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Partner had a DSIP double available with a good hand and doubt about final strain. In the absence of that double I'm not going to second guess their choice of 3N.
Feb. 23, 2014
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you made your bed when you opened 1N. If you want to compete after the 2 balance you might consider bidding 2. Partner ought to assume you have the long minor that balancer doesn't have. I find a reopening double here distateful.

agree with previous poster that 1N makes more sense with 2=4=5=2 shape
Feb. 23, 2014
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i like 7N that i would have acted previously. abstain then means ?
Feb. 23, 2014
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It's cover cards for me. KTx Jxx xx Kxxx would be barely enough. I don't want to be failing at the 3 level when partner makes a game try.

I am a big fan of these kinds of polls: gradations that tip the balance
Feb. 23, 2014
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“if not better why do the majority….”

if you do not play 2N as invitational you can easily miss a 4-4 heart fit after 1N - 2, 2 - 2N. “The majority” do not play 2N as invitational. Of the 16 teams in last year's USBC trials there were only a handful of pairs that play 1N - 2N as invitational.



Feb. 17, 2014
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very eloquent Peg. Barry personified the goodwill adage that it's more important to be nice. If our game is a game why do we take ourselves so seriously so often? Bye Bear
Feb. 16, 2014
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y, no superaccepts holding good hearts and a spade Q.
Feb. 14, 2014
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we employ the same where 3 denies 4 or 5 card major. Then
responder's 3N promises 5 and responder's 3 is a relay to 3N.
After opener's 3N responder can bid 4minor with slam interest.
Responder bids 4m+1 to deny interest in that minor slam strain or responds RKC starting with 4m+2.
I'm a big fan of optional minorwood when there's been no room to confirm a fit and one partner, in a GF auction, bids beyond 3N.
Feb. 13, 2014
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I really like transfer advances so i would bid 2D as a transfer and follow with spades and more spades cheaply
Feb. 11, 2014
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Only thing I would add:
1N = minors or diamonds (you can offer diamonds at 2 level
2C = majors
having played forcing club for many years i think one level natural interference creates little disruption tho exclusion or suction type interference randomizes the auction a bit

With any decent hand you can usually interfere after the frequent 1 (P) 1 (P) 1N rebid with your regular NT interference treatments

The only time I would double a forcing club is with 4=4 in majors and an opening or near opening bid. Competing after opponent's 1N call with that shape is risky

I have 1 for hearts and a minor and 1 for spades and a minor on my card but I find I almost never use these calls.
Feb. 11, 2014
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If they cashed their 2 black Aces I hope you dropped the stiff K offside
Feb. 7, 2014
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I knew there was a sequence! Works unless it's partner has the stiff heart.
Feb. 6, 2014
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And what do you bid after 1 2 3 P, P ?
holding AQxxx AJxxx Qx x?
Jan. 27, 2014
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Switching from split-range to unlimited does require preplanning of subsequent action when you have sound but not forcing values. Until you've had experience with unlimited sequences you are at risk for tempo issues. I prefer the split range for this reason but recognize that the expert community is gravitating to unlimited.
Weak/strong when white and unlimited when red makes a lot of sense.
Thanks for the poll.
Jan. 27, 2014
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Wearing a button identifying yourself as a teacher.. Is it a bumper sticker indicating “student driver” or one that advertises a product? Maybe it doesn't matter. Should a strongly ethical teacher, or any experienced player for that matter, call the director when their action has created an UI situation?
Jan. 23, 2014
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Maybe the director needs education if you have concerns not knowing them. I don't know what is confusing about this kind of UI.

North… where was North? No double? No cuebid. What was North angling for? I don't understand “waiting developments” in a forcing auction. North has a call and I don't see pass as reasonable.
Jan. 22, 2014
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It's a holiday… 6 when it makes is a great story. how often do you get a chance for a story like this!
Jan. 13, 2014
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all over the map Ira but we like you anyway LOL

I have no problem with the differing mission statements. The ACBL needs to reach out to non-tournament player. Tournament players need to recognize this. I am glad to have some A/X events where newer and less accomplished players are in their own sandbox,Gold Rush events. It stiffens the field I am playing in. Their table count makes our sectionals and regionals more viable.

I don't know why flighting started, but it is certainly here to stay. It's quite understandable. Folks want to be competitive at whatever level they perceive themselves to be. I have nearly 7,000MPs and am quite excited by the new 0-10K team events where I will be in contention. What chance do I have in the Open flight of the GNT or a major team event like the Spingold, Vandy, or Reisinger? Zero. No team without a grand life master has ever won the Open Flight of the GNT since Flight A was carved out in 2001. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_National_Teams
I think that's one reason why participation in this non-grass roots grass roots events sucks at the top level in most districts.

I want to clarify a couple of your comments from what I know as a GNT district coordinator, GNT/NAP Forum leader, and Special Events Task Force member:

you stated “Recently our District rep informed us that the ACBL wants to increase the GNT teams -particularly the Superflight”
There were discussion items re. special events at the ACBL Board meeting in Atlanta and one of the discussion items (DI) was whether increasing the number of GNT teams at the NABC finals might increase interest in the event. It's an overbid to attribute this discussion to the ACBL. This DI came from the Special Events subcommittee to the Bridge committee (the Special Events Task Force established by Sharon Anderson in 2012 was morphed into a subcommittee of the Bridge Committee by Don Mamula in 2013)

you stated “Indeed there was a movement to move the superflight against the Spingold! It was voted down but it was close.”
One of the early ideas of the GNT/NAP Coordinator Forum was to start the Open Flight of the GNT finals on Spingold Day 1. The rationale: increase participation in the top flight of the GNT across the country for accomplished ACBL members who do not compete because they choose not to compete against full-time players. This proposal (brilliant if you ask me AND it was not my idea) was never put forward as a motion to be heard by the BOD and was never voted on.

There are full time players from your district who, thinking probably about their own pocketbook, rather than your district's mission to “promote the best interests of the competitive or tournament form of contract bridge”, told us to create our own restricted event, rather than tweak the current one.

What is in the best interest of the future of our game does not necessarily equate to the best interest for us as individuals at our current level of attainment. I'm ready to see the GNTs dissolve in favor of a new truly grass roots team event with club qualification that offers free trips to the NABC for players who aren't already coming to them. I don't think we need to open the event to more players who are NABC regular attendees.
Jan. 3, 2014
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Gold Rush used to have 2 flights, 750 & 300. Looks like they've authorized a third flight for 0-200 and bumped 300 to 500.
I have mixed feelings about the ability of folks to become Life Masters without ever playing against one, but scheduling whatever puts people into seats at a table is a pretty strong argument.
A viable live tournament future is in our interest. Igniting the competitive fire for players to make the move to unrestricted, A/X or Flight B events, is critical. How many members reach life masterhood, consider they've achieved this long sought goal, and quit playing? Will Gold Rush successes lead to a desire for more accomplishments in stronger fields?
I hope so.
Jan. 2, 2014
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I do not play that (1m) - P - (1M) - 2m is natural. I do play that (1m) - P - (1M) - 2M is natural.
I do think that a discussion of exposing a 1 psyche for the given sequence is worthwhile.
Do you start with a double, cuebid that major, and then bid it again?
Dec. 26, 2013
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