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Monty; do you alert your partner's upside down Gerber & Blackwood? :)
6 hours ago
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Sigh - and to think that I learned bridge back in the days when it was “so unfair” - AKA - no stratification!

IMHO - the “unfairness” of it all was how many of us learned to play. We watched what the experts did - and tried to emulate them.

Unfortunately, today way too many don't get the opportunity to do that as we did…. (Or, should I say, do not take advantage of the opportunity due to stratification)…
6 hours ago
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Brian - perhaps you got my director :P
6 hours ago
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Extra values, but a hand where bidding a suit would not be appropriate.

You open 1, pard bids 1, they overcall 2. You have: Ax, qx, AKxxx, AJxx. Double.
17 hours ago
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Ken, I do know how it works - and - I have had situations where I did wish we played support doubles. Yet, I still prefer a different use for “double.”

I realize that many players vastly better than I am love it (not to mention the guy who invented it!) Yet, there are a few elite players who are in my camp. Clearly either way (using it or not) you must give up something.
21 hours ago
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Drury is one of my favorite conventions! I love being able to play 2 for a plus rather than down 1 in 3….
June 23
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Oh,no! I'm pretty specific. I asked about their carding, got a big smile and was told yet again “EVERYTHING we do is standard.”
June 23
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“a rare fun event”

You mean the others are NOT fun, Nigel?
June 22
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As much as I detest negative 2 - and the dreaded MUD also …. I think that gambling 3NT does more damage than both of those.

How many hands are cold for 3NT - but - ONLY if the OTHER hand declares!

Just open your *X#*& minor and rebid it - let partner bid the NT!
June 22
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Dave, some battles are not worth the fight. I filed something about the player…. wasn't going to go after the director (though perhaps I should have done so….)
June 22
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Yeah; no kidding, Ed.

There are players like that guy…and then people like a couple (in real life and at the bridge table) who are 1000% above board. I recall once having an auction where our side was declaring and they were defending. When it was over, one partner stated that his partner had explained something that was not their agreement - and that, of course, if we thought we had been harmed, we should get a director.

Had he remained silent, no one other than he would have known that we'd been given wrong system information.

No class vs lots of class! And - that took ZERO questions from me :)
June 22
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Wow. Sometimes I do find it fascinating to read people's responses. I would think that the one thing partner has promised is at least a semblance of a stopper. Yes, it might be xxxx which would not turn out to be a stopper. But - would I expect xxx or xx? No. Not in the hand that bids immediately after the overcaller.
June 22
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I must admit I do not understand the voting. Does anyone's partner bid 1NT on this auction with fewer than about 7 or 8 HCP? And aren't their values (at least theoretically) behind the overcaller - and - don't more of the values rate to be “known” in one hand?

So - why would I not simply bid game with 18-19?

My partners usually have 7 to 10 for 1NT (sometimes even a lousy 11). So I do not understand only inviting with 18-19 - unless 2NT is considered forcing by some.
June 22
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Rich, we have a player in our area that I like a lot - but - thinking for longer than a nano-second is often not in her repertoire. I have said to her: “It is not against the laws to actually THINK about what you ought to do”!!
June 22
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I really did get that ruling….. And, as I vaguely recall (it was some years ago now), I did fill out a player memo against the opponent who did all the talking. (The other guy was pretty silent.)

I am certain that I asked about their methods at least 3-4 times. How many times are you supposed to ask to try to get the proper answer?
June 22
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Yuan, I once played against a pair in a NABC Swiss. Asked them a few times what they were playing; told “EVERYTHING standard.”

Then, when I went down in a contract I might have made and their signalling seems so weird, I ask again and they say “UDCA.”

I get a director and get ruled against! And yelled at by the opponents (and NO the director had nothing to say about THAT!) Argggh!!
June 22
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Very few. We play that all bids by opener are forcing after my bid - and - most of the time, we can sort it out. Responder's bid is so descriptive; very helpful.
June 19
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My favorite more modern convention is invitational jump shifts. Can't count how many times we've received good boards because of them.
June 18
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I've had other friends who've lost exactly like this on the handicap.

Are we having FUN yet?!?
June 18
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One of a few reasons I don't like them is this. So I know my partner has 3 card support. Great. Does he have 12 hcp or 19? What's the rest of his distribution like? Are his values pure, or do some look compromised by the auction?

If the opps bid again before I do, I don't know the answers to any of these and having a better sense of them seems more important to me than 3 or 4 trump…..
June 18
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