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3NT asks for shortness. 4 shows s.
32 minutes ago
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I think the easiest rule over interference (suggested to me by Yu, and adopted by me because I always say yes) is PASS is negative and bidding is positive. Not quite unconditional GF positive, but very, very close.
12 hours ago
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My sigh is perhaps unfairly directed at you when it might just as well or perhaps even moreso been directed at Phil or Barry.

To put it in the form of a question: When did bridge stop being fun and become such a deadly serious endeavor? So much so that there is not one-sixteenth of inch leeway from perfection in any aspect of the game.

A player thinks it might be fun to try Precision (or even just play bridge). How about we encourage a little fun in the game?

Is there anything wrong with that?
Oct. 18
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@Eric: Mom had two books in her bridge library: Sontag's “Power Precision” and Reese's “Squeeze Play Made Simple” (or Easy).

In general, my thinking and learning process is what I would call “brute force” (repetition), so Sontag's presentation by iteration of specific auctions appealed more to me than the articulation of a bunch of general rules (Sheinwold, “5 Weeks to Winning Bridge,” being my only other exposure to bridge literature at this point).

However, like you, if I wanted to play with anyone besides my hostage partner, 2nd ex-wife, I had to play their system. This worked to my advantage, however, as I learned a lot of conventions and in some ways consider myself something of a bidding system savant. I cannot speak any other language besides American English, despite having quite a large vocabulary. But put me at a bridge table opposite almost any system and I have very few accidents, provided we have spent 15 minutes pre-session reviewing the system.

Needless to say, my early bridge development was somewhat lopsided.
Oct. 18
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Sigh
Oct. 18
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You guys guess now.
Oct. 18
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I still maintain that this hand (http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/worst-hand-ever/) is worse because of 4333 shape.

Although it did not take a trick and so is a bit OT for this thread.
Oct. 18
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@Richard: This is before 5 card Majors?
Oct. 14
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4 is always Gerber.

4NT is always Blackwood.

4NT following 4 is checkback. Not checkback, but just confirming that you meant your first answer.
Oct. 13
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Don't bother trying to convince the OPPs that you are being fair. If a dispute erupts, call the director. Calmly abide by her ruling.
Oct. 13
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My questions were presented to me by a Grand Life Master (or whatever the 10K + title designation is) . . . whose partner, btw, was vindicated by the polling.

I was surprised by the results of the 2nd poll (3NT by a hand that had previously passed), but I agree with them now.

In this thread, I would have initially thought “to play”, but Frances convinces me otherwise.
Oct. 13
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I started to, but then I felt the extremely sarcastic tone was not appropriate to this forum.

I do agree with a post upthread, but I doubt you will take it any better from me than you did from him.
Oct. 12
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<<caused the problem.>>

Perhaps better phrased as “contributed to the problem.” Agree with your conclusion, however.
Oct. 12
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As a matter of style, I prefer the NT overcall to show some hope of two tricks in OPP's suit. Or really no other even marginally reasonable alternative.
Oct. 11
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I guess I should add that our 2NT opening is wk/strong with both minors.

With 11-16 and two minors we open 1 and rebid s.
Oct. 11
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I am not sure how useful this will be, but a lot of thought went into it. Whether it was good thought or not . . . .

10-12/13 NV 1,2 or 3 = 1NT
11-13 V or 4 = 1 (or 1MAJ) and then 1NT
13/14-16 NV 1, 2 or 3 = 1 (or 1MAJ) and then 1NT
13/14-16 V or 4 = 1NT

And now for the stronger ranges

17-bad 20 = 1 - 1 (our negative) - 1NT
Good 20 or any 21-22 = 1 - 1 (our negative) - 2NT
23-24 = 1 - 1 (our negative) - 2 (F1) - any (R is only allowed 2 or 2) - 2NT
25-26 = 1 - 1 (our negative) - 2 (F1) - any (R is only allowed 2 or 2) - 2NT
27-28 = 1 - 1 (our negative) - 3NT
29-30 = 1 - 1 (our negative) - 2 (F1) - any (R is only allowed 2 or 2) - 3NT
31-32 = 1 - 1 (our negative) - 2 (F1) - any (R is only allowed 2 or 2) - 3NT
33-34 = 1 - 1 (our negative) - 4NT
35-36 = 1 - 1 (our negative) - 2 (F1) - any (R is only allowed 2 or 2) - 4NT

Obviously these stronger ranges require something similar to Kokish. However, since we need the 1 - 1 - 2 min sequences to be F1 anyway (to sort out two suiters after our negative response) their use in the NT range sorting does not add any additional problem.

I held a 27 point balanced hand over the weekend, but we still did not get to 7 which is cold.
Oct. 10
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I think (1) - P - (1) - 2 is fine here. Which may cause you to question the wisdom of it.
Oct. 10
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I am a strong fan of 2 natural, 2 both MAJs over Precision 1 and I think this hand is fine for that.

However, under CoC, I am PASSing because I don't know that OPPs are done bidding yet. And it may be resulting, but I note that 2 unmolested is actually 8.0 MPs if we land there (moving our -200 to -110). I am fine with that.

For the active voters, I do acknowledge that partner has the worst possible hand for us here and we still have a chance to land on our feet (and more).
Oct. 10
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Did DWTS result in a big boom in ballroom dancers? Because I don't remember it. Looking back to the early 60s, I also don't remember wanting to play baseball, (American) football or basketball because it was on TV. I wanted to play because the older boys in the neighborhood were playing. I watched on TV because I knew how to play a little (and maybe also because that's where my dad was).

I can only think of one game that experienced, to some extent or another, a boom that could be heavily attributed to “new” TV exposure: Poker and the World Poker Tour. Even there, the boom required a substantially unlikely confluence of events – the rise of personal entertainment use of the internet combined with the winning of the World Series of Poker Main Event (the equivalent of a Spinsingbilt level event) by a near newcomer to the world of tournament poker, with a life changing financial award as part of the deal too.
Oct. 9
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The level issues over the strong 1 opening are not as acute, since we are essentially simply PASSing with hands not worth a GF.

In essence, as played, our 1 opening is F2MAJ or maybe even F2 in competition so R PASSes some 4-6 HCP hands that other systems fight to fit into a three tiered system and all R direct calls (other than PASS) are treated as GF in competition.
Oct. 8
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