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All comments by Chris Gibson
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Timo - for the record, I was trying to get into the mind of partner, not saying that these were my preferred methods. My own meta-rule in partnerships is that we don't offer new suits at the 4 level in uncontested auctions, so the 4 would clearly be a cue, but that was undiscussed here.
June 19
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Why would partner think 4 is something other than an offer to play?
June 19
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Its a 30 point slam with no singleton/voids in either hand. I would not be disappointed to miss this slam.
June 18
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Craig - I'd revisit your assumption about the honor being devalued. At the time of the initial bid, there was no reason, and once that die is cast, you really need to follow through with the 3 card balanced LR description or partner will never play you for a 3 card raise, so there would be pressure to bid 3 even with a club honor.
June 18
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Read the description - this is how we show a balanced limit raise, so partner can't have a singleton.
June 18
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Yu - The bidding continues with 4/4. If I bid 4 over 4, its not clear that I am doing anything other than taking a reluctant preference. Basically, I'm going to need to call 5 next time to show my good heart support no matter what partner does, or it will be potentially confusing to partner. That was my consideration at the table.

With that, I thought the splinter to be a more descriptive call - four trumps, two useful cards, and a singleton diamond. Whatcha think partner? That being said, I was not sure about the best plan, which is why I posted this.
June 18
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I wasn't opener, so I can't answer that.
June 18
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Spoiler alert: Do not read unless you want the denouement.

still reading?

I trotted out 5 at the table, thinking that it was likely to be understood as a splinter, and because its a club game so playing in my singleton isn't a disaster. Partner, with AQxxx AKQxx KJ x raised to 6 (he considered that it was a suit or a singleton, and decided to safety-play the bidding).

I considered 4, the majority choice, but thought it more likely that partner would play me for a club suit than a heart cue, and then I'd have a hard time getting the rest of the hand off my chest and setting trump.
June 17
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Only one of those is an assumption - diamonds are bad - and that one appears very likely based on the bidding thus far. I guess my other assumption is that partner hasn't forgotten our agreements, or taken a flier? That's an assumption I always make.
June 12
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diamonds are bad for them, they are in a max of an 8 card fit at the 4 level, my major suit cards are quicks, and partner also has values. Go for the throat, I say!
June 12
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Nope.
May 21
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Sathya - yep, I'll be in 4 opposite. Information leakage is a big deal, especially at BAM, where if you help them make an effective lead you are probably losing the board.
May 21
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I probably would have bid 4 the previous round instead of giving opponents more information.
May 20
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1) I've never heard of anyone having significant repercussions based on their answer to a director's poll.

2) I hate any proposal, including this one, that makes for less transparency in the appeals process. Currently one of the only ways to appeal is to attack the polling as inadequate or done with incorrect information. Its a matter of accountability. I guarantee that at some point, it will either happen or be alleged, with anonymous polls, that the director just made it up and didn't actually ask anyone. Why put the game or the directors in that position?
May 20
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David - that is one possible agreement, and a popular one by the polling. It is not the only agreement possible for this sequence, and I would be extremely surprised if it is the best set of agreements.
May 18
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4 better be GF in clubs, Steve, with some slam suitability if partner is interested. LR bids 5 usually.
May 17
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2nd double is penalty. 1st I would actually play as a support double with my favorite agreements (1 forcing one round, 4+ spades), but in a more standard overcall advance structure where 1 promises 5 that makes less sense.
May 17
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East shouldn't comment on anyone else's bidding except to make sure he wasn't given misinformation or not missing an alert. South should recognize that the bidding is far from mainstream, and that may surprise people into commenting - no need to take offense by it. The director should give a warning only to E unless this is part of a pattern of behavior, IMO.
May 16
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Its useful to clarify between bidding game in competition on spec in a two-ways-to-win scenerio vs a definite “we have the balance of power” game bid. I find it most applicable after an opening and a limit bid (or limit+) opposite.
May 16
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maybe he didn't realize he had the 9 :)
May 16
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