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Hey Josh,
What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you at a bridge table (or at least one of the top 10)?
Feb. 25, 2013
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Are they playing 2/1? Does responder show extra values with the leap to 3N?
Feb. 25, 2013
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I'm showing 1 keycard. I'm assuming 1430 for my answer.
Feb. 21, 2013
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Feb. 15, 2013
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I'm transferring to clubs. It looks like it will be a best place to play.
Feb. 14, 2013
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I've seen the same thing. It only is a problem in the side-bar thingy. If I click into the problem, I can vote for all legal options in the old interface. Both times I noticed it, it was dealing with 3 level bids.
Feb. 14, 2013
Chris Gibson edited this comment Feb. 15, 2013
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any non-forcing bid is a disaster-prone stab, 3H included. 2S has the grace of being forcing to game, at least. If you were to raise hearts, I think 4D is clearly better than 3H, personally, but I prefer the 2S call because that might get us to 3N when right.
Feb. 14, 2013
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The king of hearts is completely wasted in a suit contract if partner is 4-1-4-4, 4-0-5-4, or 4-1-5-3, his most likely shapes - I only want to bid 3 if partner bids on over it. My trumps are too small to ensure multiple ruffs, this has the smell of playing awfully. If I were to bid again, I'd lean toward 2N, but I see no reason to bid again.
Feb. 14, 2013
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surely 2 does the same thing while not risking partner thinking that you are making a mini-splinter in support of hearts…
Feb. 13, 2013
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I disagree with two actions - W's pass of 3 (I think he needs to make a competitive 4 call, realizing that the opponents have at least an 8 card spade fit & that partner may need to know what to do over 4), and E's double.

E's double basically ignores South's bidding. South reversed at the 3 level vulnerable - doesn't that say that he only has 3 tricks on defense at most? If W wasn't able to double the contract, then E should not either, unless he knows the opponents are idiots.
Feb. 13, 2013
Chris Gibson edited this comment Feb. 13, 2013
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Really? I would play pass then pull as a slam try, stronger than an immediate 5C.
Feb. 12, 2013
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I have also seen the agreement forcing pass through 2, on the theory that 2 doubled is game.
Feb. 9, 2013
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Bad Adam! Bad Steve! I play weak NT in 3 partnerships, don't tell people how to bid against it; that's just rude.
Feb. 7, 2013
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1) if game is the limit of the hand, you are going down something like 800 anyway, since you are vul

2) if your opponent has a big hand with spades, this will be an easy psyche to sniff out.

3) Psyching in a higher suit than partner is often a bad idea.

4) It depends on your agreements. I play that after I open game in a suit, that is the suit we are playing in; further suit bids by my partner are cue-bids in support of my suit. 4S would not have the same effect in that case.
Feb. 6, 2013
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I agree that this hand is primarily about clubs, but if I want to get to a good slam, then I need partner to evaluate his spade holding. Unless I bid 2S now, partner will never believe I have 4 of them - all future spade bids will appear to be probes for the right strain.
Feb. 4, 2013
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Additional information for the problem: The defending pair plays Rusinow leads, Q shows the K.
Jan. 30, 2013
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With that hand you pass 3N (after bidding 3D)
Jan. 27, 2013
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I open all 12 counts & 11 counts with AAK, and some shapely hand with less than 12 HCP which appear inappropriate for a preempt. Partner (who opened this) is slightly more conservative.
Jan. 26, 2013
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I'm left wondering why the 63 of diamonds were treated with such care when all of the rest of the spots below the 9 were X'd….
Jan. 25, 2013
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I splinter. An important consideration for me is that there are two cue-bids between clubs and spades, allowing partner to cooperate easily; its not the same situation as a heart splinter, for example, which means my splintering standards can be slightly less tightly defined.
Jan. 25, 2013
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