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All comments by Adam Portley
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I feel pretty foolish as a passer looking at the vote tally. Still, in my mind this was an invite when I picked it up and it has gotten worse: terrible shape, doubtful king of clubs, no known major suit fit, and a partner who is almost certainly not going to convert for penalty given my club holding. Even when we have an 8-card diamond fit we'll frequently play in a 7-card major suit fit. It just seems like doubling will turn a plus into a minus extremely frequently, too frequently even at this vul.

I don't understand playing a double here as penalty. Is partner's double penalty too? What does he do with a good 4252 for example? I doubt the opps will run over us if we don't double. LHO couldn't be sure that we have a game (his partner isn't a passed hand) and bidding 4C on 6 garbage clubs could easily sign up for a completely retarded result on a normal partscore hand. If he has psyched his bid here and caught me with exactly the maximum values for a pass and exactly the wrong club holding for a double, well that's just bad luck for me.
Nov. 9, 2012
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To me, a 4-card constructive raise means 4 trumps and 7-10 points. Hey look, I have 4 trumps and 7-10 points. I don't understand upgrading here with no aces and no shape.
Nov. 6, 2012
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.. though i'm sure it will be tempting to double and then do something stupid.
July 25, 2012
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Partner already bid 2D..
July 14, 2012
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Why are you assuming partner has 11+? A couple of aces and some shape is a limit raise. You have a weak notrump with a stopper, you show that hand by bidding 2NT. If partner wants to invite opposite a weak NT he can still bid 3C. I don't see what the fuss is with this hand anyway, it's a 13-count with an inflexible single stopper and a soft long suit and we're not vulnerable.
July 11, 2012
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So are you planning to pass out 2 if it comes back to you?
June 11, 2012
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I don't understand pass or 2. Why give the opps an easy opportunity to rebid or support diamonds at the two-level? Are you planning to let them play there?

For me the choice would be between 3 and 2 (if this is a stronger club raise), but I'm interested in hearing why so many people prefer the slower route.
June 11, 2012
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Suggestion for the site: march madness bracket game for nabc team events. :-)
March 20, 2012
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Larry,
I don't have much experience with puppet stayman. Can you advise as to when it is worthwhile for responder to use it rather than just bidding 3NT? Should responder have a ruffing value, should it be a singleton, a small doubleton, or any doubleton?
Also, do the splinter bids promise or deny any particular length in the other major(s)?
March 19, 2012
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“I was hoping for more comments from those who looked at both polls on the apparent conflict - here everyone votes for double and then holding the other hand the majority votes for a no-play 3NT… ”

Obviously this is just one hand. I still suspect that passing 3H-X will win a smallish number of imps most of the time, but the downside of conceding a red game when 3H makes is huge, and the upside of rolling 3NT on a bad lead or a favorable layout is huge. If most of the experts think 3NT is the net winner (and in this poll it wasn't particularly close) that's good enough for me.
March 13, 2012
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“I take some solace that I was with the majority in yesterday's poll… but I've since decided that I made a mistake.”

That's funny.. I voted for passing 3H-X but after looking at the poll results I'm pretty sure that I made a mistake.
March 13, 2012
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If 1NT is not forcing it seems dangerous to pass, especially at imps. RHO could be stealing with a weak hand and long clubs and we could easily be cold for game.
Feb. 20, 2012
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If you optimize your strategy for the case where partner holds KJ6, don't you lose some of your edge when partner holds Q86 or Q6x?
Oct. 1, 2011
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Gavin, would you double 2C for the lead with the South hand on 24?
Sept. 22, 2011
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You can no longer make the hand unless West is down to a singleton ace of spades. If you ruff high, the defense will always come to 2 more trump tricks.

Can't declarer make the hand if East is down to a singleton ace of spades (and West has the club ace) by ruffing high and ducking a spade?
Aug. 27, 2011
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