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“Pass” is “I either have them nailed, or MOST LIKELY, I have nothing to add.” Expectation on the pass is 22 balanced. No force created (that is, no PDI, but admittedly rare everyone sells.) DBL is takeout, and failing to double means “no 4oM.” Yes, overcall with shortness and raise on the same and “you got me”.
4 hours ago
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(Jack, I know you are. It was just a cheap opportunity to advertise the program and invite new juniors. Without kids who want to play, we don't have a program. The USBF training program is always looking for kids who already know how to play (we don't teach intro bridge), who are interested, competitive, and want to commit to the program. The age limit is 25, but the majority of our juniors are late high school, early college. See USBF.org, “junior”.)
4 hours ago
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There was a time when I would have opened 2S. Thankfully that time is behind me. A clear 1S opener.
5 hours ago
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This is a great question! Putting aside the merits of the agreement (I have never seen this agreement, my immediate reaction is “mildly negative”), how does one devise a defense?

One issue to consider is “relative frequency.” Making a gross generalization, if responder has a 2/1 GF “it is not your deal.” Maybe you have a cheap save, or can direct a killing lead, or make a 2% game, or push them too high and go plus (“the best”), but you have little equity if it is a 2/1.

To the contrary, if responder is a grossly weak preemptive raise, you MUST get in unless you know what to do when it goes (1S)-P-(2H)-P-(3S, minimum, 6+ spades, 0-2 hearts; I just made that up but if you want to bury your opponents, it seems like an interesting agreement playing these methods).

So, I think 3m overcalls are real. Something like (1S)-2m. 2N is 15-18 (Gladiator; transfer around, Q=stmn). 3S Michaels. And DBL is a hand you would have doubled (1S)-(2S), with 2N leb.
5 hours ago
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Yes, Jeff will be partnering Tyler Hart. But if you are not over 25 years of age and have an interest in becoming a part of the US junior training program, please go to www.usbf.org and click on “junior.”
8 hours ago
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If you don't double 2S, your 4-4 heart fit (5-4?) is likely lost forever (a very long time.)
11 hours ago
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We play P-1M-3C as fitting (2C Drury) so we play P-1M-2N as just clubs. Minors would also be reasonable.
April 21
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Playing against an elderly couple, we were vul v not, partner opened 2S weak and I had a random bad hand with spade shortness. I went for the psychic redouble. They stood their ground. Partner played it well and they defended poorly. Push into 400 for 3N just in.
April 20
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Tune in next Monday. George has promised to be funny this time. I think we have the technology set up to record it for posterity.
April 20
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This is an area of partnership agreement, but for purposes of this poll, put us down as control bidding “up the line”, first or second round controls. A singleton Q is a singleton; a doubleton Q is not a control.
April 20
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I struggled with the title. It is a mouthful and I didn't want to make it longer than it is. Your point is valid. There is an ambiguity. But I think most people will understand what we are doing. I am welcome to suggestions (I may regret this!) for an alternative title.
April 20
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I posted the proposal of the past president because I thought it was a bad idea and I wondered whether others agree with me. That it has morphed into, “Everything GNT” was probably inevitable. I appear to have hit a nerve.
April 19
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Kerri has agreed to participate.
April 19
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I claim “10.” (I just worked on ten letter last names. They are uncommon.)
April 18
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Ok buddy. If you want to buy into a limited opening bid system, I believe it works best in a “pattern bidding orientation.” Takes some tools but you know where to get them. This is a 2C rebid.

But, the real issue is whether you should be censored out of Bridgewinners for posting a question of religion. In my church, even on “Eastover”, we show our pattern.

(I observe that Meckstroth opens 1N with stiff K, not stiff A, and stiff Q only if he is a better declarer than his partner. That tells me you should be rebidding 2C :)
April 16
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The given auction is not unreasonable. And 4H is certainly not cold. But at imps you would want to be in game. I can find no fault with South so if anyone is to be blamed (other than Katharine the great white shark who gets blamed for everything), it must be North. I think the fifth trump, two bullets and two tens is enough for North to bump it.
April 16
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I chose 3N but I suck at matchpoints. What do I know?
April 16
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Not, not a prank, but I did expect someone to suggest we eat the babies.
April 15
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“When we don't have a preempt, we don't preempt.” Posted by Spencer Hurd, credited to his son John. I asked John about it, he laughed and said he had seen his dad's posting. Coaching juniors (including Kyle), this has become a very useful mantra.
April 14
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My vote, 4N, is unlikely to have much company. I play 4S is KCB and 4N as a spade replacement.
April 14
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