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I hope for
X–1S–2H–2S–2Nt

X–2S–3H–3S–3Nt

Both 2H & 3H show great hand with unclear direction & denies S support.

If X–(2H)–2S–(P)–??
I still think 3H doesnt promise any spades.

I think bidding 2NT natural is awful.
July 18, 2012
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North & south are vul therefore unlikely to psych. South is probably minimum & facing a passed hand so my guess is that hes got 4S like 98% of the times. The fact that ive got 5 pts make me believe that partner is likely to be unbalanced since he didnt overcall 1Nt on round 1.

IMO strong 1435,1444,1534,2425,2524 are likely but very strong 2434, 2344,2443 are also possible.
June 1, 2012
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Passing is a reasonnable gamble at MP. At imps 2Nt as 2 place to play seems clearcut. IMO not playing scrambling 2Nt here is almost criminal. Note that over 2nt scrambling the doubler can bid 3D with 1444,2443
June 1, 2012
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I agree with Jason. For me a torture bid is not bid that give tough decision its a bid that may lead to total disaster if partner get it wrong. When my partner make an unusual bid that I have no idea what it mean but as long as Im sure its forcing it doesnt torture me that much. When he make a bid that is not clear if its forcing or not its a whole different story.

Here both pass and 3Nt are clearly risky so both are torture bids. However its clear that you need a rescue and bidding 4m with 1444 is risky when partner may easily be 50(53). Even bidding 3S with a 3244 might endup costing 500 pts.

So South is in a risk in all case scenario. But when we look at both side of the partnership, pass as no direction is the safer course since opener has no reason to gamble if he understand that partner is in a tough spot. Over the pass he can play it fairly safe by bidding 3S/3Nt keeping both 3Nt and rescue in the picture. The odds that 3Hxx is the only good spot are really slim after all. The odds that 3Hxx is a disastrous spot is huge.

My feeling is there some who strongly believe pass is to play but put them in the north seat with no agreements and they are strongly going to pull the redouble.

IRL No agreements dont mean no information, there is a lot of outside information about your partner style that may help you. Ex Some have when in doubt its to play/natural approach while others have a “its forcing” approach.
May 28, 2012
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I dont think that if im passing 3Hxx partner is going to pass risking a bonanza unless he is 100% sure we have an agreement wich isnt the case here. So in your seat I would play pass as no direction and 3NT as natural. After the hand I would add that without specific agreement we ignore the XX.

Note that when you hold a weak 2344 passing allow you to play 3S while 3nt doesnt. I simply dont understand those who pick that both pass and 3Nt are to play do they have a XXX card in their bidding boxes ?

Note that if I pass and opener bid 3S… I can rebid 3Nt to play and 4C for both minors. So if I pass I think there is a lot of chance partner bid 3S to play it safe still allowing me to play game or to rescue without risking a disaster.
May 25, 2012
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I much prefer 2Nt to 1H, I would switch clubs,IMO 5D bid suggest some minimal defense not just extra shapes (just bid 5H), so I agree with JDonn and I expect partner to X 5S the majority of hands with a stiff D.
March 19, 2012
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Very good hand, often i manage to make 1 or 2 critical play but stop thinking for the 3rd. These “marathon” hands are really good practice. Agree with Mike im glad to play against any defender who doesnt play Smith Echo. Good point for AD & D before clubs to induce East to go high, if clubs are 4-1 you need to guess the D correctly anyway.
Feb. 7, 2012
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I consider the A of D lead clearcut. Opponents bid game on thin values (23 pts at most) without inviting, so north hand has to be 1- an invite with 5/6S(planning to bid 2S over 2C-2red) 2- both M (45/54/55) or a m shortness hand (1nt overcaller denied 4H so north isnt short in H). My hand strongly suggest that north shortness is clubs rather than D, wich mean that looking for a D ruff look promising. If north has only 2D (5422/4522) with a nice 8 pts (I have 2 Tens so north is not likely to upgrade because of tens) I think its going to be hard to defeat anyway.

PS Im not sure north has a clearcut Matchpoint 4S. The 5th S is huge but the rest of the hand look dull.
Feb. 1, 2012
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Pairing are http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assignment_problem

For only 8 teams its really easy. You just have to decide to a protection level and you will get perfect solutions that are very simple to implement.

The short version is… to have a fair system you must always allow mutual consentments. If the 2 weakest teams finished 1st and 2nd they should be allowed to play together if both agrees otherwise dont waste your time what you get wont be fair. Example If the weakest team finished 1st the 2nd weakest is going to have an incentive to finish in the 5-8 spot rather than 2-3 spot.

2nd protection should be according to rank distance of the team who is making the pick. Lets assume 2 protection so that a team who finished 4th doesnt have protection from the winner but is protected from being picked by 2nd or 3rd (unless mutual consentment).

Some example of 2 protection,

8 are strongest teams while 1 are weakeest teams the first number is the RR winner the last are the last qualified team.

78124455. 72,84,14,55
7 should be able to play 2(finished 4th) but should not be able to pick team strenght 1 (finished 3rd)

88714423 81,82,73,44

82187654 84,21,85,76

All you have to do is decide a number for protection, the lower the number the more it advantage the winners and penalize weakest teams. The higher the number the more it advantage weaker teams who managed to rank high.

protection 0 = the winner can pick the weakest team even if this team finished in 2nd position. (really unfair for bridge but acceptable for other types of problems situation)

Protection 2 or 3 are probably the acceptable range for bridge for 8-12 teams.
Dec. 5, 2011
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