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Richard Whitehead
Richard Whitehead
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Feb. 6, 2011
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United States of America

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Silver Life Master
2 over 1 GF
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Team Whitehead
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Unusual over unusual
It's fine some of the time, but leads to UI problems in others. After 1H-(2N)-3D showing spades, what if Opener only has 5 hearts, but also doesn't like spades? Does a 3H bid here promise 6? Responder has no problem, because a prompt 3H promises 6 ...
Value of Support Doubles?
There are not a few situations where having a support double available is quite handy. The alternative nebulous "good hand" isn't very helpful, and as a penalty double it would virtually never come up. My partner and I play that support doubles are not (in theory) compulsory, as long ...
Too stringent with the announcements/alerts?
"Expect to get a call at midnight blaming you after someone misses first at a tournament for alerting a non-alertable bid." What's the penalty for an unnecessary alert?
Too stringent with the announcements/alerts?
With one partner, I play a home-grown version of mini-Roman 2, and I choose to alert responses of 2 or 2 because they are not forcing. The bids are natural, and if the opponents have asked for (and listened to) the explanation of the opening bid, they ...
Junk Stayman with 4-4 Majors
These days, I tend to agree. What to do may well depend on who the opponents are, for sure. I never used to play any run-out scheme, and we survived well enough. These days I play Moscow run-outs (compulsory redouble) which are somewhat OK, but I'm not yet convinced ...
Junk Stayman with 4-4 Majors
It was standard practice many years ago to take out a 12-14 1NT when you had <6hcp, unless you have a 5-card minor and the ability to play in 2minor if 4th hand doubles. It still makes sense. I have been known to bid Stayman on a 4-3-3-3 2-count, just ...
Junk Stayman with 4-4 Majors
54 or 55 would be nice, but 44 will do if you're desperate. To make that palatable, you should avoid opening 1NT without a 3-card major (not a significant restriction, in practice). If Opener has 3-3 in the majors, more often than not he should do the crawl, so ...
Alert? Pre-alert? or no issue.
I think I'm OK, because where I play most people bid 1NT any time they feel like it. So that's my local culture. Some of them claim that opening 1minor is not forcing, but privately confess that they will always respond, even on zero points. I find that ...
Hypothetical UI question
You like to stir with a big spoon, don't you.
Director call vs. fun
I answered 10%, but it's not about the TD. Most calls are leads out of turn, revokes, or "I put the score in wrong and they approved it". If you have 3 or more of those in a 24-board set, it means you are playing with a bunch of ...

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