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The next set will follow in the next day or so – anyone who wants to act as tester please email me (barryrigal@mindspring.com)
April 21
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Agree or as fit jump for clubs with P-1M-3 natural in a Drury context.

(I think Debbie beat me to the punch by less than 10 seconds).
April 21
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Thanks all. I will try again soon, having learned the appropriate level of insularity of my readers! In future you should assume that if there is an obvious answer it probably wont be right, if there isn't the answer while obscure should at least contain an interesting fact or two.
April 21
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Ditto – including me.
April 20
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Since posting here we've developed a scheme where
2/2/2NT/3 are one suiters and 2 puppets 2NT but is GF. (continuations are mod. Stayman plus odd hands – 4441 types)

Retransfers over the majors.


2 is EITHER hearts or a way to get out in 2NT.

This has worked very well but stopping in 2M/3m has NOT been a significant plus. This hand hasn't come up in two years.
April 20
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Remind me; how many ‘D’ s in pedant? This did tempt me to revisit the subject: here is the dictionary definition.

Key difference: ‘Many’ and ‘several’ are two terms that are used to denote quantity. However, the two terms differ in the manner that they can be used. Both the terms indicate a large, indefinite amount of something. ‘Many’ is mainly used with countable nouns, such as person, apple, spoon, day, etc. ‘Several’, on the other hand, generally refers to an unspecified number of things. These can be more than two but has no upper limit. However, it is generally accepted that ‘several’ is less than ‘many’.
April 20
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Until the score changed, when NV, 6Sxx+1 scored the same as 7Sx making. We played 6Sx+1 at our table…I forgot to redouble. Team-mates doubled 7S – and they removed to 7NT down three.
April 19
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If I knew I'd put it in. I'll pm you the answer if you like and you can research it.
April 19
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Michael
I don't disagree but having opener be able to rebid 2NT forcing is surely helpful.
Maybe there are ways round that after 1-2 by playing 2 as minimum or ‘not club length’ but there again I was looking for something as simple as possible.
April 18
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Thanks all. I'm sure there will be more but this is very helpful as a starting point.
April 18
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Although it had been blotted out of my memory the mention of Peter Czerniewski in another post reminded me of one of the most painful deals of my life.
At our table as I recall Forrester opened 2 and I held
AKQJxx AKJxxxx — (HAND EDITED THANKS ML!)

I think I cuebid 3 then 6 and corrected 7 to 7.

Forrester doubled on the way out and I had to decide whether to convert to 7 – which would have been right facing three small in each red suit. I did so, and partner converted to 7NT, doubled and down 1100 off the first five clubs.

7 goes down one on the heart ruff but in the other room the opening bid was a call to show an unspecified preempt and John Armstrong bid 7, doubled and down only 800 on the 6-0 heart break.

This was the finals of the UK trials – we finished second and I think we would have been pretty close to winning without this.

This was one of four consecutive years we finished second; we got 0-1-0 Camrose matches from the first three. Then I took the safety play of sending the selectors the results of the trials for the previous four years (yes, they didn't have them…) and got two Camrose matches in year four.
April 17
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I actually do not remember this but I think I was playing in the Tolle most years in late 80s…Probably not in 1991/2/3 though.
April 17
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I don't know. I was playing with a partner at the Young Chelsea who was running a long suit in dummy, the remaining two cards in dummy being an ace and a club loser. I said to my partner “Give them the club”. He said “They might revoke”.
With three cards to go he cashed the ace not the last card in the long suit, and one of the opponents revoked.

Nicely played Richard.
April 17
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Yes; but if lead was from J6x (my opponents do this sort of thing all the time) I might have a genuine play for nine – and an entry to dummy.
April 16
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or as most of us play, if an undiscussed double could be takeout at low levels it is takeout.
April 16
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Yes on the scale of human errors West's would be understandable, East's less so.
April 16
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They havent bid spades but they have shown tolerance+ for them. In the same way after a no-trump and transfer or, after no-trump and Stayman finding a major, we want to double them for takeout because they have implied a fit.

We start from assuming they have what they showed; any other approach has large gains on very rare occasions and frequent small to large loss.
April 16
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Well done! I'm please about the year, didn't do so well on the suit…
:)
April 16
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No.
April 15
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Ralph Cohen opened 7 with me in a National event (day one qualifier maybe). I'm guessing it was about 2004? – Could be off by a lustrum either way.
He had a two-suiter with I think AK(J/Q?)xx in the second suit, and we were at red. He was in fourth seat and the opponents had a cheap save – one that was found at many tables since they had a 5-4 fit and some people opened in 1st seat in front of him maybe.
April 14
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