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I am wondering about your system over 1NT 2. I would have expected 2NT with a *max* and both majors so you can get out in 2M opposite a minimum.
8 hours ago
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West might have thought that East didn't double for fear of pushing the opponents to 6NT and with an expectation that West would find the ruff anyway.
But I agree, no harm in leading the A just in case, especially as South has denied the K.
Sept. 22
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IANAL, but yes. Assuming the number is modest, it will be under the duty-free limit (provided he is not also bringing back a case of wine, pricy art, etc.). He may also be stuck paying both sales tax in the U.S. and VAT when they are resold in the U.K.
Sept. 21
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It would have been truly inspired of East to double 2.
Sept. 20
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Peter, I think he means he would pass as East at his second turn.
Sept. 20
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Even worse, suppose I play a 10-11 notrump, where 1-1M-1NT shows 12-14 and 1-1M-1NT is 15-17. Now we can get 1 “Could be short” 1 2. This shows 5+ diamonds and 4+ clubs. In Precision, the identical auction with the same announcement shows something different.
Sept. 20
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What about when the opening bid is a major? Now that opener is less likely to have a side four-bagger, how about 2m shows a five-card suit with exactly four spades?
Sept. 19
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Opponents in second seat are no differently placed with this system than against a pair playing natural responses, but I agree that it encourages preemption in fourth seat. Consider Jxx AKQxx AK Axx opposite KQTxxx xx x Qxxx. A standard pair might bid 2 (P) 2 (4) 4 (6) P (P) 6. Here, after a similar start, opener doesn't know whether partner has spades or clubs and can't sensibly continue.
Sept. 19
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This comment suggests (to me) an additional benefit of the OP. When the Spingerbilt is on VG, players in non-screen events can finish their evening session and watch the last boards of the main event.
Sept. 18
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The full list of theme entries is pretty funny. http://nytcrossword.com/2017/06/0604-17-new-york-times-crossword.html
Sept. 18
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Steve brings up a good question, which I'm surprised hasn't been noted earlier: are we playing IMPs or MP?
Sept. 18
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When the regulations ban sensible things, the regs should be fixed.
Sept. 18
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Given the available space on most system cards, I think it's fine to put “Ghestem” or “Modified X.” This is *not* adequate as an explanation when the opponents ask.
Sept. 18
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I give South 50% and bad luck 50%. I consider it a close call between looking for a 5-3 spade fit–with whatever might be the system bid–and just raising to game. I agree that 3NT is probably a bit better, but not by so much that I want to give South 100%. And if North had a hand where 4 was right, who would get the blame for playing 3NT instead?
Sept. 18
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Full disclosure doesn't mean alerting everything. If my partner opens 1, I know he doesn't have a bad 12 count. That doesn't make it alertable. Same here.
Sept. 17
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IMHO, Partner should never raise after a redouble.
Sept. 16
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If advancer has a clear opinion, either a positive one or due to an inability to stand the highest available suit, he bids. Otherwise, he passes. Suppose after (1) D (R) you have
xxx Jxxx xxx xxx – pass and pass partner's rescue.
xxx xxxxx x xxxx – bid 2, lest partner bid 2.
Jxxx Jxxx xxxx x – pass. If partner bids 2, bid 2.
Jxx xxx xxxxx xx – bid 2.
x xxx xxxx xxxxx – bid 1 and run to 2 when doubled. (You could also pass and bid 2 over 1, but I think that would show only 4-4 in the minors.)
Sept. 16
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Let's suppose 6 makes on a squeeze which won't be found by most club declarers. 1430 and 680 will both be very good scores. I don't think this scenario is so unlikely as to be ignored.
Sept. 16
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Another option for North would have been to cash the second high trump, then switch to a club. I think that would have worked, but agree that a diamond is better.
Sept. 15
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Yes, it's “president,” but if you put in quotes, there's no warning (which is amusing, because some people use the quotes as a political statement). The candidate names generate warnings only if capitalized (notwithstanding that the individuals themselves are both well capialized), and “moron” gets a warning only if it stands by itself. But don't worry, there are plenty of other words you can use to describe your partner without getting a finger wagged at you; see http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/moron.
Sept. 14
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