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Just read the thread. Be prepared to sift through a lot of pseudo intellectualism and outright hating, but theres a few gut busters like:

“I love the comment from Kari-Anne Opsal, the president of the Norwegian Bridge Federation ”… hope he will come back stronger after his ban ends.”

I don't think Kari-Anne has any expectation that Geir will really go off of the steroids. I sort of envision a giant bulked-up angry green bridge player smacking around a puny card shark".
March 1
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We had dinner with the person that coordinates, and I recall her saying it was happening. PM me for details.
March 1
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The final sign of the apocalypse will be when a hotel operator looks at the financials of the league and wont book it because they cannot guarantee the room commitment.

I, for one, hope the trend reverses but we are heading toward the abyss if what Jonathan says is true.
March 1
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1. 4 probably creates a force over 5. I guess North felt honor bound to x.

2. South's actions seemed forced. Is Kxx enough to take the push? Bleccch.

3. Id open North but thats not a consideration.

In the end if we are discussing the heart of the problem is taking a red save in 5M over 5m for -2, this feels like a nothing burger.
Feb. 27
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I agree with Jim. This sounds like the same idea of playing UDCA based on a specific card in one person's hand that only the defense knows about and standard when it's in the the other hand.
Feb. 24
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Sure, on this auction, 2N is better, but that isn't the primary point of the comment.

You are giving up something with 2N however which is why a lot of pairs assign an artificial meaning to it.

One can choose to play ‘natural’ after 2N by opener. Good luck locating a 4-4 major fit and having a smooth auction.

Or, play some sort of NT system where 3 is stayman - and bury your minor fits.
Feb. 24
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Because there's value to opener being able to show a serious vs a non-serious try in the first auction?
Feb. 23
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5?
Feb. 23
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Amusing to me that a thread is being hijacked by a discussion of the proper spelling of hijack.
Feb. 23
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IMPs or MPs?

Minor editorial about bidding 2N here. It crowds our constructive auction and frequently wrongsides the 3N (or 6N). 2 - 2 - 2 - 3 is a much smoother start.

Major editorial - unbalanced hands should be doing the asking and I really prefer 4. The only way to involve partner would be if we have all the key cards / Q and then follow with 5N. That would at least convey that we all keys and partner can have a say. Additionally, we might avoid a silly slam off two red cashers this way.

Back to the question. My best guess is that - assuming we are 100% on the same page with 3, is partner is trying to send a strong message. He doesn't have either round king, and is concerned that the auction would just stall out with 5N…6 if we had two key cards our self. He is expressing club length and wants us to look at our club holding and convey that our K is a vital card: AQJxxxx x A AQxx.

The other possibility is he is improvising with a stiff club: AQJxxxxx AQ Ax x.

Either way, we are missing a key card so we sign off, but it's still an interesting question.
Feb. 23
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Adding this to my idle time. Created a user called ely culbertson.

You'll recognize the avatar.
Feb. 23
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Ask Eugene to promote on front page?
Feb. 22
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Have played it as weaker minors or blackwood.

Stronger balanced or some trick-based hand makes little sense to me.
Feb. 21
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Agree with Rainer and I think this is especially true on professional teams where no one wants to labeled as crazy or not a team player.

If you step out, your wins will be unnoticed, but the numbers will stick out like a sore thumb.
Feb. 21
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I bid 2N. They ran their solid five card suit.

I like the idea that partner might consider giving me an out from 3N with a hand that is playable in other strains.
Feb. 20
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Read them all. Try to read my entire library (at least the good stuff) at least once every five years - one book a month is my guess.

- Kelsey is the best of all of these, because he captures themes so well even though many hands feel a bit contrived to prove a point.

- Resse's hands are more ‘real-life’ but his writing style is very off-putting.

- Love does read like a calculus text. However, if you aspire to be an engineer, you better know calculus.

- Watson. Horribly verbose. If I have a terrible tournament, I will punish myself by reading a few chapters.
Feb. 19
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Steve, probably too long to be specific for a sub-thread, but fast arrival, “cue with interest” and non-serious / serious 3N all fill this gap. I prefer the latter.

Even if it may not address the gap a Soloway JS covers, the extra level to clarify pattern on both sides is well worth the tradeoff, as is the extra calls gained by playing 1M - 3x as something else.
Feb. 19
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Let yourself get pushed up one level. No more.

So, no to 4 but yes to 3.
Feb. 19
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I wouldnt move over 3 either.
Feb. 19
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