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We use 1NT - 2NT as puppet.

Then: 3 = exactly 1 4 card MAJ and R bids the one he doesn't hold or 3NT with neither, or 3 with both. 3 = no 4 or 5 card MAJ. 3MAJ = 5(+!!).

I was introduced to this in a thread about the Meckwell NT structure on BBO.
Jan. 10, 2016
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Funny that people talk of 2NT - 3NT (showing 5s and 4s) as apt to be forgotten. My partner remembers it too often! 1NT - 3NT (partner forgot to alert - what?). And one other NT sequence that escapes me now where it didn't apply either.
Jan. 10, 2016
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1) (addressing the greatest risk first) - there is only so much money that can be spent in a year.

2) I will trust the solvency of any political entity by a factor of 100X or more over the lying crooks known as Wall Street or other money managers.

Jan. 10, 2016
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As for super freak distributions . . . I can only report that the Cornhusker Bridge Center in Omaha, Nebraska had 3 10 card suits in one year . . . JC who never saw a bridge hand he couldn't rage against was dealt 10 s, passed over my 1 opening and couldn't contain himself when his partner failed to balance. VG, who always dressed fashionably, elegantly and bejeweled was, of course dealt 10 s. And your faithful reporter, being the kind of guy that he is . . . 10 s.

At this time I was a bit susperstitious about the mystical occurences at the bridge table.
Jan. 10, 2016
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I am a regular lottery player. But then, I also toss a dollar to the guy sitting outside the 7-11 where I get my ticket. I call it my “I have more than enough” money.

I buy exactly 1 ticket for most Mega-Millions drawings over $75 million. I bought exactly 1 Powerball ticket ($2 – a total loss) for last night's drawing. I will buy exactly 1 Powerball ticket for the next drawing. (I will take my winnings in 30 annual installments, FWIW.)

When the clerk acts surprised that I want precisely 1 ticket, I sometimes explain that my odds of winning to any degree of statistical significance are the same whether I hold 100 tickets or zero. But that there is a “qualitative difference” between holding 1 ticket and holding zero tickets. So just 1 it is. To bridge the qualitative gap.

And . . . I have a spiritual belief system. That the overarching power underlying the universe always wants better for me than I want for myself. So, with the lottery, as with all my other wants, I conclude any period spent thinking about it with . . . “that, or something better.”

So I am comfortable and happy with my lottery strategy. It is worth the money I spend on it. And more.
Jan. 10, 2016
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As I am sometimes referred to as an officer of the court . . . I would say that often times to sue and win is a loss, so certainly to sue and not to win is counted a loss (after costs of counsel, etc.).

Which is not to comment on the merits of the underlying action, btw.
Jan. 10, 2016
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<turning card over> If people are getting or claiming ZT's on this basis, it's just a matter of time until something else does them in anyway.

Don't sweat the small stuff.
Jan. 6, 2016
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Well, I have been warned for ZT (which is really kind of contradictory). But maybe the director was aware of the reputation of the Opponent . . . who, when I made a director call, launched into an explanation of what happened, interrupting me. So I suggested that he just &*(8uing go ahead and tell her what happened.

And that is from a person (me) with a reputation as one of the most calm, accepting and tolerant players in the unit.

So ZT is probably written a bit too strict to expect it to be enforced. Still, bridge is much improved following my break in the early 90s to my return a few years ago.
Jan. 5, 2016
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I would use the ROMEX 2 to “open 2NT” without shading my 2NT values. Among other advantages, this frees up 1 - 1MAJ - 2NT to show some strong 6-3 hands that otherwise are very hard to bid.
Jan. 5, 2016
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IF I give partner a perfect hand (xx, AKxxxx, xx, xxx) I can only count to 9. OTOH, maybe it's a 5 IMP swing. Still, I voted PASS.
Jan. 5, 2016
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I sort of like mine . . . 2 = pos s; 2 = pos s; 3 = s; and 2 = all waiting and possible pos s (or pos NT). Pos response = two top honors in a 5+ suit and a fair certainty of slam if a fit exists.

I wish we had been playing it today when I held AQxxx, 9, xxxxx, Qx and partner opens 2. I can respond 2 and then partner has a sensible path to 6s instead of the idiotic auction he took to get to 6s. (Holding Jxx, AKQJxxx, AKT, -; he blasts in an Ace asking auction and then leaps to 6s after find I hold 1 Ace. Fortunately for him it is a working Ace.)

He did make 7 in s, but still.
Jan. 4, 2016
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I first read about this in Ron Anderson's Match Point Precision. And then took it to extremes where 1 could be on 0 s but promised a 4 card (but not 5) card MAJ.

2s is now universally 6+ and thus the 2 force over it is not as awkward as it might be otherwise. (2MAJ = chunk, 2NT/3NT = 2 chunks min/max, 3 = no chunk, min, 3 may or may not show s on the side, but usually does (otherwise a max would have a chunk somewhere)).

Finally, however, I was convinced to just go canape and open the 4 card MAJs.
Jan. 4, 2016
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Post event quarter board penalties seems doable for away from table violations. Effect on partner? Too bad. Choose your partners wisely.
Jan. 2, 2016
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I would say that the sad tradition in this community is that one does not simply show up wanting to play. Which is a self-reinforcing behavior. If players of your caliber don't show up to play for fear of being matched with a (far) inferior partner, then players of your caliber don't show up to play.

I am not sure how much power/influence a director has to break that cycle. But I am going to try.
Jan. 2, 2016
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In my early days I learned a lot of bridge at The Brass Knocker, a block or two away from our bridge club. All done without hand records, or deep finesse. I miss those late night post mortems.
Jan. 1, 2016
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The fact that he goes on to 6 makes me more comfortable about the length. And it definitely makes me more comfortable about the situation. Whether it should or not . . . idk.
Dec. 31, 2015
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I have been that visitor at Bridge World in Vegas and it was very nice.
Dec. 31, 2015
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“I think you are wrong” – any player who says that to me is not compatible as a partner . . . for me. :-)
Dec. 31, 2015
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DSI. But I don't really think these kind of issues are where bridge partnerships founder. More an issue of how are bidding questions raised, addressed and resolved.
Dec. 31, 2015
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I am adding an Ace ruffers bonus to the cash prize pool of my Thursday night game. Thanks for the idea.
Dec. 31, 2015
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