain agreement and 3 in a potential 3-card fit. Someone will likely offer a use but not me.

In old notes from client MR precision, the 2 trigger included invites and game going hands not slam interested. 2 expressed immediate slam interest opposite a 14-15 HCP opener. YMMV.
10 hours ago
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I lose control to my iPad keyboard all the time. No apologies. Just rage at the paternalistic Apple ecosystem.
10 hours ago
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Winning is a thrill. Winning at all costs is permission to play outside the rules. If income is based on wins, guess what. Both gambling and professional players are about winning and money. Winning at any cost has other players as their victim. Gambling at any cost has oneself as the victim.

Ones view of relationships matter here. Those that subscribe to dominance suffer dissonance in defeat. Those that focus on understanding the game, and not beating the opponent, will rarely find a need to cheat because they focus on quantity and quality of best decisions and not the temporary monetary reward from winning.

Maslow talks about social, ego and self actualización in a qualitative hierarchy of motivation. The model doesn’t deal with morality. Perhaps doing good (and not “Do no evil”) is the highest motivation and a “level” many aspire to. I hope so.

One related observation. Golf is not so much about winning as it is about self improvement, getting better each time we play. Our true opponent is ourselves. Good thought, that.
14 hours ago
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You assume South has an entry. Fact not in evidence during the bidding.
16 hours ago
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Check http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/two-way-new-minor-forcing-aka-xynt/

So, 1 - 1 - 1N - 2 - 3 should be either 5=2=2=4 or 4=2=2=5. 2 doesn’t promise a 5-card Major.
16 hours ago
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Check your MLTC.
Besides the right Quacks will make Slam.
9 top controls = 27+ HCP equivalents.
20 hours ago
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Barry, we should all take advantage of teachable moments. Not everyone listens and learns.

Sat down to a late sectional Swiss round yesterday and introduced myself and informed our opponents that my partner and I play a Precision card. One dour player immediately demanded that we not alert anything. I said that the ACBL regulations require we alert. She demanded we call the director. The director ruled that alerts are required by regulation and may not be suppressed. When the director left the table, that person commented “Just another case of bullshit from Precision that we have to put up with.” For 8 boards it wasn’t worth a ZT call. Some refuse to learn. Some want to bully. Can’t have everyone be of good heart. (We blitzed them).
20 hours ago
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West is too strong with primes for 4. Double first so East can be in on the conversation. Follow by a club cue bid then 4 or 4 in a competitive situation to show this hand strength.

West has a 2-3 loser hand. Bidding 5 is clearly appropriate - partner cannot be involved in any informed way given the actual auction.

East should take no action based on the auction and their holding.
20 hours ago
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Two ideas I find permeate our game (that I'd like to remove):

1) How one learns bidding affects how one interprets regulations about bidding. So, if I learn a 1NT overcall must have a stopper (classroom, book) then I tend to believe its required by regulation. This projection has to stop.

2) How many think psychs are evil and must be banned, instead of developing the skill to recognize and deal with them. Laws and regulations make it clear - we do not ban randomness. Bridge is a game of information, skill, and cunning. I like that.

Clubs exist as the great learning laboratory. The more they coddle players the fewer tournament players we will create. Better to treat each step as a learning opportunity than to cocoon players from the real game.
20 hours ago
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No.
21 hours ago
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Over 2 cuebid, advancer’s 3 is pass or correct for minor.
2N asks strength and minor suit. So 3 is weak. 3 is weak. 3 is Strong. 3 is strong.
I answered this poll with this scale. 4 losers should yield game in either strain.
Notice, 3N is still available.
Jan. 19
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I blame 3.
Perhaps a negative double would work here.
Slam is serendipitous. Game not so much.
Jan. 19
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Ray, Mike, when playing say Precision with 10 HCP opening bids, stopping in 2 can be prudent.
Jan. 18
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8-10 fits with an 11/12-14 1NT.
Jan. 18
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