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You owe your opps an explanation of your agreements, saying “we don't have an agreement he just bids what he wants” won't wash.
51 minutes ago
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So do we, at the same time we teach them the required announcement.

Not sure what this has to do with the price of bread though.
an hour ago
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I will be bound by agreement, I owe that to my partner and the opps. However the agreement could be guidelines which determine whether I open 1 or 1 on any given hand.
2 hours ago
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I think that anything I play should not be alertable whether its artificial or not, the world needs a reason to learn Grumpy Club.


Why should Nigel get all the breaks?
2 hours ago
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Announceable in ebuland, not sure North of Hadrian's Wall as I believe WBF regs apply.
6 hours ago
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If you decide 2s are really good you ain't playing with a full deck.
7 hours ago
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1 playing Acol, 1 playing short forcing club.

I sometimes open 1 with 4 clubs and 5 spades if worried about my rebid.
10 hours ago
Ian Grant edited this comment 2 hours ago
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Your CC tells me what I need to know, you upgrade some 14s but not all. If you upgrade one then I can use my judgement to decide whether I would have upgraded the same hand. If it's marginal or better you are ok if not I call the TD and it's then their problem.
10 hours ago
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Not alerted = natural by definition.

If it were a transfer it would be announced or alerted.

Not unusual for EBU beginners to play Stayman and natural opposite a weak NT.
11 hours ago
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I tried leaving a cheapo breakfast chain without tipping. The waitress managed to stay hidden during our breakfast, we never got refill coffee or any toast the buffet items were not being filled up. It was pay on entry otherwise we wouldn't have.

We were half way across the car park when she came chasing after us wanting a tip. Good luck with that.
12 hours ago
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Well it gives owners a way of hedging the risks of non or low payment.
21 hours ago
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The EBU teaching materials say not to open 1NT with a 5cM.

Doesn't stop me though! However, sometimes 1NT works out better?

Are you not going to open 1NT with a 4cM because you might miss a 4-4 fit?
21 hours ago
Ian Grant edited this comment 21 hours ago
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MH: I would be happy with what you put, I may not be happy with what you bid; that's Bridge!
21 hours ago
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In England we tip someone for good service, in the US you tip someone for doing their job. That's fine, its just part of the cost of the meal that goes direct to the waiter.
21 hours ago
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Craig: I wouldn't open the OP hand but would yours.
When does it stop?

The Pearson point check (usually used in 4th seat) hcp + number of spades >= 15. Applies to a forcing 1 opening in any seat (playing weak NT and 5cM).
23 hours ago
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We stayed in the Westin St Francis as part of our honeymoon (which also included LA, Hawaii and NYC) some 29 years ago. Whilst there we found a very nice Italian restaurant on Pier 39; lunch one day and dinner another. The night we went for dinner (the works, 4 courses with wine) we noticed the waiter harrassing a European tourist for a tip. Now the guy was obviously short of cash; he had ordered just a main meal, the cheapest on the menu, and tap water when he found out that was free. When the guy tried to pay the exact amount the waiter sat next to him blocking his exit and gave a long description of why he had to give a tip. I think he extracted 2 dollars. When it came to our turn to pay I asked the waiter to sit down next to us and gave him a long explanation of how he had just blown a very big tip.
23 hours ago
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When you open 1NT with a 15-17 hand holding a 5 card major and responder has balanced 3 card limit raise support for spades, will you find the spades? At what level?
Aug. 24
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2/1 is the solution to a problem, the problem is the strong NT.
I think there's a better solution!
Aug. 24
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Great hand to get with a newish partner, lots to discuss and refine.
Aug. 24
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I was responding to Tyler's post.

We get our best MPS scores from pushing opps to the 3-level and then taking them off. The same tactic can earn a considerable number of imps over a session; however players ,including team mates :-(, seem all too willing to go to the 4-level of their own volition.
Aug. 24
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