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If you decide 2s are really good you ain't playing with a full deck.
Aug. 25
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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.
Aug. 25
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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.
Aug. 25
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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.
Aug. 25
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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.
Aug. 25
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Well it gives owners a way of hedging the risks of non or low payment.
Aug. 24
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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?
Aug. 24
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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!
Aug. 24
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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.
Aug. 24
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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).
Aug. 24
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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.
Aug. 24
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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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The problem is not what players do, its what they say they do.
Aug. 23
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You are absolutely required to describe your agreements in terms your opps can understand; if you can't do that with your current agreements then I see little alternative to changing them.

Try filling in your tax return in groats and doubloons and see where it takes you.
Aug. 23
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…or just bid your 4 card suit and support later.
Aug. 23
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Both strongly indicate that the writer is being deliberately obtuse about proper disclosure.

If you can't simply and accurately describe your methods then change them.
Aug. 23
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I'm still coming to terms with the lead!

It reminds me of the old “Can you tell me how to get to Dublin” joke.

“Well, I wouldn't start from here.”
Aug. 22
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