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I don't get it. Multi is just not that impossible to defend against. I don't even think it's difficult to defend against. At all.

And I also happen to be of the opinion that there is no inherent right to have time to discuss defenses to any bid that an OPP may dream up. I do a lot of pre-alerting, maybe more than required, but virtually no one even in a Regional open pairs takes the time to discuss what the difference between 1NT (10-12) and 1NT (15-17) might mean to their defensive approach.
Sept. 11
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I guess not only at the table, but also on BW. LOL.

Kudos to Michael for putting himself out here to be dissected.
Sept. 11
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OPs intent, although hardly malicious, is not that pure either. While there is an element of “let me help you learn” in it, there is also an element of “look how much I know (more than you)” in it.

It is this latter element that people find offensive, hurtful and generally not good feeling.
Sept. 11
Jim Perkins edited this comment Sept. 11
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Until the unjustified demands or at least excessively baleful requests for NS cease, NS will always get the sit out in my games.

Next up: Card fees for EW $x, card fees for NS 2.5$x.

Also any pair that has to be at table 4, table 8, table 1, or either of the 2 tables nearest the doors, cards fees 5$x.
Sept. 9
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Upon reflection, I modify my suggestion (which I think is in the other thread) to:

P 2
3 3
4 4NT . . . 7.

However, for those that are too timid for 2 I submit that my much maligned choice of 2 over 1 in the other thread has the virtue of working this time.
Sept. 8
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One reason that I started not talking at the table, even under these conditions, is that I am not that comfortable with my “on the fly” analytical abilities. I need BW to tell me how wrong I am before I start spouting off about what the auction or play should have been. I have also said to OPPs that bridge is so hard that I doubt that anyone can fully analyze any hand in the 5 seconds before someone starts spouting off about what should have been done.

Better to keep quiet and let them think I'm stupid than to talk and confirm their suspicions.
Sept. 7
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OK. As I said, you're 100% right. You have nothing to think about.
Sept. 7
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“most likely” another vast overbid. Not gonna happen even 1% of the time.

Leading a is always going to better than leading from Ajxxx in s. Etc.

There is no way to get to a pretty solid 7s without confirming 5s.

Your next comment will prove you are right. Which is fine with me.
Sept. 7
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I think if partner PASSes 2 AND the OPPs PASS 2 we may be just as happy to be there.

But I expect to have to deal with this problem less than 1 time in 100. So if I am wrong, I'm wrong. But 2 has enough going for it that horrible all caps, seems an overbid.
Sept. 7
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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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