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I have a partner. How many bidders pass if the heart suit is AJ8642? How many passers bid if the heart suit is AQJ642?
April 21, 2014
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I find it hard to believe that a partnership with 20K masterpoints doesn't employ lead directing advances (3 over 3) and more specific understandings of the double of the 4 cuebid (lead inhibiting or sacrifice-encouraging). Were these good players but only casual partners?
I have an issue with the characterization that the hesitation clearly encourages sacrificing (selection 1) so couldn't vote for it.
April 21, 2014
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If you bid 4.5 your partner, if they held 2 Aces, could move forward
April 18, 2014
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In my xfr advance structure 2 promises a constructive raise or better. When followed by 3 it promises a 3 card LR with a ruffing value. This hand is a bit strong for this sequence.

The hand would be an ideal XX promising no fit and at least 4 cards in 2 unbid suits a la Ed Manfield's “I've Got a Secret” redouble structure were it not for your hearts. After your LHO's spade response and a non double action by partner your 3 jump would come close to your values, but the stiff spade would lead me to cuebid, then raise hearts.

Therefore, I would upgrade this holding, transfer to diamonds with 2 and then jump to 3 or cuebid 3 if my LHO was cheeky enough to bid 2.

If my clubs were KJxx or KT9x I would lie and jump to 2N which is supposed to have a 4th heart.
April 14, 2014
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If I had a hand where I wanted to play 5 I would have wanted to play 3N if partner had a diamond stopper, so I would not have started with a double. If you lack support for major(s) and intend to bid 5 why not just up and bid it?

5 bidders are assuming that the 4 advance includes the A which is an assumption I'm not comfortable making opposite a bounce.

Qxxxxx xx x KJxx
You wouldn't gamble out 4 with this 6-4 hand?

I have a lot of sympathy for pass, but feel I must make a try. There are hands where partner cannot cuebid diamonds but has a control.

April 10, 2014
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I agree with Ellis re. day 1 Dallas dilution. In general I like the idea of a secondary 10K event that starts on Day 2 of a National event. Aspiring players who don't make the finals of the Imp Pairs or day 2 of the Platinum in the Spring… why not a 2 day 10K Pair event.
I don't think the Reisinger should be diluted. I like the concurrent start of the NA Swiss with a 10K Swiss to start on Saturday.
While it's true that the top 3 finishers in this year's 10K Swiss were pro teams is that a “large number” when 36 teams were competing? I see no way around this kind of professionalism tho I'm not a big fan of it.

Flighting is a fact of life and I am glad to be a part of a field where I have a fighting chance (10K events). The 10K Swiss is NOT a grass roots event. I'm all in favor of a new grass roots team event requiring club qualification that is a 10K event.

When a weeklong national KO competition is populated top to bottom with accomplished foreign players I think it is facetious to claim a 10K KO dilutes it. We may be elite players in the top 1/2 of 1% of MP holders but we are not going to make day 2 of the Vandy or Swiss without a ton of luck. Most of the elite squads are not my peers. I want to excel in competition against my peers.

The popularity of bracketed KOs would seem to lend support to the notion that many tournament players feel similarly.


April 8, 2014
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April 8, 2014
Mike Cassel edited this comment April 8, 2014
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12 of 14 pairs played in hearts. Both leads against 3N were the 5 (4th best). I inadvertently missed the spot. We were defending 4.
Neither of the NT defender-leaders were experienced players and I suspect they were thinking “longest” rather than “strongest”.
April 4, 2014
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lots of smoke and no evidence of fire.. when you get pulled over on the highway by ‘Smokey’ it's “yes sir, or yes ma'am” “whatever you say”. if it's not fair you can sort it out later with a magistrate, but you don't ignore the directive.
it's just that simple to me. make the ecig disappear and none of this would ever have happened.

David Yates' comment re declining NABC attendance deserves it's own thread. I, for one, would like to see the table count for these NABCs separated by I/N tables, NABC+ tables, & other tables. We need to bring newer players to the national venues. Are we doing so?
April 1, 2014
Mike Cassel edited this comment April 1, 2014
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March 22, 2014
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if you pass and partner cuebids 3 are you counting on him for a full, half, or no heart stopper? With Steve's hand I think the target is likely to be 3N and I want to move forward with 2. If partner bids 3 now what do you do? It doesn't sound like partner is aiming for 3N. Mark time with 3, raise clubs with your good cover cards, make an ambiguous? 3 call?
I think if you pass with a pretty strong ‘weak notrump’ you are not as well placed for the next round. Pass with nothing to say: bare minimum opening.
March 19, 2014
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Cliff, we are in a force. Without a desire to penalize the transgressor the opener can pass and the 2 responder can bid spades his or herself.
March 18, 2014
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so, you are really in the DSIP double camp? What about the others who voted “something else”?
March 18, 2014
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What is more compact is you have discovered 4-4 fit at the 3 level. if opener then bids 3 with their 3 card spade support, the responder can embark on serious or frivelous 3N or a minor suit cuebid toward slam.

After 1minor - 1, 1N - 2, 2 - 3, you don't know how to proceed.

With 4=4 majors responder would start with 1, so you know responder is 5+=4 in majors, but you are in a muddle as opener after the 3 call.
March 6, 2014
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Isn't the simplest agreement that hearts always takes priority? You rebid 2 with 3=4=?=? and you show 3 card support for responder's heart after responder's NMF.

AKTxx AKxx Jx xx opposite QJx Q98x KQxx Ax
If you show 3 card spade support first does responder then bid 3? Is that a probe for NT, a cuebid toward a possible spade slam, or a suit?

Certainly agree that having a firm agreement is most important.
March 4, 2014
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i take it you are a 14-16 NT opener? these transfers do seem to be gaining in popularity
March 4, 2014
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intriguing… if you don't forget the treatment in the heat of battle!
March 4, 2014
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Appreciating the thoughtful replies. for those who play 2 way NMF do you ever break the 2 relay to 2 to show 3card support for partner and, if so, with what criteria?

March 4, 2014
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I like 4 if I am white vs. red. I think the opponents will be less likely to be sacrificing. At unfavorable I think 4 opens the door for EW to find their round suit double fit and they may not let you play the hand.

At imps they will take out insurance. What's right at BAM scoring?
March 1, 2014
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Your RHO is a Flight A player. Their 3rd chair preempt opposite a passed partner could hold almost anything. Perhaps that is why passing is garnering a significant share of the responses.
Feb. 23, 2014
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