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All comments by Jordan Lampe
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Do the results change if you change the stiff to a small doubleton and move the Q elsewhere? Make the hearts AKx for example?
Aug. 14
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Some people seem to think 1NT must absolutely promise 2 cards in every suit … and other people think 1NT is a fine way to solve problem hands such as this one. I admit I don't understand the arguments either way.
Aug. 12
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In my experience, there are two things that that frightens off new people.

First, is that there are all these RULES to follow. You have to have 12 points to do this and 6 points to do that but that's a 2/1 bid and that's a response not an opener so this other rule applies, etc, etc. It's not so much that the rules are bad, but the sense that if you break one of the rules it's unforgivably bad according to their bridge-knowledgeable peers.

It's usually the case that once you've played around 10 times or so with helpful other players who are willing to walk you through the logic, that you will figure it out enough to be able to pilot on your own. I don't know how to get people to survive the “10 times” though. If I'm running a club like you are, I also don't know how to get the “helpful other players” willing to sit through the 10 times either. Maybe free plays for those coaches or something like that.
Aug. 12
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Off the cuff, the 2m openers seem okay, but the 1 opener looks like trouble. You say "Responder makes a ‘standard rebid’ without a 5 card major. Okay, so I have 10 HCP and 4351 shape. What do I bid over 1? … 1NT? 2? How does that work in competiton? 1-(1)-? Does X promise 5 hearts now?
Aug. 11
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At IMPs the upside of acting isn't big enough to risk an accident with this level of partnership agreements.
Aug. 9
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Doesn't this mean you have to give up the OP's 2NT showing a 4 piece limit raise?
Aug. 7
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Sounds like we need an article explaining Relay Doubles!
Aug. 6
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Isn't that … what I have?
Aug. 5
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What would 2NT the previous round have shown?
Aug. 5
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You could invent a whole new system for 4th seat openers based on the fact that you can ditch all the preemptive bids and use all that bidding space for constructive hands that are otherwise hard to bid. 2 as 11-15 with 5 and 4! 3 to show 6, 3 and 17-18. The sky's the limit, the constraint is how much memory load you want for a situation that comes up only around 2% of the time.
Aug. 5
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If you think it's a clear 2 bid, bid 2; no need to feel bad, call the director, or apologize.
Aug. 2
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“Quiz Factor”. The fact that someone is asking the question increases the odds that something slightly weird is the right answer.
July 29
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QF makes me want to bid 2 but in real life I think if you are fixed stay fixed.
July 29
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The problem is that with flights, every low rated team can just choose whether they want to go up 1 step, 2 steps, or all the way to the top. It's much better the way we do bracketed where a team with insufficient master points has to choose between the bottom bracket where they will win easily, or the top bracket where they will lose quickly. They want to play in the right bracket? Tell 'em to get some masterpoints first. We need the money.
July 16
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Dummy isn't likely to have many hearts after an auction like (1)-X-(P)-P-(P) either
July 15
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The top of page 5: “Clearly you are going to lead a major.”. This wasn't clear to me at all! All the textbooks say to lead a trump when you have the opponents outgunned in a low level contract. Was is the Q that changed our mind? Or the fact that trumps are likely 5-2 in the opponent hands and the 2 hand isn't going to get ruffs anyway?
July 15
$20
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I have one Precision partner who wants to always show 4 spades here. I have another one who wants 1 to deny a balanced hand. Sometimes my 2/1 partners have views here as well.
July 13
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We already have this. Anyone can write “TOP” on their entry form to request the top bracket even without a lot of points.
July 10
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@Ray - that works too. Like Poker you can choose to join the high stakes table or the low stakes table and nobody really cares. We could set it up so that everyone can choose from the “3 * number of teams gold points” bracket, the “2 * number of teams” bracket, or the “1.5 * number of teams” bracket.
July 9
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It's all really rather simple. Every team puts down their bracketing master points on their form, which must be greater or equal than the actual number of master points.

The complaint I hear from this is that sometimes some other team gets put into a lower bracket than they wanted because they got bumped by the want-to-play-higher team.

But I'm not sympathetic. That “other team” can ALSO write a larger number of bracketing master points on their form next time.

You might say this will cause a race to infinity, where everyone writes infinity (or “TOP”) on their form. Well, first of all, since most teams don't want to play any higher than they have to, I am not sure this is really a problem. But more importantly, we already have that problem today: What do you do if you have a 4 round KO and 17 teams all want to be in TOP?
July 9
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