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How to insult two Ians with one go!
Sept. 1
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Real hand; from Friday night, f2f.
Sept. 1
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I must confess to being absolutely amazed but glad I posted this.
I was preparing a mini-lesson on “why an expert wouldn't lead a diamond”!

(Mind you, at least I could bank the 100% I would have scored on this hand…)
Sept. 1
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IIRC Ian doesn't play 9-17, he plays something like:
12-14 nv
15-17 v
9-11 in 4th seat
Sept. 1
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Doesn't it pretty much require partner to have A and A?


What about the risk of giving tricks away?
Sept. 1
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9-17 means that you, and your partner, will open the majority of balanced 9-17 hands in any seat at any vulnerability.

Style means that you may differ in which hands you upgrade and downgrade and whether you include hands with a singleton or 5 card major for example. You need to tell your opps this.

Not ALL bids are alertable; if you alert EVERY bid:
a) expect to get penalised
b) expect to be disliked
c) expect to be summoned to a disciplinary committee
Sept. 1
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I prefer to play more often than once a week… ;-)
Sept. 1
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Playing short club I feel obliged to tell partner about the salient feature of my hand.
Aug. 31
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Yes, sorry should have been more clear.
Aug. 31
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Jane: I may be the only one teaching LTC via miniBridge, but its easy to do and makes teaching bidding much easier.
E.g.
Partner opens 1 so you assume 7 losers; if you have 8 losers and 4 spades….
Aug. 31
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We teach LTC as the way to determine the level of a suit contract in miniBridge, much easier to see how it works when you can see both hands.

Later on, when we teach bidding, we tell them what LTC to assume from partner's bidding e.g. 7 losers for a 1-level opening, 8 for 1NT (12-14).
Aug. 30
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2 would have been my choice and that makes partner captain.
Aug. 30
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No they don't; had to check though.

I agreed with Mike that defending can be easier when the balanced hand of known strength is declarer.

I then said that transfers opposite a weak NT are a double edged sword because they make the balanced hand declarer.
Aug. 30
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You gotta draw the line somewhere.
Aug. 29
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Get most of the cards in a 7 board swiss match and you can beat most anyone.
Aug. 29
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What other game can mere mortals play against world class opposition and occasionally beat them?
Aug. 29
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“Regs change so often, tough to know.”

Really? WBF Laws about once every 10 years.

EBU Blue Book gets minor changes once a year.

IF ACBL is changing more regularly than this I would be surprised.
Aug. 28
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I wouldn't be playing if in ACBL land.
Aug. 28
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If the current policy is fine then threads such as “1NT - 2M to play: Alertable?” would not exist, or if they did would have one very short reply.
Aug. 28
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We tried an 8x3 Mitchell last week (7 1/2 tables) and had to ditch the last round. The players didn't like the long sit out.
Aug. 28
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