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It seems to me that Fantunes picked good methods to complement their cheating. Both their 2-bids and their leads seem really effective if they can be clarified through illicit means.
March 21
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Agree with Mike, that whatever this is, it is not a “fix.” Here are some things I would consider fixes
1. They drop your singleton offside K for no particular reason missing four cards
2. They get excited with their 15 count opposite partner's 1nt opener and make a 30 HCP 6nt against you because all three finesse are working.

I'm sure people can come up with better examples, but I view being “fixed” as I got a bad result because opponents did something against the odds that happened to work on this hand.

I still get frustrated when this happens, but probably would be more frustrated if my opponents never made mistakes . . .
March 10
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I think most people responding to this thread are disagreeing with your assertion that what you posted “raises important questions”
March 10
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@Craig, if this happened to me in (say) an A/X pairs at a regional, I would agree 100%. This is a club game though against inexperienced players who are likely struggling to get even the basics right. I get annoyed too when stuff like this happens, but I think it's probably best to just take a deep breath and let it go (and next time ask) and if you cannot handle this sort of thing, stop playing at the club.
March 10
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“If they kept you out of game west did a great job.”

That was David's original point I think that since W may just pass if he's not worried about us bidding a game, the fact that he has bid makes bidding more desirable.
March 8
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@Shiang I'm talking about whether W should always bid 3S with support. As W, I don't really care about showing partner my hand. He has opened a very descriptive vulnerable 2 and typically will not be taking another call regardless of whether I bid 3 or not.
March 7
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If you have a six card suit and a weak hand, you can frequently double and bid your suit later. If they jam the auction and partner cannot act, you're probably happy to let them have it. Similarly, if you have a five card suit and partner cannot support you over double, how high do you really want to compete?

I completely agree that there are hands where negative free bids will work better, but in my experience I have not had too much trouble playing “standard” and tend to agree with Richard that you have more to lose on your constructive auctions if you cannot immediately show what you have.
March 7
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Why should I bid 3 if I have no fear of them going to the 4 level? I agree in many situations it is better to bid right away, but that is usually when you want to make opponents guess or if you're worried they can out compete you.
March 6
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I was thinking when I was given this hand that if I were W with a hand that is not worried about opponents bidding to four level (but not good enough to game force) I would likely just pass 2 and compete to 3 if necessary.
March 5
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I know the general idea, but suppose on this auction we play negative free bids and I have a game force with 5 spades. Do I just double and then when lefty bids 4 hope we can sort it out?
March 5
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I thought of that too although I would be worried this is the type of bid that comes up so infrequently that we would forget it the one time it comes up.

In terms of frequency, I think partner having the ok six card suit (or good five card suit) that wants to know about your two card support is higher than partner having the slam interested hand where 4S eats up too much room so even bidding 4 with the good 3-card support does not seem too bad to me (but agree that this is a matter of agreement).
March 4
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This was just another sanity check (thanks Bridgewinners for being my bridge therapist). At the table I bid 3 and did not think much about it. Partner had Jxx xx xxx A109xx and drifted to down one.

Teammates brought back -300 after my counterpart at the other table passed after the same start (from my view in dummy it looked like W had xx AK Axx KQJxxx; whether 3C as opposed to 2C is necessary here is unclear to me).
March 4
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I did not feel good doubling at the table, but think I'm convinced given how the auction went (and people's comments) that it is the lesser evil. Most of the time if partner does not have spades and cannot bid 2nt, he will have enough clubs to make 3C an ok spot.
March 4
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One of my reasons for posting was to test the “3 shows 3 card support”. As you point out, perhaps the poll is flawed since the other lies are not so bad. My thought was that with a minimum 3=5=4=1 I would have raised to 2 and with a good one I can bid 4 now since partner should probably either have real spades or a club concern to bid like this.
March 3
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This was not actually a hand I was involved with, but I was asked about it. The player at the table was an experienced player playing with a student. In real life, there was hemming and hawing over 3.

I think bidding over 2 is reasonable, but once you choose to pass bidding 4 after partner tanks is a bit much. To his credit, player prefaced his bid by something to the effect of “you can call the director, but I'm bidding”. Of course, everyone knew that the director at this game had zero interest in actually making a ruling and I think experienced players should lead by example and pass in situations like this.
March 3
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Well, for better or worse, my reason for bidding 3nt was that I thought it might be the safer contract since it required one fewer trick. Certainly after they led a club and partner came down with a singleton I regretted my decision!
March 2
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lol at the one brave passer!
March 2
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Yeah, I think 3 is way too weak a bid.

Partner had xxx K98xx x J10xx. I think given he interpreted (again based on post-mortem) the cue bid as being heart support and stronger than 3 he probably should have gone, but again hard for me to not take the charge here for perpetrating this auction when I knew there was a good chance we may be on different pages (and I have such a good hand).
March 2
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I do not usually pay too much attention to the common game analysis since I find that it is frequently double dummy, but I happened to see this one. It is board #1 here: http://thecommongame.com/Results/20190223Rank.html

At the table I judged the shape and suit quality to be too poor for a 2 overcall. I ended up passing because I try not to make takeout doubles with a five card major. In general, I think this is reasonable (at low levels), but if the alternative is pass as I did at the table it seems less sound (so I'm with the doublers here).

On this hand, it does not matter much what you do, I just was surprised that 2 was offered in the analysis with no comment as if it were “obvious” since to me it was far from obvious.
March 2
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My guess from John's description is that he is not in too much danger of getting fired because his student thinks he is not good enough at bridge.
March 2
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