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Partner would pass 2S with a 2533 14 count
20 hours ago
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As for Canadians..
Sept. 19
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There’s a good section in ‘The Lone Wolff’ about that partnership.
Sept. 19
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I’m still waiting(seriously) for the perpetrator of one of these ‘tactical’ bids to find their partner with support, however I’m only 63 so there’s time yet.
Sept. 18
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Getting someone’s name wrong once could be deemed a misfortune, 3 times….
Sept. 17
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Avon - this ‘rare’ distribution that they mention in the 1959 edition is the kind of ‘lie’ that sometimes has to be made with ‘unbiddable’ hands. The system clearly states that 1C - 1D - 1NT shows 4/4 in the minors. All academic as I agree with the point you make.
I recall many years ago seeing a hand where Belladonna opened a light 1H in 3rd with 10xxxx when holding(I think) KQxx in Diamonds and just not been able to understand it in the context of the system.
Sept. 17
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It’s all very well ‘generously’ telling opponents that opening bids may be psychic but Ogust clearly knew that the rebid was also suspect and the partnership must have a big advantage re past experience in these situations - who was the first expert to say ‘Just bridge’.
Sept. 17
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Ed - and cards may fall out of the boards with who knows what consequences….
Sept. 17
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One very minor suggestion re Page 10(which in no way detracts from the point being made) - I don't believe that in the original system that a 5332 distributio was ‘balanced’ so 1C was not supposed to be an option with that shape when 12-16.
Sept. 17
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I’ve been waiting for someone to post my ‘favourite’ so I can ‘like’ it but it seems I’ll be waiting forever.
It’s when declarer is in hand with the equivalent of AKJxx of trumps opp xxxx in dummy - they cash the Ace then cross to dummy to lead a 2nd trump whereupon rho follows so they think for a minute before playing the K.
Not far behind are the dummys who in all apparent seriousness say ‘not much for you partner’ as they display a hand with more points and trumps than declarer has any right to expect.
Sept. 14
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Mike - on the same theme (and discussed on previous threads) 1H p 4H p p x?
Is this pure penalty or ‘optional’(eg say a 3334 16 count with 3 low hearts) or is it a weak t/o say 4045.
Or can you agree (as in other contexts) that it can be either and partner ‘knows’ from his own hand what it is?
Sept. 13
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1H p 2H p p x
Sept. 12
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For further befuddlement see my post from a few weeks ago….
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/sowhat-is-an-agreement/
Sept. 9
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John - not in practise. I think this is a quite complex hand that that revolves around whether to start with 2,1(Q) or zero rounds of trumps.
Sept. 8
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At last someone gives a line of play!
Sept. 7
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Being an impecunious student I said that if he didn’t come back I wasn’t paying anything, so there was an embarrassing few minutes of waiting and then the diva returned as did normalcy.
Sept. 6
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Ed Reppert - how about ‘pay my entrance fee I’m leaving’. I had a partner who walked out of a club duplicate after 1 board because I’d mentioned that some friends thought he was to blame for a bidding calamity that we’d had a few weeks earlier. Moments after he’d left the TD came to the table and demanded I pay table money for both of us.
Sept. 6
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You’re correct re the ‘benefit’ angle,it would have been better for me to say that club players may not have appreciated how much work they would have to do to get maximum benefit.
Sept. 5
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Agree - 2010 never appears in any lists of ‘top10 sci fi’ but a find it a much more enjoyable watch,favorite scenes are when Bowman communicates with his wife and mother and Floyd.
Sept. 5
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David - the objection was not about ‘not taking the small step approach’,it was the assumption that players of all levels would benefit equally. It’s all very well to say to club players ‘don’t be put off’ ‘have fun’ (and there’s no doubt they might enjoy hands regardless) but if you start off by explaining the best way to play AQJx opp Kx etc then you’re either padding out the book or trying to include people that won’t remember any of it after they’ve it put down.
Sept. 5
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