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I am so confused. Logged on. Saw Frances posted a problem. Those are always good. Saw her opponents bidding and thought “welcome to 21st Century Bidding”.

Then I saw this post by Alan. Time travel. Pretty sure this is a 3 opening these days. If it is a two-bid, Ogust is not to nuance game tries because inviting is so 1960s. Ogust should be thought of as “Drury” for two-bids. I would answer in that context. This looks good to me, but I have had beer goggles on before.
14 hours ago
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Seems like declarer should be 6412 on the bidding.
15 hours ago
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K.W: “What are you afraid of – going for a number in 2♦?”

We wont be in 2 because my partners always advance with 2 and then I hate myself. (Fred must be the greatest partner in the world.)
May 27
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Possibly the result of too many beer cards scored.

Not certain that “preemptive” is the proper description. It seems partner is not inviting me along as he had other ways of asking me to dance. Normal preempts provide some sort of agreement of how to continue, based on style.

This could be partner's normal attempt at swashbuckling.

First he swashes, then he buckles.
May 26
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Roland always brought us good news. This is so sad.
May 25
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Here is the deal. This WAS a raise to 2 back when opening bids were sounder. Goren probably bids 2, Roth definitely bids 2.

If one adopts a modern style of opening the floor of the opening bid becomes lower, therefore the range between a minimum opening and a traditional jump to three becomes even more unwieldy that it already was. The rebid range has always been the issue in standard, lighter openings increase that problem.

If you think partner is going to invite, when he starts seeing all these light opening bids - because they have a higher frequency - and no, he does not invite with the East hand and hands a little bit better that make an easy game.

Therefore the cheap fix is to make the raises to 3M a bit lighter. In a cheap and dirty modern style, this is OK for 3M. This keeps to opener's rebid range down to the normal unwieldy range rather than extra-wide silly. The trade-off is that you will sometimes be in contracts that are not poor, but neither are they appealing at this form of scoring.

Better fixes require better agreements. It is the difference between patching up a wall or roof and replacing it. More work, better results.

This is why modern bridge has moved to things like 2D openings = bal 18-19, forcing 2NT rebids after 1C-1M; 2N and transfer responses with gadgets after 1C.

For me, this starts 1C-1; 2(*) and we work out the hands to 3 only spades. Key word “work”. If you are just going to sit down and play and keep things basically simple, I would not worry very much about hands like this. There are wide cracks in standard. So if you rebid 3 on this hand you have one problem and if you rebid then 2 you have entirely different problems with different sorts of hands.

Bidding is about about trade-offs.

For example, David C's 1NT opening is moderately insane, but only in context of standard. He plays Precision, cannot open 1. The rest of the system structure makes the best trade-off to open 1NT and not 1 or (heaven forbid) the originally envisioned 2 opening. So his auction makes complete sense in context of the rest of the system. On some of the potential responding hands, he would languish in 1NT with 2 better. On some of the potential hands, he is better of in 1NT than opening 1 in standard.
May 18
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Two 11s came up. Once in a practice and another at a game I run. I actually dealt them both, because I do the shuffling to keep things moving along. I shuffle a lot because players often get a 7 or 8-bagger and think I set them up. So I make sure they know I have been shuffling. One I remember was 11 clubs missing the AQ. The player just kept bidding to 6C-X. Wasn't a good sac, though the AQ of trump onside. Not enough entries for the trump coup :)

I have held two 8-5s. One was a fitter and we bid and made 7-X with LHO holding a 2NT opening but ny 1 bid in front. The other was me 8-5 in the reds and partner 6-7 in the blacks. He held AKQ/AK and I could not score a single one of those cards on the diamond lead. We got a good score for stopping out below slam and being one of the few pairs to play the 8-card trump fit. My partner thought a long time before passing, but he got it right.
May 14
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This is so sad. Lynn was always wonderful. My condolences to her family and to her good friends, like Valerie. So sorry.
May 14
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Kit was right, no accident :)
May 10
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I abstained. (So maybe things have not changed).
May 7
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Disa is her nickname. Only people from Iceland (and perhaps other Scandinavian countries) know how to properly pronounce Hjördis Eythorsdottir.

Also, if you think he should buy a vowel and instead call him “Pepsi”, you may be a bridge addict. I go to Sylwia to try to get the proper pronunciation for the Polish names. But I am hopeless with some of the sounds.
May 7
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Raise your hand if you would have opened 1NT :)

Five-card suit and an outside 10?? The riches. Obvious upgrade and ‘normal’ shape these days.
May 7
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If West plays back the low club isn't declarer you still left with a guess how to continue? But I am playing this against you Stefan. And from what I can tell, you are defending just great :)

I suppose there is slight edge to a spade, just in case West does something like shift to a heart.
May 7
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Kaplan certainly led the vanguard. But Edgar died 23 years ago and the rules are still being revised towards the arbitrary. Comparable calls. Weighted awards. Are we to blame the Ghost of Edgar?

When I started playing bridge the BIT rules were entirely different. If one could justify the bid DESPITE the tempo break then it was allowed. It did not even need to be a popular option, just a logical one. In essence, if we had polling back then, you could keep your bid assuming anyone else poll selected your call. Well, also assuming the TD didn't hate or like the other opponents better.

Just think of about the most horrible BIT regulation imaginable.

But that law was actually changed while Kaplan was still around. Even more surprisingly, it was changed to something that made sense. Violators got the least favorable logical alternative. Bingo. Provides disincentive to BIT. Insures consistent application. And no I don't need some idiotic poll to figure it out. That whole polling thing was started just so good players didn't have to listen to TDs tell us how to play the game.

But that polling thing now drives the world. And the “remedy” can -and likely will - be different in every single case.

I tell (most) players at the club to pick up their cards. As far as BIT goes, the rules are so bonkers it is now better not to call the TD.

David Burn is completely correct about most players just want easy to understand uniform rules. And that is how it should be. The problem is we live in a world where too many people think the rules should not apply to them. Oh, and when it comes to time, those rules NEVER apply.

Mostly, the Laws of Bridge are a pile of arbitrary crap. But as far as Kaplan, he was just the leading spokesman for random. We have since performed plenty of damage without him.
May 7
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Cool hand. It is not immediately apparent (meaning I have a good chance of missing this at the table :). If West has 5134 shape, you will prevail by not cashing a diamond. If you cash the diamonds, West can exit the low club after ruffing the heart. Now declarer is sort of stuck. The basic point is to avoid losing 4 trump tricks. You cannot play another heart. West will score two heart ruffs & KQ of trump. If you try drawing trumps with J, West can win, play Q. Dummy has to ruff and is down to two trumps. If you come off the board with another trump, no matter A or 10, West can eventually play a diamond, forcing you to ruff in dummy and he will ruff the A.

But if you keep the two diamonds, you can let West ruff the second heart up and now he cannot hurt you. You can draw trumps losing the KQ and the one heart ruff.

Of course if W is 5125 you will wish you cashed AK. But it looks like heart to K and heart up is a better %. Cashing the AK looks normal. It is amazing how often in this game ‘normal’ can be fatal.
May 6
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5 was not forcing either :)
May 6
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OTOH, the 1NT opening (not me) is why East wont try to tap dummy if that could be a successful defense. No real reason to play partner for the doubleton if you think declarer must have two.
May 6
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On the bright side, playing online we do not have the ability to call out of rotation and therefore don't have to apply the “comparable call” nonsense.
May 6
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After thinking about it, I suppose South is supposed to fly A, give partner a ruff and hope declarer misguesses the second round of spades. So yeah, possibly 9 tricks. But if North has xx- and a stiff and a 7+ diamonds that now has to be to a high honor, I think it is a poor guess.
May 5
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Normal robot conquest. Skynet will eventually replace you to.
May 5
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