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Martin - one other thing,be careful out there!!
https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/daily/jan99/district27.htm??noredirect=on
March 25
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In principle you’re correct - what we have here is a not very good book(IMO) that has been artificially inflated in size . Even if it was a good book it wouldn’t alter the fact that it was very poor value for money compared to other books of the same quality(some by the same author!).
March 25
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We had this discussion a while ago ( can’t find the article ) - I take a very old fashioned view on all of these ‘world class players’ debates ( whatever the game ), it’s who you’d put in a team( plus reserves)to play another planet. Not an easy choice I grant you - but if you want to say that all the top players are equally good and it’s pot luck who wins a particular event then I disagree.
March 23
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Since most would play the pass of 5C as NF then partner must have a pretty bad hand(would I have passed a double?). My worry about 5D(which is my choice) is that it is taken as a command to bid slam with a club control.
March 23
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Anthony,any variation you think is interesting is fine by me.
March 22
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The vote suggests this is much easier than I thought at the table. I was conscious of the fact that this is in no way a ‘classical ‘ suit for a fit jump, also having not established a game force I wasn’t sure if I’d be better or worse off if 5C came back to me.
March 22
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I assumed the ‘keep quiet’ option related to what to do at that moment - there is a possibility that partner may wake up of their own accord and the problem disappear.
March 20
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I have abstained since I think the director should be called but for the reason that (however impractical ) I believe that pairs playing systemic very wide range preempts should be automatically recorded so that the evidence is there to support their ability to guess.
March 18
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Though I am a 3S bidder I don't play that 4S is stronger(such a hand starts with a cuebid). I prefer 4S to be similar to a 3S opener so that partner has a better idea of what to do if eg they've doubled with a hand too strong to overcall 2C.
March 18
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Yes,if rho bids 3 or 4 spades then you’d have been happier if you’d started with 2H rather than double with a strong hand - but I’d argue that if rho bids 2S(or heaven forbid passes) then you’re better off if you’ve heard a NFB of 2H rather than a double.
March 14
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Stayman,RKC Blackwood and Strong club(which I consider a convention).
Why you lose at Bridge.
Terence Reese.
March 14
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Mike - I play NFB in one partnership and ‘normal’ in another and find the pluses and minuses roughly equal . I think it important that if playing NFB then in an auction like 1D (1S) then 3H is 6+ H and GF.
March 14
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You may find this ‘problem’ I posted some while ago of some interest.
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-9j4i8hy700/
I can tell you that the teammate in question has not been persuaded in the slightest!
March 14
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As Trevor suggests,once you shown a hand too strong for a spade overcall then you’re not implying anything about Hearts at all.
March 14
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Gregory - IMO holding a weak hand with long hearts and a void spade then 1H is the correct bid .It is far more likely that partner has a hand too strong to overcall 1S rather than a normal double with the auction dying in 1H.
I would have offered up a different hand , say -,Jxxxxxx,Qx,xxxx.
March 14
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I think in principle 3 suited, 4441 or some variation of (345)1 - at the table it was 4441.
March 12
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Double of 1H would have shown 4H which though by no means universal I thought was the default assumption so did not put that in the note.
We can make 3C with good views and partner would have bid it over 2S if he'd ‘known’ I couldn't have 4S.
March 11
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Re Armstrong’s ‘clear’ superiority if everyone was clean - 2 points.
1)Though a top rider and capable of winning stages I don’t think many (any?) thought he was capable of winning grand tours prior to his cancer diagnosis. Haven’t googled this in depth so happy to be corrected on this.
2) His almost exclusive concentration on the Tour de France gives I think a very distorted impression of how he would have performed all year round - this was no Eddy Merckx.
March 8
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Hopefully partner wont sign off slowly!
March 4
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