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I chose “other” because, while it is natural, forcing and shows the values of a hand too strong for an initial notrump, partner's suit bid may allow the doubler to rebid 2N with off shape hands that would not, in the absence of advancer's bid, been treated as a notrump overall.
11 hours ago
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Has Monaco conceded? (Grainger said that “it was a good day” yesterday when Meckstroth came up to him after the third segment, asked who their line-up would be, then extended his hand and said “Congratulations, we quit.” Very few people have ever had that experience. I suspect Team Monaco hasn't quit very often either.)
15 hours ago
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2D on Responder's third call is natural in my book. The choice is between 2H and 3H. Imps, 3H is clear. But at matchpoints, “plusses are good, minuses are bad.” Partner knows I will preserve our plus and can bid again with a good hand. I will miss some games but it won't be a disaster.

But, in reality, I open this hand and wouldn't face this problem.
17 hours ago
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I am spent. I don't know what to say. District 6 kicked them in the first half. Then the gapped tightened. The last board is going to the Smithsonian. Say what you will, Kevin gave them a problem not faced at the other table. I hope I will be up in time for the start tomorrow.

(And speaking of kicking, in the other match, Debbie and Grainger had a plus 50 card. It isn't over until…)
July 22
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Tough loss. I feel your pain. You must be a strong person to be posting a deal the next morning. I am pretty sure I would be taking a day off from bridge.

Heart to the J, Diamond to the Q, HA, DA, Diamond ruff, Spade to the T. Have I lost any tricks yet?
July 22
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Don't thank me. Thank Hakan Berk, one of the juniors who handles all of the computer tech stuff. Also a shout out for BBO for being very helpful in setting the Vugraph, as well as for Bridge Base for posting our notices.
July 21
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Yes, you got grabbed on the 2N range which is random, but I think I like 3H by west, rather than 3D. Obviously, here it is a winner, but if East rebids 3S or 4C, west can bid 4D and not be worse off than having bid 4D directly. West cannot force after having passed 1H. For west to blow past 3N, he should not have a balanced hand.
July 21
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Walter “Big Train” Johnson preached that “a singleton K was a balanced hand.” I bid 2N in Walter's memory. He was a good man. I hope he looks down and agrees with my bid.
July 20
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Why can't 4N be two places to play. What does opener do with a big heart-diamond hand?
July 20
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Ok, educate me please. I am not familiar with “galumph”. I googled it and found reference to Lewis Carroll and a number of definitions that don't appear to fit in a bridge context.
July 19
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We are in a force through 2H. DBl is t/o through 2H. Above “card showing”. Free bi(r)ds take off the force.
July 18
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Doesn't this all depend on the meaning of the term, “Empty.” I have a friend who emptied a mini-bar. Cost him $200. Wasn't very sharp at the next morning meeting.
July 18
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So, it is 11 o'clock at night, I log on to BW with the intention that, “unless there is something of real interest, I am going to bed.” YOU! A half hour letter, I am still on my porch with my Android cursing you. I luv ya Al.
July 18
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If the problem had been posted, “East is a bridge pro with a shady reputation, worse a New York Yankees fan (I grew up in the Boston area). West is a beginner.” There would be howls of “Stone him”, “Bar him for life”, and “Duck tape him to the green monster and let fans make a five dollar donation to the Jimmy Fund to throw a hardball at him from 90 feet.”

But with two beginners, the issue is simply one of education. First, there has to be a determination of whether there was a break in tempo. Second, you need to poll their peers; I doubt anyone on this thread is willing to describe themselves as a “very weak player.” Third, assuming pass is a logical alternative based on the poll (I bet my complete set of 1964 baseball cards against yours it will be), the director has to explain, without offending either East or West, that they can't take advantage of the tempo break.
July 18
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We distinguish between (3m)-3N and (3M)-3N. After (3m)-3N we play 4C as the “What kind of 3N bid did you have?” and transfers (4S>om). After (3M)-3N we play Gladiator, transfer around their suit and a cue is the ask.

It doesn't answer Danny Miles problem of Q7th and an Ace, but neither does anything else. (I agree with Danny bidding.)

But Robb, the answer is simple. Play what Linda says or you may end up sleeping on the couch.
July 18
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Thank you Richard, George and Larry. George, what were those two words that were less than zero?
July 17
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This thread raised a question of creating a force with 2D. A world-class pair laid an auction on my friends, 2C-2D with 9HCP opposite 4HCP. I hazard a guess that they do not treat 2D as creating a force.
July 17
David Caprera edited this comment July 17
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A limited 1D opener can bid game after partner's 1M with three hand types, all maximums: a void splinter, 4D 4-6/7, and 4M 5-6 (this third hand is more of a flyer, don't go getting too scientific.) Whether the 4D bidder can have an uncontrolled outside doubleton is something I have gone back and forth on so many times I am not sure what our notes currently say.
July 16
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Absent a highly unusual hand (eg, 765432, Qxx, –, AKQJ) I would rebid 2S with 6-4, but the auction 1S-1N-2C-2H-2S doesn't promise extras, perhaps KQJTx, –, xxx, KQJxx, where you are looking at 6-7 tricks most days with spades as trump but possibly only 1-2 with hearts as trump.
July 15
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