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Similarly for bidding sequences without about 15 bids some of them with explanatory notes. I take one look at them and abstain, life's too short to do otherwise.
4 hours ago
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If Eugene disclosed his methods it would make it easier for someone to circumvent them if they so wished.

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17 hours ago
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We chose Thursday night as it's the least well attended, so less chance of play taking place upstairs.
July 22
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Online pauses are difficult anyway, maybe the cat was about to knock over your tea or you just had a low ping rate.
July 22
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I only open 1 with KJXX or better (playing 5cM and weak NT) so my odds will be different again.
July 22
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Sadly, I didn-t. :-(
I thought you meant something like Bridgeworld's system.
July 22
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Ronald: we use 1 - 2any as transfers to a very weak 6 card suit (at most one defensive trick, typically less than 6 hcp) or GF (but not strong, say 12-15 hcp) with 5+ cards in the target suit.

Makes the continuations much easier.

We play the same scheme opposite 1 too, except that 1 - 2 is an inverted raise in diamonds; partner rebids diamonds with a min or something else with a good hand.
July 22
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Specific ace ask might solve the original problem; especially if like me you use 3NT as the ask so can follow up with a specific King ask.
July 22
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Since this is a worldwide site it seems rude to have a set method (which will almost certainly be Standard American or 2/1).

Some bidding problems are only a problem because of the system used; having a set method would prevent us from requesting help with these problems.
July 22
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Ed: I tried rolling my eyes once; they rolled them right back.
(Sorry, someone had to say it and I drew the short straw).
July 21
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If you do that too often on BCL (i.e. more than once) then your membership gets suspended.
July 21
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I've had an idea!
why not make each partnership have a document that describes their agreements, and lets make them provide a copy to each opponent at the start of the round. Allow a few minutes at the start of each round for the opponents to read said document.

The more I think about it the more sensible it looks, so there's absolutely no chance of it catching on.
July 21
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Yu: not if you are married to them!
July 21
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Online we have an SSD (Simple System Description), it wouldn't cover this. However could be considered to be ‘general Bridge knowledge’.
July 21
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I think it does need alerting, expectation is 5-9 hcp, we will do with 5 points less than the minimum of that range.
July 21
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We have had to train one of our beginners not to say “a-ha” every time her partner announces one of her bids!
It was pretty difficult because it was largely subconcious.
July 21
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The only issue I have with Yu's proposal is remembering it at the table! Looks perfect otherwise.
July 21
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And there was me thinking that the EBU L&E had been very enlightened in removing L3 (which most of my bids comply with anyway) so that players could actually practise their methods before turning up to competitions.

This problem actually occurred in an online tournament, not f2f.
I'm pretty sure that my Friday night f2f opps are quite happy to play against us, and prefer it to the alternative. I'll ask them tonight.

I actually have no problem with answering questions during the auction; I just think that the asker should have a good reason to ask.
July 21
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This thread must be a lawyers dream; almost as exciting as something they could charge for! ;-)
July 21
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Only if everyone knows that they always ask; and that they do always ask, and always in the same manner; and they ask about very bid, every time and listen to the response with attention and without interruption. Even if they have heard the reply a thousand times they have to look as though this is the first time they have asked. This also means that “same as last time?” is not the same as “what does that show?”.

I doubt that anyone can actually manage to do this unless they have OCD tendencies. Even if someone can I'm guessing that they will be scoring very lowly in the popularity stakes.
July 21
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