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You have the test the wrong way around; the bid is comparable because the 1S response includes hands that would have passed as opener.
9 hours ago
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Eric: we are supposed to adopt a loose interpretation of ‘comparable’ so a bid which shows spades and values is clearly comparable.
9 hours ago
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Only those who have never played Acol.
9 hours ago
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5C, 6D, 1H, 2S =14
9 hours ago
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We once played a 32 board team of four match in our teammates house with s break scheduled for half time. Our host was cooking Lasagne which smelled wonderful for a while and then started to burn. One of our opposition spent forever doing anything, nothing could speed him up. On one hand he made his opening lead after 3 or 4 minutes thought and then regained the lead at trick 2. He now tanked for a full 11 minutes before leading the card I had expected him to lead.

I will in future concede the match anytime we are drawn against a team with him in it.

We conceded the match after 24 boards, which had taken over 6 hours to play.
10 hours ago
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I think we (in EBUland) consider that to be OK (and one of the easier problems!)
10 hours ago
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Our 1D opening can be balanced or otherwise but does promise KJxx or better. We play 1D-2any as 2 way transfers, either very weak with a 6 card suit or 11-14 (ish) with a 5+ card suit. 1D-2C is an inverted raise in diamonds which makes it Drury-like.

I considered using 1D-1NT as the transfer to clubs (rather than 2S->C) but in the end preferred the pre-emptive bid.

However, you can handle balanced hands by using a direct 2NT response as 9-11 (or 8-10) and 1NT-2C-2NT as the higher range. We don't play J2NT or similar opposite a 1m opener, preferring to keep 2NT natural.
10 hours ago
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Our immediate opps were the strongest in the field, South is a regular county A team player and a GM of many years standing.
12 hours ago
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No one bid slam.
12 hours ago
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Its a strong club but Friday is one of the weaker nights; its the only night convenient for us.
20 hours ago
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Some did; although four other pairs were in 3NT and failed to make all 13.
20 hours ago
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Not quite correct Tag; too strong to pass, too weak to bid anything else. However, partner is expected to pass without extras or a second suit to show; even then reversing should be done with care.
Sept. 22
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I have similar thoughts about slam inquiries; the weaker hand should usually do the control asking as the stronger hand has more to show.
Sept. 22
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I wouldn't waste much time on this, I'm not passing your 1 bid …
Sept. 22
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Now this may be a sensible use of the AI programmers time…
A system that is capable of analysing bids and auto-alerting any bids which you might not fully understand AND where such knowledge might affect the next action you take.
Sept. 22
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The 1NT response is generally a bucket bid showing any hand too weak to bid at the 2 level and with insufficient support to raise openers suit. For many players it is probably the most artificial bid they have in their system other than Stayman and Blackwood. However; because it is so widely used in this manner it makes sense to only alert it if it is forcing.
Sept. 22
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Ed: I read all of that but have to confess that I didn"t understand a word of it after ‘Heh’.
Sept. 21
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Shading the invite does have pre-emptive value of course; however, I prefer to have some chance of making the contract when my invite is declined.
Sept. 21
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Either: keep your invites up to snuff, shade acceptances (my preference)
OR
Shade the invites but keep acceptances real

Problems happen when you shade both!
Sept. 21
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It's a take-out double, one's partner is always at liberty to convert to pens with a suitable hand.
Sept. 21
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