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It seems like most people aren’t aware of or have forgotten that the laws are based upon oral bidding. Can you imagine someone saying four spades and not immedeately correct this if they misspoke? Bidding boxes are a tool to avoid UI. Why should one be disasvantaged by using this tool?

This is the reason why unintended calls are correctable, whereas that doesn’t apply to played cards.
21 hours ago
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It wasn’t just doubled undertricks that changed. The bonus for making a redoubled contract also was increase. Which removed the possibility for 5mxx+1 to be better or worse than slam depending upon the vulnerabilitty.

I remember scoring 1030 and 1080 a week later for making 4Mxx, with the new law taking effect in between.
22 hours ago
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You double in direct seat with 0 defensive tricks, and pass with 1 or 2.
April 17
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Steve: Law 16 is of no relevance here. Try L25A1 and 25A3,which cover the situation at hand. If 4 was a mispull, which seems pretty obvious, the ruling is 100 % correct.
April 16
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It’s not. It’s just bad bridge.
April 12
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Thinking about slam here is pretty ridiculous, IMO. Raise to game is normal. Facing a three card raise it might not be lay down or even making on some layouts, but it’ pretty clear to bid it at any form of scoring. Those hear loser might prove difficult to cover.
April 11
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My gut feeling is to play a club to the king. This caters for south having Q/Qx/9/9x in addition to all 3-3 breaks.
April 10
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The OP clearly state that it isn't.
April 10
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2NT is definitely natural for me too here. I really don’t see any reason to use it as a INV+ raise here: hands fitting a natural bid is quite common, and there are other ways to bid with support.
April 6
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I recall a Swedish story: After a 1 opening LHO overcalled 3. Responder asked about the meaning of the bid, and overcallers parter said: -1700 on his own.
April 6
Harald Berre Skjæran edited this comment April 6
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The only times I have a personal score card is in teams matches, if my partner kreps the official score. That’s never happened before i started playing with my current partner, who insist on having the score card; I’ve always been the one doing the writing previous.

When playing in clubs playing Howell (or Mitchell movements some 30 years ago), without a scoring program, we always use travelers. And all pairs stay to watch the manual scoring. Nobody have ever felt the need for a personal score card.
April 5
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As he would after the auction 1-(2)-2-(4)-. I fail to understand what you’re getting at.
April 5
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Barry: I know. I just pointed out that over here, nobody think they need personal score cards.
April 5
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Chip also captained the US junior team in the 1993 WC in Århus, Denmark.
April 4
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Yeah, some 60+% of our clubs play barometer. After each round most clubs hand out paper slips with the result of the boards in the previous round and the standings. Those who don’t display the results on monitors.

Those playing Howells, use travelers. Most clubs enter the results in the scoring program and report results to the club’s website, including results for each board.
April 4
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Scorecard? You still use that?

Nobody here does (except a one digit number of players), and haven't since I started playing tournaments in 1978.
April 4
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We do that in Norway. The bidding cards are supposed to stay on the table until the end of the clarification period (when the opening lead is faced). We’ve had this protocol for nearly ten years now, I believe.

Unfortunately, old habits die hard. And only a few players adhere to the protocol.
April 4
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I don’t understand the criticism of the 1 opening at all. If this hand isn’t worth an upgrade, few hands will be upgraded. IMO it’s too strong for a 1 opening.

I can’t judge the bidding and assign blame based upon judgement in bidding. It seems to me that the problem is system agreements; east seemed to have no way to show his hand.
April 3
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For me, 2NT promise values, and partner 3 show a weak hand, with a strong hand he rebid 3/ to show the corresponding minor.
April 2
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Up here, Mitchell movements are history; they’re almost never used at all.

Up to the early 90’s Mitchell was in use in Trondheim, probably elsewhere too. But we never ussd arrow switching, just straight Mitchell with two winners.

Today maybe half our clubs use Howell movements (probably a little less than half). All other clubs play barometer movements of some kind (barometer Howell or Swiss pairs).
March 31
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