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Geez, Cornelia, I'm with you but we should both lighten up :)
7 hours ago
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Table presence needed!
But not from me.
Random opponents, I'd go with Randy above.
7 hours ago
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Christopher just took the words out of my mouth. I gather that would be a major expense of time.
9 hours ago
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My only real complaint is that we (or maybe it's just I) often cannot readily see who is saying what to whom or when (apart, from sometimes why).

I gather that date/time stamps (rather than just x minutes ago) is a software challenge.
9 hours ago
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“despite him being a proven cheater”

Oh-oh; off-topic comments coming!
9 hours ago
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Somewhat off topic:

Handling the qualifications and responses (for the many of us who do not play a big club system) is a frustrating issue (hence, so many different schemes).

Some of us have concluded that the immediate positive (2D) and immediate double negative, however defined (2H) – is a very reasonable method.

A comprehensive article on the treatment from our Bridge Winners' Adam Parrish was published in The Bridge World, circa 2012.

Certainly worth tracking down if you want to assure your partnership is on firm ground.
11 hours ago
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Nope.
16 hours ago
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“Partnership skill is as important as any technical skill.”
Right on, Max!
Rubens, in “Secrets,” offers superb advice on that subject, including that of managng the contagious “conventionitis” disease.
17 hours ago
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Clarification question re OP:

“ where an 8-card major-suit fit has been found?”

Shouldn't this read 8-card or possibly 9-card?
19 hours ago
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Is there a problem here in definition?

“Best bridge writer” is not the same as “best bridge book writer”).

Clearly, by any standard, Rubens and Kaplan are outstanding bridge writers but not necessarily best bridge book writers (limited output of books, particularly Rubens).

Or is “best bridge writer” another category to consider?
Feb. 22
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Flannery (per OP) is my favorite for working best when not used.

Support doubles and redoubles for sure, per other comments.

I'm hard-pressed to come up with others than fit within the “spirit” of the opening question.

I don't think responses to 2C falls, technically, within the basic question. If it does, then a Namyats opening, rather than 4M, and many other examples would as well.
Feb. 22
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Ed R., always the nitpicking purist :)
(Not that we don't need it.)
Feb. 22
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In my view, first comment (Jeff Goldsmith) is right on, although a modification might be in order if, as the OP has asked, the short club “could be as short as TWO.”

Quite often, this (rather silly) agreement is only to guarantee that a 1D opening always shows more than 3. If that is the entire agreement, why would you want to alter any of your intervention agreements? (I doubt that you do so after a natural 1D.)

If the 1C is limited but forcing and is in combo with a Montreal relay or similar method or can be less than TWO, that's another matter for consideration.

Whatever, I think this link will be helpful in this discussion.

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/opening-with-a-short-club/
Feb. 22
Ed Judy edited this comment 19 hours ago
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Pass by opener in a competitive auction at second turn.
(I'm aware that it is not a “convention.”).
Feb. 21
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Bridge Master is indeed super for imps.
Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult (if not impossible)for a similar program for match points.
Feb. 21
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Oh, Ray, why so literal?
Pls lighten up a bit and try to give a lesser mortal like me some slack. This web site is a blog, not a courtroom.

I simply can't believe that we should give a hoot about the quality of a strat.
Feb. 21
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Sorry, by DD I meant Duplicate Decisions (in context), regret that it wasn't clear even though it was extraneous.

How do you feel about the last sentence? - for clarity:

“Whatever, not having minutes is not ”good housekeeping“ whatever the entity or committee. Elitist or worse. At the least, an acknowledgment or reason for not having is in order.”
Feb. 21
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Forget strats. Play against the best.
Feb. 21
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For those who may not know, Ed plays in a place (unlike Lake Wobegon) where all of the players are below average.
Feb. 21
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I assume DD is a positive preference in ACBL club play.
Otherwise, not.

Whatever, not having minutes is not “good housekeeping” whatever the entity or committee. Elitist or worse. At the least, an acknowledgment or reason for not having is in order.
Feb. 21
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