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All comments by Bill March
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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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There is no doubt that the ‘supporting’ evidence re bidding decisions etc was very weak - but then again with the Italians in 75 it was non existent but not deemed relevant.
For me the single thing above any other that caused me to doubt Reese(who was my bridge hero at the time)was the acknowledgement that they both often changed the way they held their cards, I've never seen that, and would be very perturbed if I did.
April 3, 2014
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As an indication of the strong feelings that still linger here in the UK on this matter consider this. A few years ago there was an innocuous editorial comment in the EBU magazine to the effect that the resolution of the R/S affair was unsatisfactory. Low and behold a month later(after obviously been leant on by persons unknown)a ‘retraction’ was published stating that the matter was satisfactorily resolved by the clearing of R/S by the Foster report!
I pointed out to the editor that subsequent to the ‘not guilty’ verdict the WBF unanimously reaffirmed the original ‘guilty’ decision. Indeed the only problem with describing this as ‘unsatisfactory’ was that it was an understatement. Needless to say this observation was not published.
April 2, 2014
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I had always thought that the reason players(not me) preferred std remaining count(irrespective of what count they normally give)is that it is the same card they would lead back - eg you make a discouraging discard from 3 low, then when you're on lead you return the higher card,etc etc.
March 21, 2014
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I play weak NT but still prefer 2NT to be NF here - say LHO has bid your 2nd suit e.g AQxx x Qxxxx KJx .
I'd rather have the problem of leaping to 3NT on a balanced 15/16 than having to bid 3D(or 3C?)on this hand.
Feb. 28, 2014
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and if as responder you have 3S and 5H?
Feb. 14, 2014
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