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I think if I were to treat this hand as balanced, I would open it 1 and rebid 2nt. Forced to choose between 1nt and 2nt, I would probably go with 2nt. K & R gives this hand a 19.60: http://www.jeff-goldsmith.org/cgi-bin/knr.cgi?hand=106+J4+AK83+AKQ84
Nov. 13
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Yeah, didn't think you were and I think we're on same page.

Maybe someone who knows the laws better can chime in, but I would think if it's not obvious that you made a mechanical error etc. partner has to treat any fumbling with bid cards etc. as UI as he cannot know at the time what the reason for your fumble is.
Nov. 5
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Peg, I don't disagree, but if what you describe happened against me I may ask if you agree it happened (I do think there is a difference between touching a bid and actually taking one entirely out of the box though) and you would say ‘yes’ and most likely the director would never get called.

Recently, I have been trying more often to ask if opponents if they agree there was potentially UI before we actually need a director when someone may have used the UI (and tensions are frequently higher), but have found (sadly) that frequently opponents disagree and we end up calling the director anyway. My thought though is if I play against someone frequently and ask them if they agree there was a BIT 10 times and then 9 times do not call the director then maybe they will be less likely to think I'm trying to take a double shot or “I'm a loser who has nothing going for them in life, so I have to win at bridge at all costs” when I do call the director (that last insult someone actually said something roughly like that to me in.a game Kerry was directing :))
Nov. 5
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At a recent regional my RHO took the 4 bid out of the bidding box and got it part way to the table and had a change of heart (har har) and bid 3 instead. I ask if they agree that this happened (do not remember if this was before or after LHO bid on) and LHO is very adamant that it did not. So end up having to call director anyway (and this seems to happen to me as often as opponents agreeing that they broke tempo etc. when you ask)
Nov. 5
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I am amused that we are a community full of people many of whom who lose their mind if an opponent takes advantage of UI (not to mention deliberately cheat!), but lying about who you are to save a few bucks on a hotel room, whether that is ok is open for debate.
Nov. 4
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Seems fraudulent to me.
Nov. 4
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All of the rates I was quoted from the website are more expensive (not much more though).

My biggest complaint for regionals/sectionals is that often times the rooms in their block are not as nice as others. Recently I booked online for roughly $120 and then called hotel and asked if they could adjust to bridge rate which was better and she tried to convince me to keep original room because it would be nicer/bigger. I checked back a month later and the same $120 room was now being offered for $76. Last year for another regional though, I missed the room rate deadline and the best rate I was able to get at the host hotel was significantly more than the bridge rate (typically my experience at NABCs too).

I tend not to hold this against the tournament organizers as I think it is pretty hard to get right (and very easy for me to check that I cannot get a better rate than the bridge rate)
Nov. 4
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To me, it makes more sense for the bid that takes up more space to be more descriptive
Oct. 30
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Yeah, not sure what I was thinking. That seems best when S has K (if N does you might do better to not finesse a second time immediately?)

If N played the J/10 I might be tempted to finesse in hearts.
Oct. 25
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Won’t that lose to kxx though of spades though when N has three?

What do you do if N plays the heart ten on first heart?
Oct. 25
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W might also not play Q in hypothetical hand preferring the legitimate shot, but I think point that starting with Q gives S a chance to go wrong whereas starting with 9 probably doesn’t (against a strong S) stands. I doubt at table I’d play Q very often in hypothetical hand unless I had strong clue from auction that S couldn’t have Kx (playing the Q to increase my chances on other hands such as the example is a little deep for me)
Oct. 25
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I guess Oren's Bols tip would not have worked well here for declarer: https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/my-bols-tip/
Oct. 22
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“(I define nasty player as one who calls the director when I take a few extra seconds to make a call, one who berates and/or yells at his partner and opponents, one who gloats over good results”

It seems to me you are doing people in games you direct a disservice if you lump in calling the director if there has been a perceived BIT with berating partners, gloating etc. I get that a player who is (say) calling the director on the 90 year old club player whose tempo is bad may well be nasty, but I think a good director can handle that situation and think in general we should encourage people to call the director (and have it be viewed as part of the game, not something confrontational).
Oct. 22
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I have long given up calling the director at the club when I can avoid it since most club directors (at least where I play) are not interested in making anything beyond very simple rulings (which is fine, I appreciate anyone taking the time to run a game). I like the fact that sectionals are run by ACBL directors and I think it makes for a better tournament. That is not to say that non-ACBL directors could not also do a good job, but how do you police that only the capable ones are allowed to run sectionals?

That's a long winded way of saying that I think there is merit to the fact that it is a quality issue (that is not to say that I do not frequently disagree with rulings I get at sectionals/regionals, but for the most part I think they are well-reasoned and made in good faith)
Oct. 21
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You can still bid 3 if the auction goes X (3) P (P)
Oct. 21
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I bid 2 at the table, but in the post-mortem could not figure out what I was thinking :). The other table bid 4 (which seemed like a bit much to me), which was a success when partner showed up with roughly Kx xxx xxxx xxxx. I'm not sure if you'll get there if bid only 3 (but you can decide for yourself), but it seems like a good compromise between the two actions taken in real life.
Oct. 21
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This is a pickup partnership so no firm agreements, but I believe 3 would be natural/naturalish and 3 would be force often looking for a stopper.
Oct. 21
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I get that members don't want to pay way more at this year's NABC just to help out the ACBL, but it seems pretty rough for the ACBL if last time members who had no intention of playing bridge booked using the bridge rate (but from the organization whose members apparently leave trash everywhere, steal sodas, and are abusive to hotel staff, not too surprising I guess).
Oct. 20
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Well, at many NABCs the host hotel fills up, so it is not an issue.
Oct. 17
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Randy, I don't think that is *too* unreasonable if everyone knew ahead of time that entry fees might be higher if not enough people booked for the host hotel (or maybe better, start with higher entry fees and have lower entry fees if enough people book through the host hotel).
Oct. 17
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