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Even with QT9 I wouldnt bid 3Nt since our hand is pretty good for a contract.

Since 3 is GF you have 3H punt & 3S half a stopper so no reasons to bid 3NT without a sure stop.
an hour ago
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Why should the T at t2 be hard to read ?
2 hours ago
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3M as the mixed raise (3M-1 as the preemptive) will get punished on this board but I expect my teammates to find the T and switch.
19 hours ago
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After a splinter responder could think his Q is a working card but since we have it its hard to see how responder can misevaluated his hand.

IMO the worse that could happen is if we have the same doubleton.
June 16
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If you play

1C-1D-1H as forcing (i dont) than there is a case for playing FP over 1H. Its more of a meta-agreement/philosophical decision than technical.

Ex if our agreements are in uncontested auction we wouldnt be able to stop in 1, so we are not able to stop in 1 undoubled in contested auction.

If you play FP over 1H than I like to play something like

X = medium interest in 1Hx (so 3 cards)
bid directly = I have my bid/good suits
pass= penalty (5H, or i dont have my bid).

when you play like this pass and 1S is takeout with 31(54)/3244. (deny 3H deny 5S)

and pass and 1Nt can be 2254 in the minors or stronger than 1Nt direct you need to pick one. If you play delayed 1NT is 2nd NT range than delayed 2C can be both minors.
June 16
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Its the combination of v-light opening and 2/1 100% Gf that is weird. Needing 15pts to make a 2/1 is inefficient.

If you open may 8 count you need to play somethign like 2 = art GF and 2red being not GF or xfer or whatever but you cannot keep all the 2/1 bids as 100% GF.
June 16
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Assuming y have a singleton and you dont play art methods you have 3ways to show support 3/4/4. Bids that consume more bidding space need to be less frequent wich mean that their range & shapes need to be more narrow.

Should 4C show extras ? I believe that fast arrival is sound in theory but poorly applied in practice. In short i believe that if AI play bridge 4M will be well defined but show crappy hands I also believe that the 4m splinter will be the lowest range. As long as you agree on what range you should do your splinter and what range is too good or to weak to do a splinter you will do fine, if one is technically better than the other its going to be a small difference in favor of direct=weaker.

I also think showing a void vs showing a singleton is super important more important than showing a 2 pts difference.
June 16
Benoit Lessard edited this comment June 16
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agree, double of 2NT as invite to compete look automatic to me. Im voting for 7Nt.
June 15
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South need to give SP suggesting (either SP or echo smith), so when my partner return a club its sure he doenst have AT9x.
June 15
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I give a lot of course with intermediates.

1- Not competing enough
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-6ar084i7sx/

I think overcaller got a close call but an

An intermediate advancer had

Kxxx,Qxx,Jxx,Jxx and pass.

A good amount of intermediates players will likely pass because they know the Q is shitty, know 4333 shapes is poor and know the takeout doubler can have only 3.
So I keep repeating “ even if you have only 20% odds of making 2S these odds are probably better than the odds you have of defeating 2, also even if the odds are the same or that 2S is a mistake your opps dont know that and they might compete to 3H so if you pass your opponent will never make a mistake, but if you bid 2S they might make the last mistake” I keep repeting that putting pressure doesnt need to be always right, you might make a mistake but if the opps make a mistake over yours you win, while if you pass they cannot go wrong.

2- Not counting opponents hands shape. Keeping track of the pts, the shapes and remembering cards is above the skill of what I call an intermediate player, but even on easy hands they dont have the reflex to even try to count the shapes.

3- grossly under estimating aces, pts in partner suit and minors that are likely to run.
June 15
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In chess tournament this was done all the time, players who wanted to play in a higher section could and players didnt mind being demoted to a weaker section because of they had more chances to win small money prices.

Im assuming that if we give free entries (ex 2 free entries so half-entry per person) to winners of the brackets
very few would mind being demoted to one lower bracket.
June 14
Benoit Lessard edited this comment June 14
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The term ive hear used in others games is incomplete RR with swiss pairings after round X.

It run like a swiss except that you have advanced pairings for the first few rounds and you play with 80%+ of all opponents available.

Ex 7 round times 7 boards you make groups of 10 teams, the first 3or4 rounds players play like a round robin (your opponents are known in advanced but highest seed avoid lowest seed) and after lunch break you play the remaining round in a swiss fashion. Usually the winners and 2nd place will have avoided some teams with poor scores so it give a very fair format much fairer than any type of KO or double elimination tournament.

Fairness is defined as maximizing the odds that the final ranking represent the true strenght of the competitor.
June 13
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I agree that X is bidding you hand twice and you only double if you know your opponents here. Here its the last nail that cost all the MP but if you put this in perspective to the others bids its a close call, in fact X is not even in my top five for that hand.
June 12
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A 1C psych make zero sense imo, 1S/1Nt would be so much better its not even close. However if I psych and my partner choose to bid 3Nt or make a close double in MP its stupid to blame him for a calculated risk that I took.

If its MP and I double as west to find east with

Kxxx
KJ
Ax(x)
Txxx(x)

and they make 3Hx than so be it. When NS use an auction that make little sense its normal at MP to be more greedy for close doubles.
June 12
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Yes i agree that the first step should be no short or Y short.
June 12
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No, but if you have both minors 4-4 at least you can still invite.
So one invite+being able to scramble > 2 inv no way to scramble.
June 11
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You obviously need to be able to play 3, losing the C inv isnt a big deal. Responder can easily have 8-9 pts but because hes got lenght in (but not a trap pass) hes happy defending.

1453 9 count.



Let's say the bidding is

1H–(2S)–P–(P)
X———?

Here 3 & 3 show values. I can assure you that 4H making isnt that unlikely.
3 may or may not have values

2Nt ask for the best minor and is also a way to stop in 3red denying values. 2Nt-3C-3D doesnt promise D & H.
June 11
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Yes a value showing 3D is a hand that was not quite good enough to bid directly.
June 10
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Better minor lebensohl.

2nt ask for the best minor.
3C say nothing about values but show only clubs.
3D show values (may have both minors)
2Nt followed by 3D deny values.
June 10
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Both 3Nt and 4H were poor but not terrible contracts because responder had KQJx.
However if responder had AJ9x/AJT 3Nt/4H would probably be decent contracts

Maybe responder should jump to 2Nt and not introduce the

I was wondering if 3 should be a counter gametry that show the shortness here.
June 10
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