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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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Trick 1 Pause, Platinum Pairs
I have one partner who frequently moves cards around in his hand when he is declarer. One card at a time. My usual task as dummy is to remind partner "no, you're in dummy", but with him, he almost always says "I know". So I've had to learn ...
A Director Call Protocol?
My understanding is that the person who calls the director gets to state their case first. Then the others can have their turn. And points of agreement/disagreement are identified. The director moderates this discussion (for want of a better word), keeping things (relatively) civil, and also asking questions of ...
4 Way Transfers with Range Ask
Almost any auction is a demonstration. 1N-2; 2-2N; is a raise to 2N that includes a 5-card spade suit. How do you do that without some convention (transfers being the simplest)?
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 ...

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