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I once kibitzed a friend on BBO who was practicing his relay methods with 8-4 hands. My reaction was, “No one knows how to bid those hands. Just bid what you think you can make.” Put me down for “3N-6D.”
13 hours ago
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Game force, promising 0-1 in M.
14 hours ago
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If it wasn't on the edge, it wouldn't be interesting. I voted for “1C but 1NT is acceptable.” That is really about how I feel. I have no problem with “1NT but 1C is acceptable.” And I am only a little bit bothered by the dogmatist who know that 1C or 1NT is the only acceptable call. As for the “free thinkers” choosing 1S, I hope you enjoy sleeping on the couch if it doesn't work out for you.
March 19
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About as happy as you will opposite xx, JTxx, Tx, KQT9x.
March 19
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Kaplan-Rubens evaluates it as 18.55. Kleinman calls it 19-. Against that is the preemptive value of 1NT, going against the field, and the doubleton heart. If you open 1C, there is no rebid problem because the reason you chose to do so is that it is worth a 2NT rebid. I would open 1C because I trust my hand evaluation, but I don't think 1NT is “wrong”.

(I like the form of question. Just asking, “What do you open?” doesn't really get to the crux of the issue.)
March 19
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Are we to assume West threw a club on the second heart?
March 17
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I would add Ameresh's Hool to Chris's list of pre-bridge games. Not only is it a good learning tool, it is a fun and challenging game in its own right.
March 16
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An issue I believe in claim situations is the quality of the players and nature of the game. If I am playing a 24 board top bracket regional KO and at trick 3 an expert claims a second overtrick, I typically look to see the claim is valid and put my cards back in the slot. About the only thing I like to hear is “pulling trump”. If I am playing a club game where I really don't care about the outcome, I won't question a sloppy but fundamentally correct claim. In all events where I believe the claim is in error, I do not try to adjudicate it but immediately stop play and call the director.

I now expect the next six posts are going to say that the laws of bridge apply equally to all, followed by ten more that say even the best players make mistakes. Then three more that it isn't fair to your teammates and eight that it isn't fair to the field if this is a matchpoint event.

All that is true but I play for my own enjoyment and I get no kicks from watching declarer painfully take their top tricks one at a time. If I got paid to play (I don't), I would want to know what my sponsor is expecting of me. If they want me to be a stickler with the laws, I can do that but I would be looking for a different sponsor.
March 16
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Not sure about South's 3H bid, but if my partner bids 3H and I am North, I sure am bidding 4H.
March 16
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Ok, I lied. We actually play 2N is our 5 card major ask (3C-3D is 3/1-5/4 and 3H asks low high short.) That allows 3D=5H, 3H=5S and 3S=4S+5H. When I suggested to Annie that 3N could be 5=4=2=2 (and Mulberry) she gave me that look that froze time and made it clear I would be sleeping on the couch for a long time if I ever suggested it again.

(I observe in passing that Geoff Hampson opened 1N in the team trials several years ago with 5=4=2=2 and loaded doubletons.)
March 15
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I faced this problem many years ago.

Dummy: ATx, Axx
Declarer: KQJ, KJT.

I advanced the J from the suit with the concealed Q. LOLLHO hitched, fumbled and played small. I subsequently advanced the second J and she fumbled again. I played her partner for the Q. Wrong. When I told my wife, a pathologist, why I played the way I did, she laughed at me, “Couldn't you see she has bad arthritis?” Fortunately, this predated the days of sleeping on the couch.
March 15
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In some ways a funny story, but I suggested to my “sponsor friends” several years ago that if they hire a cheat who is found guilty, their contract should contain a large liquidated damages penalty. Might even be effective in smoking out cheats who would understand that they could be out 6 figures if they get caught.

Many of these agreements are handshakes. For the amount of money sometimes involved, a written agreement is more sensible (for both the sponsor and pro.)
March 14
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Not in Colorado but many of the club players sure play like they are stoned.
March 14
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I am a fan of “claim early and often.” I don't want to discourage my opponents from doing the same.
March 14
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Bridge is too good a game not to expose it to juniors. Like many baby boomers I learned bridge in college. The idea of college students playing cards after dinner has largely disappeared. To get younger players involved needs a bit of retooling. Kids play on computers. Playing on line is appealing to younger players. Getting bridge into the schools would be great but is difficult to do and requires a lot of effort. Having young heroes would help - younger players care not about Omar Sharif, Dwight Eisenhower or Warren Buffett. If every current player took a pledge to teach one player under the age of 21, the game would be self-sustaining.

As for clubs, I understand why older players are more appealing. You aren't going to get many kids in your Tuesday 10am game. But get them when they are young and you will have them for life.
March 14
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Blackwood, Stayman, negative doubles.
Adventures in Card Play.
Hamman.
March 14
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We play 5N is pick a slam in so many contexts that I don't want to make an exception. I am sure it would be a recipe for an accident and a night sleeping on the couch.
March 13
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1C-1H-2D-2S!=5+ hearts

(1C-1H-2C-2S!=5+ diamonds)
March 12
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1C-1H (8-11, not 5S)
2D-2H (Staymanesque, 2N would be best raise)
3C-3D
4C-4H (KCB)
4S (0-3)-4N (Q ask)
5H (DQ and CK) -6D
March 12
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Debbie, Debbie, Debbie. What were you thinking? Your thoughts are blasphemous. Do you not understand what Bridgewinners is about? The first person puts up something reasonable. One hundred irrelevant postings follow. The winner is the one with the most off topic response. Ironically, by your posting, you win this round.
March 11
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