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Thanks for the follow up on the hand.
Nov. 10
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I have raised with a doubleton but only with a premium hand. ex 2155/2254 with AK?? and Qx of trumps or some 10 count (I like 2Nt to be 11-12). 2335 9 count is not quite good enough for me and having 3 is annoying since 4H may be better than 4S.
Nov. 9
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In theory the algorythm for mathematical fairness say something like RR the first day. If a team got X imps behind team number one its eliminated. On day 2 you may have 2,3 or 4 teams still alive.

If you have thousands of teams its still
RR—eliminate the worst teams—RR eliminated the worse team—RR etc.. with carry over.

This assume no state of match and not a selected field.
Nov. 6
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I strongly believe than when our side bid three “real” suits rightsiding 3NT is very important. I also think the stopper situation is probably more important or at least as important than the 5th club.

In my favorite methods 2NT promise only half a stop or better (sing K/Q or Qx is good enough but not Jxx/Txxx) and 3D show lenght but can have the ace. This way we rightside as much as we can of the Axx vs Qx. In the last 6 month i remember 2 instances where I won 2 good swing with making 3Nt sing K vs Qxx and Qx vs Axx. There is others cases where we rightside but the other table made it.

Before playing that style however i recommend simply 2NT= stopper, bypassing 2Nt = no stop or highly distributionnal (no desire to play 3nt anyway)
Nov. 4
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If 2 is a weak 2 treat this as another weak 2, jumping = strong hand good suit, double and bid = flexible hand.

If 2 is an opening hand treat it as an opening hand. Jumping = preemptive, X and bid = powerhouse.
Nov. 2
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My view is that when you bid 3NT on your 2nd chance its not because its more likely to make than on the 1st chance its because you think their contract is likely to make.

EX

1—(2D)—3—(P) (2 both M)
P—–(3H)—P—–(P)
3Nt

If I think 3H is making I can bid 3NT with a lower % of making.

Obviously if partner BIT im stuck.
Nov. 1
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Nov. 1
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Its hard to blame west for not wanting to go to the 5 level with 0 controls.
Nov. 1
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Without a control responder would start with 3S ask for a stop.
Its undiscussed if 3S-3NT-5H ask opener to bid 6 with a control and pass without a control but its sure that a direct jump to 5H promise a control.
Nov. 1
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4Nt on round 2 would be quantitative since no fit is agreed. I don't think there is an easy way to do RKC for in this auction. Responder could try 3 hoping opener give a preference and than RKC but there is no sure way.
Oct. 31
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After 1C-1D-1H the odds of having a 4-4 fit is lower than the odds of responder having an INV hand.

so instead of using 1Sor1Nt to show/deny 4 its better to show/deny pts for being able to INV.
1= at least INV values range check, opener will rebid 1Nt/2m with 12-13 and will GF with 14+
1Nt/2/2/2 = 5-9
2+ GF

You lose the cheap art GF bid but 1S as a range check is often useful on GF hands.
Oct. 26
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Oct. 26
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Responder hand was

AKQJTx
Kxx
Kxx
x

As defender I was happy to see Q offside for -1
The same hand without the singleton and slam is quite good. I think slam should still be bid if you open 1C but I could see some pair fail.

I think opener did well to open 1Nt since the hand is better than

Kxx
Kxx
Kxx
AQxx

Kxxx
Kxxx
Kxx
AQ

etc.

However we dont have positionnal holding so opening 1NT might wrongside and we have no T, 2 jacks is imo significantly worse than a Q. Also the hand got good defense and they are vul so the preemptive value of 1NT opening is less important.
Oct. 26
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Yes, forgot to mention that its not prepared boards, and sharing with only 2 boards tend to slow down too much IMO.

Can you confirm that the ACBL external movement are all supported by bridgemate ?
Oct. 25
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Oct. 25
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Wrong way to approach the problem, you need to decide what is your lead agreements first.

A..att K coutn doesnt apply when its your partner suit.

1- if you lead K from Kx you want att not count
2- You may want to lead unsupported A.

Here you X and raised H so is it your partneer suit ? This is something you and your partner have to agree a priori.

If A att K count is on…

You need to lead the K. If partner got
Hxxxx he can play the lowest for clubs and the 2nd lowest for D.
If hes Hxxx he will play his 2nd highest to show even and give sp on the 2nd trick. Its not always readable because the 2 highest and 2nd lowest sometimes overlap but in those case you can generally guess if 3H was bid with 5 or with values.

If both are att you need to lead the K because an ace will look like an unsupported ace. Once you lead the K either from KQxx or AKxx partner will obviously give you an SP.

So its very likely you just made the wrong lead and are now trying to recover.
Oct. 24
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Oct. 24
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I have an old Lebel book that mention strict parity but he also describe other type of leads. Online Michel Bessis seems to suggest 3rd and low. With K873 he lead 7 but with 8753 he lead the 7.

No idea why would players want to use this.

Lets say 3rd hand doesnt see AK8753 but declarer got A in all cases so what is left as possible card for leader is K8753

In both method if you lead a “3” it will be 5/3/1 cards
In both method if you lead a “5” it will be 3rd best or 53 or sing.

Now playing M.Bessis way if you lead a 7 it can be.

K873,K875,8753,K87,75,73

if you lead an 8 its 87,85,83

Strict parity its

7= K87,75,73
8= K875,K873,87,85,83

Its much easier to deduce 4 or 2 rather than a guess from a random mix of holdings.

Also if you lead high from 8752 its easier to give a SP on r2.

Obviously i would need see others holdings but I still have no idea what is the idea of switching out of strict parity.
Oct. 20
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Oct. 20
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Interesting mouvement. What i dont like however is that in my experience Mitchell go faster than Howell but with these mouvement you go at Howell speed.

Also its less practical for eating time.
Oct. 20
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“To lead 2nd best from a honour 4th is far from being even a little standard. Seems faulty to me”

I still found of lot of links about entame pair-impair

http://www.bridge-chailley.fr/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/C025-Pair-impair-1-s.pdf

In Montreal we have a fair amount of french players and most still play this way. I know that Bessis and Volker lead low from odd and “not low” from even, either they play 3rd and low or pair impair. So imo giving parity on the lead is something that is very french style.

8753 the normal lead is 8 to show even.
Oct. 20
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common to open 1D with that shape, especially if you play 1C could be short rather than better minor.
Oct. 19
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My 2nd serious parnter was French and there are 3 things that I like about “french style” note that this is some years ago and i dont know what is modern standard french anymore.

VS suit they do “parity leads”….low = odd and high =even its very similar to 3rd and low except that with K873 they would lead the 8 not the 7. With Q532 they would lead the 5 since its unlikely to be a useful spot. Q753 we would lead the 5 not wasting the 7. You lose the rule of 10/12 but gain more precision for the count, its a small but worthwhile improvement over 3rd and 5th & 3rd and low. there is little doubt in my mind about it.

1C—(1D)—X

they used X to show exactly 4 and says nothing about spades.
1 show 5+ this for me make a lot more sense than X show both majors and 1H can be 4 or 5.


With INV hand they do stayman even with 5M so and xfer and bid is GF. While 1NT-2C-2Y-2M= INV with 5+.

1NT-2C-2S-2NT here responder could have 5 and if opener is max he sometimes should bid 3H with 3 cards just in case responder got 5. More precision for reaching the best game more precision for slam and being able to make light invites (1NT-2C-2D-2H = inv with 5H but can be agressive since 2M is safer than 2Nt) is worth way more than garbage stayman in imps.

The thing that we both agreed we shouldnt adopt is have both 2C and 2 as strong… just terrible imo. They play 2D is 100% GF while 2C is strong but not GF.

I believe att&SP is better than count especially vs suit if you play count lead at t1.
Oct. 19
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7 full tables howell there is no sitout.

However 14 tables is an even number so there is a skip and if you want to play 14 rounds you need to duplicate some of the boards.
Oct. 19
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So in your opinion Mitchell+Howell is the best solution ? Do you have link to documentation explaining these type of mouvements ?
Oct. 19
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