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I'm not worried so much about getting a zero in 2 doubled. I'm worried about partner competing too much on this hand or not enough on other hands because he can't rely on our ODR being north of Antarctica.
6 hours ago
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A hesitation in the auction is not unethical and neither is a quick bid. But both may transmit UI. When you sacrifice it is less likely that UI will have any effect on the subsequent auction as partner will usually just be passing.

There is nothing wrong in acting quickly and confidently with a marginal hand, as long as you do not also act slowly and deliberately when your decision to bid is very clearcut.
9 hours ago
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Getting more poll responses and comments is surely a good thing. Whether it is good enough to compensate for the 5-10 seconds it takes people to close an article that doesn't interest them may be debatable I suppose.
10 hours ago
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How about this:

- One of a minor is forcing (better if you play weak NT)
- 2NT is either GF with a 5+ card major or 23+ balanced

It covers off the possible hand types well enough to prevent anything truly ridiculous happening. You get to use 2 with weak hands, e.g. clubs and a major, which can be very effective. 2NT is the least effective preempt because opponents get two turns.
11 hours ago
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If there is ever a right time for this, 5332 shape and xxx in their suit is not it.

On the first hand partner has a reopening double and we can then bid 3.
March 20
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2 is forcing to game.

If 2 is not forcing to game, I am bidding a minor or 2NT unless I have three hearts. This is not the time to bid 3 on a doubleton because opener is quite likely to have a second suit and we want to identify a fit there. And if I have three hearts, I have a hand stronger than an immediate raise to 2 so opener should not pass.
March 20
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If you have a solid partnership agreement that 3 is minimum and an attempt to play 3 or 3, then a slow bid suggests extras.

Otherwise it doesn't suggest anything. Most likely North was wondering how strong 3 is supposed to be, which he might do on any strength hand.
March 19
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It is undoubtedly a hand closer in value to 18 HCP than 17 HCP. If you pick up an ordinary 4234 18 count there will be all the same arguments for and against opening 1NT. But you open 1C because you already decided how to resolve those arguments when you chose to play a 15-17 1NT opening. Exactly the same reasoning should apply here.
March 19
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I don't think a natural 3 makes much sense. Hands that do not want to bid 3NT should have overcalled 2 not 1NT. But a misunderstanding doesn't make a lot of sense either. Who even considers 2NT might be Lebensohl when RHO passes 1NT?

If I was East I would be wondering if partner had psyched. Anyway passing 3 certainly seems like a logical alternative to me, but the director would need to poll players of a similar ability which I'm guessing is not very strong.
March 18
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Both explanations are inadequate. The fact that the hand is weak and has a five card suit does not mean that “weak with a five or six card suit” is a good description.

The word “weak” when used in association with an opening two bid has an accepted bridge meaning that has developed over time and is generally understood by most players. If you are making the bid on hands that are wildly different from that, you need to explicitly say so when asked.
March 18
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They forgot the Rule of Zero.
March 17
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Yes, more young people are on Instagram not Facebook. But the subset who don't mind associating with older people may be where most of the potential bridge players are.
March 17
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When you open 1 and rebid 2 you want partner to pass as rarely as possible.

If opener has something like Ax xx AQ10xx AKxx and responder Q10x Kxxxx Jx Qxx you can bid 1-1-2-2-2NT-3NT. You cannot do this if responder has to pass 2 because he's afraid of converting a 5-3 to a 4-2.
March 17
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They think they have to take a club hook right now. But they are going to discover they don't need it before they get to take it, unless they do something that is unnatural as well as irrational.
March 14
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Neither is mine but ruffing a diamond return in both hands seems not only irrational but also highly unnatural and just not the sort of thing someone would do even if very confused.
March 14
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Bridge may or may not be dying in the USA but there is also bridge in other countries. The Wellington area has about 400,000 people and seven bridge clubs and we got 30 tables at our club on Wednesday night. We do have beer and wine available but that cannot be the entire reason.
March 14
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If you don't have a way of finding out whether West has three diamonds, surely the chance of that is no more than 30%. So your odds are at least 85% when trumps are not 4-0.
March 12
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In this kind of situation I think natural and ‘no agreement’ effectively mean the same thing and South should have known that.

It is too much to expect non-experts to always answer with a technically correct ‘no agreement’ when partner makes some bid in an undiscussed situation and there's no reason to suspect it is anything other than natural.
March 12
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East has a pretty obvious pass. I don't know why he bid 1. I don't expect West knows why either and I'm not even sure East does. The evidence we have suggests the explanation is fine and the bid is just some oddity that East came up with all on his own.
March 12
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If you ask East what hand he was playing West for, he might suggest AQJ10xx xx AQJ Qx. If you ask West what hand he was playing East for, I doubt there is one.

East should still move, because some risk at the five level opposite a carefully chosen minimum is not a good reason to sign off. But West's decision to pass 4 was worse.
March 12
Nigel Kearney edited this comment March 12
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