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“Standard” is Penalty, but nowadays people like to play this as “takeout good enough to balance but not quite good enough to double directly”.
Nov. 27, 2019
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West has it
Nov. 25, 2019
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If we are playing matchpoints, then it seems like giving Tom the ace of spades every time doesn't help since all the other people sitting in Tom's seat would also get the ace of spades.
Nov. 19, 2019
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Great, in either case I bid the minimum number of clubs and I've actually shown my hand.
Nov. 18, 2019
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Can I go back and Double the first time?
Nov. 17, 2019
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Probably better to use 2NT-3-3-3 as asking for heart length so Responder can choose to stop in 3NT if the heart fit is not good enough.
Nov. 15, 2019
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All doubles are takeout (small list of exceptions)
Nov. 13, 2019
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No special agreements.
Nov. 11, 2019
ATB
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If a quacky 9 count is a jump to 4, what does a free bid of 3 show? The same hand without the diamond honors?
Nov. 11, 2019
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Matchpoints or IMPs? What type of signals do we play?
Nov. 2, 2019
ATB
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Fair enough!
Oct. 31, 2019
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@Phil, sorry I meant forcing NT. I modified my comment.
Oct. 31, 2019
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How much? Basically once you decide whether 1M-1NT-2D-3C is invitational or weak you're done. With BART, a bit more. With Gaz. a lot more.
Oct. 31, 2019
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According to my wire, the easiest way to get to 6 from here is to bid 6 over 4.
Oct. 31, 2019
ATB
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90%? I'll take the pair that bids all the 60% games vs. your pair that only bids 90% games to get a better score at matchpoints.
Oct. 31, 2019
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One thing you can say about 2/1 is that it is easy on the memory. You can play perfectly good bridge with a system where 1NT is “to play” and 2/1 bids are just 10+, but you have to spend a lot of time working out which auctions become GF and which don't. But when we say 2/1, then it's easy; 1S-2C is GF, done.

I believe Gazzilli to be technically better than just plain old FNT with jump shifts and courtesy raises. But it is a memory hog. And therefore I view it as kind of a contradiction: When I am playing 2/1 with someone it's because I don't want to spend a lot of memory and time on the 2nd and 3rd round bidding cases.
Oct. 30, 2019
Jordan Lampe edited this comment Oct. 31, 2019
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Well, the most active thing I can do is win and lead a diamond back and try to get an eventual diamond ruff. It's not obvious to me why the same defense / level of activity is optimal at both matchpoints and IMPs, but I am looking forward to learning what key feature of the hand I have overlooked.
Oct. 28, 2019
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Bid 3NT
Oct. 24, 2019
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I guess I misunderstood what you meant by “I want to optimize my wins against weaker teams” then. Sorry.
Oct. 24, 2019
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Paul: I was responding to Ron's comment
Oct. 24, 2019
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