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All comments by Chris Gibson
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I have no idea what I've already promised with 2 outside of shape. Have I promised constructive values? What were partner's other options than 3? Could he have bid 2N, 3, or 3 artificially with specific meaning?

I abstained because I did not feel that there was sufficient information given to make a reasonable decision. My inclination, assuming I've just shown a hand that wants to compete (aka, 1 sure trick for partner), is to raise to 4 - I have 1 card known to be working, another that's likely to be working, and potentially another useful piece beyond that, along with a partner who will be able to locate all of the HCP.
March 16, 2012
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David, we play variable NT ranges, and we play the same XYZ structure either way. It doesn't seem to be more or less effective for either NT range (11-14 or 15-17).
March 15, 2012
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My partner and I have an agreement which would have made this hand easy - we lead high from an even count in a suit, and Rusinow (2nd of touching honors) from an odd number. I don't necessarily recommend this agreement - it works for us because it meshes well with the rest of our carding, but it can lead to different ambiguous situations.

Anyway, in this one the T appears to be the standard lead.
March 13, 2012
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I also think that one of the other reasons besides objecting to the conditions that led to the poll is that the person “voting” has a bias that keeps them from being objective - like if I were to remove myself from a hiring decision involving my brother.
March 12, 2012
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I think the auction is analogous to a 1S-(2D)-3D-P,
3H auction. In my methods, that would be a non-natural non-minimum that isn't quite good enough to force to game opposite a minimum invite (which could later be converted to an advanced cue bid)
March 12, 2012
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nice article, Richard.
March 12, 2012
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Really, Gary? people leave the room all the time for restroom & smoke breaks. phones that are off can be turned on easily. Its better just not to have them in the room.
March 11, 2012
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In my partnership it isn't even close, Hendrik. I play fit jumps by passed hands for your example hand type, and there is no way to “force” me to do anything except a cue-bid
March 10, 2012
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1, 2, and then double the final contract is demanding a spade lead in my opinion. Nothing else comes close to making sense to me.
March 10, 2012
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I voted the Q, but I really was vacillating between the Q and K. If I had the K of diamonds, I would double even without the Q of spades, because of the 2 quick tricks worth of values. I'm a little worried with 3 queens as my values, but I'd still make the value-showing X
March 9, 2012
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What's your favorite psych story?
March 8, 2012
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Obviously there are a lot of perks around being a professional bridge player (money, travel opportunities being the ones that stand out to me). What do you see as the best of those perks? What about the biggest downsides?
March 8, 2012
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Besides yourself, what other junior players that haven't yet won a NABC event do you expect to win a national within the next 10 years?
March 8, 2012
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Hi Adam. Are you really that good at Words with Friends, or do you use “electronic assistance” for some of your words?
March 8, 2012
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if hearts & clubs are switched I still JS to 3. All hail the BW death hand.
March 7, 2012
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Hanan, I think you misread Henry's post in regards to the basketball HOF. He never claimed it to be a world HOF - he just said that it honored college basketball (the implication being in America) as well as NBA. Arvidas Sabonis has been voted into the basketball HOF, though.
March 6, 2012
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I voted for 2N. As to your question, Robin, there are several points available:

1) If opener has AKJxxx of diamonds, he probably doesn't have an outside entry to those diamonds, and will be reluctant just to bang down the AK of diamonds.

2) If opener has a lesser diamond holding, our partner is more likely to have missing diamond honors than the opponent because there has been no raise of diamonds from RHO. If partner has Axx or Kxx, NT is best played from our side. If partner has Jxx or Txx, diamonds are stopped (in the first case) or may block (in the 2nd).

3) Assuming points 1 & 2 hold, I am not afraid of my diamond stopper. If you are not afraid of your diamond stopper, 2N becomes the clear value bid, and keeps most of our options open to get to the best game.

All bids, including pass, have risk associated with them. I believe that 2N actually has the lowest risk (assuming opps aren't peeking), and has the largest potential reward, since it keeps game options open in NT & spades (our most likely games), and even allows us to play in a heart partial. That makes the bid stand out in my opinion.
March 6, 2012
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Hanan - The ACBL is not running a bridge hall of fame, just a North American bridge hall of fame. Since they are funding it, I feel they have a right to highlight the history of North American bridge as they feel fit.
March 6, 2012
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Fake jump shift into 3 for me. My reasoning is simlar to Jonathan's.
March 5, 2012
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4N natural.
March 3, 2012
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