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Though I play the 2nd option my preference is for 3C to be approx 12-14 or 18+ and 3D in between.
July 19
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I don’t know what I would have lead against the slam on board 2 but I would certainly (against top opposition ) have thought that something strange was going on - why hasn’t North just bid Blackwood over 2H? Going on after the splinter has got a sign off is curious to say the least, why would you help the defence in this way?
How do the defence play double of a splinter?
July 4
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Dave - the law was changed it can be changed back if enough people think it is bonkers. Though there are often different opinions as to how the laws are phrased I find the discussion above re definition of subsets as a new low.
I had zero problem with the old law - maybe draconian but fairly clear, unlike this nonsense.
June 28
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Comparable call is the second worst law in the game(imo)
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/you-may-be-able-to-persuade-me-otherwise-but/
June 27
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My initial view on this was win trick one, heart to the Ace,run the S9 then play diamond to the 10.
I like Roger’s line above - it would be good to know exactly where rho draws the line for a Vul opener
Qxxxx KQJxx Qxx -
Qxxxx KQJx Qxxx -
Etc
June 22
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Bruce - as a side issue, if your partner opens 1NT and rho bids a natural 2C(not something you might have seen too often) how do you play 2NT?
June 16
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I now think that if I consider it worth an invite(I didn’t) then I should simply double then bid 2NT over a likely 2H.
June 16
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Haven’t worked out all the variations but this might not be cold after 2 rounds of diamonds and 2 ducks of H.
June 16
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Yes, you can bid 2D/H to play but how do you distinguish between eg an invitational hand with hearts and a GF one?
June 16
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Neither, it was the ‘cigarette smoking man’.
June 14
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If you accept ‘Story of an Accusation’,which initially I did then the answer is simple enough - jealousy and resentment. Ideally we’re above these things but in the real world not.
June 12
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The regulation re ‘doubles and redoubles’ is not relevant as to whether a ’Pass’ should be alerted,or is it?
May 30
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Perhaps a more interesting question is what interpretation should be alerted. Though many here are sure what is ‘std’ I believe this issue went to the EBL at some point and was not resolved at the time - I would appreciate any update re what the official position is.
May 27
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Or one big enough for 2!
May 26
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I tend to find that when I pass these hands that lho opens something and partner has a close decision and passes since on average I’m not going to be max for a pass.
May 26
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Many say ‘you don’t get penalised just for forgetting your system’ - maybe they should.
In the very best days of the Appeals summary’s when Rich Colker was the co-ordinator he would some times exclaim ‘Good grief’ when Bobby Wolff came out with an ultra hardline (but consistent) comment that MI should be penalised out of existence.
I must admit that as the years have gone by I have really warmed to the simplicity of it - play what you can remember and if you don’t then accept you’ll be ruled against when damage is caused by you forgetting.
May 24
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I don’t know about seeing the dummy but if you know the best lead then that’s a massive advantage.
One of Terence Reese’s many great quotes (perhaps Richard Fleet can give a better background) was ‘ give me a partner who always makes the best lead and I’ll take on anyone’.
May 23
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My take is that the fit jump is forcing to 3S,but may be stronger.
May 20
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Craig - I thought it went without saying(clearly not!) that a fit jump was not GF unless specified otherwise. My own view is that it’s better if pass is forcing here regardless,but many previous polls have shown me this is not the majority position.
May 20
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Since I didn’t know the man the first thing that comes to my mind when he is mentioned is the immortal….
Dum,dum dum dum,dum,dum,dum dum.
May 14
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