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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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The problem as I see it (which few in this thread have addressed) is that there are players with a compulsion to open a ‘strong’ NT on 14(and sometimes 13) HCP hands that have no obvious ‘upgrading’ features at all - it doesn’t matter that their partners bid ethically,the opponents are still at a disadvantage.
March 3
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‘ For you these people are the same ‘ - no they’re not,you’ve simply assumed that. If you can’t see the danger in this policy then I’m afraid I can’t explain it.
March 3
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So ,for those who think it’s fine for the ACBL to ‘go it’s own way’ - why such a fuss about federations that decide to go their own way re how they treat those that have broken rules?
March 2
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I’ve known pairs (without a convention card) who lead low from a doubleton yet describe their methods as 2nd and 4th as that’s what a literal interpretation would imply!
March 1
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My worry here was that partner would expect 2S from them to be forcing - I didn’t want to end up bidding 3C and finding their shape was 4432 which seems nowadays to be a compulsory double.
Feb. 21
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If the auction went 1NT 3NT 4NT you wouldn’t assume partner had a really good maximum for their opener - the question is where do you draw the line ?
Feb. 16
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Several years ago the Bridgeworld had a comment about when in practise the percentage action was to assume that partner had misbid rather than trying to come up with logical reasons for there seemingly ‘impossible’ sequence. For me this is clearly in that category.
Feb. 16
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Though I play 2NT as the minors(typically 46) I don’t regard it as obvious at all, swapping a plus for a minus when partner has some bad 3532 - I find the level of support for 3D astonishing.
Feb. 14
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Clearly no one has a tinge of regret that after 1m 1S 2S that 2NT can no longer be the final contract!
Feb. 12
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I’ve also had a disaster defending 2Dx after doubling with a very strong 3316 shape - partner had 5 diamonds but it wasn’t enough.
Feb. 10
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In a precision context there is no reason to value the K more in Diamonds when the Spade bid has said nothing about Diamonds.
Feb. 8
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Play 1NT forcing which has its own minuses of course.
Feb. 3
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I envision a new word in the OED next year!
Feb. 1
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The situation I’m envisioning is the 3nt bidder having say xx in Spades and AKxxxxx in a minor and distinguishing between partner having Ax or XX in spades.
Jan. 31
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In the situation where 3NT denies a spade stop it seemed to me that either pass or double should systemically also deny a spade stop to stop partner from being tempted to bid 4NT.
Jan. 31
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