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yeah, but if you lead a heart, declarer may not find out that you've underled an honor unless he can force out 4 rounds of the suit.

I think that there are a few arguments for a heart lead. First, since you have 4 there is a slightly lesser chance that declarer or his partner have 4 - a heart is the most likely not to build an immediate top trick for declarer. 2nd; even if dummy or declarer has 4 hearts, partner may have the 10 and help protect you from giving up a sure trick. 3rd, if declarer has something like AKx opposite Jxxxx in dummy, he'll probably attack that suit first, and you'll be left on lead again. If you've led a spade, you'll be forced to break another suit anyway, whereas if you've led a heart to begin with, its likely that you'll be able to lead another one without harm.
April 18, 2012
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I play good/bad, where 2n shows the better hand, and 3 level bids are competitive
April 17, 2012
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To answer your question, Sean, I would use 4 for both minors, even undiscussed.
April 16, 2012
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Kit - Doesn't your 2nd point argue for Meike's treatment, rather than against? I mean, playing 4N as 2 places to play or a heart slam try, you have the same problem, only worse because now you have the option of a club-heart two suiter or a strong one-suited hand with hearts.
April 16, 2012
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Hey Jess. Partner will bid 2 with hands with primary diamonds unsuitable for double. It doesn't deny hearts, though that is frequently a reason to bid this way. And while 2 is by your agreements non-forcing, partner is not passing without tolerance for hearts and a relatively bad hand - and if partner has that hand, 2 is going to be just fine. Personally, I like to play 2 as forcing by an unpassed hand - which partner should cue-bid opposite to establish a game force without heart support. You should probably get to the diamond slam after that start.
April 15, 2012
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Cannot double because 2 Diamonds Xed passed out would be very likely.

Pass or 2 if I'm feeling active. Probably pass.
April 15, 2012
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Hey Marc. Apples and oranges, Marc.
April 14, 2012
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Jess- I agree with Adam, for two reasons: one, that partner will expect hearts for the double, and two, that the purpose of doubling and then bidding a suit is to tell partner that game might be on in situations where he could not raise the bid suit if it just was an overcall. You need a trick more for a minor suit game, so you need a trick more to X & pull with a minor in my opinion.
April 14, 2012
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As for the move to the next round - If I don't have other duties, like pre-alerts, what I like to do is ask to review an opponent's convention card for their defense against our NT, whatever they use 2 for, any unusual carding, and other unusual system stuff. I will then mention what I found interesting to partner to make sure we are on the same page for our methods. This is, of course, after some congenial comment to greet our new opponents.
April 7, 2012
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Do what fits your personality best. I know sometimes if an opponent is being rude, that I will either say something to them about it, or be internally steaming and letting it distract me. I usually choose to say something about it (and I have a very high tolerance for other people's quirks, so that may add up to 5 comments in 7 years of regular play).

As for psychology after a good or bad result, take a walk, get a glass of water, go to the restroom, do whatever it takes to calm your mind and prepare for the next board. When you draw the cards for the next board, the previous board should not be in your mind at all.
April 5, 2012
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Good point, John, I think that might be worth revisiting.
April 2, 2012
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If we lead a trump, it is frequently suit preference. We also play R. Smith vs suits, including in the trump suit if the card isn't forced. Suit preference all other times.
April 1, 2012
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Ellis - This seems like a situation where Henry is saying that he likes oranges, and you argue and argue no, darn it, the table is red!

By which I mean, you are not addressing henry's initial point and the basis for his soliliquey. There should never have been a 3 call in a “just” world. The auction would be:

1N-2-P-2,
X-P*-?

*the action that does not take advantage of UI, replacing 3 in the original auction

where there now may be a pass, or, more likely, a 2 call.
March 30, 2012
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I think regulating attire would make bridge seem even more old-fashioned and behind the times than the perception currently is. Agree with Fred - though your particular brood may be the exception, my experience is that freedom of dress is very important to today's youth.

If Sponsors feel like its important to have well-dressed players, I suppose they can make that a condition of continuing employment for their professionals. Outside of that, I can't see this changing.
March 30, 2012
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Good hand to be playing smith. I play the 9, and hope partner can work it out.
March 30, 2012
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If S interpreted E's X as penalty, she had even more reason to pass absent UI that partner doesn't actually have hearts.
March 28, 2012
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have you discussed what constitutes a penalty double? Does it change slightly in the balancing seat?
March 28, 2012
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natasha - E made a take-out double over 2. W would have taken it out, probably to spades, if it weren't for the illegal 3 call. There is a clear link between the violation and the damage.
March 28, 2012
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North doesn't have any unauthorized information (assuming there wasn't wiggling, faces, or other mannerisms by south at the explanation of transfer). North can do what they feel is right without restriction, in my opinion.

South, on the other hand, has some serious explaining to do about what made her call 3. With 3, it had to be that the explanation “woke” her to their agreements, and the contract should be evaluated in context of the UI South had, including possible Procedural penalty for blatant use of UI.

If S doesn't make her illegal 3 call, maybe W gets in a cheap 2 call, which is probably the basis of the adjustment.
March 27, 2012
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The only reason to open 1 was to reverse into hearts. If I wasn't prepared to reverse into hearts, then I should have opened 2N. I strongly prefer the reverse, as it makes it easier to bid for slam purposes.
March 26, 2012
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