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“To get a sense at a HIGH level which system families are preferred among better players.”

One approach to that end would be to look at the systems played at the USBF trials, at the European championships, at the world championships and the like.
5 hours ago
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One of the regionals was Chicago…
5 hours ago
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While it may superficially look like a bidding problem, it isn't one at all.
9 hours ago
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I realized that when I made my reply (and stand by it). Looking through the local Fairfield, NJ regional results, I could identify one Precision pair for sure.
July 16
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40%? If so, likely a localized phenomenon imho.
July 16
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“Was I ethically compelled to bid 4♠ because I had that kind of UI?”

Knowing partner is likely to forget is not UI. If you do have UI, yes, you are ethically compelled to bid 4. Me, I wouldn't be “guessing” he forgot, I'd just bid appropriately.
July 16
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When partner opens 1NT I have to choose between 1NT and 2(+). If the opponents overcall 1NT (with eg 2), I can choose to pass (and would with 5 and zilch).
July 16
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s at matchpoints?
July 16
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While I would surely bid 2 with that suit, I wouldn't do it with “no other face* cards”.

*I'm guessing OP is including aces in faces
July 16
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Just for drill, a 4 control hand: AKxxxKQJxxQxx. Or KJxxxKQxxxAQx (still ok without the Q, with the J if played from the North side).
July 15
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True, the disclosure (I'm suggesting) is that 2 would have had a different meaning if by an unpassed hand.
July 15
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IIRC, the relay structure I used to play would avoid 6. When shape and controls are what matter, it is hard to beat relays for bidding and avoiding slams.
July 14
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Maybe it is better to explain as “natural by a passed hand”? Especially if there is some partnership history of messing this up…
July 14
Michael Kopera edited this comment July 14
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Many, many answers…
July 13
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My suggestion is to not apologize at all…
July 11
Michael Kopera edited this comment July 11
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“I mean, after all - if your partner had 6 or 7 good diamonds and no spades, then he might pass your bid - correct?”

I have no idea, nor would I make any assumptions. As for logic, I don't see any logic to the explanation as presented. YMMV
July 9
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“I know that some have given the example of nine spades … all I can say is ”challenge“.”

Are you saying it is inconsistent with the explanation as given?
July 9
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No, I would ask for clarification – the explanation as given simply says ~12+HCP, 0-1 . For example, AKQJT9876A776…
July 9
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“How on earth are N/S supposed to know that East didn't alert properly?”

Well.. the explanation as given makes no sense whatsoever.
July 9
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More of a lead problem?
July 7
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