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Against opponents who I do not know I often look at their convention card on this auction at the point when 3 is alerted. If they are playing Puppet then I will know whether to double the coming 3M showing four of the other.

A few weeks ago my partner doubled 3 on this very auction holding the KQ6xx IIRC.
The 2N opener had AJx and responder had T97x.

LHO  pd.  RHO  moi
2N P
3 P 3 P
3 X P P
XX P P P

making 5. Partner got their 2 trump tricks.
As Lawrence might be wont to say ‘Zeroes come in all sizes and this was a doozy’

Had we been able to find a third trick our -960 might have beaten 990s. If partner had had my stiff 8 that would have been the case.
Jan. 21
Mike Cassel edited this comment Jan. 21
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Also that 1M 3 is diamonds? Right side the part score … or rare game.
Jan. 17
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if you didn't have an immediate cuebid to promise GF values I posit your response structure to be quite inadequate.
You might be making some guesswork at the four level or worse if your LHO jumps raises.
You get to force your partner to bid at the two level vulnerable with a yarborough opposite his balanced 17 when your RHO bids 1?

You may have played this structure, but I think, personally, that it's unplayable.
What if they jump to 2 over partner's 1 forcing? Now a different agreement set?
Jan. 17
Mike Cassel edited this comment Jan. 17
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OP states that E would have doubled to show hearts had the overcall been alerted
I posited that a partnership playing a strong club system ought to have the wherewithal to NOT PASS with GF values after RHO overcalls partner's forcing club opening.
It really doesn't matter what the interference is… you have to claim ownership of the deal unless you are planning to convert partner's reopening double for penalties.
Jan. 15
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Something is very fishy if East, opposite partner's strong, forcing, and artificial opening takes no action over RHO's overcall.
Opponents are white and you are red.
You aren't going to sit for a reopening double.
Your side has ample values for game.
Are these players really strong B/ A strength?
I have a suspicion that East knew that the overcall was a transfer and was angling.
Seems that a cuebid is in order for East, certainly not a pass.
A jump in NT maybe? Certainly not a pass.
Jan. 15
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Typically wouldn't 3 be the fit jump and 4 a splinter raise of hearts?
I've not heard of a fit double-jump.
Jan. 9
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Leaving the A9 as a tenace threat would be quite farsighted.
I'd be likely to think the lead was not from 4 and play for 3-3 diamonds 654 on my left and QT8 on the right.
Even if I did so would I, after the K & J play a spade next when the A could be on my right?

IF I got a tell that the diamonds were not breaking I might go right… but I doubt it
The one thing in favor of leading the spade: I'm in better shape than if the HA is behind me and they continue hearts.
Jan. 7
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As regards the recent request re ATB I really think that you can unlink ‘blame’ from any personal aji.
It's an established fact that we all fall woefully short in our pursuit of bridge perfection.
My skin is not so thin that I shrink from admissions of hopefully decreasing incidents of idiocy.
Jan. 5
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Doesn't East want to know if West has the A?
Wouldn't 3N whether serious, non-serious, or frivolous
get West to show that card?
Once West bids 4 reaching slam is not difficult.

In my ‘serious’ partnerships 4 denies a club control.
Jan. 5
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Even in a casual partnership I don't think a 3 call can be construed as natural after opener's LHO has made a takeout double.
Jan. 4
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I never give you my pillow
I only send you my invitations
And in the middle of the celebrations
I break down

Boy, you're gonna carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time
Boy, you're gonna carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time


Golden Slumbers fill your eyes
Smiles await you when rise

Ellis,
When I resigned this year as GNT coordinator after more than a decade of trying to promote the grass roots team event it was a WEIGHT OFF

When your local units stop running Swiss Team events at sectionals and the KO table count at regionals evaporates you can stop playing Sisyphus.

I wish you the best my friend no matter what direction you choose to take.
Dec. 31, 2019
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2X is never going to be left in if the opener has spades.
Double followed by a cuebid asking for a stopper seems to embody the KISS principle to me
Dec. 23, 2019
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eight it
Dec. 23, 2019
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when a new partner suggests XYZ I say:
we need a discussion…
there is only one route to 2N (as I play)…through 2
2N is a relay to 3
Z can be support X or XX
xyz is on if one opp interferes but not both
xyz is off by a passed hand… sometimes you just want to play 2

might not be best, but it's worked for me
I am also an outlier because there are many more invitational sequences than slammish

for me 1x 1M 1Z 3M is a pure invitational hand with a one loser suit and no more than 1 outside control
then 1x 1y 1Z, 2 2 3Y is an impure invitational hand with a six card suit but scattered values.
You are better placed to decide strain when partner's has described the nature of their invitational values

we also play that xyz, 2 2 2M can be a 6 card suit that just isn't worth either of the other 3 level rebids
Dec. 21, 2019
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It should be noted that L.L. became a Silver LM this year. To make the third day of the Reisinger is QUITE an accomplishment.
Dec. 8, 2019
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no blue ribbon qualification?
too accomplished to play in a mini?
Dec. 5, 2019
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What is the story behind the inability of a Polish pair to Q for day 2 of mini=blu
73	Q	1856.21	O 6 NS	William Garrard	Donna Garrard
74 2459.97 R 5 EW Kacper Kopka Krzysztof Cichy
Dec. 5, 2019
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Fang: excellent non-normal wonton soup with a bit of coconut milk, chili oil, pork wontons,and a flavorful broth

we didn't have it but heard raves about a honey apple prawn dish

ginger chicken with bell pepper was good.

about a 10' walk. not a cheap chinese dive.


Just a half block South in the Metreon is a place called Sanraku.
Been twice, once for a super bowl of udon.
back for a special “Gold Rush Roll”
kanpachi
minced jalapeno
two kinds of tobiko
ponzu jelly onion
avocado
ginger
radish sprout

Yowsa
Dec. 2, 2019
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Bottom level playing level temp Friday night verged on tropical.
Nov. 30, 2019
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My favorite Italian restaurant, Fior d'Italia, was closed last time we were in S.F.
They have a Thanksgiving menu and are also serving off their regular menu.
An easy ride up and over Nob Hill on the Powell-Mason cable car
https://www.fior.com/thanksgiving1
Nov. 27, 2019
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