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Even if yes, I believe it is their obligation to make it known….if there is no sign or anything that says so, I do not understand how you could be expected to know to alert bids that are not alertable per ACBL chart. Weak double raise after overcall is not alertable.
As to your opponents..hmm…well..I hope you do not have to play them often.

:)Yu
Sept. 23
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Colin, my opponents do not usually accept 2 over 3 - so 3C forces to 3.
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Sept. 23
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Barry - I understand all that. I do not understand why you think they are intermediate, rather than beginners.
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Sept. 23
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Yes, Lynn you are right, I was thinking more along the lines of your auction. Still, I think most would treat 3 as F1, and not necessarily real hearts - but I would take your word about expert standard over mine, any day :)

Jeff - I might be wrong, see Lynn's comment.
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Sept. 23
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We are forced to 3. So my usual preference:
Pass stronger than 3, and 100% forcing
X by opener is penalty (not oriented, pure penalty).
Pass then pull is stronger than direct bids
X by responder is suggesting penalty (basically balanced hand)

:)Yu
Sept. 23
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I think you commented on the wrong thread…
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Sept. 23
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Suction does not show a known suit either…
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Sept. 23
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I would bid 3NT the round before. 3 for me shows some slam interest if partner has fitting hand - I don't have one holding N hand here. I also hope that even if partner bids 4 that 4NT is to play (player who bid 3NT to play, bids 4NT to play).
:)Yu
Sept. 23
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This is a great initiative, but I wish there would be more structure behind it. Giving a stipend or money is not enough and it does not solve anything. It would be great if
1) ACBL could prepare something to use as selling points, or official material explaining that bridge is sport, not gambling.
2) Contacts of people that run or used to run a successful bridge club on campus. May be just soliciting tips from these people.
3) Some resource of local volunteers, that would want to keep it up.
4) A selling points for students why the heck they should join ACBL….playing bridge is fun and it does not require a number. What do they get out of it (and please do not say the bulletin).

:)Yu
Sept. 23
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“.. intermediate-level players at my club who still don't know how to count tricks in a notrump contract.” - isn't that an oxymoron?
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Sept. 23
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What are my XYZ, NMF 2-way etc options? Is 2 forcing?
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Sept. 23
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David - that is up to discussion when E is not passed hand.
I do not expect that catering to a passed hand E to have a spade LR and good enough diamonds to nail 4 is a large enough target.Moreover I strongly believe that a passed hand can not make final decisions in the auction - whatever E bids is at best a suggestion. So if E doubles, he should be prepared for partner to remove it.

:)Yu
Sept. 23
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Jan :
1) Assuming that EBU includes thousands of players - yes, multi is played by thousands without particular problems. It is not a matter of belief - it is a matter of fact. If you think that the methods to defend against multi are UI based, it is just insulting to just about all competent players outside ACBL-wonderland. Of course some believe that if they did not find a way to play against something, than everyone else who did - is “c”, but seriously I expected better from you.

2) Your reasoning for disallowing multi went from ‘it is difficult to defend against for the rank and file player’ to historical to now ‘it eats up time’. Your only example hand was a screw up that had nothing to do with the particular convention. Well, playing at the top level eats up time. Preparing defenses to strong club systems eats up time. Learning and honing your system eats up time. Discussing meta agreements eats up time. Preparing defenses to different ranges of NT takes up time, and preparing defenses to those defenses eats even more time. If you want to restrict conventions by convenience of the opponents I suggest handing everyone a yellow card, or better yet “every bid is natural” - no conventional or artificial meanings…..

:)Yu
Sept. 23
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I passed flannery 2 for top board …. There is no reason not to play in 2 if this is your best spot even if partner might be void.

:)Yu
Sept. 22
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Steven, I did not say I like it!!!! At imps battling for vulnerable part scores imo is …hmm….not very smart - especially 2m, these are readily doubled. At MPs I would venture this.
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Sept. 22
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Jan - my agreements are adequate, as they include meta-agreements.
You auction 2-3-P-3 would be natural and forcing in this case. It is not perfect, but “continuations are natural, unless discussed” does cover continuations. Is there better defense? Sure, but I don't remember providing the perfect defense system for 1NT overcall structures. I also play suction over 2 openings and do not provide defenses for that.
Multi in a way is easier, because there is a lot of experience with it - so there already a lot of defenses floating around you can use as basis or as is. Again, there are thousands of players who play multi and against it without an issue at all levels - so you can't argue that it is difficult to grasp, because practice proves otherwise.
Also, note that the defenses currently provided by ACBL are incomplete by your standards too, nevertheless multi is allowed in some events and these are considered adequate - so obviously covering all continuations is not .
:)Yu
Sept. 22
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Richard I believe that if 4D is X, partner with xx in diamonds should pull it out. It just shows some diamond length (4-5?). It is not an absolute penalty, as you are passed hand - just a suggestion if partner's hand is suitable, and desire to play 4 if its not.
So if that is my partnership understanding, this is what I bid with this hand, regardless of the opponents - and let partner decide. If you pay it rather inflexibly, it is a whole different issue.

:)Yu
Sept. 22
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I do not see how GF+ or split range 1 negates hiding opener's hand or anything else in our structure. It is just a relay.
I see a lot of value in being able to immediately communicate distribution /suit when responder is weaker, and opps are more likely to come in if they have distribution. Arguably it is more important when responder is in some invitational range and game is possible, than when responder is a complete bust.
:)Yu
Sept. 22
Yehudit Hasin edited this comment Sept. 23
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Richard I believe that E was also transferring the A. Nevertheless in club auctions I just do not trust the opps and want to describe my hand to P. X of 4 describes my hand better than 4, after all I am a passed hand. Partner can then decide what to do - it does not shut them out.
:)Yu
Sept. 22
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Mike - any system notes you could share?
Richard, thanks, I will look if I can find it somewhere local. Did not catch on , does not mean not worth trying.
:)Yu
Sept. 22
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