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Declarer (on my left) was in 6C,my trumps were Q10x, dummy had Kxx.
I’d like to say this was a deliberate Grosvenor with declarer leading a low club to partners J dummy’s K and my 10 but no, the lead was in dummy and the King cashed. I ‘knew’ that declarer would finesse the Jack next so decided to ‘deflect’ him from this by playing the 10 first.
My shock at seeing partners J was brief,declarer couldn’t get this right - I was wrong.
Nov. 8
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Richard - I remember an impressive hand (from a bidding competition)by the Sharples that was reported many years later.
Opener has a 2434 18 count and responder a 4432 13 count - the heart suit being being something like Jxxx opp 109xx.
Their simple auction (following the principle of not bidding bad suits with good hands) was
1C 1S 2NT(17/18) 3NT.
Nov. 3
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Ken/Nikos - my apologies, I know my percentages but had an aberration and was thinking of a
4 - 0 split. I would have been better off making the general point that people often talk about 50/50 slams and not considering the small(but not insignificant ) chance of a very bad trump split.
Oct. 31
Bill March edited this comment Oct. 31
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Nigel Kearny has said most of it but since there are still very confused postings I'll have a go.
Acol has many weaknesses but this hand isn't one of them. If playing 12-14 NT then 2C is the system bid as is a 2H rebid by South(though 2D didn't cost on this hand).
North's 2S bid is IMO completely obvious. South's pass could be right at pairs but it's a massive view.
Oct. 30
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It may be that friendly leads make this better than 50% in practise yet there seems to be no acknowledgement so far that there is a 5% chance of a trump loser.
Oct. 30
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At this vul I’d expect a majority for a 1S opener with a small diamond , perhaps that should be the next poll.
Oct. 25
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I should have abstained,has this been posted to settle a bet of some sort?
Oct. 25
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Re the Reese/Schapiro hand. Though Reese was one of my bridge heroes(the other being Belladonna!) I reluctantly came to the conclusion that they were signalling in 1965. However the hand evidence(no matter how hard Truscott tried) was never that strong.
This was one of 2 ‘standout’ hands but I was never totally convinced - yes the hand looks ludicrous today(and not just today),as perfect an example of fielding a psyche as you’ll ever see. If you’re going to psyche a short suit(which Schapiro was prone to do) then you’re hoping that partner doesn’t have support (as in the case of the other famous hand) to do it when you ‘know’ that partner has 4 card support is just crazy. It’s been conjectured that Schapiro was careless and went beyond ‘tolerance’ but this really was beyond stupid .
Oct. 11
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I wouldn’t normally abstain just because I disagreed with the previous bidding but this crosses the line ,no-one prefers bidding a 5 card major over a 6 card minor more than me but the 1S bid is simply ludicrous and 3S suggests the hand has been missorted, Since the concept of ‘partnership’ has been abandoned I think that at the table I would in fact sacrifice.
Oct. 5
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I actually had this auction last year playing teams with partner bidding a delayed 2NT(red v green) - there was no UI.
I was sure this should be 3/6 but why had partner not raised to 2D on first round?(we were playing 4 card majors weak NT)
The BridgeWorld once had an interesting article re at what point you should play partner to have misbid/missorted their hand.
As it happens partner had a balanced 10 count(long story!)
Sept. 25
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I’d assumed this was posted because of UI in some form - if I’m bidding 7H now then what was the point of 5NT?
Sept. 23
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Partner would pass 2S with a 2533 14 count
Sept. 20
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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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