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A bit of not strictly relevant history. In the famous 1975 Bermuda Bowl final one of the crucial hands in the Italian comeback featured a suit of J9 in hand opposite K8xxx in dummy. Declarer needed 1 trick without the defense taking 3.LHO had 10xx RHO AQX.The American declarer led small to the 9,whilst Garozzo ran J then 9.The consenus at the time was that this very slightly better.
Sept. 3, 2014
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Dean
In my youth I arrogantly thought that there was only one possible meaning for 2S here(and it wasn't yours) however since I''ve grown up a bit I would now say your interpretation is valid - as is 3055(not forcing) ,3334(spade concentration) or 4027(weak).
Aug. 25, 2014
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Strange view - if a pair agrees something specific(eg pass denies a 4card major) then that by definition is the agreement.
Whether they actually did have that ‘agreement’ is a different matter.
Aug. 2, 2014
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Pass is trying to find the best fit and asks partner to bid their lowest 4 cd suit.So with a bad hand I would pass with 4414 but if the opener was 1D and I had 4441(as per prev posts) I might not.
Aug. 1, 2014
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What about option 3(v weak NT) that it shows diamonds and opening values?
July 30, 2014
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Passing with 4441 might not be a good idea if partner has doubled(as I would) with 3325.
July 30, 2014
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Though slightly surprised by that simulation I don't doubt it , however we all know that in practise it's a lot easier to double(and defend) 2C than one of a major.
July 28, 2014
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David -If South was 3=3=5=2 then they would want partner to bid their lowest 4 card suit rather than guess a major themselves.
July 28, 2014
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We need a touch of cynicism here - it's the easiest thing in the world to answer this poll with the ‘honest’ option.I can personally testify that John Portwood(above) would always correct a score regardless , but 98% - either people are fooling themselves or(more likely) none of the ‘cheaters’ are responding.
July 18, 2014
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AKQ5,7 or 9 seems equivalent to Q5,7 or 9 so that inclines me to crossing to hand for the H play.
July 16, 2014
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John
Don't know if you were at the Durham club many years ago when the following (true) incident occurred . I was playing against the director in the 2nd round, he and his partner counted their cards, one of them had 16 the other 10, anyway he took the board back to the first table so they could sort it out. He returned a few minutes later with a baffled expression to announce ‘ that’s how it was played!'
June 4, 2014
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For clarification , do Levin/Weinstein actually play that double shows Diamonds ? I think this is a minority treatment in the UK.
May 21, 2014
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We weren't damaged,our defence to 3H was just terrible.
How we would have defended 4H is another matter.
May 9, 2014
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I've asked John to correct the sequence - if everyone will please start over.
May 9, 2014
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Whatever ones conclusion re the results, this is an invaluable survey and Kit must be commended for the work done here
May 2, 2014
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I prefer 3C to be both majors 12-15 or 19+, 3D both majors 16-18.
April 30, 2014
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I think the prohibition was because the system was being abused by pairs to ‘control’ psychic 3rd hand openers.
April 28, 2014
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Henry - thanks for that, I hadn't realised how specific the criticism was and as a result was getting quite bewildered at the dislike for something I thought could be useful on occasion .
April 28, 2014
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Sorry to go off task but someone has to defend ‘stolen bid’ - by no means am I saying that it is a good general principal, but if for example I open a weak 2 and partner responds 2NT then if rho bids 3D then whatever your rebid structure is I'm convinced that the best treatment is that pass shows a 3C bid and Double shows a 3D bid. Even if other approaches have merit, no one can possibly say that this is a bad method.
April 28, 2014
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…….and don't forget their roll in the 2nd World War! - Whatever views are held re whether the Germans should have conceded against Canada this is completely out of place.
April 4, 2014
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