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Nigel Kearney
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Oct. 2, 2010
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Live in Wellington, New Zealand. Don't play much bridge these days due to work and family commitments. In the past have represented NZ several times including a silver medal in the 1995 Junior World Championships in Bali. 

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I'm baffled
Pre-alerting is not 'extra-legal' or a 'violation of the rules'. It is something that is not usually required but players may legally choose to do it if they play an unusual method and prefer not to win by catching opponents unprepared.
Meaning of this 3!S bid
With something like AKxxx xxx Kx xxx I would feel like 2 is an underbid but would still like to stop below game if partner has nothing extra.
Construct a hand
Doubt it exists. Redouble with any unbalanced hand would not be my style. I want to get our suits in before they get theirs in. 2NT with a balanced hand of 19 or fewer HCP would be foolish. The only hand type I might consider bidding this way would be ...
Meaning of this 3!S bid
Are we in the US or the UK?
I'm baffled
A bid that is not common and needs a defence should be pre-alerted. Even if it is not a legal requirement to do it, people should do it anyway as a basic courtesy.
What has partner got?
If I had this auction without screens I would continue based on a mistake by partner, despite any UI, because the alternative is so wildly unlikely that it would be completely illogical to play for it. And I would be pretty annoyed if I did that and ended up before ...
Club level ruling . what do you think?
Yes. In order to adjust there has to be an infraction. The only possible infraction I can see here is failure to alert. Which would depend on their agreed meaning of 1, plus maybe any partnership experience with doing weird stuff in third seat previously. The cards actually held ...
Leveling the playing field for newer players?
Double always increases opponents' bidding space, regardless of its meaning. Which is why it's good to use it for something that will often enable partner to bid two of a major and consume space that way. I don't agree about the two cue bids either. They may still ...
You Be the Judge. Common Game 2/12/19 board 23
Some people play 2 there as not forcing, e.g. 5413 with minimum values.
We Double Their Michaels
I agree. This is much better than a penalty seeking double. I prefer to define it as 'values with spade tolerance' rather than 'takeout' because quite often I will be lacking one of the minors and I want partner to know it is safe to compete to 3 over ...
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