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I start describing my hand. I have a max for this, IMO, but they always run and we will have a harder time describing after then do.
May 28
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Richard, can't a problem be relevant outside of having a findable correct answer on the deal it actually occurs in?
May 27
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If it’s done by idiots, some of their idiot bids are going to work, anti-percentage does not necessarily mean nullo. If done by a successful pair, they are probably cheating in some way IMO
May 23
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I think you have confused which hand is dummy. I expect the normal shift to be a diamond.
May 21
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bad trump and expected bad splits = no slam try for me if that's the question.
May 21
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anything could be right, but I think the obvious choices are the majors. I lead a spade because that leaves the K of hearts as an entry to the long spade if they are 4-3-3-3 around the table and I happen to hit partner, whereas the Q of spades may not be an entry to the long heart.
May 21
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Frequently my wife believes that if I am present in a room, I am available to answer questions and have short conversations with. My children are similarly afflicted. Silly, I know, but it leads to pauses in the play as I cannot multitask without both tasks suffering.
May 20
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I have a minimum with shortness in partner's primary suit, bad trump, and relatively bad shape. Why would I bid 4, especially at matchpoints?
May 19
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I consult system notes in casual games frequently - those are usually partners that are not local, with whom I don't play frequently, and the point of playing is to see what I need to study in the system/practicing for real events. I would not do so in a masterpoint event or where the organizer has requested otherwise.
May 13
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W has 4-6-2-1 shape, probably. known honors if that in the minors - Qx in diamonds with lefty, K, QJT in clubs with righty. Righty probably has a queen left at most. Odds are that if he does have the Q its in spades (I think Axxx KQxxxx Qx x looks more like a 4S bid then putting the Q in spades, not to mention RHO having more spades than hearts). I think its right to play the T of hearts now, planning to run it if lefty doesn't cover. If he does cover, now I ruff a heart and play a diamond to the Q, for the endplay.
May 12
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The imp odds are different when you are not last to act. On some of the hands where 3N makes, partner will be able to balance back in, and in some hands where it goes down, it will be 200 for the first undertrick, 500 for the subsequent ones.
May 9
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3->3 for non-forcing hands, 3 directly for forcing. works for 6-4 hands too.
May 5
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There is absolutely no reason pass should be forcing - the auction doesn't say you have the balance of power, you weren't in a previous game force, they didn't pass-preempt-bid game, etc. Anyone who thinks this pass is forcing understands the concept of forcing pass way differently than anyone else I've ever heard explain the concept.
May 5
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It was 6 years ago. My guess is that I doubled and something bad happened
May 2
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Amnon- mostly I use it for suits higher than clubs. I relay then bid 3N to show a club fragment (some 5-4-1-3 hand), relay than 3M are to play (though responder may reevaluate with a particularly well-fitting hand, I suppose). Direct 3N is to play (usually 5-4-2-2, but sometimes some 5-4-3-1 where I have a high honor in the singleton suit).
April 28
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Sure, but if you think you are discarding, and then discover your singleton, then you were thinking for the bridge reason even if it became moot later.
April 28
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Amnon, I disagree. Deciding what to discard is a bridge reason to think.
April 28
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I'd rather have it support Alzheimers research, frankly.
April 27
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sure. What about after the start 1M-1N-2m? 2N seems like a frequent hand type, and that is more the auction I'm thinking about. Of course, reading comprehension (not always a strong suit) would have shown that Frances was only talking about the 1M-1N-2M sequence, so probably moot.
April 27
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do you have another bid to show the natural, invitational NT hand, either in previous rounds or built into your artificiality, or do you just give up on it (similar to other auctions like lebensohl where 2N as natural has been determined to be less useful than the alternatives)?
April 27
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