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I agree that it's not a fair rule. Millenium Club solves it by shifting non-strong hands from the 1 opening to the 1 opening, but that does lose one of the big advantages of AUC, namely 1 natural.
April 6, 2016
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Unassuming Club doesn't require transfer responses (and classic Unassuming Club does not use them). I believe Millenium Club is a variant of Unassuming Club that does use transfer responses.

Also, I thought I heard a rumor that ACBL might change the rules on transfer responses. It certainly would be nice if they did. It's truly odd that I can respond 2 to 1NT to show 5+ hearts, but that it's illegal to have the same agreement over 1 !
April 5, 2016
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It can be useful to discuss your actions after 1-1-1M, which show the better major (3+) in a weak NT hand. (I am assuming all balanced hands pass RHO's Polish 1 initially.) When I used to encounter Polish Club frequently in the 90s I liked to play Fishbein over opener's 1M rebid. (Double for penalty, cheapest bid for takeout, but typically balanced with a doubleton or xxx in their suit. Also, over 1-1-1, 1 promised four spades and 1NT was takeout of hearts lacking four spades.)

In terms of fun, I like 1 = 5+ hearts, 1 = 4+ spades and a longer second suit or 5-5 majors, 1 = 5+ spades without 5 hearts, 1NT = four hearts and a longer minor, 2 = diamonds, real. 2 & up = natural preempts.
April 5, 2016
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Yes, there is an obligation to appeal, but it is relative, not absolute. At a Regional I would certainly not bother appealing if it might interfere with dinner plans, for example, as at a Regional I would consider that to be a stronger obligation. If it happened a Nationals, that would be a closer decision.

I have a very low tolerance for the notion that I should be expected to waste my time to make up for inferior directing.
April 5, 2016
Christopher Monsour edited this comment April 5, 2016
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Also, note that I would not consider the auction by the OP to be a double-agreement auction. For RKC purposes, double agreement only happens immediately after the initial agreement, and never past game in our first agreed suit.
April 5, 2016
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My rule: The bid above 4 of our agreed suit (the higher agreed suit in a double-agreement situation) is a keycard ask if 4NT is available as a replacement cue (or if our agreed suit is spades). EXCEPTION: when diamonds are agreed and 4 is playable based on the logic of the auction, 4 asks for diamond keycards.

Interpretation: If you sign off in 3NT and partner pulls to 4 of the agreed minor you can't ask for keycards at matchpoints since 4NT is needed as natural. On the other hand, partner CAN ask for keycards over your 3NT signoff if a minor had already been agreed since he doesn't need 4NT as a general slam invite…he can bid 4m for that purpose, 4m+1 to ask for keycards, and 4NT to cue the suit above m.

Note that precisely the same rules work if you have agreed to use DI rather than RKC on some auctions. I also use these rules for Josephine except that there is no exception and no replacement cue requirement in that case. I also like to “kick back” frivolous 3NT to 3 when we have a 5-4 heart fit (so that 3NT becomes a strong spade cue), but I feel much less strongly about that. Finally, I feel pretty strongly about bids not being RKC when no suit is explicitly agreed except in well-defined situations (e.g., after a Texas transfer, plus whatever other auctions a partnership might explicitly discuss), or if it would be obvious to a Martian visitor.

Favorite fix ever: 20 years ago playing in my first Spingold, I opened 1, partner bid 2 inverted, RHO overcalled 2, I bid 3, and partner raised to 4. From my perspective, this was clearly a “hearts playable” situation, and I passed…which turned out to have been lucky because, while partner intended 4 as a keycard ask he did not have the values for it. Our opponents were very annoyed to lose 12 IMPs when 4 by us in the 4-2 and 5 by their teammates in the 5-4 turned out to have the same 10 tricks.
April 5, 2016
Christopher Monsour edited this comment April 5, 2016
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When I played AUC, 1-1M-2 was artificial, showing any very strong hand (balanced or with any long suit…opener can still have any primary suit at this point)…and you had to rebid 2 after 1-1 with a minimum with 4 s and 5+ s. (This is by far the worst sequence in the system.)

It would be nice if you could afford for 2 to be 4 s and 5+ s but you surely can't then use opener's 2 rebid to show specifically 3 card support! You might be able to put the strong hands through 2 instead of 2. (One way to do this might be to make 1-1-1NT 15-18, 1-1-2NT GF natural so that 1-1-2 promises an unbalanced hand, freeing up a subsequent 2NT bid by opener to show hearts.)
April 5, 2016
Christopher Monsour edited this comment April 5, 2016
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There are TWO additional responses to the inquiry: 2 and PASS.
April 5, 2016
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I disagree that light openings should make that much of a difference to the pass rate. If you open lighter across the board, then you simply increase the requirement for a limit raise. If you only open highly distributional hands light, then your light opening actually accept the limit raise. What will decrease the probability of accepting a limit raise is playing a strong club system. But that's because you eliminate the quarter or so strongest of opener's possible hands, so if you pass 15% of limit raises in standard, you would pass about 15/75 = 20% if playing Precision.
April 4, 2016
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I thought it was also an interesting question which club your partner should have led.
April 4, 2016
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Most opponents don't play advancer's pass of a redouble as forcing at the two level, so it's definitely better to have 2 and not XX be the transfer to hearts. Use 2 as a transfer to diamonds and 2NT as a good club raise. Opener can always pass 2CXX (and you can have different agreements on what this pass means depending on whether doubler explains advancer's pass as forcing). In other words, you can pretty much combine the business and inquiry uses of XX.
April 4, 2016
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Dude, they were upgrading the server. You wouldn't have been on the site *even if they hadn't done an April Fools joke*. The joke was in the reason they gave for the site's being down…but it would have been down anyway.
April 4, 2016
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You trashed Maryland's motto before I said anything about Virginia. I guess you Virginians are so dim-witted you can't work out who actually picked the fight.
April 3, 2016
Christopher Monsour edited this comment April 3, 2016
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But now I am worried that all the news reports about Point Rosee are an April Fools joke…
April 2, 2016
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Well, your April Fools joke certainly outclassed Google's!
April 1, 2016
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When you assert that a reason you chose to live in a particular state was how its motto compared to another state's motto, I think you can't justifiably call anyone else pedantic.
March 23, 2016
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I think you mean that running to 5X would have saved 50 points and 2 more IMPs.
March 23, 2016
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Yes, classic Jacoby 2NT is clearly inferior, because the responses waste so much space. The only question, after instituting more efficient responses (there are many ways to to this, including the way Henrik mentions) is whether you most urgently need the extra space in your forcing raise auctions. If not, use 3 (with efficient responses) as your forcing raise, and 2NT as natural and forcing, so that your 2/1 responses can be freely raised on three cards.
March 23, 2016
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The ACBL and ABA have also in most recent years hosted a joint sectional in late spring in Chicago–indeed it is generally the only sectional within the city of Chicago.
March 23, 2016
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Why not just do 10 and 4 on all days for the major team events? It worked very well in NYC in 2004. It was nice to be able to enjoy dinner with wine while vacationing at nationals.
March 22, 2016
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