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I never ask on defense. It's too distracting. Why would I take on additional work when I am trying to set the contract? I also insist that partner not ask me.
May 10, 2016
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How we learned to move to higher numbered tables in a Mitchell movement (having started with so many Howells where we had guidecards): “Remember: Pairs go to heaven; hands go to hell.”
May 10, 2016
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Anonymous, on the similarity of speed dating to duplicate: “Is it a bump movement?”
May 10, 2016
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Mnemonic for certain variants of Wolff 3: “Longer auction, longer hearts.”
May 10, 2016
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If you have a bad 5-5, don't use a two-suited bid, just preempt the suit you want led, or pass. If you want both suits led, it's not a bad 5-5.
May 10, 2016
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On dropping a doubleton queen of trump offside (in a 6-2 fit): “He couldn't have defended so passively if he hadn't thought he had a trump trick.”
May 10, 2016
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Declaring using a deck of cards with famous figures for the face cards:

“It's so British of them to have Admiral Nelson in this deck”.

RHO (too quickly, while his partner looks flustered): “I guess I know which king you have.”

Declarer: “No, but I know which king you don't have.”
May 10, 2016
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“Don't pull partner's penalty double to a minus score.”

“If the opponents' sacrifice would be sufficiently costly, and you won't be down more than one, and have some reasonable chance of making, redouble at IMPs–and vulnerable at matchpoints.” Business redoubles do NOT need to be ironclad. In fact, just like in backgammon there are some positions too good to (re)double, in bridge there are hands that are too good to redouble (ones where you rate to lose equity to their run, whereas a redouble would be just fine if you didn't know whether you wanted them to run).
May 10, 2016
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If you are going to lead the diamond king and then play on spades if it holds, why would you show them the ace-king of hearts first? You don't want to discourage them from playing on hearts when they are in with spade honors.
May 10, 2016
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In practice I think it's not a huge favorite because the blind opening lead against 1NT is tough for the defense.
May 10, 2016
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Including play Garbage Stayman reserved for 5+=4+=x=y, 4=4=1=4, and 4=4=0=5 hands.
May 10, 2016
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If your system allows your to end in 3NT when responder is 5-5 in the majors, it really isn't a problem, and it provides very nice preemptive value when it's the opponents' hand (especially if you play a weak NT).
May 10, 2016
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I would say many old timers didn't mind 1NT on shapes like 3=2=6=2, 3=2=2=6, and 2=3=2=6, either, provided the six-card suit was either running or weak.
May 10, 2016
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I have to abstain because without the precise hand, I don't know which action I would take, but they would end in 1NT by opener, 2 by opener, or 2 by opener. I always want opener correcting with equal length. For one thing, the strong hand plays it. For another, the defense will continue to imagine three trumps in the strong NT hand for a while longer.
May 10, 2016
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So why change the rules to penalize the pairs that do have extensive notes?
May 10, 2016
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What, pray tell, was 3?
May 9, 2016
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Perhaps his point is that posts that include lengthy pastes rather than links suggest a lot of anger….
May 9, 2016
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It actually is possible to throw a board without having a tantrum. For example, if you want it to land in a certain location and you are too lazy to get up and set it there. That said, given the fragility of the boards, that is a woefully bad idea.
May 9, 2016
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Ronald, despite no particularly engaging dialogue from me, I have enjoyed your posts and found them interesting even without their presenting the complete system. (I wouldn't really expect someone to post their secret sauce here, anyway.)

It might be interesting for BW to have subforums devoted to bidding theory for various families of systems, e.g., 2/1, Acol, Polish, Precision, Canape. Conventions of interest to multiple systems (e.g., using both 2 and 2 as strong openings is of interest both in 2/1 and Acol) would still be posted in the main arena.
May 9, 2016
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Ah, but do you know the muffin man who lives in Drury Lane?
May 8, 2016
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