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Ray Fink
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Returning to bridge after a 20-year hiatus, I can now sometimes count to thirteen.

United States of America

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Proper Framing a Director Call for a Teachable Moment: UI
Mike, the blog example occurred in an extremely casual small-town club game, director calls are pretty much non-existent. The 2NT jump overcall was indeed intended, player thought that 2NT was a super-strong notrump overcall. (Yes, that level of play.) Only after 2NT hit the table player then remembered oops 2NT ...
Proper Framing a Director Call for a Teachable Moment: UI
Q1: 3NT does not seem reasonable to me. On authorized information, EW have a double fit in the pointy suits, and only Qx for a heart stopper. Q3: with a up-and-coming pair and a director of unknown caliber, I would definitely use the UI word but soft-pedal it a bit ...
Responding to opening 2!D showing 18-19 balanced
This is what we play 2 = 2NT to play, or convert to 3 weak 2 = Minor Stayman (with minor Smolen after 2NT) 2N = majors 5-5 3 = Puppet Stayman 3, 3 = transfers (after transfer to hearts, 3->3NT) 3 = 3NT to play, or ...
Best Use of 2 Diamond Opening
Also, this 2 opening frees up opener's 2NT rebid for other uses. Partner and I have been playing 1-suit then jump rebid of 2NT as 6+ suit with 15-17 HCP, and jump rebid of 3-suit is stronger; in either case, denying a balanced hand that could have opened ...
Dealing Cards
Ian, you can turn the deck face up after each pass of a riffle shuffle and see that the cards are not being separated (this is what I have done). Note that once separated, a pair of cards does not rejoin except at the point where the deck was split ...
Dealing Cards
Monty, the N=4 refers to four trials of a 13-card hand casually overhand shuffled two or three times (as I do before returning it to the slot). My explanation could have been clearer, sorry. For full deck riffle shuffles, after I shuffle the deck four times my deck averages ...
Dealing Cards
Following up on my reply to David Burn, some hard data. My casual after-hand shuffle leaves 77% of the two-card packets still in sequence (N=4). Your mileage may vary...
Dealing Cards
David B: I don't have data to specifically support that. I am extrapolating from watching the persistence of two-card packets in the deck through multiple *actual* riffle shuffles, and making the assumption that a casual after-hand shuffle is even less effective than a riffle shuffle at breaking up those ...
Dealing Cards
Repeating Monty Page's comment here for emphasis, because I can't like it 52 times. [b]"Either the deck is sufficiently shuffled or it is not. No variation in how the deck is divided into 4 piles of 13 cards can change that."[/b] I would add, with the ...
Ray Fink's bidding problem: 85 KT63 Q 865432
I was in the 4-then-5-over-4 camp, but I do like the idea of putting more pressure on the opponents right away without revealing our double fit.

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