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Meckwell and DONT are not designed to find the best contract, only an acceptable one. The very first time I played DONT (actually, it was called “Underside Two-Suiters” then) my partner overcalled 2 and I had a decent 5=2=3=3 so I passed. +90 and the Neanderthals playing natural overcalls were +450 in 4.
4 hours ago
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Adjust score and 30 day ban for South
4 hours ago
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People are so hung up on your bidding system when this hand is a poster child for setting up your game-going trick before you run your main suit.
Oct. 21
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I'm with you. They both know that they don't have the ace of trumps. Sure, I'm probably beating this, but I trust my teammates to avoid no-play games, so I expect to win IMPs or break even just by passing. Those are the IMP odds to strive for.
Oct. 21
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The lineup was Hamman-Kantar (playing 4-card majors, Roman 2, and Flannery 2), Goldman-Eisenberg (an Aces pair, playing a precursor to Goldman's Aces Scientific methods), and Lazard-Rapee (playing a less structured 5-card major style). I checked the WC book.

Eisenberg was one of the original Aces, but the Aces hadn't really been formed yet. They debuted on the world stage in the 1970 BB in Stockholm, lining up as Hamman-Lawrence, Jacoby-Wolff, and Goldman-Eisenberg. The first two pairs played versions of the Blue Team Club, Goldman-Eisenberg played 5-card majors with many gadgets.
Oct. 20
Craig Biddle edited this comment Oct. 20
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I won an IMP in a KO match this way, hopping K in front of AQ in an ending. I wasn't about to give it back, and declarer wasn't about to ask.
Oct. 20
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People play in club games for many different reasons. Describing a pair as a long-time partnership is inadequate.

If this is a pair of club-level players who come out for the fun and the opportunity to exercise their machinery after 1, then it's probably the right thing to do from the club's perspective to allow 3rd hand to change his call and let them have their fun. If this resulted in a good score, I would then award the non-offending side an average plus, since I have knowingly violated the rules.

If this is a pair of sharks using the club game as a tuneup or partnership maintenance session, then the contract is 1 undoubled.

If this is a married couple, only God knows what to do.
Oct. 20
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I would rather lie about a deuce than a King. So I bid 2 as though I had K72 rather than 2NT as though I had K98x.
Oct. 19
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Even better if you're not. Then, when you bid diamonds next, partner will have a really good idea what you have.
Oct. 19
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It would raise the excitement level significantly to play:
2 = strong or or bal, or weak 2
2 = strong or or bal, or weak 2
2 = weak both majors
2 = weak
Oct. 19
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As a Pittsburgh native and resident, I find it hard to believe that “everything closed by 3 PM” near the playing site. Of course our Nationals was 13 years ago, and our city's economy has grown significantly since then.

But today there are probably 100 restaurants within a 10 minute Uber ride, half of them within a 5 block walk, and I doubt that many of them close before 11 PM. I would think the issue was more likely hotel space, which we don't have a lot of.

I think Columbus will be an excellent choice, since on half a dozen weekends or more every year they can accommodate 100,000 Buckeye fans for a weekend, probably at least 1/4 of them are in from out of town or there for the visiting team.
Oct. 19
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Where was the option “Pass and hope it makes”?

j/k, I think.
Oct. 18
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Yep, if you want to make sure that nobody who is not retired starts playing bridge in your area, by all means kill off your evening game.

Why not convert it to your teaching night / non-LM night?
Oct. 18
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North's double was horrendous, unless their agreement was either takeout or optional penalty.

But the only reason I can see for S passing the double is that he had Ax in with his diamonds. He made a 2/1 justified by the playing strength of his 7-4 hand, and had no reason at all to sit for the double when he could conceivably be contributing no defensive trick to the party.

Yes, South should have expected to be beating 3 anyway, but unless N has the hand cited by MR, 4 probably had play. And if it was possible for N to have the hand MR cited, then the double was a total atrocity.
Oct. 17
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The ACBL membership needs its Nationals in more easily accessible locations, both by distance and cost.
Oct. 16
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Yes, I could be eating this. But this is a game of percentages, not belts and suspenders.
Oct. 16
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Use tablets. Don't let anybody see any part of their partner's body. Self-alert.

Easy Peasy.
Oct. 16
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South bid his hand impeccably, making a pressured raise based on nice controls, 4-card support, and a stiff in the preempt suit.

North needed Axxx AKx Kxxxx x opposite for slam to be good; if South had held that hand he would have made a move over a 4 signoff one N had shown slam interest with his 4 bid.
Oct. 16
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My raise promised 4 trumps, I have 3. I have 2 Aces. Partner jumped to game. The opponents are at the 5 level. Double seems right.

If partner has a tactical 4 bid, he's expected to pull. But if we allow tactical leaps to game, pass can't be forcing and double expresses my hand well.
Oct. 16
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W took a shot at unfavorable vulnerability and it worked. Either tip your hat to him or file a player memo. Your choice.
Oct. 15
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