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We don't make crappy two-suited bids on nothing that paint a picture for the opponents' play of the hand when we have little hope to win the auction except in misfits.
July 25
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I was the bidder Richard cites from the other thread. While I'm not entirely convinced I was right there, the bid was made in 4th seat over a 3rd-seat opener on a deal that was almost certainly a part-score battle. So I think it's a different situation than we see in this thread.
July 25
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@Richard: So what's your call w/ the first hand?
July 25
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Yesterday I made two 3334 takeout doubles in the two-session open pairs event in Vegas.

First with Q93 Q53 AK85 QJ4 in 4th seat (us vul) after RHO opened 1.

Then with AK75 932 AQ2 Q86 in 3rd seat (nobody vul) after RHO opened 1.

Our card is not marked for offshape TOX.

Do folks quibble with my bidding choices or CC presentation?
July 24
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Yes, apologies…the Round of 64 concept is somewhat nonsensical. So instead focus on the absolute number of ~150 experts…that's a better definition of the line that seems drawn quite high to me.
July 12
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Why is Round of 32 any more sensible than Round of 64 or even a somewhat higher number? This seems an incredibly high line to me.
July 12
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Not true.

The recent King of Prussia regional had 2-day BRACKETED KOs that started with a Swiss on Day 1 and KO on Day 2…but it did NOT have a two-day event with an OPEN Swiss that fed into Day 2 KOs.

http://www.district4.info/valleyforge/2019%20Final%20Schedule_21%20Feb%202019.pdf
July 12
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However big the segment of A players willing to play down is, I don't expect more than a handful (if any) will be BridgeWinner readers
July 11
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“What they all have in common is that events typically start out as open, have some sort of qualifier, and then split into various forms of finals, consolation events, repechage possibilities, alternative events etc.”

I only have experience playing in USA/Canada/ACBL. I am very curious about this approach and would like to know more. It seems there may be more variance than can easily be summarized, but could Frances (or someone similarly knowledgeable) please take ONE good representative example tournament and provide details about the consolation/repechage/alternative approaches and how elibility or assignment to those events work?
July 9
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Would your partner never upgrade 21 point hands to 2C/2N?

How about…
KQ KQJ KQJT9x Ax
June 28
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Nothing too original:
2N-3N shows 54xx
2N-3S is relay to 3N, either (a) to play or (b) to suggest minor game or slam if responder bids on.

Point taken that our system can't find an 8-card major fit in responder's shorter major when responder has (53)xx. Is that benefit worth the info leakage of Richard's approach?…still feels like no to me. But perhaps I'm biased because I play FAR more matchpoints where 3N is often fine (or better) even with an 8-card major fit.

Obviously our approach should be reserved for practiced partnerships since forgets here are highly damaging (don't reflexively bid 3N to play over partner's 2N). But we're already talking about a narrow bidding area which should limit us to practiced partnerships.
June 28
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I think this treatment is NOT “nice”, precisely because of the information leaks.

I don't see how the info leak cost is worth the minimal benefit of distinguishing between a two-point NT range when opener has 4 spaces. And I don't think the 2 vs. 3-spade feature has ANY value because there is a better way to deal with responder 54xx hands over 2N.
June 27
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I am not aware of a procedural penalty being issued in a single situation I've been involved in over 12 years of playing.

The interesting corollary to this is that I (and others?) are perhaps not calibrated to appropriate penalty sizes.

My gut reaction is that 1/4 board is tiny…is this the norm? Are there any guidelines as to appropriate sizes of penalties?
June 8
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If the intent was indeed to tease, then I would hope such is appropriate for the playing circumstances…i.e. a relaxed club atmosphere or similar. But in that atmosphere, an ethical East should also then go out his/her way to correct the problem by saying “let's just score it up as making.” East is either wrong for coffee-housing, wrong for misjudging the situation, or wrong for not correcting the problem he/she caused.
June 7
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District 4 (Eastern PA, Delaware, Southern NJ, parts of upstate NY) does require pre-registration.
May 9
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2 WAS game-forcing, sorry for not clarifying originally.
May 1
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3 spades. Unlikely to be with 6 hearts. Could be with 5 diamonds.
April 30
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Certainly the part of Walsh that bypasses to bid 4cM is fairly common. Full Walsh is played by 100% of the pairs that involve me.
April 19
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Fair enough, however bypassing to bid a 4cM w/ non-GF hands is part of our agreements.
April 19
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To get good responses, I would recommend more detail about the system and eliminating thumb-on-the-scale opinions about any of the bids in the OP.

Re: the system, I really think you need more background because IF this is non-2/1 Standard American, I believe the 3N bid is an underbid rather than an overbid as suggested (while recognizing that you haven't necessarily said this is Standard American).
March 29
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