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Kit - in your methods how does North show a balanced positive with no H stop, is that by a 3H bid?
Sept. 29, 2019
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You’ll have to tell me your structure in std first,it may be that it’s sufficiently good that the 4-4 fit is the only problem but I won’t know until I see it.
Eg does opener always rebid 2D with 5+, or bid a 4crd major even if balanced as opposed to 2NT
In precision a 4432 opposite a 3316 say could be very awkward.
Sept. 26, 2019
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The problems will differ depending on what scheme of rebids are employed but in general if looking for fits and/or stops then a nebulous diamond ‘must’ be at a disadvantage .
Sept. 25, 2019
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The subject in itself doesn’t bore me but there is an ever increasing ‘problem’ on BW with repetition of issues and I’m as guilty as anyone of repeating my hobbyhorses. I don’t think there is an answer as it’s unrealistic to expect ‘new’ members to be searching for topics(and previous stuff could well be out of date anyway)
Sept. 23, 2019
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This has been done to death,I’m sure that others can provide the links - it’s just whatever you prefer.
Sept. 22, 2019
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1D - 2C is awkward in ‘std’ as many problems in the Bridgeworld have shown. This is exacerbated in precision when opener hasn’t even shown diamonds.
Sept. 22, 2019
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John - ‘onus on non experts’, I know of at least one of our world championship representatives who has misunderstood EBU alerting procedures re doubles, I’d be surprised if they were on their own.
Sept. 21, 2019
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Ray - a definition of ‘deemed’ worthy of the Queen of Hearts!
Sept. 19, 2019
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A subject I’ve raised in different contexts many times - at what point do you say to yourself that the likeliest thing is that partner has missorted their hand?
Sept. 16, 2019
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David - ‘everyone’ plays that a double of a 1NT response to 1S is takeout of spades yet the EBU still want that alerted as it’s not a penalty double.
Sept. 16, 2019
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Kieran - I must admit to being astonished to be told that a 2H/S response to a multi was not ‘artificial’ as it ‘suggested’ a contract. My own ‘suggestion’ that an overcall of 2C showing the majors over 1NT was equally not artificial since it could also be passed was not taken seriously.
Sept. 16, 2019
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I’ll repeat what I said when this came up on a previous thread - I played in a match where this auction occurred at both tables, meant as minors,taken as Blackwood , 6S minus 2 just another flat board.
Sept. 8, 2019
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I agree with Richard - I think it very unlikely that the ‘sims’ are reflecting what passes as a ‘Strong’ NT nowadays.
Sept. 3, 2019
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I double but would still take an undiscussed 2NT as strong ‘balanced’.
Aug. 30, 2019
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Why can’t the doubler have say a 3145 11 count?
Aug. 30, 2019
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There are some players( me for example) who might pass with 6S and 4H depending on suit quality and hand strength.
Aug. 21, 2019
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Richard - not in this partnership at any level!
From previous posts I’ve seen I’m not clear whether all those that play support doubles at the 2 level play them at the 3 level but just stronger - what’s your own view?
Aug. 16, 2019
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I may do a separate article about the reasons people have for abstaining , certainly I have my own.
There were a lot of abstentions in the first problem, I guess because many thought that doubling 1D wasn’t ‘proper’ bridge - so OK let’s have the auction with ‘correct’ bidding, is this a better problem? I’d say not.
Aug. 16, 2019
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Personally I prefer double to show exactly 44 in the majors and with anything else you bid whatever you would have bid.
East on this hand likes to play that bidding one major denies 4+ cards in the other otherwise you double - I don’t know about the rest of the world but I’m old enough to remember a time in the UK when this style if not exactly popular was by no means uncommon.
I can’t imagine 3S being NF in this style, but on the other hand playing ‘normal’ if the auction went
1D (2C ) double (3C) pass pass 3S then I’d take that as NF, yet they don’t seem all that different.
Aug. 15, 2019
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Should have posted full hand - west is 2452, east 2632. Depending on which way declarer takes 2 way D finesse then declarer makes 9 or 12(11 on club lead).
Not at all certain they’d have bid 5H - we’ll never know now!.
Aug. 15, 2019
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