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I stand by it, Peg. Although I will occasionally offer a “well done” to in partner her native tongue if it is obscure enough (no tres bien or muy bien) that OPPs won't catch the compliment (and thus be offended that they were not complimented).

YMMV, but I don't talk. At least until they ask me the third time. And even then people manage to find a way to be offended at receiving information that they themselves asked for. From this week, “It's not fair to me to ask me to mediate a partnership dispute. And particularly so when the partners are married.”
Sept. 7
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Well, I am of the opinion that the suit does not qualify to chew up over 1 full level of bidding over 2, but I acknowledge that you are a stronger player than me.

Perhaps another poll?
Sept. 7
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Well I was in an hour long debate (via text) about it this morning (not with partner but with a sound player). But I stand by, F1 and heading to 3 next over any minimum sounding response and 4 over anything even slightly encouraging.

I am willing to listen but suppressing AKxxx with a fit in not sound bidding. IMO.
Sept. 7
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10 or 9

Again, as was the case here.
Sept. 7
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Or, as in this case, declarer (who is prone to being somewhat erratic as was the case here) may have KQ tight to go with xx in s.
Sept. 7
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I take most of my commentary (as unhelpful as that may be) to email or . . .occasionally, text. I like to have a written record of what was said. For better or worse.
Sept. 7
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And the upside is . . . ??
Sept. 7
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So my suggested auction was: (OPPs PASSing throughout)

P - 1
2 - 3
4 - 4NT
5 - 5
6 - 7

The Grand, at worse, depends on the finesse (from her view).

I like to check my work (after 4 PASS), which seems in accord with community standards here.
Sept. 7
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No one should ever say anything ever at the bridge table.

Seriously, given the overwhelming ratio of hurtful, mean-spirited, wrong and my favorite, time wasting commentary . . . Just don't say anything. Ever.

And especially don't give lessons to people that don't pay for them. And sometimes even the people that pay are just looking to be told how wonderfully they play.
Sept. 7
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I hate to confirm stereotypes, but in general younger people are more fun than older people. And my two year old twin granddaughters are generally more fun than the older grandchildren too.
Sept. 6
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Bridge is a fabulous game with one small problem that becomes a Major benefit with a tiny bit of effort and self-control: it is a partnership game.

And as with so many things partnership . . . it is way too easy to blame your partner when the slightest little thing goes wrong. And way too hard to cross-examine yourself when results are less than desired.

On the other side of that, as you note, bridge is a great place to make friends and meet people that you otherwise would not meet. Sometimes some very special people.
Sept. 4
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Well I chose 4 as being more forward going than PASS. But maybe 4 would have been less ambiguous (4 min is always slam try by explicit agreement) and could have led to 4NT if partner is not interested.
Sept. 4
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Four bridge strategies (in approximate order taught):

Cash high cards
Use position to enhance the value of honors (aka, the finesse and in a deeper sort of way, the squeeze)
Establish long suits
Make extra tricks with trumps

Various tactics apply to each of the 4 basic strategies
Aug. 31
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I was recalling with Jonathan my first few matches with Natalie.

“Unless there was a -1100 on the card, we could not win.”
Aug. 30
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David: I have a title for your next book: “Trading Places.”

Now, since you have been a partnership (in more ways than one) for several decades (not sure 3, 4 or 5), try this.

Every single time ask yourself not, “What is the best bid here?” but “What does she want me to bid here?” Now if anyone hits the couch, it won't be you.

In other words make the bid that has the highest utility in the post mortem.
Aug. 30
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Reminds me of a NLHE ploy . . . wherein a player “accidentally” moves his whole stack forward before checking.

Two players instantly insist that “a forward movement is a bet” and snap call the all-in . . . only to see AA be flipped over.

Anyway, great story Phil.
Aug. 29
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Can't we all agree that you are NEVER going to get a chance to defend 1NT x'd. NEVER.
Aug. 29
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Never gonna force my wife to figure out what my bidding means on the fly. The reverse implied life odds are overwhelming. If it can be natural, it is. You are going to lose this post mortem, even (especially?) if you win it.

I have 1 trick. Partner should be assuming I have 1 trick on this auction. Partner knows there is no prize for +120 and would bid more strongly with anything that makes game here.

Given all the options that were bypassed I am passing.
Aug. 28
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It's even worse. But I assume she is used to him by now.
Aug. 28
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Be kind to everyone you meet. They are all fighting a hard battle.
Aug. 26
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