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This is the sort of thing that would happen at your local club, they would bid 4 in a flash and have no idea that had done anything wrong.
Feb. 16, 2015
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True bridge is not a secret game. However, there is still a lot of information that is unexpected but not alertable. For example responding 1N to 1 bypassing a 4-card suit (even not playing Flannery). Or 1-2 showing 4+.

For some people, they would have to alert practically every bid their system is so different but still similar to a normal system. Alerting every bid would defeat the whole purpose of the alert system.
Feb. 16, 2015
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I don't see how anything is possible other than like 6-9 3+card support?! Any other raises (artifical or natural) will be showing better hand and is important to show this normal hand type.
Feb. 15, 2015
Steven Mcgrahan edited this comment Feb. 15, 2015
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In USA, your not entitled to an alert for even a 4-card major. You are entitled to a complete CC.
Without a CC, they should at least tell you their basic system. But execution is too good for not having a cc.
Feb. 15, 2015
Steven Mcgrahan edited this comment Feb. 15, 2015
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Steve he's being picky. A bid was made it was alerted, it is natural to ask what it means. It could be anything from shortness, a suit, some sort of relay response or god knows what nowadays. It's a reasonable time to find out, without trying to give a ridiculous coded signal to partner. You may want to act and it would be nice to know what 3 means before you do something stupid or it may just be a convenient time to ask.
Feb. 14, 2015
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I hate to say it but most club players have no clue what UI is.
Feb. 12, 2015
Steven Mcgrahan edited this comment Feb. 14, 2015
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The problem isn't 3-3-4-3 hands it's that it could be 3-4-4-2! 3-card minors are considered natural, 2-card minors are artificial. But i think on actual auction a 3-4-4-2 hand can be ruled out.
Feb. 11, 2015
Steven Mcgrahan edited this comment Feb. 11, 2015
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The time to cue bid would be over natural 2 with 3. Unfortunately the misinformation prevents this.
Feb. 11, 2015
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Next higher level of clubs asking for a four-card or
longer major is in the no alert column. Is clear 1N-2 & 2N-3 or after 2-2-2N-3 are not alertable as Puppet Stayman and this has been true for at least 2 years.

I usually give a courtesy alert as after opener's response which is always alertable you tend to get time-wasting questions and possibly a director call that 3 was alertable.
Feb. 8, 2015
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Dont like 3, you want to be making a stuffing bid to show where your cards are if you bid a suit. opps may(unlikely) cash 5 in 3N how embarrassing. With points outside your long suit either double or pass, which ever is your stronger bid, usually pass.
Jan. 31, 2015
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Even a 2/2 overcall will mess you up never mind something higher. And for what?! There is no upside to not using the normal 1 opening with 5-5.
Jan. 25, 2015
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I agree with Ed. If south has a genuine slam try there are still other bids out there that South could have made. You still don't know what South is tanking about.
Jan. 18, 2015
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I think the problem is not so much in making the inserts but ensuring they stay in place.
Jan. 10, 2015
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K lead partner could have T5th or T4th and opp singleton or doubleton J
Dec. 29, 2014
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you said you open 1 with 3-4 and balanced. What do you do with 2 balanced? Is that just an oversight in definition?
Dec. 28, 2014
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As it is declarer can hold to -1. switch K with another honour and maybe it makes. Doubled partial looks scary I'd wimp out. Even with values you still need to take the tricks.
Dec. 20, 2014
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Jeff said “That said, I do not understand East's choice of 5♦ rather than 5♣.” That was my first thought. From West's point of view their off AK so bids 5 can't help.
Dec. 14, 2014
Steven Mcgrahan edited this comment Dec. 14, 2014
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4 is their KC bid. 4N is a cuebid.
Dec. 14, 2014
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This isn't even close to Soccer's World cup where in last round of qualifying 2 teams can have a 0-0 draw and both advance, but if there is a goal one won't advance. Suspicious or what?!
Dec. 6, 2014
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Inverted minors lends itself to an artificial methods as there can be such a wide variety of hands involved especially for opener. Anything from a balanced 3/4 card min, a big balanced hand or unbalanced minimum or maximum even 2-suiters.
Dec. 6, 2014
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