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Richard - you appeared to agree with Gary that a jump to game opposite an unlimited hand was crazy yet now say it can be OK if showing a specific hand type!(as I do).
July 16
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Agree, I have reluctantly answered based on the options given but don’t agree with the options as presented.
July 16
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I agree that in a sequence such as 1S 2C 2H then 4H is best used as a picture bid , but I don’t accept that after say 1H 2NT (if 2NT denies a shortage)that 4H should not exist. If eg showing a balanced minimum then let’s get to the likeliest contract ASAP rather than giving opps a chance to double/pass artificial bids.
July 16
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Gary - for those of us schooled in ‘fast arrival’ then the weakest support bid is 4H.
3H as opposed to cue bidding gives partner the chance to pattern out.
July 16
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Probably should have made that as a separate comment - the normal assumption would be that there will be 17 total tricks(9 S 8H) so that there is little to be gained by sacrificing. As it is there are 9 tricks in hearts and 8 in spades.
Though I personally think this an obvious pass I would rather double than bid 4S.
July 15
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My personal view is that this is the kind of ‘problem’ that has been made redundant by the law of total tricks(which on this particular hand works perfectly)
July 14
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Playing 5/4 either way is just as much a problem in a strong club as std,I saw Hamman/Solaway have the exact problem in a match v the Italians and play in a 4- 2 fit. There is no ‘solution’.
My own preference is to open 1C and rebid 1NT in std(whilst still responding in the now very unpopular ‘up the line’ style.)
When playing precision I like a 2C rebid to show 5, so with 5D/4C you have to rebid either 1NT(usually) or 2D - this has worked well enough(apart from the time I was 0454 and it went 1D -1S !).
July 5
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Ian - to quote(yet again) my favourite observation that was made on ‘contiguous michaels’.
‘You guess what to do then partner guesses whether you’ve guessed right’.
July 1
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If playing the now out of fashion split range(which I still prefer) then this looks an obvious 2C bid and an equally obvious 2H response.
June 30
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David - on that basis are you advocating a 1NT opener with the same strength and a 4135 shape?
June 29
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And no comment as yet on the seemingly now obligatory 1NT opener.
June 29
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Richard - your ‘offence’(which I support) is to open a discussion as to whether the team of which Artur was a member should not be automatically put through to the Bermuda Bowl.
June 27
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When I’ve posted this kind of problem I usually include an option of ‘depends on the vulnerability’ - this I think is a real case for for playing forcing at red but not otherwise,
June 21
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I think ‘egregious’ is way too strong - the double of 4S makes an assumption about our hand,whatever 3H is,this hand doesn’t resemble it. Though disastrous here it’s not uncommon for players to bid again when they ‘realise’ that their previous bids were a complete misdescription.
June 20
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Exactly so - and since the 2C bidder is perhaps more likely to be 5530 I probably would take the D finesse.
June 20
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As described above this is quite alarming - we’ve had enough posts re the failings of club TD’s, this nonsense sets the bar quite high.
June 19
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Easy to play for a squeeze for an overtrick - not obvious to me that it should be preferred to the diamond finesse.
June 19
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I don’t think the format matters - personally I think the team that qualifies should go to the World championships(and know in advance).
However if the promise has not been made then even if the event was in a couple of months then I’d say the team could be changed.
June 19
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Many years ago when I was in London for a few days a friend took me to the Young Chelsea one evening. When they came to collect the table money and said £4 I naturally assumed this was for the whole table( as it would have been in Durham) so fished a pound coin out! - this perceived ‘country bumpkin’ humour did not raise a smile.
June 18
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I only answered this to confirm the first 100% vote - wrong again.
June 14
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