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All thing being equal, for ex Kxx(x) & Kxx(x) I think west would prefer to lead a instead of a . Also because west didnt lead a D East is marked with a D honnor so we can handle with only one ruff. So IMO west underleading a J more likely than underleading a K furthermore if the K is onside playing the Qs become a quasi-nullo play.

It cannot be right to take the Q finesse rather than the finesse since the finesse got better or equal odds than the Q finesse.

Another way to see this if you think the finesse is onside you need to play the A if you think its offside you need to let it run to the T deciding on what to do based on the guess of the is more important than guessing the .

I expect expert two to be stronger than expert one.
Sept. 13, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Sept. 13, 2018
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Agree 100%, quite often I have a borderline hand and dont really know what to do so I do my last train bid, quite often partner hand is also unclear about what to do so all Ive manged is to do some puck passing or some blame transfers. Im ok with it because when he does know what to do we are gaining enough that I feel we are well ahead of those who dont play last train.
Sept. 13, 2018
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I mean that

4D–(P)–P–(4S)
??
here instead of simply bidding 5 you should X. Double in this spot can only be im planning to bid 5 but I double just in case you have a penalty double.

We play the same way after

4–(4M)–P–(P)
X

but its less clear since some may want a lightner X, I think lightner X vs game are very dangerous since you dont have the same risk reward ratio than when you lightner X a slam.
Sept. 12, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Sept. 12, 2018
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just to be sure by inv I mean I have a hand worthy enough to bid 5 but im doubling in case you have a trump stack or you think 5mX will be a bloodbath worse than 4Sx making.
Sept. 12, 2018
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A preemptor who X 4M when hes on lead should be invite to sac in a 2nd suit no ?
Sept. 12, 2018
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If you ruff a at t3 and east got 2/3 and 4 you should ruff a before ruffing the last club. But I agree that if east got 2S+2C or one you will not make it.

Ok i made a mistke we indeed need to ruff 2 and 2 so yeah line1 is not very good.
Sept. 11, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Sept. 11, 2018
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close between 5D or 4D followed by 5
Sept. 11, 2018
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the odds lho got only 2 and 1-3 look higher than the odds we have a 40-04 break that we can negotiate with an early ruff. I like line 3 because a singleton club look unfrequent (RHO passing 1S with 7 NV). My K getting ruff exactly at t3 by east is smaller than the cases where LHO overruff the 3rd round of .
Sept. 11, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Sept. 11, 2018
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In std a GF hand is under double and cue so 3H isnt forcing.

However Im starting to work on a method where the cue is either art GF or somethign else with min values for a double and bid. If we simply play cue can be x-fer we get.

(1S)—X—(P)—2D
(P)—??

2H = normal
2S = marginal xfer to 2Nt (19-20pts) or art GF
2NT= 21-22
3Y = NF

(1H)—X—(P)—2D
(P)—??

2H = marginal xfer to 2S (18-19) pts or art GF
2S = 20-21
rest is nf

(1H)—X—(P)—1
(P)—??

1NT/2m = normal
2 = marginal raise to 2S or any GF can be 3 or 4 card support
2 = good raise to 2
rest is NF

the problem in std with cue is GF is that its underused and responder rebid is often more annoying than constructive.
Sept. 11, 2018
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I like to play that opener X is choose between 5S and pass. Maybe its not what is best at MP but that how I play it in imps.

So passing 5C suggest defending or as I prefer to explain suggest that we dont make 5S. Playing htat style responder must double more often.
Sept. 9, 2018
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I dont do it with the objective of improving my score I do it with the objective of fairness and disclosure. Stuff like 4card 1M opening in region where 5cards major is the norm than its obvious for me that the players need to disclose (alert chart lol), if a player forget to disclose it or just doesnt think he doesnt need to alert or disclose it than I have no problem whatsoever in correcting the situation.

I play an unusual system and in offense it would be easier for us if we just the give the “basic correct information” but we think its important and fair to explain some of the inference that would be available if they knew the full system. When you believe the opps deserve the best information possible in a practical manner than its normal to believe it should work both ways.
Sept. 8, 2018
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East see 5 possible losers, you make a slam try if your partner a weak Nt, cover 4 of your losers you automatically end up in slam unless you have no control. So its an easy hand to bid.
Sept. 8, 2018
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Lets say it goes

1m—-1H
1Nt—AP

and im on lead and im 99% certain that they play a style where 1Nt may have 4 since ive played against these opps many times before.

I may believe that my partner is entitled to this information.
In practice they will never be able to prove that I only asked for my partner sake.

Imo when laws are not that clear or not quite fair or they are simply unenforceable we are within the realm of ethics unless you think ethics is like a unicorn.

Not downloading copyrighted TV show/movies, letting your seat in a bus to an elderly, returning a lost wallet are are similar decisions to me despite the first one being illegal.

I personally never talk about state of match because I believe it take bridge skill to know the running score. Even when partner is worried or comment that its not going well and I know he shouldnt be, I try very hard to keep quiet.

I don't ask question that may wake up partner to inference or deduction however if my opps play an unusual treatment and I feel my partner deserve to know this unusual treatment I have no problem asking a question about it. I always warn my opps that opener can bypass a 4card suit so why wouldnt I do the same for my partner ?
Sept. 8, 2018
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X—3D
3S–4H
4S–5D

danger with that one is that advancer pass 3S.

X—4C (COG aka responsive cuebid)
4S–5D
??

Im even a little bit tempted to raise to 6D here.

I like to play flexible double where after X and bid advancer cannot pass with a singleton but can bid 3Nt without a stopper.
Sept. 8, 2018
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Helping your partner with the running score is similar to asking questions in the bidding only for your partner sake.

Like Dave I have a problem with it mostly when one player is stronger than the other.

Good point of discussion.
Sept. 8, 2018
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would 2 be 100% GF ?
Is 1NT forcing semi-forcing ?
Sept. 7, 2018
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Try to find a layout where K lead defeat the contract but A lead fail.
Sept. 6, 2018
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It is much easier for the opps to double you if you use an artificial bid than a natural one.

X as takeout of spades is a very good defense that lead to fair amount of penalties.

If your afraid of 2Yx you shouldnt play multi.
Sept. 6, 2018
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the reasons for trash multi is that if your suit is poor and your hand is crappy your side have better odds of passing 2D.

The damages cause by the threat of being able to pass 2 is what make multi playable.
Sept. 6, 2018
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For scifi I strongly recommend Moon (2009) and Ex Machina (2014) wich are both masterpiece imo.

For lesser know Kubrick film that some may have missed “The killing” 1956. I think Kubrick best film is “Path of glory”
Sept. 5, 2018
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