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Richard - are you suggesting 2H over 1D?
Aug. 14, 2019
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Yes, N was a fan of Top and bottom cuebids but they were not available here.
Aug. 14, 2019
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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, 2019
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What approach do most take with the values for a WJS holding 6H and 4S?
Aug. 7, 2019
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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, 2019
Bill March edited this comment Aug. 3, 2019
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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, 2019
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If the spades were hearts then I would always open IH.
Aug. 2, 2019
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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, 2019
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Not only can I conceive of 1D , it would be my choice.
Aug. 2, 2019
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I thought it was bad enough with the 4252!
Aug. 1, 2019
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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, 2019
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Many comments on N walking the dog ,what about East?
July 31, 2019
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8- 11 doesn’t sound narrowly defined to me.
When only 2 bids are available I’d say one is no interest and the other a game try.
July 29, 2019
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I would rise in case partner was 4720.
I’ve abstained since my trick 3 play depends on whether partner follows to the club. If declarer has 7 clubs then I can lead spades which will succeed whether declarer has 0,1 or 2 spades.
If declarer has 8 clubs then I guess I have to play them for a void spade .
July 29, 2019
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I think the debate about the value of asking bids so far is a bit of a red herring - they can be ok, but if in a minor then only a small number of hands are suitable,this hand is not remotely suitable.
I presume Michael is playing that 2NT is natural, one option is to play(as in Cambridge precision) that 2NT shows Hearts and 2H is a relay.
July 22, 2019
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Though I play the 2nd option my preference is for 3C to be approx 12-14 or 18+ and 3D in between.
July 19, 2019
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I don’t know what I would have lead against the slam on board 2 but I would certainly (against top opposition ) have thought that something strange was going on - why hasn’t North just bid Blackwood over 2H? Going on after the splinter has got a sign off is curious to say the least, why would you help the defence in this way?
How do the defence play double of a splinter?
July 4, 2019
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Dave - the law was changed it can be changed back if enough people think it is bonkers. Though there are often different opinions as to how the laws are phrased I find the discussion above re definition of subsets as a new low.
I had zero problem with the old law - maybe draconian but fairly clear, unlike this nonsense.
June 28, 2019
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Comparable call is the second worst law in the game(imo)
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/you-may-be-able-to-persuade-me-otherwise-but/
June 27, 2019
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My initial view on this was win trick one, heart to the Ace,run the S9 then play diamond to the 10.
I like Roger’s line above - it would be good to know exactly where rho draws the line for a Vul opener
Qxxxx KQJxx Qxx -
Qxxxx KQJx Qxxx -
Etc
June 22, 2019
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