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Thanks a lot Peg. Feel free to share it where you think it might be enjoyed.
2 hours ago
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Thank you.
2 hours ago
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Thank you. And I know what you mean. Losing close is a lot more like torture on the way home.
2 hours ago
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:) Nobody's called me Ralph since middle school!
2 hours ago
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Thank you.
8 hours ago
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I'm sure most are! :)

Thanks.
8 hours ago
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Thanks!
8 hours ago
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Thank you.
8 hours ago
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Thanks Ellis. Appreciate the comments. Not sure how that would work, however. I didn't want to win via DQ anyway, and can that really happen before the final? What about all the teams they beat up to that point? Sounds like a can of worms I wasn't going to open.
8 hours ago
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Dessert! Cakes are amazing. My wife and I stop on the way to our annual vacation in Tennessee to get desserts for the week. And I brought a couple of slices home. Ask if they have the pistachio. Boston Cream cake is very good as well. Matzo ball soup is good for being below the Mason-Dixon line. They are Greek, so at dinner you get free bread and spanakopita (which I never like) but the Gyro is good as well. The night mentioned above, I got the fried clams, which was huge and came with a stuffed mushroom they didn't even tell me about as a bonus. But I love diners. Patty Melt was good. They do the classic “FULL DINER” meal specials. Soup, salad, etc. Not sure you can go wrong. This place was in Diner's, Drive-ins and Dives", and was surprisingly busy at midnight on a Sunday!
8 hours ago
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Thanks for playing. You played well all week! You're a great partner.
20 hours ago
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Thanks
20 hours ago
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No problem. AT ALL. Like I said, that would have been stressful :)
20 hours ago
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I remembered it was you, but wasn't going to name anyone not on my team. Glad it was just an aberration!
22 hours ago
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“What do you think your partner should have?”

His medication
Aug. 14
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Kit, I'm not sure how your last paragraph makes sense if you don't transfer over 1NT. You seem to be comparing apples and oranges. 2 would be to play, so how could you transfer to invite. In your system a light invite of 2 after Stayman has some merit, even if you think it's not worth giving up 2 as drop dead.
Aug. 12
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I'm all for chess clocks. This way your time wouldn't start until your opponents got to the table, or you finally got to the table that was running late, and you wouldn't be responsible for “catching up” for someone else's slow play. It could be pretty simple. Like in chess, if your clock runs out, you get a zero for the unfinished board. Your opponents would get average plus, unless the board was on a clear course for something much better, and the opponents just decided to run out the clock.

Fast players wouldn't mind. Slow players would get up in arms, and then adjust.
Aug. 9
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RR: I understand that. I'm still not in agreement with you as to what it tells me, however, which is the important part.
Aug. 9
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“After a player makes available to his partner
extraneous information that may suggest
a call or play, as for example by a remark,
a question, a reply to a question, an un-
expected* alert or failure to alert, or by
unmistakable hesitation, unwonted speed,
special emphasis, tone, gesture, movement or
mannerism, the partner may not choose from
among logical alternatives one that could de-
monstrably have been suggested over another
by the extraneous information.”

The above is the law. Personally, I do not find that this hesitation provided extraneous information of significance. Further, for me, there is only one logical bid in this auction. If a director or committee determines that this BIT DID suggest a particular action, we can then move to part II. Pass may be correct, but with a singleton and a 7 card spade suit, passing doesn't seem logical to me. The director can certainly conduct a poll to see if my peers see a logical alternative, and that's fine.

But I don't agree with you that the BIT makes a self sufficient heart suit less likely. One could argue that since I am aceless and there are two preempting opponents, partner may have been thinking about bidding more, and for this reason perhaps I can be barred from bidding. I think in this auction,when both opponents have preempted to the 4 level, you have to allow some leeway for a hesitation without barring partner from taking logical actions.
Aug. 9
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“Why are so many bidding as if no prolonged hesitation had occurred?”

Because his hesitation does not point us in any clear direction. Once preempted to this level, there could be “doubt” in pretty much any bid.

I can't speak for everyone, but when I have a 7 card spade suit and a singleton in partner's forced 4-level bid, I'm letting partner know about it. Wouldn't it be unethical for me to pass ONLY because of the hesitation, and find partner with a spade void and solid hearts.

In MY opinion, I have a clear-cut spade call here. It would be less than ethical of me to take an alternate action based on the hesitation, especially when I don't think the hesitation makes my call more attractive.

Maybe the hesitation was that partner was minimum and was weighing the possibility of my raising him. And maybe 4S is wrong, but it feels obvious to me, hesitation or no.
Aug. 9
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