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My own pref here is for the specific sequence 1H 1S 1NT being 12-16, as you say all styles have pluses and minuses.
April 4
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Though I lead a club it could easily be wrong,and when I'm on lead it usually is!
April 2
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A teammate of mine had this problem a few years back in the Tollemache - slightly stronger and majors reversed. Approx 20 seconds after his double the opps were in 6D(+1).
April 1
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FWIW partners hand was AKQxxxx xx x Kxx
March 28
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Shawn - the evidence of the casebooks is that ‘Name’ players do get more favourable rulings,over and above the ability to argue their case better.
March 26
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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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