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David, the difference between Bob's hand and yours is that Bob can add 1 point for a doubleton and you have to substract 1 point for 3433.
July 25, 2016
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I'm happy to play against opps who pass a WNT with 14 hcp even if they don't alert. I do however agree with Richard.
July 23, 2016
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Pass is just bridge, in this case poor bridge. Yet another example showing the folly of alerting. Seeing 1 as 17+ on the CC, I know what to expect from a pass.
July 23, 2016
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Paraphrasing Ogden Nash “For social bridge players as social bridge players no special hate I carry”. I don't care for them very much either except as a source of serious bridge players. But if we want them to become serious bridge players, we should start their education as soon as they leave the coffee houses. I am not talking about the number of conventions. I am also not talking about the occasional revoke or even lead out of turn. I am talking about the most important issue: the ethics of the game. I am lenient with the sighs and tanks of the neophytes (they do not know what to do with UI anyway) or even recreationals (they seldom give me the impression that the UI is used in an improper way). Still I inform them that they could have a problem in a serious tournament. I am very strict however with opponents playing in serious tournaments, if they want to play coffee house bridge, they should go back to their coffee houses.
Conclusion: I support the idea of relaxing the enforcement of part of the rules, but without reducing the ethical standards of the game.
July 22, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment July 22, 2016
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Who needs master points?
July 21, 2016
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I duscussed this yesterday evening with my partner. If the overcall is at the 2-level, 3N denies a stopper and 2N then 3N shows a stopper. Why not transfer this to a 3-level overcall: 3N denies a stopper, X shows a stopper, which opener can pass with QTs knowing that the stopper is behind overcaller. With Mike's example bid 3N and opener will bid suits up the line without a stopper.
July 21, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment July 21, 2016
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You two have a point there. Our juicy penalty doubles usually occur after a 2-level bid over our (W)NT. How about 1N-(4m), 1N-(4) and 1N-(4)?
July 20, 2016
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Forcing of course, in stead of inviting we now bid game and make it thanks to the information anout opps hands. PLUS X is business! Unfortunately a number of club members have learned their lesson.
July 19, 2016
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Horrible N hand, value of 11-, not an opening bid. Horrible 2N-rebid without a -stopper. 6N understandable, but 6 or 7 might be better. Take it slow, probably 4 is best.
July 18, 2016
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How about 1 forcing, 2 and 3 non-forcing?
July 15, 2016
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Business! I've played WNT with a runout system most of my life, but XX was always for business and often led to juicy penalties. I think runout makes sense even with SNT, but I do not play that in my regular partnership and with a pick-up there are issues that are more important.
July 15, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment July 15, 2016
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I like that, what are your continuations? It should be possible to find a possible 4M, 3N or 5m but you should also be able to stop in 4m.
July 12, 2016
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With 0 hcp it is a preempt, with an ace and a king it is a limit raise.
July 11, 2016
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Don't preempt a preempt!
July 9, 2016
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I rate this hand as 7+ More optimistic then K&R whete it is 6.45. I'm happy to pass.
July 9, 2016
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Ah, but now responder can bid 3/ as a natural slam try, 3with a 5crd and 3N as a wish to play 3N but without a -stopper, 3 is an artificial slam try in . Opener need not bid 2N of course, but the higher the bid, the more precise the information should be. 3N: No -fit, probably a stiff, a good -stopper, not a good hand for slam.
July 9, 2016
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Why has pard bid 2? I can see 3 reasons: a) looking for a 5-3-fit, b) missing -stopper or c) interested in slam, could be , or . If you consider only a) and b) it would be okay to bid 3N with -stopper and no -fit. But if you also consider c) wouldn't you want to have more information?
July 9, 2016
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Wouldn't you simply bid 1-1; 2N with that type of hand?
July 9, 2016
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You can add Multi to the list
July 8, 2016
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We play “New Stuff” from Jeff's treaty. Unfortunately “New Stuff” is a very short chapter.
July 7, 2016
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