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Brian Callaghan
Brian Callaghan
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Member Since
June 14, 2014
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Aug. 5
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Bridge Player
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.
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Where did you learn to play bridge?
I voted for “School”, but that might give the wrong impression. At my school, the pupils were forbidden from playing card games, with the exception of bridge. And only those in the sixth form (around ages 16–18) were allowed to play bridge. The prohibition had little practical effect, and ...
Where did you learn to play bridge?
I've known opponents who treated 4 as always Gerber, but none of them referred to it as Norman Blackwood. Sounds like a conflation of Norman and Blackwood, both 4NT asking bids. (I don't recall ever playing against anyone who used Norman, though.)
2!C-Multi ?
I've played 2 this way in one of my partnerships for quite a few years. (It's allowed in some EBUland competitions.) I think I picked up the idea from the Dutch. (It is or was fairly popular in the Netherlands.) I play after 2-2NT, that 3 ...
In another part of the forest
It's a very nice construction, David, and to drop the Q under the A as defender is certainly your best chance to get declarer to go wrong, but… Suppose declarer now cashes a high trump from hand, crosses to dummy with a diamond, and after the A, tries the ...
Thanks to everyone who took the time to express their opinion. I guess it's back to the drawing board. Particular thanks to Steve Moese, who not only addressed my intended subject, bidding taxonomy, but put forward a user-friendly counter-proposal.
Or to put it another way, if you held a two-suited hand, the only way to show it using purely natural bids, is by two distinct one-suited bids.
A one-suited hand is not synonymous with a one-suited bid.
Natural suit bidding by definition delivers one suit at a time. I wouldn't think that [i]classifying[/i] a natural suit bid as one-suited is particularly contentious (even if it's not what one might have previously thought of as one-suited). If a bid were classified as two-suited it ...
The consistency I was aiming for was to be able to order some types of bid by how strictly specified what they show is. So the larger the number before -suited, the more strictly specified what a bid shows is. For example two-suited is more restrictive than one-suited, which in ...
A somewhat belated addition. Although I wouldn't expect any bid to show half a suit, I might expect a bid described as "half-suited" to be showing its (one) suit in a mixed state—for instance half-hearts and half-spades.

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