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Ken - your fundamental truth only applies if not using inverted minors.
March 28, 2016
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Opposite a passed partner I think this is an obvious 2S bid - but make it 4 small diamonds and Qxx of clubs and I agree.
March 25, 2016
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When this hand came up a few days ago I bid what I thought was the ‘obvious’ 3C, this did not turn out well. Partner had a 4450 14 count and would happily have passed a double - more to the point they considered that a 3D cue bid would likely get 4C, so bid 3NT, one off with 4H making. Would 3 of a major by me over 3D even guarantee 4 cards?
When I gave the hand further thought afterwards it seemed to me that the combination of my passed hand status and partners pass over 2D made a double quite safe - what would partner need to bid 3S(rather than 3D) surely 5 spades in which case why have they passed over 2D?
I now consider the biggest downside of doubling is that it may be left in with too much in clubs and end up making.
March 25, 2016
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Not all of them! - but let's not go down that route again.
March 16, 2016
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Obviously, the more specific a bid is then the easier it is to bid in response to it - so those who favour the unbalanced diamond can do all sorts if so inclined since they're seemingly unconcerned about the strain on the one club opening.
I have always liked the constructive bidding principle that the lower the bid the more frequent it should be - so to open 1D less than one of a major just feels wrong.
Therefore I prefer 1D to be either a treble four one or else 5+(including bal 12- 14)
March 14, 2016
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The simple fact is that every approach has flaws, it's just a consequence of strong club and you choose the style you're happiest with.
FWIW my own preference(not listed) is for 2C to show 5C and 4+ diamonds. Raise often with 3 card major support, rebid 1NT with 1453 etc - I'm fully aware of the pluses and minus's of this but in my experience rebidding 1NT with a singleton is a big winner, but we all have a different history and tend to be over influenced by what's happened at our table.
March 10, 2016
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Kit - is there not a danger of playing in a 4 - 2 fit if the rebid can be 5/4 either way and responder is eg 4522.? I believe that I saw that happen to Hamman/Soloway in a match against the Italians when responder picked the wrong minor.
March 9, 2016
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Michael - I'm perhaps over influenced by the situation in the UK where it is quite common, several top players( eg Andrew Robson) teach 1NT as the ‘book’ opening with 5332 and 12 to 14 points.
March 6, 2016
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Christopher - you will find(though it's not my preference) that opening 1NT weak with a 5 card major is very popular, indeed many would say it is ‘standard’. Whether a five three fit should be looked for is a lot harder to resolve.
March 6, 2016
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Joe - No, declarer wins cashes spades and exits with low Heart.
Feb. 29, 2016
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With 3 low cards, having initially given count I'd always thought that playing the lowest card next was neutral.
Though I've voted for the first option maybe it's more consistent to play Q the K as neutral.
Feb. 29, 2016
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Another true story - an eternity ago playing with someone who could be reluctant to admit to an error(there are such partners) he had to make a discard in a 2 card ending. He held something like the six of diamonds and the 10 of spades.
The other 12 spades had already gone, so in theory there was no problem - of course he'd lost count so there was a problem. After an age he discarded the diamond and declarer took the last trick with the diamond four.
Partner now announced to the table(in complete seriousness) that he knew the diamond six was a winner - unfortunately he was holding one card in each hand and when he ‘discarded’ the spade,due to being ambidextrous he suddenly found he'd played the wrong card!
Feb. 24, 2016
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I think every pause gives UI of some kind - perhaps we should revisit the argument as to whether a very slow pass in a forcing pass situation is UI.
Feb. 24, 2016
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This is a true story - many years ago playing in the English life master pairs, the tables were very small with hardly any room for bidding boxes,scorecards etc.
Anyway, a pair came to our table and when the bidding started my lho was using his left hand to take the bids out of the bidding box(which as normal was on his right hand side), trouble was he was making a complete pigs ear of it and was dropping cards left ,right and centre.
Before we started the 2nd board my partner said to him ‘here I’ll make things a bit easier', so he gave himself less space by moving his own box towards the centre and picking up lho's box and putting it in the now vacant space.
'Thank you' said lho, who now started bidding(and dropping cards) with his right hand! - sometimes 2 board rounds are a blessing.
Feb. 23, 2016
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I seem to recall a hand from the Bermuda bowl that showed Levin/Weinstein weren't sufficiently ‘expert’ to play this. There seems to be a lot of support for the double here, I suspect that a poll of what double then 4 clubs shows wouldn't get many votes for this kind of hand.
West I presume is still bidding the cards from the previous board.
Feb. 21, 2016
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I saw my first ever picker a few weeks ago, a member of the Eire team.
Feb. 19, 2016
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Kieran - In one partnership I have played that over a 2NT overcall of a 2 level opener that shows a major that :
3S is slam interest with clubs,and transfering into their major shows slam interest with diamonds.

Feb. 19, 2016
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Bidding up the line finds all fits(not just diamonds, Walsh doesn't work if responder is 4/4 in the majors). The big cost is opener bidding 2 ‘suits’ when they actually have a balanced hand - this used to be popular but times change and now it isn't, but it's not stone age rubbish as some seem to think.
Moving sideways, say you have a 1-3-4-5 shape, we see variants of this ‘problem’ hand in bidding competitions all the time, the difficulties are reduced if partner can introduce diamonds over 1C.
Feb. 18, 2016
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As is usual with these debates (eg ‘responding to 1NT’,'defence to 1NT', ‘defence to multi’)everyone knows the best method, sadly they're all different - still, it's better than arguing about the number of angels on a pinhead(though a non bridge player may disagree)
Feb. 12, 2016
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To repeat some postings from other threads;
I held a trump suit headed by the J, there was only one trump left in the opposing hands - the Q. Rather than concede the trick I just led a low one, turned out the outstanding trump was the nine. Stupid not to play the J , in fact I would say irrational, but if you think it's irrelevant then these things happen.
When we had the extensive debate on claims someone told the story of the declarer with 6 small opposite Aqj10xx, instead of claiming he led towards the A, when lho discarded then instead of the ‘automatic’ play of the Ace he conceded one off.

Perhaps when I nod off I'll enter this world so many here seem to inhabit where everyone makes ‘ingrained’ plays.
Feb. 8, 2016
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