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In my part of the world, ‘agricultural’ could mean spreading fertilizer on it and hoping something good happens :)
2 hours ago
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Pass and hope they don't bid six.
5 hours ago
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There is nothing to think about. Pass.
5 hours ago
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“Agricultural” ? :)
5 hours ago
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Sometimes one just has to take the cash. Opposite Q10xx and worse, we may have no play.
5 hours ago
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I'm not feeling lucky at present.
5 hours ago
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2 if playing ‘top and bottom’ (yes, I prefer this to Michaels). Otherwise 1. Way too much potential opposite a fit to pass up the opportunity.
5 hours ago
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West's Double of 3? ‘Inopportune’ at best, ‘silly’ at worst. West doesn't care which minor East has and should just start bidding them.

West's final Pass? Probably based on a lack of understanding of what was going on. East's Double cannot be pure penalty, it just shows extras. Where West thinks the tricks are coming from are a mystery, but if West had no idea what Double was I'd be willing to forgive and move on.

I'd blame a cavalcade of misunderstandings and judgement for the result.
6 hours ago
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3 seems a reasonable shot.
April 17
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From a competitive point of view I think most would agree, GN. There is the elephant in the room of ACBL's lost revenue from members who quit playing (not to mention lost revenue for club managers). Perhaps not that many would quit and fears of the ACBL are overblown.

To at least get a definitive opinion either way, I wish the ACBL would implement a trial period - say three months - where ‘anything goes (including Multi)’. Maybe the stodgier players would realize that - perhaps - maybe this game could actually be fun sometimes.

IMO the ACBL's position - while at one time perhaps understandable from a financial standpoint - is no longer tenable.
April 17
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If my favorite partner bid this way, 5 is easy.
April 17
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If playing with my mother, I bid 4 in a flash because she has:

Kx xxx Kx Qxxxxx

While I get Richard's take on this and more or less agree with it, if partner were the mad-scientist type I don't think it's too much of a stretch to imagine a construction like the above. 3 is: “I am not broke, I can play spades if you're willing and I can play in my suit if you're not willing to play spades”.

I would vote unequivocally for 4, but I've seen too many sequences like this perpetrated at the local club and I remain skeptical.
April 17
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It is not 100% certain that this hand should be playing notrump if we belong there. Partner could have Kx, Q or 10, or even 10.

If I upgrade on a regular basis IMO I need to downgrade when my judgement says to do so even though that's illegal in a Goren environment. (I said that tongue-in-cheek.)
April 17
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While I agree, this approach has one downside: three Passes to partner who Passes it out with a moderate 1=4=4=4 hand. Bye-bye 4 (or higher).
April 17
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I choose anything that lets me declare :)
April 17
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I'm not prepared to discuss anything from an online environment with a partner I'm not familiar with.
April 17
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Why would you want to ban Multi?

Fear of loss of grass-roots $$$ that keep the ACBL afloat. Speaking subjectively, if local club managers in my area allowed Multi IMO 1/3 of the attendees would quit, another 1/3 would loudly complain to managers and the ACBL about why Multi is allowed. In its current financial predicament, this is a position the ACBL may think it cannot afford.

Don't take that as an endorsement on my part; why anything is banned in regional+ events is beyond me. But I'm not paying the bills either.
April 17
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Well, if we didn't re-hash things from time to time wht fun would life be? :)
April 17
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This hand is a minimum, but wow, what a good hand in context: four trumps, AJ in pard's side suit, and a ruffing value. Have to give partner another bite at the apple.
April 16
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While I agree with Double, the number may not be pleasant.
April 16
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