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I thought about that play as well leonard, but played a diamond since LHO having AQJ of spades is a possibility which makes it hard to guess to duck a spade to get partner in for another trump. I also thought I would feel silly losing to AQ on my left. I've similarly had a lot of luck leading small to the J in these situations where I thought it was likely RHO had the Q and they almost never insert it.
Jan. 11, 2018
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This is also something I'm trying to figure out for the Seattle Unit. We will almost certainly be running one as a unit event in 2018 and I'm trying to figure out details like how best to bracket, how to pull in the NLM crowd, how to maximize participation, etc.
Jan. 7, 2018
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I think it is certainly possible. Heck, LCS standard exists so use that as a staple and then check on things on the way. It seems like a lot of the debate has been from the view of a 2M generally promising 6 vs being the default rebid with only 5. If you pick one side of that debate and build a coherent system with that as an assumption, then people can certain pick it up and play. If people feel strongly about wanting to land on the other side, then they won't be able to pick up and play BWS without discussion but I wonder how many of those fall into the target audience.
Jan. 7, 2018
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Are complaints about Cone of Silence really still valid with the new CEO? Every email I've sent him has been responded to with an impressive amount of content and clarity.
Jan. 5, 2018
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Hopefully at some point the ACBL will take a look at creating registration software to improve the whole experience. You pay your entry, check “prefer bracket 1” or don't, then whenever the director hits the “close entries” button then it spits out all the brackets.

As for the “open” bracket idea, Seattle does this at our May KO sectional. There is a 4 session “open” bracket that anyone who wants to can join and then starting at the same time there is a bracketed KO that is 3 sessions. I believe at least part of the motivation was to ensure that people who want to play with the top teams will definitely be allowed the opportunity. This was especially interesting 2 years ago because a team with around 4k masterpoints signed up for the open bracket, the directors wanted to put them in the bracketed KO but they were allowed to stay open, and then they won the Open KO.
Jan. 5, 2018
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Derp, yeah forgot how the short spades hand having the long hearts helps 4 make.
Jan. 5, 2018
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And by Adobe, I meant Oracle.
Jan. 4, 2018
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What does XX in this auction show?
Jan. 4, 2018
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Well its unlikely they have KQxx, but if they have AKxx and Qxxx, I'm probably still making 4 hearts, losing 1 hearts and 2 spades which will also matchpoint better than 3NT.
Jan. 4, 2018
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The discussion that prompted this question was actually HH, the AK to be specific :) I mentioned I would probably set hearts if partner rebid them which prompted a discussion about how 3 would 100% guarantee 3 hearts.
Jan. 4, 2018
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The bridge community also probably didn't consist of 90% retired people in the 70s :)
Jan. 3, 2018
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I wonder how many cities could field company teams that could be competitive. In Seattle, viable teams could probably be built from Google, Adobe, Amazon, and Microsoft and I'm not sure anyone else could field a team let alone one that could compete.
Jan. 3, 2018
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A big part of why I posted this was because I was curious about 3 as an option. Yay for the 3 bid! :)

Partner has xxx AK AKTxxx Kx but didn't want to pull to 4 with opener bidding NT twice. So 4 and 5 both work better with defenders taking the first 5 spade tricks, but I don't think anyone did anything unreasonable on the hand, just doesn't work out well. If the hand w/ long spades isn't on lead, taking 12 tricks in NT is simple with Jxx of clubs dropping. Over 3 showing doubts about strain (if that's what it shows), the hand with concern about both black suits and AK of hearts has an easy (imo) raise to 4.
Jan. 3, 2018
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Yep, still going on! A link to the C&C for the round robin: http://www.bridgeinseattle.org/2017-round-robin . It is popular with the flight A players, but we've had varying success with the B and C flights. In 2017, there were only 2 brackets which resulted in a huge disparity in strength of teams in bracket 2.
Jan. 3, 2018
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Yep, went with 2nd option but would certainly consider Qx good enough when considering whether to bid 2NT or rebid 2M.
Jan. 2, 2018
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Not opening would be anti-system. Partner is aware of the system agreements to open lighter than vanilla 2/1 and should adjust their GF responses accordingly.
Jan. 2, 2018
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Don't you want any black suit lead coming to you?
Jan. 2, 2018
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I voted for the 3 suited short diamonds, but I don't think that's because it is the best in isolation. I certainly would prefer to have 2 be a weak 2 in diamonds. However, it is the glue that lets lots of other things come together if playing 5 card majors: 1 now promises at least 2, 2 can promise 6, etc. I've played systems where 1 promises 0, but the system gets warped around that and I constantly regretted all the compromises that resulted.

FWIW, I think 2 as the short diamonds and 2 as multi is better, but that's also not legal for most ACBL events.
Dec. 29, 2017
Eric Sieg edited this comment Dec. 29, 2017
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I don't know we have an agreement so much as that bidding stronger would be on hands where missing game opposite a hand partner would pass outweighs the risk of getting too high opposite a bust. 3 is not forcing but shows extra strength, cue then 3 would be a moose I believe. So, a 20 count is certainly possible if partner is worried that 3 might be too high opposite a hand at the bottom of the 0-7 range.
Dec. 29, 2017
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3 and 3 are natural and non forcing
Dec. 29, 2017
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