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Many who play transfers after 1M-(DBL), play that 1M-(DBL)-3M-1 as mixed and a direct 3M as preempt. It comes with a cost. If 1M-(DBL)-4m is a splinter, then the combination leaves responder with no way to show hearts and diamonds. In competitive auctions, showing fit one way or the other may be more valuable.

I know this will sound blasphemous, but the least valuable bid of the above choices may be 1M-(DBL)-3M. Particularly the practice of bidding 3M with any garbage hand that has four trump. It is the proverbial gun fight of a Smith and Wesson versus a pea shooter. If you lighten up your mixed raise (5-8) and your limit (9-11), and forgo the trash preempt, you can show a fitting raise with 3M-1.
6 hours ago
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I trust West played the J.
Nov. 15
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4H shows a diamond raise for us. The problem sequence is hearts and diamonds. I like the idea that 3S showed support, but only after a Kokish sequence.
Nov. 14
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One of our rules regarding when doubles are penalty is “after a bid and raise” (with an exception for maximal overcall doubles which are game tries.) So, 1H-(P)-2H-(2S)-DBL is pure penalty for us. But most of those raises result in eight card fits which set trump. Support doubles showing three pieces don't necessarily set trump and perhaps double should not be takeout. When I raised the issue with Annie, she said “too many exceptions.”
Nov. 14
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I was not familiar with the term “Grue switch” but it appears to be an application of “game ordered bidding” which can occur in a variety of contexts. The basic idea is that you preserve as much room to bid game in one suit as you do in another.

For example, if you play “Kokish” (2C-2D-2H-2S-?), you can rebid 3C to show just hearts, 3D to show hearts and spades, 3H to show hearts and clubs, and 3S to show hearts and diamonds. We call it “Sikkoh” which is scrambled Kokish.

Similarly, we play Meck Lite and bid 1C (16+)-1H (8-11, not 5 spades)-2H-2N (3 trump)-? And we pattern out “game ordered” (3C just hearts, etc.)

Another application is 2N-3C-3S-? Many play 4H is a slam try. Better to play 4C (a 4H bid) as the slam try, 4D=clubs, 4H=diamonds.

I am sure there are many others and would be curious to see what others do.
Nov. 13
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It would present interesting disclosure issues. Imagine the conversation:

Human “What is 4C?”
Computer “The bid which was indicated by 100,000,000 simulations of this hand. My partner will simultaneously generate 100,000,000 hands to see what bid should best follow 4C in this sequence.”
Human “But what does it show?”
Computer “I think I just answered that.”
Human “Does it ask anything?”
Computer “It asks my partner to simulate 100,000,000 hands to find the best next bid.”
Human “Director! My opponent is using extrinsic information and tools to play bridge. Is that allowed?”
Computer “I am merely using my brain. I challenge my opponent to do the same.”
Nov. 5
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After 1S-2C-2D-2S, the partnership has found an 8+ card major and opener is known to be at least 5-4 in spades and diamonds. THE TARGET IS NOT 3NT (although a raise to 3N is “choice.”) While 5332 opposite 3334 may be better off in 3NT, 5422 opposite 3334 gives the opponents two eight card fits, making 3NT less desirable.

Opener's third bid is pattern. I like the idea that four level bids are void splinters, although there is a huge difference among 5530, 6430, 7420 etc. which can't be resolved. It may not be optimal but I would treat opener's third bid as a fragment, not a two card suit.
Nov. 5
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My initial reaction was to take the engagement with my usual retainer. But upon reflection, I regret I must decline. A lawyer should not practice in an area of law in which he is not competent. Anyone who has witnessed Annie and me playing together would correctly conclude I know nothing about domestic relations.
Nov. 5
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Two observations. First, Debbie owes Michael big time. Second, the new rule of asking declarer to “continue play” looks more appealing with less appealing.
Nov. 4
David Caprera edited this comment Nov. 5
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Why not? …5D-5S (1)-5N is Q ask, 6H should be SQ, CK.
Nov. 4
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I would get to 2H by a different route. (1C)-1H-1N-2H-P. I might consider more by overcaller at imps, but not matchpoints.
Nov. 2
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I have used the term, “All the berries” to the point that a friend calls me “Berry man.” I was not familiar with the term, “Nuggies” but I may now aspire to being, “Nuggie man.” Nah.
Nov. 2
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“Standard methods”.
1. 3H is forcing. Passed hand be damned. Passing forcing bids is losing bridge and conducive to losing partners.

2. Double is takeout. Advancer does not have both majors.

3. Given advancer can't have both majors, 3S is a big noise in support of hearts.

4. Bid 3N.

(My partnership plays criss-cross here.)
Nov. 1
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I agree. On my planet they pay no premium for 4C.
Oct. 31
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I also play 2C is C+oM. It never comes up.
Oct. 29
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Did declarer make? It could be a little bit tricky but I am guessing he did.
Oct. 29
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So, tonight I am coaching the USBF jr training program on BBO. I pick up
xxx, x, xxx, AQT9xx.
LHO opens a precision club, partner says Double (reds or blacks), RHO says 1D alerted as 5-8, and???

I bid 1S. I tell my LHO that 1S is “pass or correct, it does not promise any number of spades, and I may be screwing around.” Other than showing him my hand, I really don't know what more I am supposed to say.

But they were not prepared (THAT IS WHY WE PRACTICE), I believe DBL should be penalty, and when the smoked cleared - partner bid 2H over 1S with 6-5 in the reds - they ended in 3N down 2 with a 5-5! spade fit.

Was 1S a psych? Literally, it was and it wasn't. It was very likely that partner had the reds. If partner had the blacks, there was time later to bid the poor man's suit.

But it shouldn't matter. Psychs are legal bids. Our agreements were disclosed. Partner, when asked later, “what did you think 1S was?” said “a lot of spades”.

IT IS PART OF THE GAME.
Oct. 29
David Caprera edited this comment Oct. 29
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1. We play XX shows clubs or a spade raise and a club lead. We keep our 2N conventional relay.

2. I am more fascinated by the title. There are too many auctions to discuss. The title,“How well do your meta rules deal with this auction?” might create an interesting discussion.
Oct. 29
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I note your side is at adverse vulnerability. I am curious as to whether you always pass 1H with three trump and a balanced minimum at all white. There the race may be to 1N (+90 versus +50, -90 versus -50.) Even something like KJx, xxx, AQxxx, Kx with a source of tricks and a clear positional advantage looks like a 1N rebid.
Oct. 29
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I bid 1D, but it was because I don't like your methods. 2C-2D-3H is a winner here. Change your methods and poll again, and I bet you get 80-20 for 2C.
Oct. 26
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