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Eugene's comment is an interesting one re the lead.
It's entirely valid – but has anyone else ever thought that against Eugene with
Qxxx/Q9x/K10x/Axx we should transfer to clubs en route to 3NT to get him to lead an ace or the like in a side suit?
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That would be a new psyche for me!!
June 27, 2012
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Lynn
Maybe its East/West coast but I think in NY everyone plays McCabe/transfers (or maybe its just everyone who is anyone).
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June 27, 2012
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Eugene
Everybody else agrees with us I think. WTFP not WTP…
June 27, 2012
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I dont use ELC and hate the general concept over 1 level actions because I always feel I have an alternative sequence (I dont, I admit).
However I DO think there is a huge problem after opponents open a W2 and I'm 4-5 or 4-6 with a decent but not great hand. I will double and convert a Lebensohl 2NT to 3D without promising extras, and will drive to game over a constructive 3C call.
June 25, 2012
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Your 3c bid may or may not be open to question but it IS an unambiguously forcing auction so passing 3S is a huge double cross.
June 25, 2012
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some issues to do with West as PH.
3H over 1S is surely duck soup for the fit bidders. A singleton spade on an auction where partner can't hold one (but ‘may’ not know you are short) is great. Three small clubs is bad.
if 4D isnt forcing East should expect 4d to deliver two spades and three diamonds in a max hand (xx/KQxxx/Kxx/Kxx) when 4D is the limit.
Those who think East underbid maybe didnt spot the initial pass?
Yes I was one.
June 25, 2012
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I dont have a horse in this race, But I do note from the datums that England scored below average in the second half and qualified and Monaco had one of their lead pairs significantly below average and won.
Meanwhile Iceland had two pairs in the top bracket and came nowhere.
Just sayin'…..
June 23, 2012
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I was present at the jovial discussions by Monaco after they lost to Luxembourg…'Have we let them qualify – if so we will get our bad score carried forward'?
June 20, 2012
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note that England finished one vp in front of russia and 16 VPs better re cf score. That's quite significant considering 2nd half is only half the length AND no bunnies.
June 19, 2012
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If we'd been given the auction with North passing 5H and South bidding 5S I think this would have been a far tougher problem. I'd like to know how many people would say North should double to say ‘unsuitable for 5S’ as opposed to suitable for defence?
a hand with a singleton heart is very dangerous to double…. partner with the right hand and two small hearts might pass when bidding was right.
June 17, 2012
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Thanks yes.
June 16, 2012
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Can I raise two issues.
The first is that with 15 and a ‘5422’ you wont be terribly off base by treating as 14; bid your suits. With 17 you wont be too optimistic if you reverse or treat as 18. With 16 you have to commit yourself to a distortion or open 1NT and distort the pattern. So 16 HCP is far more awkward than 15 ofr 17.
Before answering this question note that almost all the hands thrown up as impossible rebids have 16 – dont assume that you have the same problem elsewhere in the NT range!
Second when you open 2452 1NT it's because you cant face the second call – the ‘likely’ option.
When I open 1C/D with 4252 or 4225 (an action I do feel strongly about) I'm worried about my third call – here not THE likely rebid problem its A possible third round issue. If I could describe my hand precisely at my first two turns on every auctions and then had to worry about 1 HCP at my third why on earth wouldn't I?
June 16, 2012
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I'm sure the line Steve Bloom stated (discard on CQ) is the one that Ottlik intended?
June 12, 2012
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I must admit I was assuming this report was a delayed April Fools trick.
June 12, 2012
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I dont agree with the objections.
We can all say from our own experience that short Swiss matches dont always achieve the ‘desired’ result. 32 deals must be too short. The only question is whether 64, 96 or 128 feels like the right number.
Because 64 boards equates to a reasonable days play I vote for that number. In reality with a team of six one could go higher in a day's play but I'm not sure you need to.
I agree you may not achieve your target of 80% when the teams are close but there again maybe 128 wont do it then. It is all relative and maybe subjective.
June 12, 2012
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This may be an old joke but it made me laugh out loud.
Thanks Bob for contributing to this feature.In all the time I've watched you play i think I've only ever thought that you upset once. In a cash-out situation in a US trials (maybe against Stansby?) you needed three tricks and shifted to the ace from AQx. Paul Soloway carefully unblocked his king from Kx and you took your tricks. Afterwards I thought you were kicking yourself for not shifting to a low card…but I could have been wrong!
Do you feel like you can avoid showing emotion – whether positive or negative or do you remember moments when you were affected by what had just happened?
June 10, 2012
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Lots of interesting points here.
I've only been a regular at US Nationals since 1994 but i attended in the late 80s and in my recollection concessions were frowned on then.
The tactic of a good team going through the deals instead of playing the last set when their opponents concede is a VERY good way for a truly inexperienced team to learn. I've seen that work well and everybody benefits.
These days we've all seen comebacks from 60 down in 16 deals. Comebacks from 50 down with 8 to play (British Gold Cup semi-finals) 45 down (British Spring Fours semi-finals) are not so uncommon.
My favorite concession came in the round of 16 in the Gold Cup circa 1990. We were a team of six but one of the team had an Inland revenue promotion interview and couldnt come till 6.30. We played the first two sets and the opponents resigned down just under 100 (their only swing had come when one of them was so far down he took a backward finesse in a slam that our team mates were not in and it worked). So they went home and we cleared out the bridge club and told the proprietor to tell our sixth that we had conceded as we didnt have a full team show up….
June 9, 2012
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Agree with Roger. 4S over 4H can hardly cost?
June 7, 2012
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To lose one of your 13 cards may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose two looks very much like carelessness.
May 23, 2012
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Thanks for posting this. I assume the partnership does not play 3H demands a cue-bid? If it did you'd probably have to pass. Playing standard 2/1 where 3H suggested solid suit/semi-solid missing A/K the question is whether you have enough extras to move on.
It might help to know a little about partner's style. Would it be fair to assume partner is at the pessimistic end of the scale? Facing an optimist you'd surely pass now; facing a client and especially one who likes to go plus your calculation might be different.
One other issue. You KNOW partner has no heart honor and probably no heart fit; if partner chose to go through 2/1 not 1NT with no fit can you draw any inferences about their being full value for 2/1?
I feel like I almost know what the hand opposite might be; spooky, eh?
:)
May 23, 2012
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