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Vertical and horizontal?
June 8
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Once again, much appreciated ma'am.
March 28
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I think I may have played with her at the old Microsoft Gaming Zone.
March 24
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I know the trials were being held on Saturday the 14th and since the closure was just announced late Sunday afternoon, probably the 15th too. I don't about today.
March 16
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3D after 1NT is not forcing?
Dec. 27, 2019
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It also works the other way. You have a lead directing double of the minor but you're told it's the weaker raise, now you pass because you haven't got a TO double.

At MP I play the double is always TO or always lead directing, depending on my partner's preference to avoid this problem. At teams you can ask before you start which raise is which.
Dec. 5, 2019
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Richard, the ACBL allows discretion regarding ACBL regulations but clubs are not allowed to ignore the Laws. In the Ruling the Game column by Mike Flader in Bulletin #2 from the 2012 Atlanta NABC, he wrote

“Remember that one of the few things that a club must agree to do in obtaining an ACBL sanction to run games is agree to follow the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge. Law 40 permits psychs, so clubs cannot simply prohibit them.”

I know some clubs do ban them, including one of my local clubs, but they aren't allowed to
Nov. 24, 2019
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In KSU you could open 1 and rebid 3
Oct. 22, 2019
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In the ACBL there were no announcements. They were experimenting with alerts and “special alerts” at the time but that didn't last long.
Oct. 14, 2019
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About 15 years ago on BBO, there was a mock vugraph presentation of the 1995 Bermuda Bowl finals between Nickell and the Canadian team with commentary from some of the Canadian players, including Fred Gitelman, George Mittleman, Joey Silver and Eric Kokish.

There was one hand where Meckwell, with 27HCP and an eight card spade fit, powered their way to 2S and made +110. At the other table Mark Molson and Boris Baran got to 3NT down 2, -200, after a 2NT opening.

If I could ask them one question, it would be “How on earth did you stop so low?”
Sept. 25, 2019
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At our table, N bid 2D over 1NT, E doubled and led a trump. It was pretty bloody.
Aug. 31, 2019
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Thank you for a wonderful tribute to a terrific person
Aug. 6, 2019
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David I'm in the same jurisdiction as you and I've taken First Aid and CPR courses every three years for the past two and a half decades. I've never been told there was a legal obligation to seek assistance.
June 18, 2019
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Bruce, 3 is game forcing in Kaplan-Sheinwold which was the first thing that crossed my mind.
May 26, 2019
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That unfortunately fouls up the rest of our response system so it's not an option.
May 26, 2019
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I'm not a fan of 2nd negatives over 2's either but sometimes one has to compromise.
May 25, 2019
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Martin I agree but that assumes partner should've responded to 1. In fact they shouldn't have, but they did.
May 25, 2019
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If you open 2, you'll probably get the following auction, with 3 a second negative.

P P 2 P
2 X 3 P
3 P ?
May 24, 2019
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At my table the auction was similar until W, liking the vulnerability, decided to bid 5D over 4H, doubled by N.
May 10, 2019
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