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All comments by Christopher Monsour
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I think 1 was *either* minor, but you may be right.
Sept. 23, 2016
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I always wondered why I never saw you at local Chicago-area events, but when you restarted playing bridge (2008) coincides with when I started scaling back my bridge-playing.

What had changed the most about the bridge world between when you had left it and when you rejoined it?
Sept. 23, 2016
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I have a feeling this is one of those “bid 4 now or 5 later” hands. I'll opt for 4 now.
Sept. 22, 2016
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2. But 3 if that would be fit-showing.
Sept. 22, 2016
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Double. WTP?
Sept. 22, 2016
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Pass. I hate holding shortness in spades. If I open 1 and partner responds 1, that may preempt us from finding our heart fit. I'd rather start with a pass and respond 1NT if partner bids it, or double if the opponents do.

If playing canape, I'd certainly be tempted to open 1. It would depend on how sound we were opening.
Sept. 22, 2016
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Is that like jacks to open? (“6-5 or better to use conventions”.) :)
Sept. 22, 2016
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Forgetting the authority for a moment, it would make sense to simply play more tournaments using WBF convention cards, alert procedures, etc., not just in the US but everywhere. For one thing, it would generate pressure to fix any problems with the WBF rules. For another, it would make it much easier for players to adapt to playing in world events.
Sept. 21, 2016
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One lesson from this (especially from Mike Becker's post): The USBF should conduct the US trials under WBF rules rather than ACBL rules to ensure the US teams are familiar with the WBF rules.
Sept. 21, 2016
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Be careful. 8 is the lower limit for a Precision 1 if it promises at least 3 diamonds.
Sept. 21, 2016
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How about this for a working safe harbor for constructive responses in a non-competitive auction: If you play the same response to a 2nd seat opener that you play to a 1st seat opener, that's a constructive response. :)
Sept. 21, 2016
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I think that passing strong distributional hands is bad even against a strong club, and a terrible way to defend Polish Club. Since a number of my opponents in Chicago when I played actively played Polish Club, I think I know a thing or two about defending against it. I'd much rather get the one- and two-suited hands in on the first round (with room to distinguish 5+ majors from raptor-type hands) and get the three-suited and the strong balanced hands in on the second-round (by doubling the 1M rebid unless I am short in the suit, and bidding the next step up or 1NT with a takeout).
Sept. 21, 2016
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If overcaller has a shape like 3=1=2=7, I like my chances in 3NT on your first example hand. If it were just that, I would still rather be in the better 4-3 major fit, but make partner's hand slightly better, and 3NT almost becomes a favorite even with Qx, since the club hand will likely never be on lead.
Sept. 21, 2016
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I have the same plan, but my higher suit is hearts, and my lower suit is double. :)
Sept. 21, 2016
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I'll try 3 then.
Sept. 21, 2016
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One problem with mixed anything openings is when you are vulnerable and the opponents, having had the opportunity to bid shapely hands on the first round of the auction, can start making penalty doubles on the second round.
Sept. 21, 2016
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I don't think the defenders need to have DISCUSSED not giving count if they know declarer's exact shape. It would be obvious not to. However, this means that it would be cheating for the declaring side not to clearly delineate situations where opener is allowed to have fudged the description of his shape (e.g., representing 7321 as 6331 for lack of a 7321 bid) vs. situations where fudging is not allowed by the system.
Sept. 21, 2016
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Note that if your partner would never preempt in diamonds when holding hearts, then you already know it's a double-fit and in that case you should bid 5 right away–so it's a matter of partnership understandings.
Sept. 21, 2016
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I appreciate the preemptive value of bidding 5 right away, but we don't know it's a double fit, or that they were bidding game when it's not. I'll bid on over their game, but if I represent a stronger hand right now, maybe they will let us play 4 when it's not a double fit. (And if partner goes to 3NT or 5 voluntarily, maybe we'll make it.)
Sept. 21, 2016
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