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My worry here was that partner would expect 2S from them to be forcing - I didn’t want to end up bidding 3C and finding their shape was 4432 which seems nowadays to be a compulsory double.
Feb. 21, 2019
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If the auction went 1NT 3NT 4NT you wouldn’t assume partner had a really good maximum for their opener - the question is where do you draw the line ?
Feb. 16, 2019
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Several years ago the Bridgeworld had a comment about when in practise the percentage action was to assume that partner had misbid rather than trying to come up with logical reasons for there seemingly ‘impossible’ sequence. For me this is clearly in that category.
Feb. 16, 2019
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Though I play 2NT as the minors(typically 46) I don’t regard it as obvious at all, swapping a plus for a minus when partner has some bad 3532 - I find the level of support for 3D astonishing.
Feb. 14, 2019
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Clearly no one has a tinge of regret that after 1m 1S 2S that 2NT can no longer be the final contract!
Feb. 12, 2019
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I’ve also had a disaster defending 2Dx after doubling with a very strong 3316 shape - partner had 5 diamonds but it wasn’t enough.
Feb. 10, 2019
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In a precision context there is no reason to value the K more in Diamonds when the Spade bid has said nothing about Diamonds.
Feb. 8, 2019
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Play 1NT forcing which has its own minuses of course.
Feb. 3, 2019
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I envision a new word in the OED next year!
Feb. 1, 2019
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The situation I’m envisioning is the 3nt bidder having say xx in Spades and AKxxxxx in a minor and distinguishing between partner having Ax or XX in spades.
Jan. 31, 2019
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In the situation where 3NT denies a spade stop it seemed to me that either pass or double should systemically also deny a spade stop to stop partner from being tempted to bid 4NT.
Jan. 31, 2019
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Though I think S should have done more this has nothing to do with match points - the problem is the modern trend to get in over a ‘strong’ NT with shape irrespective of values with both partners assuming that game won’t normally make.
Jan. 27, 2019
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Easier if you’re playing the hated Cappelletti.
Jan. 16, 2019
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Richard - you’ve lost me ,which footnote ?
Jan. 10, 2019
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Splitting hairs I know but the fact that the 1S rebid can’t be balanced does not in itself mean they are playing ‘unbalanced diamond’.
Jan. 9, 2019
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North is no novice but does have a reputation for ‘creative’ bidding.
Jan. 6, 2019
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I think that if you’re good enough to bid 3D with length then you were good enough to open 3D so the reason you didn’t was holding 4S - perhaps more interesting (with many ramifications) is whether 3D when the opponents are ‘forced’ to 3H is anything more than lead directing.
Jan. 5, 2019
Bill March edited this comment Jan. 5, 2019
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Alexander - I’m not ignoring the pluses of this style and I’m not even saying that they don’t outweigh the minuses, but there are minuses and this is one of them. It doesn’t matter what invitations you have the simple fact is that if you have to cater for partner having 4 Spades and a bal 16/17 then when you find out they have 3S and a 12 count you’ll know you’re already past the last making contract.
Dec. 21, 2018
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Frances - reluctant as I am to self classify myself as weak in your eyes I’m with Jeff on this one, the range of the 2S raise is so wide that it seems to me a case of having your cake and trying to eat it.
Dec. 21, 2018
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It’s also what I play but I actually think split range is better - 3C majors 12/15 or 20+, 3D majors16-19.
Dec. 21, 2018
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