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Hm, worked fine in my English (and I think it's my favourite of the lot).
Sept. 18
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“How am I supposed to get rid of these losers?” asked Tom roughly.
Sept. 17
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That's way more upgrade warning than I've ever seen in such a lesson. I approve :D
March 5
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I feel like a large part of the problem is that the easiest examples of learning to count points (in the play) come when an opponent has opened 1NT. I remember reading such a defense problem and then later putting my newfound superpower into practice at a club game. Declarer opened 1NT and had shown up with 17 HCP, so I knew where the missing high cards were! But I’ve never seen a point-counting problem that ever made any allowances for upgrades/downgrades from a strict 4-3-2-1 count.

So I think this is why people call the director when you open 1NT on the hands above and they go wrong in the defense, but don’t call the director after you upgrade some excellent 13-count to a game forcing hand after 1M 2M. All the play/defense problems out there that I’ve ever seen perpetuate the myth of absolute certainty when it comes to counting a 1NT opener’s HCP. When you rob an opponent of their superpower, they feel it more viscerally than they would in a situation where they’re used to upgrades being part of the game.
March 5
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It looks like the new convention charts from 2018 allow 7222. From the definition of a “natural” bid:

“A NT opening bid or overcall that contains no voids, no more than one singleton,
which must be an ace, king, or queen, and that does not contain 10 or more
cards in two suits combined.“

http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/about/181AttachmentD.pdf
March 5
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@Michael: I did take that as mostly a joke until I started re-reading the new convention charts and then thought “ah, he has a legitimate point” :)
March 1
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The ACBL explicitly allows opening 1NT with 6-3-2-2, but I haven’t seen any guidance on how you’d announce it.
Feb. 28
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> Doesn’t ACBL put a lower limit

Not that I’ve seen. The alert procedures largely just have this to say:

Example: 1NT (showing 15-17 HCP)
Partner says immediately, “Fifteen to seventeen.”
Example: 1NT (showing 14HCP with a five-card suit to 17 – without a five-card suit) Partner says immediately, “Fourteen plus to seventeen minus.”

http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/play/AlertProcedures.pdf
Feb. 28
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Thanks to you, Lori, and Will for opinions last night :)
Feb. 28
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Forgot lead agreements: 3rd and low from length, otherwise standard
Dec. 28, 2018
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Yeah, I’ll make sure to add those in the future. I don’t see any way to edit the problem.
Dec. 27, 2018
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But maybe that’s unnecessarily aggressive with a heart stopper.
Dec. 22, 2018
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I was wondering if CA was my best bet to find out how to get to partner for a ruff.
Dec. 22, 2018
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I open 1D and my intention is to rebid 2D. I usually only open 1NT with 6-3-2-2 if the hand is worth about 16-17 *and* the 6-card minor is poor as this avoids a distasteful 3m rebid.

On this hand my main reason for opening 1D is that I don’t think it evaluates to a full 16 with the squishy black suits, but also the diamonds are nice. I’d rather see 1D-2D or 1D-3D than 1NT.
Oct. 29, 2018
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I simply ask people to please not scoop their cards unless their pass will end the auction, and even then it would be better (and proper) to put the final pass card down so that the auction can be examined, especially in cases where the final passer has previously taken some non-pass call.
Feb. 2, 2018
Wesley May edited this comment Feb. 2, 2018
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Best as in best chance to beat contract (IMPs) or highest amount of tricks (MPs)?
Dec. 22, 2017
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My only concern is if the opponents take the lack of an alert to mean that 3 must be natural, and then try to claim damages later when it turns out partner doesn't have diamonds (not sure if this is even possible since they can ask after the auction).
Feb. 3, 2017
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Maybe not at the table, but what about after seeing the recap? XD

I hate the lingering guilt of good results from bad communication :P
Jan. 19, 2017
Wesley May edited this comment Jan. 19, 2017
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