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Ian Grant
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Sept. 14, 2015
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about me

EBU rank: Premier Life Master.

I play my own "Grumpy Club" system in partnership with my wife.

Short (forcing) 1C (11+hcp, no better bid) with forcing 1D response (neg or natural)

5 card majors, weak NT.

1D in 1st/2nd seat is 9-11 balanced or natural, natural in 3rd/4th.

Multi 2C, 2D and 2NT opening bids, Ekren-style 2H (3-11 hcp), normal weak 2S.

See website for EBU convention card.

United Kingdom

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Tanking to get a read
(I think I have related this story before.) We were playing against a notorious tanker who lead from dummy, my partner followed in tempo and then he went into a trance for several minutes (at least 5 or 6). My partner then made a gesture which meant "what is he ...
Saving at MP?
Probability doesn't come into it, what is our agreement for a double here? I think it should show shortage but I don't play Lucas/Muiderberg.
What rules do you ever let "slide" based on experience level?
We teach alerting/announcing at the same time as teaching the bid and are very proactive in enforcing them during the play sections of our lessons. The aim is that these actions become automatic.
World Championship update
Glad to see that Frances Hinden's dislike of Lady's events doesn't extend to mixed pairs, bring that gold medal home!
Frances Hinden's bidding problem: 8642 K63 Q2 KT87
Doesn't bidding 3 get us playing in 3 rather than 2x ?
Bridge is getting harder to play
Very confusing to see Northampton and Chesterfield (not to mention Florence) in Hampshire!
A Very Amusing Board
My partner would have succeeded with the club lead, I'm not smart enough to play the 8. :-(
1!H - 2!S to Show Spades and a Minor
1-2 is a splinter for us promising 4 card support and 8 or fewer losers. Finds some very good low hcp games. 1-2NT is a balanced raise, also 8 or fewer losers.
What To Do When Someone Acts on UI?
In table tennis its quite common to see an illegal serve with an "I didn't know that" excuse.
What To Do When Someone Acts on UI?
My generic method of X is t/o of any promised suit(s) would have worked too.

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