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I like to see if there is a correlation here on BW with those who claim masks are useless (both in protecting oneself or others) and those claimed it was fine to go to NABC.
56 minutes ago
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Yes, one of the consequences of Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.
4 hours ago
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When one is a beginner, they don't know to cash a top honor in the hand with 2 first. It seems natural to just begin with the single honor. So they miss out on finding out 4-1 fit and taking the sure finesse. As one gets more experienced, then one realizes the benefit of beginning with one of the double honors. Then even later on, one realizes there are exceptions to that. But these situations are so rare, that even pretty good players forget at the table when it arises.

This was the theme of one of David Bird's Abbot articles. Abbot was playing some supposedly bad pair, and one of his opponents was declaring a hand where she can only finesse towards the hand with 2 honors.
5 hours ago
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As it so happened, no one has ever interfered over 3 before other than with a X, which we do have agreement what to do. On the spot, I assumed bidding 3M would show 5, and 3NT would mean I want to play 3NT. Because I took 3 as GF, I assumed P by me was forcing, and would tend to imply a 4M. Partner can then bid his oM if he has 4M, just as he would over 3 (playing 5 card Stayman, he cannot have both M). If he has no 4M, and no stopper, then he just has to figure what to do.

BTW, playing 3 as 5 card or puppet Stayman is one reason to not open 1NT with 4=5=2=2.
8 hours ago
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DS, no you don't; understand. With some partners, if they do it once they will do it again. Actually it may be with all partners.
18 hours ago
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If you don't want to bother with the difference between 2NT and 3 over 2, then spiral does not have to be off. it just means you will never hear 3/, or some other meaning is substituted for them.
21 hours ago
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Even then, it makes a difference if you play HSGT vs. long suit GT doesn't it?
21 hours ago
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David S, you are wrong. If my partner does certain things, I won't discuss it because we will just get into a fight. So we will never have an agreement to do it. But does that mean I have no idea he may be doing ti?
21 hours ago
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This just shows the poll is ill-defined. If it is HSGT, SSGT, natural, the answer will be different.
March 30
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3 if it is HSGT?
March 30
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Jim, are you saying that “unreliable source” is USA?
March 30
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Drury response showing psyche instead of just a (sub) minimum. It is more than just either way, partner knows there is no game. If opponents come in, partner will know not to double if you show a psych, and also know not to compete to 3 level with say 4 trumps.
March 30
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What the article did not do was pointed out that Doug himself likely got it at the tournament.

To think that three weeks ago, we were debating whether NABC should be held!
March 30
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You are supposed to reveal your full agreement.
March 29
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You can type carding into opponents, but I doubt you will get any reply. Although if you do it to table, they just assume the other person will answer it. Whereas if you type to opponents, each of them think you are addressing them.
March 29
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I stopped commenting because of, well just because, but mainly because it was disrespectful to Doug. Have it your way.
March 29
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That is not the issue. If 3 is GF by agreement, then if it is not, then opponents to judge the likelihood of psyche. If opponent deems psyche unlikely (e.g we are red, they are white), then they may think again before they stick their head in,
March 29
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Doug, thanks. You addressed the question I was asking, instead of tossing the same quote back. I appreciate it.
March 29
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Ray, what I am trying to get at is the spirit of the regulation. Why psyching an artificial bid is disallowed. I can see that psyching 2 (singleton or void ) with the wrong shape creates problem. But if psyche 2 with the right shape and 0 point, why is that different from psyching natural 0 point hands?
March 29
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Those are just words. Not agreeing never to psyche is the same as agreeing to psyche sometimes. Are you telling me that I don't know which of my partners are more likely to psyche than others? With some, I have certainly told them after they psyched that either I don't think it is appropriate or that it was a good idea. So next time that bid comes up, I am supposed to alert and say this is a situation we discuss and agree that psyching is not appropriate?

The whole thing with “agreement” is just a cop out for people to do funny things and claim they have no agreement,
March 29
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