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The last time we played against Alex Hydes/Simon Cope they played 2 natural, 2 michaels against our short, forcing 1.
Jan. 23
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Names, schmames.
Jan. 23
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Very wise Steve, very wise.
Jan. 21
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I prefer to tell partner about 9 of my cards rather than 6; yes, sometimes it goes awry, what doesn't.
Jan. 21
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One day, I keep promising myself, I will learn how to read!
Jan. 20
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Sally Brock partnered Fiona Brown but they had different partners in the first trial, what happened?
Jan. 20
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Because we deem it so; once-upon-a-time it was the only way I could stop my partner bidding 2NT “to play” on misfit hands.
Jan. 19
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2NT is forcing.
Jan. 19
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1-1-2-2NT-3-4
Jan. 19
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One thing about overcalling 1NT is that it takes the bid away from your ops; this can result in an NT contract being other-sided.

Now, whether this is the right side or the wrong side…
Jan. 18
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We play them as mini-splinters, 8 or fewer losers;shortage in the bid suit. 1M-3m ditto. BUT with 4+ card support (essential if you are promising ruffs).
Brilliant for finding low-HCP games.

1M-2NT is same without shortage but can be 3-card support if the opps intervene.
Jan. 18
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We used to have a piece of foam attached to our office wall so you could bang your head without doing too much damage; to your head, or the wall…
Jan. 18
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1M-2NT is balanced raise to 3M (8 losers, no shortage).
1-2/3m, 1-3/3m are mini-splinters with 8 losers.
Jan. 17
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Ray: I think they just like ‘vagueness’ so they can use their judgement to vilify people.
Jan. 17
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The fence ain't so keen!
Jan. 16
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The TD obviously thinks this hand is too strong to be called ‘weak’ and falls into the category of hands that he has previously warned the players about.

The difficulty is that this is technically a weak hand but has much greater playing strength than one would normally associate with a weak hand; BUT only if clubs are trumps.

I personally have no issue with the description of ‘weak’ and would not have been surprised by dummy. I would prefer the description ‘fairly weak’ as posited in my Strength Chart but I seem unable to get BW contributors to join in a discussion about actually defining terms that we all use. Perhaps people just enjoy these long and pointless debates.
Jan. 16
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We play e.g. (1)-1-(2) as “how good was your overcall?” which is what I say.
If they ask me what sort of hand my partner has what do I reply?
What do Drury players say their partner's 2 bid shows?

We play e.g. 1-(2)-3 as “please describe your hand further partner”.
If they ask me what sort of hand my partner has what do I reply?
OK so they have game interest (and its not in clubs) and they don't have 3+ spades; but other than that?
Jan. 16
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Seems they do flights of fantasy too! :-)
Jan. 16
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I've polled lots of players; more than half of them would bid 3 with the south hand. OK, so most of the stronger ones wouldn't, but so what?
Jan. 16
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A BW inspired rush.
Jan. 15
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