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Related to Steve’s suggestion, the home page article list could include Like counts.
Sept. 19
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“P4ttern Precision” (not a typo) is newer than “Pattern Club” by a year or so. Jack has updated his approach to use 4-card major responses to 1. This explains the 4 in P4ttern. These responses are swapped in both versions (i.e., 1-1 shows and vice-versa). I've been playing this system with Jack for most of this year, and it's been fun. Using the Amazon/Kindle publishing method has allowed Jack to produce this 2nd version without the same fixed costs one might associate with other publishing mechanisms.
Sept. 10
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The MIT document is very good. It surveys several methods and offers recommendations. I've been playing their “Wolff Signoff with 3 Raise” variation for at least 3 years with no second thoughts.
Aug. 31
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Later on I thought about that too. Of course you can always say “my lead, partner” to stop him, so a rapid play couldn't really improve your situation, could it?
Aug. 30
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Dropping a forcing 2 might be a reasonable gamble at MPs, but I would never do this at IMPs.
Aug. 19
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I don't mind occasional “spoiler” comments about the other table. What bothered me during the recent Spingold was when commentators missed interesting plays at the current table, because they were looking at or discussing the other table.
Aug. 19
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A problem I have is remembering defenders's discards from early in the play, when you don't need that information until later. If you still have work to do before the end game (drawing trumps, running a long suit, etc.), how do you later assimilate the discards that occurred? I lack a “rewind button” that lets me visually see the earlier tricks: that's a skill that needs to be acquired at a younger age, or so it seems. To compensate, I do find that verbalizing the discards helps. I usually just name the suits to myself (“spade”, “heart”, “another spade”…).

FWIW, I learned chess when I should have been learning bridge, then learned bridge when I should have been in class ;). I took 25 years off, have tried to pick the game back up starting in my late 50's, and have been looking for skills that are possible to learn at this stage.
Aug. 19
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I would like to see a companion poll with the pointed suits reversed. Does more of a misfit increase or decrease the threshold for responding?
Aug. 18
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Nice! Do you play this against Suction too, basically assuming they have the next suit?
Aug. 12
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Until last week, responsive for me applied only after bid-and-raise (or equivalent) auctions. But a new partner considers that a “stupid” agreement. Rather than argue further, I've decided to go along with this partner, so I get some experience playing the other way. So I abstained in the interest of staying temporarily neutral on this subject.

Despite the (current) 4:1 ratio in favor of “penalty”, this is something that should be discussed before simply checking “responsive” with a new partner. Also useful to discuss: (2M)-overcall-(3M)-Dbl and (2M)-Dbl-(3M)-Dbl.
Aug. 10
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And to Michal Klukowski with such accomplishments by age 22. He was very steady when I was watching.
Aug. 5
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I've just subscribed to “le Bridgeur”, hoping it will kick-start my French learning. For the benefit of the English audience, can we assume you meant AQxxx?
July 31
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Very interesting, Craig. The memory load looks a bit high, in part of the asymmetrical handling of certain hand types with vs. ; but allowing both types of invites is very valuable. I also like how you still allow super-accepts after the “Walsh transfer”.
July 25
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If the bid is below 2 (2 being the most common), we play the lower cue bid (2 here) is a light takeout and the higher cue bid (2 here) is a GF takeout. Other bids retain our normal meaning (Rubensohl for us).
July 21
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Exactly. Good game opposite a variety of hands like KQx 10x Axx A10xxx.
July 2
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Thanks. I've just read The Ultimate Club version. On first reading, it appears to have a very high memory cost, and also precludes Garbage Stayman. They played 15-17, so the latter wasn't a big factor.
June 30
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@Barry, What is Relay Stayman? I get no search hits either here or on BridgeGuys.com. Thanks.
June 29
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I like to play that, with a minor agreed, if we try for 3NT and fail, that 4m is NF. This auction meets that definition. The cue bid need not show extras here.
June 27
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Don’t understand 6H vs 6D. You obviously have H void either way, so why not show DK?
June 10
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Perhaps he's a Grand LM only because he does crap like this.
June 9
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