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It seems to have escaped folks that the original (non-biblical) four horsemen were Harry Stuhldreher, Don Miller, Jim Crowley, and Elmer Layden–Notre Dame's backfield in 1922-24. But now it's fair hypothesis either that Parratt suggested that as the name of his bridge team, given his football background, or that someone else suggested it since the team had a former football player, and Notre Dame's four horsemen were the stuff of national sports legend.
Oct. 25, 2016
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If you are willing to pass 13-14 balanced as you would over most two-level openings, you can gain by making double 19+ with no obvious suit to bid. Now it's much less likely they will be able to make 2XX and much more likely they can make nothing. And it saves a lot of space vs jumping to 3NT, whilst retaining the possibility of defending.

I don't think you need diamond length to double when you are that strong. Indeed, when you are quite strong with diamond shortness but no obvious suit, you have to be worried LHO is just going to pass 2 if you don't take action, and partner will pass too with 3-4 random diamonds and not much strength, and you'll collect somewhere between 50 and 200 when you had a game.
Oct. 25, 2016
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I think you guys may have overlooked the significance of the word “overused” in my comment. :)
Oct. 25, 2016
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If you don't know *their* methods what makes you think it is an 8-card fit?
Oct. 25, 2016
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Martin, if partner doesn't have a good surprise, you can always fall back on the heart finesse or on ruffing out the hearts.

The bigger worry is that partner has three little spades and 3NT was the only making game. But it's still not a big enough worry to dissuade me from asking.
Oct. 25, 2016
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Steve, I completely agree it's crazy that they aren't GCC.

As for the gains from concealing a strong hand, do you play transfer preempts only in the first two seats? The gains from transfer preempt would seem to be almost non-existent in 3rd seat.
Oct. 25, 2016
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You aren't in a game forcing auction. You can defend 3. You can even play 4 if you pass and bid 4 after partner reopens. But reserving a free 4 bid to show an invite when pass already shows that (and already shows the suit, since you've already bid it) is so wasteful I can't imagine taking 4 here as anything but forcing.
Oct. 25, 2016
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With neither major bid, negative double isn't much more descriptive than “artificial force”. Opener can never have a guaranteed fit after a negative double anyway, since he can't hold 14 cards (and even those for whom 2 only promises 5 clubs generally open something else with 4=4=0=5). So it's a distinction without a difference.
Oct. 25, 2016
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(a) Preempts that aren't going to be passed give the opponents too many bites at the apple. (b) It wouldn't be allowed in most tournaments.
Oct. 25, 2016
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I'm sorry, but I don't see where it was stated that it was an IMP problem. I do see a later comment where the OP indicates it occurred in a matchpoint pairs game.
Oct. 24, 2016
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G3NT works nicely on this hand, but it leads to 3NT from the wrong-side far too often.
Oct. 24, 2016
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If they open on 8HCP, raise on air, and might be in a seven card fit, would you still want 2NT to be a two-suiter?
Oct. 24, 2016
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Also, if they overcall 2 you can use double as the artificial force, so the true test case is the auction Phil gave: 2-(2)-2
Oct. 24, 2016
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Awkward hand for standard. Much easier in KS where 1 - 1 grape - 3 is forcing.
Oct. 23, 2016
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Sadly, back in the late 1990s or so the City of Chicago tried to shut down an ACBL club for similar reasons, and this was only narrowly averted.
Oct. 23, 2016
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It depends. Are there still high-level BaM competitions, or did the ACBL abolish the last one?
Oct. 23, 2016
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Many folks have comments that 2NT may also be going off. While this is true, and that makes 3NT more attractive at IMPs than it might otherwise be, it doesn't help 3NT at matchpoints.
Oct. 23, 2016
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Also, you might want to quote Ecclesiastes 9:11, and remind them that most NC lawmakers probably even consider track and field a game of chance since “the race is not to the swift…but time and chance happen to them all.”
Oct. 23, 2016
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Perhaps someone should ask the administration which is more of a game of chance: Playing bridge, or attending a frat party at UNC?
Oct. 23, 2016
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4 clearly does not make, since the AKQxxx opposite J10x of trumps are out against it. :)

Doubling 4 simply shows cards, so that partner knows opener had the weak version of 2.
Oct. 23, 2016
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