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I think that if you’re good enough to bid 3D with length then you were good enough to open 3D so the reason you didn’t was holding 4S - perhaps more interesting (with many ramifications) is whether 3D when the opponents are ‘forced’ to 3H is anything more than lead directing.
Jan. 5
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Alexander - I’m not ignoring the pluses of this style and I’m not even saying that they don’t outweigh the minuses, but there are minuses and this is one of them. It doesn’t matter what invitations you have the simple fact is that if you have to cater for partner having 4 Spades and a bal 16/17 then when you find out they have 3S and a 12 count you’ll know you’re already past the last making contract.
Dec. 21, 2018
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Frances - reluctant as I am to self classify myself as weak in your eyes I’m with Jeff on this one, the range of the 2S raise is so wide that it seems to me a case of having your cake and trying to eat it.
Dec. 21, 2018
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It’s also what I play but I actually think split range is better - 3C majors 12/15 or 20+, 3D majors16-19.
Dec. 21, 2018
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What I’m trying to establish is if a pair is happy to play that they raise to 2 with a six loser 4234 strong NT then what is the worst 3145 shape for which they would do it?
Dec. 21, 2018
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Good article.
I thought the analysis of bd 134 a bit dubious,yes you may make 4S double dummy but the 5D sacrifice just looks terrible to me.
Dec. 21, 2018
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Frances - re your 2nd paragraph, though the advantages of this style are obvious enough re slam bidding and not getting too high when responder is weak I’m not 100% convinced about raising to the 2 level with 3 trumps. When you mention 3145 ‘minimums’ ,how bad do they have to be not to raise?.
Dec. 20, 2018
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A very good book which shows just how difficult getting canapé to work properly actually is(despite claims to the contrary). Although the system is ACBL ‘friendly’ it is not easy with many counter intuitive (but logically constructed) sequences.
Dec. 19, 2018
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In my youth my favourite partner and I had 2 systems. One(a typical student concoction) had multiple meanings for most bids but it was the other ( that we called ‘supernatural’) which seemed to disconcert the opposition more. Everything was ‘natural’ - no stayman,no cuebids,every double showed length in the suit doubled,definitely random but fun nonetheless.
Dec. 17, 2018
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I once witnessed(outside the playing area) a player harangue a director for over 5 minutes re the events at his table. When the director finally got a word in he was informed(can’t recall the exact words ) ‘it doesn’t matter what you think as I don’t think you’re competent enough to understand the problem ‘!
Dec. 15, 2018
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Frances has summed this up very well - all approaches have their pluses and minuses and you just have to choose the style whose problems you’re most comfortable with - eg your 2nd problem some would say is more a consequence of playing 2 over 1 than weak NT,horses for courses.
Dec. 14, 2018
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I’ve certainly NOT done any analysis but as someone who has read every appeal in the case books my impression was that ‘name’ players get the majority of the verdicts - now the better players are more aware that there is scope for an appeal and in general they will be able to argue their case better but even so I suspect that in close cases their status alone will sometimes tip things in their favour.
Dec. 7, 2018
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Thanks - it seems I can now add blindness to deafness!
Dec. 3, 2018
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What happened to the post on the appeal?
Dec. 3, 2018
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No,the lead is assuming that declarer has only 8 tricks if we defend passively which is not the same thing. Where is the 3H bid that partner didn’t double?
Nov. 23, 2018
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Well what I think(though the player himself can confirm) is that he was helping his partner in anticipation of 5S over 5H. However opener was on a different wavelength re lead direction/length and thought (wrongly) that with only 5 hearts and 4 clubs it was a better spot. Not to worry, I came to the rescue!
Nov. 21, 2018
Bill March edited this comment Nov. 22, 2018
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I’ll be publishing an article later re aspects of this hand - certainly my first thoughts were as to what spade I should lead.
Nov. 21, 2018
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Declarer (on my left) was in 6C,my trumps were Q10x, dummy had Kxx.
I’d like to say this was a deliberate Grosvenor with declarer leading a low club to partners J dummy’s K and my 10 but no, the lead was in dummy and the King cashed. I ‘knew’ that declarer would finesse the Jack next so decided to ‘deflect’ him from this by playing the 10 first.
My shock at seeing partners J was brief,declarer couldn’t get this right - I was wrong.
Nov. 8, 2018
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Richard - I remember an impressive hand (from a bidding competition)by the Sharples that was reported many years later.
Opener has a 2434 18 count and responder a 4432 13 count - the heart suit being being something like Jxxx opp 109xx.
Their simple auction (following the principle of not bidding bad suits with good hands) was
1C 1S 2NT(17/18) 3NT.
Nov. 3, 2018
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Ken/Nikos - my apologies, I know my percentages but had an aberration and was thinking of a
4 - 0 split. I would have been better off making the general point that people often talk about 50/50 slams and not considering the small(but not insignificant ) chance of a very bad trump split.
Oct. 31, 2018
Bill March edited this comment Oct. 31, 2018
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