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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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What does that even mean Ian?
Aug. 22
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I tell my students that if anyone recommends adding points for shape that they should kick them in the nuts and run away.
Aug. 21
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IF (and its a big IF) my partner led a low heart I'm pretty sure I would duck.
Aug. 21
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Sorry, don't understand your point.
Aug. 21
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Thanks Craig, I'd be happy to allow anyone to declare 14+ to 17 and open with a 13 count provided they had no card lower than a 9.

Have I gone over to the Dark side?
Aug. 20
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Opening a strong NT with 13 would be a deviation not a psyche.
Aug. 20
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I used to play EHAA style miniNT, no transfers.
Aug. 20
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Indeed, why tell them anything at all, let every hand be an adventure. You could call it Wild Bridge and set up your own clubs and competitions. We will be sad to see you go but respect your choice.
Aug. 20
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I think this is closer to Shrodinger's lesser known Duck experiment in which a duck is placed in a closed box.

Sooner or later the duck will start to make some noise.
Is this because:
A) the duck is trying to draw attention to its plight
Or
B) it has gone quackers
Aug. 20
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Yes John, just don't do it twice.
However, it is highly unlikely that your partner (if a reg) knows so little about your bidding style to be genuinely surprised by this. You would probably get ruled against in an EBU event.

My own feelings on the matter is that its just not cricket. You tell me you are playing one thing and then do something different; its downright rude!
If you want to win that way that's up to you, but its not a reputation I would want.
Aug. 20
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Rainer: its a thing of beauty for sure; I'm sure the review panel will enjoy deciding whether its legal to upgrade it to a 15 or not.
If I were on the review panel I'd argue in favour as long as your CC said 14+, as a TD I would rule against.

You might not like Milton Work Count; but realistically, as far as legislating balanced openers go, its the only show in town.
Aug. 20
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If competing for part scores and balancing overtricks against making/defeating a contract is too difficult then you are probably right. I prefer the full rich tapestry of the game that matchpoints provides. Many fewer boring push hands too.
Aug. 20
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Play nicely people or we will take the cards away.
Aug. 20
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It could be argued that 2 is an asking bid and after receiving a negative response the asker has decided that 2 is the place to play. You can use your own Bridge expertise to determine the sort of hand the asker might have for this sequence.
Aug. 20
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Certainly made a mess of publishing it.
Aug. 19
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Anyone announcing 15-17 and ‘semi routinely’ upgrading 13 counts automatically qualifies for a score adjustment in my book. They won't do it twice on my watch.
Aug. 19
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Actually I don't Tyler; I just want to convince people that imps is for teams and mps is for pairs.
Aug. 19
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