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I'm not on Caesar's side. But I don't condone assassination, not even of leaders I disagree with. Do you have a different opinion you'd care to share, John?

And it's not a guilt-by-association argument. (Note the proper use of hyphens…) Virginia's motto had always been strongly linked to political assassination (Brutus, again) long before Virginia chose it as a motto. That's conscious choice, not mere association.
March 22, 2016
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Meanwhile the Maryland motto really just amount to Teddy Roosevelt's “Speak softly and carry a big stick”, which is actually sage advice. (And unfortunately not adhered to by the current frontrunner from TR's party.)
March 22, 2016
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Because a motto used by assassins (Brutus, Booth) and terrorists (McVeigh) is so much better.
March 22, 2016
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It was the family motto of the Lord Proprietor of the colony.
March 20, 2016
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I should probably add that if you do this you definitely want to be playing some form of Kokish after 1-1, so that 1-1-1NT is 15-17 and 1-1-1-1-1NT is 18-20.
March 19, 2016
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Frankly, if you want something that will work at any vulnerability, any form of scoring, and in any position, I think it's easiest to have 1NT be 12-14, to put the balanced 15s into the 1 opening, and to have 1 promise 3 or more diamonds.
March 19, 2016
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I believe what David describes is standard expert and advanced practice. Unfortunately it is not taught widely enough. (This is one of the reasons I hate playing ace from ace-king with unfamiliar partners…I have to spend five minutes making sure they know the exceptions.)
March 19, 2016
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I once got a 90% board for throwing a 14 count into the muck on the second day of the LM pairs. Of course, it was a truly ugly 14, my partner and I were playing Precision with a 10-12 NT in 1st and 2nd, and the opponents were playing a canape systen (which I presumed to mean they required a sound opener with many hand types, which turned out to be a valid assumption).

As for opening light, I don't really see much of a difference between 1st and 2nd for ONE level openings, except that you look at spade length even more in 2nd because you know partner will be doing the same in 4th. If you have spade shortness in second, then usually either partner will open pretty aggressively in 4th or the opponents will have a huge spade fit. But if you have spades, even four of them, you can't count on that. On top of it, with spade shortness you often have a rebid problem. With that in mind, the example hand would be a LOT better for opening in 4th if you just changed a small club to a small heart. (In fact, that would probably be enough to get me to open it in standard.) Now you might have a heart fit with useful ruffs.
March 19, 2016
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In the days of sound opening, this was an obvious fourth-seat opener. Today, with light openings in the first two seats, especially with a partner who evaluates his spade length when opening in second seat, I think opening this has a negative expectation.
March 19, 2016
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Robin, with KQJ1073 in hearts, South would have tabled a different dummy. (North is declarer.)
March 19, 2016
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That is strong NT disease, though. If you play weak NT, that hand would have an easy 3 bid.
March 18, 2016
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How is pass not also random speculation?
March 17, 2016
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At these colors and with such a weak hand, the advantage to preempting in a strain that will give us a game bonus is minimal. I prefer 2 or 3: I'd rather get a diamond lead than a heart lead, and it will be difficult for the opponents to use a takeout double when they are missing all those hearts. 3 takes up more space, and that hand justifies it. On the other hand, lower-level takeout doubles are more shape-specific than higher level ones, so 2 may do more to disable their double.
March 17, 2016
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In this case not, but it could. For example, if the last board arrives long after the next to last board, and you have a close call whether to bid slam, you will likely conclude that the slam was probably bid in the other room. And the information could be used to bid the slam in an attempt to push the board if you think you are ahead, or to stop in game to try to swing if you think you are behind.
March 14, 2016
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I haven't looked at it carefully, but suppose you swap S9 and SJ?
March 14, 2016
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If you sign up months ahead of time for *regionally-rated* events at NABCs, then I'd say you are missing the entire concept.

At regionals and sectionals, I assume entry fees are up to the organizers. I hope they won't follow the example. The main reason for 6 baggers at local tournaments is that people actually have other things they need to do besides play bridge.
March 13, 2016
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Oh, I thought you meant the physical Partnership Desk.
March 13, 2016
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Even a good player might well lead a low heart (especially if this was IMPs…form of scoring was not given)–a spade lead from xx would be appealing, but Qx not as much.

At matchpoints one might go completely passive with a club.
March 13, 2016
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With respect, this seems way more relevant to bridge than many of the discussion threads, and also at least as relevant as threads advertising the sale of NABC entries, the existence of which would make a reasonable person conclude that using this site to find teammates is also not out of line.
March 13, 2016
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It's also why you should maintain consistent tempo as third-hand at trick one, even if you think you have nothing to think about. To quote Jim Brown, "If you always get up slowly [after being tackled], they won't know when you're hurt."
March 13, 2016
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