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Partner thinks (and affirms via PM) that 4 is better and that settles it. My thinking was tremendously ill-advised.

It is not unlike me to occasionally go down protecting against the 1 in 100 case and losing to the most likely.

So it is irrelevant what Jim would have done over 5.
Sept. 19, 2016
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Seems to me that someone got off the sarcasm track here . . . although the best sarcasm is the self-deprecating variety.

If I do say so myself.

RR
Sept. 19, 2016
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Michael: me to Yu yesterday. “Well. Two aces equals an opening bid.”

You'll have to ask her what prompted that comment.
Sept. 19, 2016
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Well I wish I could remember the exact hand but a partner (not Yu) was speculating whether she should bid 5m herself. And my response was “Well, since I have 2 Aces and a void, it makes. Of course, with 2 Aces and a void I would be bidding 6.”

The purpose of the quiz was really to set up an “Ace box” for various auction. No bars or mandatory actions but generally how many Aces do I have when I do x?
Sept. 19, 2016
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I did promise a new partner once that I would “never” have 2 defensive tricks and preempt. Of course 3 hands later I have AT9XXX with Kxx on the side and they are down 3. Undoubled.

But to answer your question. Yes. But I want to open 1S which I feel is overall a better description.
Sept. 19, 2016
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I guess if I am with a pickup partner, I just bid 4 here. But with anyone else, I am making a fit-showing jump and if partner doesn't read it that way, we will be having a system discussion which will be good also.
Sept. 19, 2016
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I am without a doubt more of a Rueful Rabbit than Hideous Hog. The mental state preceding my PASS was dominated by a misapplication of Woolseyism from BW: <paraphrased> We do not cue bid controls below game when we have not clearly agreed on suit.

So obviously she is showing a max, + chunk and asking me to choose from among 3 game contracts. Right?

/s/ Rueful Rabbit
Sept. 19, 2016
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You know Yu was mentioning on the drive back to West LA how nice it is to have conversations about misunderstandings in the car rather than at the table. (Specifically, do we play “A” for attitude against NT as well as suits. She thought yes. I thought no. The answer is now yes. LOL.)

My reply was something like “what does the Santa Clarita Sectional matter anyway?” and “If we were in the finals of the Spingold, maybe I would react differently.”

But we have a year or two to get our system kinks worked out before we have to worry about that. <sarcasm><or not>
Sept. 19, 2016
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I think the fault in the gross Gross match lays mostly with the other table, but no member of the team escapes there. Which explains the -43 in 8 boards.
Sept. 19, 2016
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Well I have more than one 2Dxx making with overtrick(s) on my card. Have to teach them that x'ing transfers is not a risk-free proposition.
Sept. 19, 2016
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Well, some funny parts of the story are left out.

The standard is that partner must be left in a 5-1 or 6-1 fit when a 5-4 (or better) major suit fit is available. They must make their contract (Nolan did at GNTs, Yu did here) and our teammates must be incredulous that we slipped the overtricks not to mention disappointment that we missed our easy slam or game.

I think a further condition needs to be that I can find a few players to support my action. Although it seems like all of those move past Goren only grudgingly.

Finally, I love that Yu's LHO wants an adjustment because she was misled during the bidding. “Fine let's adjust to 6S making.”
Sept. 19, 2016
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The hand is a mandatory opening. IMO. Not even “rule of 20.”

I open all 6 (or fewer) loser hands unless ACBL regulations prohibit it.
Sept. 19, 2016
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N was the pro, right? Didn't 3NT making 6 garner 70%+ of MPs?

<sarcasm tag applies to all of the above>
Sept. 18, 2016
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Challenge: Score 1430 while losing three tricks.
Sept. 18, 2016
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You know what I thought when I saw a mixed pair win. Don't you?
Sept. 18, 2016
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They did. But almost all of the were at NABC in DC. Including one carrying me as a partner. They did have something going on in the week after I left.
Sept. 18, 2016
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If 3 is not forcing (and I don't know anyone who plays that it is) then I have a hard time seeing 5 as “last guess.”

And if 5 has it's only remaining meaning, “we're gonna make it”, then PASS must be forcing. Although the points about absolutely never wanting to be in 6 on this auction are also well taken.

The whole auction makes zero sense.
Sept. 18, 2016
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I want to say this . . . I got very excited about Yu's comment about bridge camps in Israel. And thought that something along those lines associated with the Summer Nationals would be a great idea. I know that the Summers this year (2016) featured the US Junior teams and the Collegiate championships, why not start a scholastic (HS) qualifying process starting about right now in HS math classes?
Sept. 18, 2016
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One wonders if that cultural reference will escape someone whose early years were not spent plugged into American TV.
Sept. 18, 2016
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If you had waited Jim F. I could have given Yu the perspective of someone who lived most of his life within a couple of hours of the place. Not that Missouri is all that different from Kansas.

And lord only knows why Kansas City, MO turns out to be bigger than Kansas City, KS anyway.

But at least the event is not in Omaha. Because then I would have grandchildren (5 of them by spring) crawling all over me the whole time.

Now . . . on the topic of Orlando, I am just putting this out there. If I had the time, and the money, both at the same time, I would go.
Sept. 18, 2016
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