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Brian Callaghan
Brian Callaghan
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June 14, 2014
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March 21
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about me

Resident in London, England. Lives with wife Christine Duckworth and cats. Bridge player for more than 45 years, having taken the game up with school friends. Had salaried employment for decades in IT (as an IBM mainframe dinosaur) until 2001. Subsequently made a minor living as a bridge professional. Now mostly retired.

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Young Chelsea
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The Riddle of Nirvana: A Fable
Thanks. Although something of a systems person myself, even I have touble staying awake through reams of bidding description. So I wrote the article as an entertainment-come-origin myth. I play these methods, even in serious competition, but they first grew out of an interest in seeing whether a non-Stayman method ...
What is a ‘convention’?
If “convention” is to mean something then why not have it refer to a collection of calls at least one of which is not both natural and non-forcing?
What is a ‘convention’?
I imagine that “face value” and “strictly logical” are in accord with the Morehead definition of a natural bid—one that may become the contract and therefore non-forcing. What players may refer to as natural differs in bridge jurisdictions (it's certainly not the same for ACBL and EBU). Referring ...
What is a ‘convention’?
Late to the party. My feelings about what a convention is were probably formed when young. I located and opened my copy of [i]Conventions Made Clear[/i] by Ben Cohen and Rhoda Barrow for the first time in over thirty years. (This slim volume was first published in 1966 ...
Brian Callaghan's bidding problem: 96 A98 T652 AK54
That is the downside. The main upside is that the bidding may be at 2NT or 3NT at your next chance.
Brian Callaghan's bidding problem: 96 A98 T652 AK54
Depends on what you think the spade bidder should do next (if anything), but at least the 2NT bidders are in with a chance.
Brian Callaghan's bidding problem: 96 A98 T652 AK54
Six solid spades, three small hearts, and two small in each minor. The 3NT bidders would have hit the jackpot.
Brian Callaghan's bidding problem: 96 A98 T652 AK54
Thanks, everyone, for voting. The moral of deals like this one, where the auction takes an unusual turn, is probably to try to set out clear partnership guidelines on what delayed bids/doubles show. (The commenters, in the main, are acting, while the majority vote is for pass.)
Brian Callaghan's bidding problem: 96 A98 T652 AK54
2 shows a major one-suiter. 3 of a minor shows that minor.
What does this 3!s bid mean
I play it similar to the way Frances does. It shows a minimum, so it's not a slam try at all, just leaving room for responder to investigate if still interested (referred to in my notes as "milk train" because it comes first instead of last).
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