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As someone who plays unusual systems, one of the prime motivations is to put the opponwnts in unfamiliar territory.
an hour ago
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Im with John, but the 2 meaning can be hard to assimilate.
12 hours ago
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There are many unusual new allowable treatments that should be prealerted IMO:

- any 1 or 2 level ‘x’ response that shows ‘y’ suit should be prealerted:
– Transfer Walsh
– KI
– A 2 response to 1 that shows hearts
– funny forcing NT variants like Roy's
15 hours ago
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What proof did you find that pre-alerting was indicated? This seems to be a gap in the new charts and there isnt consensus.

Feels a little like sharp practice to me.
Aug. 19
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Pair A wins.
Aug. 19
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“Doubles of the 3rd suit are penalty” (excepting out snapdragon and maximal (if we have already found a fit).
Aug. 19
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There are four considerations here:

1. Positional values like tenaces want to declare. Anti-positional values like Axx and Kxx should not declare.

2. The dangerous hand should be kept on lead. This includes a hand that has shown length through an opening, overcall or preempt. It also includes a hand that has shown values like a takeout x.

3. The hand that has shown less information should be hidden.

4. Lastly, a strong stopper with the suit bid on the left should be in dummy with a 1/2 or 1/4 stop in declarers hand.

When the auction is competitive, 2 and 4 take priority but 2 is more important than 4.

In a non competitive auction, 3 is really important.
Aug. 16
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The King is standard.

But not 'round these parts.
Aug. 15
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Like Mike's story, I love to hear about active ethics, even if the UI amounts to sensing a tiny muscle twitch or other micro tells that only a life long partner would detect.

And Dave, this isn't close to being couchworthy.
Aug. 13
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Love to hear about these things.

Both very young and very old players, and some in-between may have trouble managing their cards. No one has license to take advantage.
Aug. 13
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4 sounds like a good idea but really isnt. Even if we agree (dubious) that its a 3 suiter, what now? How does partner set trump in a minor? One of us will have a tortured guess and there will be UI to boot.

Much prefer 4 to be “we are playing diamonds, start cue bidding”. This is different than 4 which is more of a suggestion.
Aug. 12
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Strange bid by CHO.

He cant overcall, and now finds the values for a jump in presumably a five card suit?

Its going to be tough to get to spades unless I bid them now.
Aug. 11
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History proves otherwise.

Look at the numbers of the Spingolds and Blues the year just before the 5/6K was added, and the following year.

Heck, look at the Spingold this year, with the 6K starting the day after. Im guessing it was the largest in probably 10 years.
Aug. 11
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Im guessing they want to keep the Soloway as one flight for a few years before adding more events which will decrease turnout.
Aug. 11
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Pretty sure the spade at T1 is standard count, possibly encouraging but its definitely not odd / discouraging.

Obviously I know the hand, but there's an inference and a card combo that no one discussed in kibchat. Frankly it might be more interesting as a play problem.
Aug. 11
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At MPs, I think we fear different things.

Players are afraid of -200 at MP and missing games at IMPs.
Aug. 10
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This was from a spingold match. One table stopped in 5. At the other table this hand bid 6 and it was kicked into 7 opp void AKxxx KQJxx Axx. I believe the opps dove in 7 which can go for 2 bills but went for 1700.
Aug. 9
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I think its best in theory and practice to play this as support. They have a fit, and if we have a 5-3 heart fit we should be competing. If I have short spades I can double back in.
Aug. 9
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Hard to get enthusiastic about this. 3N is wildly unlikely and you know 3 is fetching 3.

Bidding could easily be right. The colors are good.
Aug. 9
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And by the way, directing is a very thankless job. I come from the “catch more flies with honey than vinegar”, and even if I know they are 100% wrong, I choose my battles carefully and when I do take them on its with the highest respect.
Aug. 8
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