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Ohh I recognise this hand from WGC Pairs league, i have to abstain then, but your P has not helped here
April 11
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Probably bidding 2S/3S first call depending on circumstances. Second call assuming I passed first time was a clear 4S bid. I have to abstain.
April 4
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How do we view a drug that gets your cognitive skills back to when you were in your twenties? Mine have declined a lot since then (mostly memory) and it would not take me past what I was once capable of?
April 4
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I dont want to take drugs to compete, but at the same time if everyone else is taking a safe drug that helps them…..I dont want to be at a disadvantage. We all accept caffeine and many use Nicotine without stigma……and can see other such drugs becoming common place if I am honest.
April 4
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The auction should promise all the aces, so P must be doubling for a ruff lightner style. Theres no way hes void in either major but its very possible they are void clubs. Eg x x Qxxxx AKQJxx opposite Axx Ax AKJx xxxx
April 2
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And over called 1nt, so a psyche then?
April 1
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There's no something about it TBH, its clear and the ruling is IMO terrible. Either the laws are badly written or badly interpreted.
March 28
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If double is penalty oriented pulling to 3H has to be a poor hand for defence, which this hand is a sub set off (I imagine). Its a bit more difficult to assign 3H as nf if the double is not penalty (this pair were not sure).
March 27
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@DB - Richard was offering a 4d bid as his continuation after his P has bid 3NT as per the OP (1H (2NT) Dbl (P) 3H (P) 3NT (P) 4D) and suggesting this shows 46 in the majors with short diamond.

I now assume you were not talking about 3C/3D after 1H (2NT) 3m as I was?, but in fact 3m after 1H (2NT) dbl (P) 3m

If so, yes this could be a useful position to have an agreement such as that :)
March 27
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Ohh I do have meanings for them already in the direct seat over 2NT unusual. This is different in that P has already removed our best spot and then we bid 3NT. I different beast altogether.
March 27
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So without discussion you believe the 4m bid shows 46 in the majors and identifies the shortage? If so seems very reasonable approach to me. Without discussion though I would have taken the 4m bid to just show the major shape, thus the question.
March 27
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So do either of you have a different meaning for 4C here? Just interested to know if you have discussed this and why your defaulting to 4D to show this hand
March 27
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If thats the intention of the rules they need fixing. Its entirely clear here that a slow 3nt suggest bidding….and if Pass is a logical alternative, this must be the one taken UNLESS 80% of other players would bid as East did here (and its not hard to see that thats v unlikely).
March 26
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Indeed, I play X as wanting a penalty as per the OP and waiting and doubling the next round is competitive “Take Out”. And getting a pen here was surely beating everyone - even those in slam…..its carnage.
March 26
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I think Norths pass of 3S is beyond awful, South has done extremely well to try again on a marginal hand, but now North again seriously underbid with 4C. And then to top if off, after North could have a virtual bust based on his bidding South finds 5C….seriously this auction must have been tainted by UI or North is a serial underbidder who forces South to bid both hands.
March 22
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This one is 50/50. I normally play forcing pass when one hand or the other has done something stronger than just bid our suit….eg south bid a splinter, or north cued looking for slam. But here the opp have not volunteered a club raise until after game was bid, which strongly suggests its a sack. You could argue that this make our pass forcing, but that does expose you to those who “Walk the Dog”. So without prior discussion on this I would assume its not a forcing pass position.
March 22
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I grew up playing cards with my family……but we all know now that kids are obsessed with their phones, social media etc etc and dont even get out and meet people these days…..let alone play cards with anyone.

The only solution I see is to get young people socializing again in clubs at schools or after school, where playing cards as a form of entertainment is NORMAL. It does not need to be anything complicated to start with…..good old fashioned trumps & cheat, will naturally lead people to play some bizique, cribbage, black Mariah (old maid), whist……and then with luck Bridge.

I myself did exactly this route to the game, but included lots of other mind games as well such as. Othello, Chess, Go, Diplomacy….etc etc.

Playing cards is the foundation….. we need to promote
March 22
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Well I would have, but I dont appear to be able to edit my own post anymore. So essentially Kit nailed the final position and North holds QT92 ATx QJxx 65 and provided we ruff a heart next and then cash the QC on table, North can choose from three actions that all lead declarer to 10 tricks if he does the right thing:-

1. Ruff low. Dec over ruffs and endplays North in diamonds via a small trump exit

2. High ruff. Dec discards the losing heart and claims

3. Diamond discard. Dec ruffs a the 4th club (north can ruff again, back to 1 above) or ditch a diamond. Dec now crosses to dummy with KD and makes the JS behind north with the play of another diamond.

There are lots of lines to make, but I was actually interested initally mostly to see if anyone would consider establishing the 4th diamond by leading to the King and ruffing finesse with the Ten through North, as Souths 96x then drops. This would likely be needed to make 10 tricks if South played the club 10 rather than win the ace and play another.

Obviously South looking at AJT87 in clubs fancies North could easily be singleton in the suit.
March 19
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Ive now added another page with the whole hand
March 19
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To strong and suit oriented IMO for 1nt, worth 18.5 playing in a black suit
March 19
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