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M.R., you’re right. I never thought about it. Perhaps when I announce the (semi) forcing 1 NT I should add, “may have 4 spades.”
Oct. 14
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2 is a check box on the ACBL convention card. I announce that 1 shows 5 after 1 if playing Flannery. The others I do not alert or announce, though at the club if I know the opponents are relatively new, I.e. they play in the novice sections when they are held, I will explain these things before the opening lead is made.

At a tournament presumably the opponents are aware of these treatments so I do not announce them (other than the Flannery one), but will fully describe if asked.
Oct. 13
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It showed 4 controls (A=2, K=1), but the exact response is immaterial. The point is partner was able to place the contract immediately after hearing the response. Admittedly this is rare, but it does show one potential advantage of control showing.
Oct. 8
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I prefer 2 waiting, but some partners prefer control showing and I go along with it. The one auction I had which convinced me control showing had some merit was; 2 - 3; 7NT - pass. Laydown.
Oct. 8
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That’s not how it’s usually done. North enters the info, no matter who is declarer. And too often, north does the entering before leading, or before putting down dummy.
Oct. 5
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You enter it before leading? WRONG!!! You should always lead before touching the bridge mate. And you should always lead before writing the score in your personal scoresheet. To do otherwise is rude and slows the game down.
Oct. 5
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The game is slow enough as it is. When the %age was dropped a couple months ago, there was some minor grumbling, but none now. And the games are at least 15 or 20 minutes faster, but still 15 or 20 minutes slower than 7 minutes per board. Adding another 10minutes for entering the lead (and I doubt that’s all) is not a good idea.
Oct. 4
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If holding the reds, I’ll open hearts assuming the suit qualities do not persuade me otherwise. This is also BWS. For the other three pairs, I will generally open the minor.
Sept. 27
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When played by north it should go down if a club is not led. In your case declarer simply made a bad play since west cannot have the spade queen. When played by south, normal play will always make it as long as you do not finesse on the second round of trump. The preempt should guide you there.
Sept. 26
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5 seconds was an estimate. It wasn’t a tank, but it was noticeably longer than his usual tempo. Both my partner and I independently felt he hesitated, so it is more likely than not that he did. As for your second point, he preempted. He shouldn’t have anything to think about now. A fast pass would be in tempo.
Sept. 25
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Robert, I disagree with you. If this were a 299er moving up, maybe, but they do need to understand the rules. In this case, the player in question has around 800 longevity points. He won’t be going away. But these players need to understand they can’t get away with such actions, even when not deliberate. They also need to understand it is not an accusation.

As for it being only the A players asking for rectification, bunk. I would want everyone to call when justified. This is not a master point grab issue. Who cares about .25 points. It’s about playing by the rules.
Sept. 24
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That’s correct.
Sept. 23
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I wouldn’t beat myself up about missing slam. There’s a lot that can go wrong.

BTW, please use the hand generation tool. You’ve been a member for years and should know how to do it.
Sept. 20
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Oh, I wish that were true.
Sept. 9
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Some directors don’t like to do bumps, though I don’t know why. Maybe they think their clientele would screw it up. Though it’s likely the bumpees rather than the bumpers would be the offenders.

BTW, a while back someone posted a nice mnemonic for sit outs where every game in a month could be an E/W sit and every game in a different month could be a N/S sit. This way you didn’t need to remember which was last, but over the year it would balance out. Of course I’ve forgotten it.
Sept. 9
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Matt Dillon didn’t take any guff, and neither should you.
Sept. 9
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I’ve been thinking about asking partner to play “good news/bad news” when declaring. When dummy has a three or more card sequence, calling for the highest says that we’re in great shape, calling for the lowest says uh-oh, and a middle one says touch and go.

I think Belladonna had something similar with the way “thank you partner” was expressed.
Sept. 8
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Ray, as Michael said, I had no intention of insulting him. I’m sure he’s a fine young man who slipped up a bit this one time. I was merely pointing out what the perception could have been with his comment. And perception is not necessarily reality.
Sept. 6
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Michael, you are only 16, so it is perhaps somewhat understandable you have not yet learned all the niceties of polite behavior. Heck, there are 60 year olds who haven’t. Nevertheless, many your age do know better. It sounds like you came off as a snot-nosed teenager, which no adult likes. Please learn from this.
Sept. 5
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If you have enough of these for a book, I’d buy it.
Sept. 5
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