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Nigel Kearney
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Oct. 2, 2010
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Live in Wellington, New Zealand. Don't play much bridge these days due to work and family commitments. In the past have represented NZ several times including a silver medal in the 1995 Junior World Championships in Bali. 

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2/1 W/semi Forcing NT and balanced hand major opener
I also play weak NT and prefer Bart. There are several variations. What you give up is much less than with Gazzilli.
Is there an expert standard here?
No idea what is standard. I prefer option 3: pass is balanced so may include worse hands than 3 but is still forcing.
Eric Sieg's bidding problem: J9764 Q84 K9732 ---
Strong club systems are more effective than they should be because so many people pass hands like this. Even a raise to 2 by partner can be enough to put them at a significant disadvantage compared to a natural opening.
The Language of Bridge by Kit Woolsey
Or, in some cases, Bribberish.
direct seat overcalls 1NT
I prefer 2 to be any two places to play. Secondary support for partner's suit may be one of them. The auction usually won't bounce around and you just want to find a playable spot at a low level or push them a bit higher. After 1 ...
ATB - another slam missed
That is more of a reason to bid spades. If I bid 2 then 3 and partner still wants to play somewhere else, I'm happy to let him. But if it goes something like 2-2-3-3-3NT-? then anything could be right.
What's the ethical action here?
In a UI situation, the legal requirement is that you identify the logical alternatives and choose the one that is made least attractive by the UI. If you have two legal options, it must be the case that neither is indicated over the other by the UI. So I don ...
ATB - another slam missed
If you're in New Zealand, you definitely cannot assume Texas and without that, North's sequence does not suggest slam interest and can be very weak, so South is blameless. Anyway I think North is good enough to make a slam try. If I was confident 4 would ...
ATB/YBTJ - hand from sectional (Matchpoint Pairs)
I prefer 2 to 1NT by West, because NT doesn't look like it will play well, especially from my side. And I can compete with 3 over 2. I have some values to spare, but if partner has a strong NT he will bid again and ...
How to improve the auction?
The auction is fine up to 3, then North should have bid 3NT. North's actual choices are far too aggressive. South showed mild interest only, which he is fully entitled to do as a passed hand with 7 working HCP. In fact if North held something like - Kx ...
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