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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
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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
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I double but would still take an undiscussed 2NT as strong ‘balanced’.
Aug. 30
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Why can’t the doubler have say a 3145 11 count?
Aug. 30
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Richard - are you suggesting 2H over 1D?
Aug. 14
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Yes, N was a fan of Top and bottom cuebids but they were not available here.
Aug. 14
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That would imply it was mostly about suit quality?
Say partner opens 1D and you hold KJxx Qxxxxx x xx - the auction 1D 1H 2C is hardly appealing .
All methods have weak areas,what would be your own choice with that hand?
Aug. 8
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What approach do most take with the values for a WJS holding 6H and 4S?
Aug. 7
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A welcome reminder of the wisdom of my decision over 40 years ago to read no more of this vastly overrated author.
Aug. 3
Bill March edited this comment Aug. 3
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I’ll look for the poll and cast my vote!
In the auction I gave bids like 4 and 5 NT could easily be misconstrued.
Aug. 3
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If the spades were hearts then I would always open IH.
Aug. 2
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It’s all very well people saying that they can open 1C then reverse or bid NT at a high level if intervention but that doesn’t seem so straightforward to me - if the auction goes say 1m (pass) 1H (4S) then I’d be happier having opened 1D. Maybe a poll is needed to see how ‘bizarre’ it is.
Aug. 2
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Not only can I conceive of 1D , it would be my choice.
Aug. 2
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I thought it was bad enough with the 4252!
Aug. 1
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No mention in the OP ( or the discussion so far) as to whether playing Walsh - if playing ‘up the line’ then I consider 1C much superior.
July 31
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