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That's great that you always have great results when you use these. Have you also kept track of the hands you would have been able to bid better with the next best alternative to Spiral Raises?
Feb. 25, 2016
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I often see people rise with the King opposite a singleton here, so that is the subterfuge I would attempt.
Feb. 23, 2016
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I have little experience making up bidding agreements, but I would think you lose a lot by not being able to make normal, constructive or overcalls. Like, wouldn't you like to bid with, say, Kx AKTxx xx Kxxx ?
Feb. 19, 2016
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Not only do I grab, but nearly everyone I play against grabs. I was surprised to see a picker last weekend, in fact.
Feb. 18, 2016
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If Opener is (4-2)=3=4, and Responder is (4-2)=4=3, after 1NT - (X) - P - (P) - XX - (P) - 2D - (X) - ?, how do you find the 4-4 major fit without risking getting stuck in a 4-2 major fit?
Feb. 12, 2016
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I think different parts of bridge will be solved in different orders. I don't know the state of declarer play, but I wouldn't be surprised if you told me computers were already top human level. If not now, then soon. Next will come defense. Bidding within the constraints of a human defined system is probably of equal difficulty.

But I feel like we are quite far from having a computer which is able to handle it if the opponents' bidding system is not “predefined”. And even further from having computers able to define their own bidding system.
Feb. 6, 2016
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“The offense relates to Section 8 of the Playing Cards Act of 1935 which states that an individual is not allowed to possess more than 120 playing cards at any one time. At the Bridge event, considerably more than 120 playing cards were found by officers.”
Feb. 4, 2016
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Or xxxx AKxxx Axx x ?
Feb. 3, 2016
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The way to solve these is to go back to the beginning before anyone has played any cards, and figure out which of the 32 possible enemy distributions you plan to pick up. Then no amount of false carding or restricted choicing will fool you.

So, if your set of wins contains AT, AJ and AQ RHO holdings, you duck the 2nd trick. If, on the other hand, they contain QT, QJ, JT, you go up with the K on the 2nd trick.

If, for example, you have AKTxx opposite xxxx, then you can choose between “I'm picking up QJ/xx, Qx/Jx, Jx/Qx and xx/QJ (which is 6 of the 16 possible distributions)” or, you can choose “I'm picking up QJ/xx, Qxx/J, Jxx/Q, Qx/Jx, Jx,Qx” which is 7.
Jan. 24, 2016
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Although in this case, you are suggesting that he make FOUR bidding polls, since you'd need one for each vulnerability.
Jan. 15, 2016
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The full hand:

west: Q2 KJ87652 T6 72
north: AJT7 43 Q97 AKJ8
east: 6543 AQT A84 963
south: K98 9 KJ532 QT54

If you got to 5 you got 10. If you got to 5 and manage to guess the Q the same. If you don't guess the Q you get a 1. If you landed in 4 then you get a 12. If you get to 4 like I did, then you get 7 or 8 depending on whether you find the Q. Nobody found 3 or defending 3X, but those people would get a 9.
Jan. 11, 2016
Jordan Lampe edited this comment Jan. 11, 2016
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If I am sure that returning a club will lose a trick, then why wouldn't I signal as high as possible?
Dec. 28, 2015
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If my partner says something like 2NT (on the given auction) is not Jacoby, then I would go Socratic and ask: When does “2NT Jacoby” apply? What did 2NT in this auction mean?
Dec. 28, 2015
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Eric says “Leaving LHO with:
S Qxxx H K10xxxx D xx C x. ”. And LHO couldn't find a 2 bid in third seat white on red?
Dec. 14, 2015
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It puts the opponent in a bad place simply due to the fact that you have weird agreements. If you play 3 as showing clubs, then an opponent with a difficult decision at least has the option to Pass in tempo. If 3 shows 4+ spades and at least two outside jacks, you force the opponent to have to ask just to figure out what the heck is going on! Now your weird system gives you the added side benefit of information about when your opponents have bidding problems.
Dec. 9, 2015
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It's surprising to me that when your opponents ask questions about your agreements, that becomes AI for your own actions.
Dec. 8, 2015
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Do you do something more complicated than “standard” rotation on even boards and “flipped” rotation on odd boards?
Nov. 18, 2015
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I would think the 5+ major, 6+ minor hands would be harder to bid than 6+ major, 5+ minor hands. Having played the convention, do you have any insight as to where my intuition is wrong here?
Nov. 16, 2015
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Especially when your suits aren't fitting that well! Still, 25 points is 25 points … I argued that everyone will bid 2NT with this hand, and my Partner was arguing hard for Pass.
Nov. 10, 2015
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How do you play if clubs are 5-1 with the J offside but RHO ducks the 10 ?
Oct. 28, 2015
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