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.. it was partner's 1NT bid!
March 20
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This was in ACBL-land. The 1NT opener was announced correctly.
March 20
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1. bidding boxes were in use
Yes, it was surreal. I don't remember encountering anything similar before.
March 20
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I was so gobsmacked by the proceedings that I had no idea what I should do. In the end I gave no indication that something bizarre was going on; and the opponents didn't mention it. So, I agree that this wasn't a super-clear situation.
March 19
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Good evening O Master.

The auction (if that word really applies here) was still in progress at the point when an opponent (with no apparent reason to ask) made some learned enquiry, which caused(?) my partner to explain it as if it were “2 - 2…” rather than the more prosaic “1NT-2-2”.

I don't know if this counts as a review of the auction (clearly, his review did not correspond with how the auction actually proceeded).
March 19
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The vulnerability might be relevant, since N might
perpetrate a weak 2. I was N and considered opening
but the vulnerability dissuaded me. The auction
went: p-(2N)-p-(3); X-(3)-p-(4); p-(5)-p-(6)-ap.

I don't know what was most appalling - the sight of
dummy or the discussion about how they should have
reached 7.

a) the 2N opener is not a typo
b) I think that this was punishment from the bridge gods for my spineless X
Feb. 27
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In my strong club partnerships, we alert 1M-4M and explain “not necessarily weak”. This sometimes avoids tedious discussions about what ‘preemptive’ means, etc.
Jan. 11
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MB: excellent point. Playing canape systems with their emphasis on distribution rather than HCP is very educational (and makes a pleasant change from 5M strong NT blah).
Dec. 19, 2018
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I have never been a big fan of Asking Bids in strong club systems, but I think that the approach used here has done a reasonable job without the memory strain of a better (relay) approach.

At least on this hand we know about partner's 6th trump and total number of controls below the level of game.
Nov. 28, 2018
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4 would be control-asking in diamonds. You know in advance that the answer would be 2nd round control (3 steps: 4NT).

4 would likewise be control asking in hearts.

It is not clear what 4N would be here.

Top honour = A, K or Q.
Nov. 27, 2018
Ian Wilson edited this comment Nov. 28, 2018
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This is somewhat painful since just before reading it, I played in my robot's Exclusion response (clicked on Pass instead of converting to 6 of our agreed trump suit).
Nov. 25, 2018
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Paul - partner is known to be missing either the A or K from the response to the trump ask. And since he has 3 controls, he must hold A + K.
Nov. 24, 2018
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Thank you, Richard, I can provide the following additional info:
- with 10-13HCP, 5+, 3-, partner could have opened 2
(no weak 2 is available)
- he has denied 3rd round control of clubs
- 4/4 would be control asks

5 is undiscussed but I don't see that it could be interpreted as anything other than a request for good trumps.
Nov. 24, 2018
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Very close. I didn't have the J. The only reason I opened is because after pondering an undisciplined preempt followed by an undisciplined 1 opener, I thought I had paused too long to pass, hence 1. That's my excuse, anyway, officer.

Waiting for referral to be approved before I start exercising muscles I didn't know I had..
Nov. 18, 2018
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My partner made a second penalty double. This generated -730 when dummy produced two trumps, two Aces, and diamonds came in for 1 loser. Declarer held AT98632 8 AK93 T.

-730 was worth almost 20% (!) since there was clearly a lot of action on this board. EW's best score: +800 for 4X.

Perhaps a more difficult decision at IMP, as Ben points out.
Nov. 18, 2018
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Paul: two questions-
a) what shape(s) are consistent with partner's bidding?
b) do you find 1NT incomprehensible?
Nov. 5, 2018
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Paul: being 2 levels higher than the field contract and making 1.5 tricks more than the field contract explains my average score quite accurately :)
Nov. 2, 2018
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Amen to that. Have never forgotten gruelling GNT District Final in Buellton. Bringing home a grand on a trump coup .. until I discarded a small trump on one of reentryless dummy's winners .. Since then I obsessively check that the card I am playing is the card I think I am playing.
Oct. 22, 2018
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A slight modification would make this a completely usable scheme: when a partnership registers, they proffer one convention card. The seller of entries makes 2 copies of the proffered CC, with some official stamp to indicate their registration; then the pair takes one registered copy each and plays the event. A pair that does not proffer a prototype card gets 2 copies of the Yellow Card as a default. Shazzam!
Oct. 14, 2018
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Just to clarify: the ACBL requires that we prealert the system, and alert the second bid in a possible canape sequence, e.g. in the 1-1N-2, the 2 bid must be alerted.
Sept. 19, 2018
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