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Nonetheless, chess is a common object of gambling, so probably got confused with games of chance.
Oct. 23, 2016
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It's gone beyond flogging a dog and now more resembles spanking a monkey…
Oct. 23, 2016
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Perhaps you should have posted your hand and asked whether you should take a call after (P)-P-(1)-1NT-(P)-.
Oct. 23, 2016
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Ed, the M in HUM stands for “method”, yes? So if you don't have an agreement to make a HUM opening bid, then you haven't made one (and you can't, by definition, make one).
Oct. 23, 2016
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It's impossible to give an intelligent answer to a question like this without understanding the opponents' system. How light can they be? How few spades might they have?
Oct. 23, 2016
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Wow. I thought it was 2016, but I guess we started counting backward on the millenium, and now we're in 1984 again!
Oct. 23, 2016
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My agreement is that 2 of a major is non-forcing over a double or a 2 overcall. My notes are a little ambiguous about 2 over a 2 overcall. On the one hand, “systems off, double negative/cards” would typically mean a new suit is a one-round force. On the other hand, 2 non-forcing over 2 is much safer than 2M non-forcing over 2, since doubling 2 risks losing a massive major suit fit on a strong hand, whereas doubling 2 with a forcing hand with a fifth spade is not nearly so risky.

I think non-forcing constructive is probably best (and this is pretty much the only situation where I use negative free bids–I don't like them in general), but it's close.
Oct. 23, 2016
Christopher Monsour edited this comment Oct. 23, 2016
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Even if you play Kickback, it shouldn't apply over 4. It should only apply if 4NT is available as a substitute cue-bid for the kickback suit. It is not available here, since 4NT would be natural, rejecting the invite, so 4 must remain a diamond cue.

At IMPs, I suppose you could use 4NT as a diamond cue and 4 as kickback, but you certainly can't afford to do this at matchpoints, and the form of scoring was not given.

The point of Kickback is NOT to create more situations where you can make keycard asks; it's merely to be able to ask at a safe level.
Oct. 23, 2016
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I don't think I agree. Again, 3 was bid freely. If partner had a stopper and wanted to be in 3NT opposite a typical 5-7 balanced, he 2NT, 3NT, and Pass available last round. I agree that 3NT might be the only making game…when responder has the stopper, in which case he can bid 3NT.
Oct. 23, 2016
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Parts of North Carolina are a foreign country. One had hoped that the part that contains one of the top dozen or so public research universities in the United States was different.
Oct. 23, 2016
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In the case of university bureaucrats, I'm not so sure it's sexually transmitted….
Oct. 23, 2016
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It's not that people find doubling appealing. It's just that pass seems like the alternative to double. To paraphrase a lately overused theme, if this is a 2 overcall for you then perhaps you should be alerting your overcalls.
Oct. 23, 2016
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Why? 3 should show a stronger hand (2 was unlimited if balanced) and 3 should presumably show a fifth spade. If opener wanted to find a 4-4 spade fit, he could have left more room by resorted to the expedient of passing 2 around.
Oct. 23, 2016
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It's a sad day when a representative of a major university writes “I totally get the skill part…” in official correspondence.
Oct. 23, 2016
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Sure, you can find off-campus places for the club to meet. However, for a campus club to maintain viability, given the short number of years any individual is on campus, it is vital they be able to advertise to and recruit new members. This is why I specifically suggested they ignore any prohibition against advertising on campus.
Oct. 23, 2016
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I can't imagine wanting to stop below game with that. I realize game might not make. If you make the hand weaker, such that you really might want to stop below game, then you can pass 3.

You have already shown invitational values. If you don't have more than invitational values, pass. Trying to distinguish between a good invite and a bad invite when the auction is this jammed is a silly bidding philosophy.

The auction 1-(P)-1-(1)-P-(3)-? is a different story. There you have barely promised anything, and a 4 bid would not be forcing.
Oct. 23, 2016
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Martin, of course 4 is an unambiguous slam try. It's forcing because you can't remove 3NT to play in a part score. It's a slam try because there is no playable suit other than clubs, thus no need to investigate choice-of-games, so if you wanted to remove to game without trying for slam you would have bid 5.
Oct. 23, 2016
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Hell, pre-schoolers playing tiddly-winks and elementary school kids playing hearts could be guilty of misdemeanors.

Not to mention all the adults having unprotected sex.
Oct. 22, 2016
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An immediate 4 might sound like a void, whereas 4 first (then 4 next) might sound like a singleton. If partner simply raises 4 to 5 you can pass unless partner has been drinking…
Oct. 22, 2016
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I bid 4, hoping partner can cue spades if he is void. Second choice is to jump to 6 and let partner work out that I am expecting to lose a spade trick, else I would have bid along the way.
Oct. 22, 2016
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