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First promoted in the 70’s by Ira Rubin. At the time I think a 3rd option was strong and balanced.
Dec. 29, 2019
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Suppose you bid 2D showing D and a higher but you actually hold xxxx J9xxx xx xx or similar. Your partner holds xx xx AKJTx KTxx for his 10-12 NT. The opponents balance over your 2D with 2S and everyone passes. The D suit layout is 5224 and you get an overruff. How on earth can the opponents know that your partner was systemically barred from bidding? As David Burn likes to say “Just tell them what you play” 2D Shows D and a higher. Often just fooling around. Partner is not allowed to bid to the 3 level.
That’s your agreement and the ops are entitled to that info.
Dec. 23, 2019
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I’m interested in the run out methods. When exactly do the opponents learn that opener is never allowed to correct to the 3 level no matter what partner bids/shows?
Dec. 22, 2019
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For everyone who enjoyed Kevin’s post, I urge you to read “Reluctant Gigolo” by John Fraser.
John is a bridge player, but his book and tales detail life on the high seas as a paid escort. It’s not what you think, or maybe it is. John’s actual job is to be a single gentleman and dance partner for unattached women who like to dance. As I recall John was at least 70 when he embarked on this adventure.
Dec. 17, 2019
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Lavazza rocks. These guys are even money favourites in every event.
Dec. 14, 2019
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Go Leafs Go
Dec. 14, 2019
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I encourage BW members to lead by example at all levels of tournaments. You can start with “Here's my card, may I see yours?” Of course at the Club it's a different situation entirely.
Dec. 12, 2019
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Gavin would have married her even if they didn’t Q for 2nd day. And vice versa.
Their connection goes way back.
Dec. 11, 2019
Michael Roche edited this comment Dec. 11, 2019
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Hey Ben. Since when do juniors pass when they could bid?
And by the way…Pass is very sensible.
Dec. 10, 2019
Michael Roche edited this comment Dec. 10, 2019
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In essence this is the beauty of BAM. What will the other declarer do? At a high level I would expect to push the board if I played for the double Spade finesse. if it wins I ruff a Heart and repeat the finesse. Playing for maximum. Of course this might not work. But taking a safety play seems weird.
Dec. 9, 2019
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Roger and Wei. Winning 2 NABC titles. Fabulous
Dec. 9, 2019
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Congratulations to Roger and Wei. Very well done.
Dec. 6, 2019
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Nov. 17, 2019
Michael Roche edited this comment Nov. 17, 2019
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Karma. DB violated his own law about “tell people that what you play” when he opened 1N with 14 HCP. So it's only fitting that he revoked on a claim. Indeed, the Lord works in mysterious ways" :)
Oct. 15, 2019
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Bellowing is an art form. Yelling is just annoying.
Oct. 14, 2019
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Whatever happened to good manners? I’m all for applauding a well-deserved line of play or brilliant defence, but I fail to understand why it would be necessary to point out anyone’s blind spot or incompetence. Edgar Kaplan set the standard for anonymity by remarking that it might just be best to draw a veil over the bidding play or defence at the other table. The reader can then fill in the blanks.
Oct. 10, 2019
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MH. That doesn't sound right. After checkback and hearing 3H responder's 3N surely indicates 4-4 in majors.
Oct. 6, 2019
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I’ve become a convert to transfers rather than check back. Here showing 5 Hearts then offering a choice of games might nudge partner to make a winning decision.
Oct. 5, 2019
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One partnership of my frequent teammate’s plays regular Smith. Their reasoning is that partner never makes a good lead. It follows then that they never have to play a high card when Smith is applicable. Of course not true, but it makes for a good story.
Oct. 1, 2019
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For Diamonds to be a playable suit, partner must be able to introduce the suit
Sept. 29, 2019
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