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I think it's legal. The laws forbid aids to your calculation or technique, but this is neither of those. You're always allowed to know what the contract is, so determining the contract does not require either calculation or technique.
8 hours ago
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I don't think Pabis-Ticci's comment tells us anything at all, except that the person who reported it lacked a sense of humour.
Dec. 12
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Robert, you're not breaking system, you're just misdescribing your system.

Your de facto methods are that 1-2;2 is six cards, or a 5152, or (possibly) some other hands.
Dec. 12
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Robert, what do you rebid with a 5=1=2=5 minimum after 1S-2H? Is it really 2NT?
Dec. 11
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Sorry, I meant “a few moments”. I agree that a few minutes is excessive.
Dec. 10
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If you only take a few moments on these hands, it may not work very well - declarer may work out what you were thinking about, and put the king up. Best to take a few minutes before playing to trick one on every hand.
Dec. 10
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A, A, A, heart to hand. If trumps break, ruff a club.

If trumps are 1=4, give up a spade to try to improve the count and squeeze chances. Later draw trumps and guess whether to finesse diamonds.

If trumps are 4=1, cross to K and cash all the trumps, then guess whether to play for diamonds to come in or to endplay RHO.
Dec. 8
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It had changed its mind.

This implies no assumptions about the sex of the person, doesn't mislead about the number of people involved, and doesn't risk offending one group of people more than more than another. Seems perfect.
Dec. 8
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Partner had AKQ but thought 4 was a cue-bid.

Does that mean that the partnership had an agreement that it's OK to make your first cuebid a singleton in partner's first-bid suit, even when you have a convenient waiting bid of 4 available? If so, I blame that agreement, because it's more horrible than the other two.
Dec. 6
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“Wins when 3-3” isn't quite true. You go down when RHO is 3=3=4=3 and A is wrong.
Dec. 5
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Sorry I think I missed the point. Playing transfers we could transfer to hearts and then bid 3.
Dec. 5
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Even if playing transfers, I'd be worried about making one and then finding myself in 2.
Dec. 5
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Ruffing the last club also gains when LHO is 3244 or 3424 and A is wrong, because I can ruff the last heart and then endplay him with a trump.
Dec. 3
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What clubs did they each play?

4 is in dummy, by the way.
Dec. 3
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If South bids 2, North will raise, so game will be reached.
Dec. 3
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Even in a mixed pairs I might know what cards the opponents played, and what their carding methods are.

If playing the line of cashing hearts without playing more trumps (James's line 2), I might ruff the fourth club in my hand before playing the third heart. That gains if someone is 3=2=4=4 and A is right, because they'll be endplayed when they ruff the heart. It loses when RHO is 3=3=4=3 and A is wrong, because he discards his heart on the fourth club.
Dec. 3
Andy Bowles edited this comment Dec. 3
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After 2 I think South should bid 2. Opposite 2-2 in the majors, playing in hearts on a trump-lead you can ruff a spade in dummy, but playing in spades you can't ruff a heart. Opposite 3-3 it's unlikely to make much difference which suit you play in, but if you get forced twice you'd prefer to have to ruff with 4 than with 10.
Dec. 2
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He's learned that I think it's an average 16-count. You can't put a price on an opinion like that.
Dec. 2
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Martin, I think that creates a problem when you lead an honour from KQ9x and partner plays the ten.
Dec. 2
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I think that another negative is that we have most of our high-cards in the majors, where partner probably doesn't have length.
Dec. 2
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