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All comments by Daniel Jackson
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I have sympathy for all the calls. I like 2 the least.
I think it should go: 1-1-1-pass, or 1-1-2NT-pass, depending on methods.
May 10, 2013
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I'm not going to punish partner for trying to compete. 2.
May 9, 2013
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Abstain. Yuan would bid 4 with this. :)
May 9, 2013
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Partner had a tough hand to bid if you don't play 1-3 as invitational.
May 7, 2013
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3 is not forcing. Partner could have bid more strongly (cuebid then raise, etc.) He is playing me for half the remaining points, and I have them.

I like going plus at matchpoints, so I'm passing.
May 6, 2013
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Not vul I might have overcalled 1 with this hand.
May 2, 2013
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One line of play would be to set up the North hand, both as declarer and dummy.

When South plays the hand on a club lead, win the A and ruff a club, then diamond to the jack.

If it loses to the K and a heart comes back, win the ace, ruff a club, unblock spades, diamond to ace, draw the last trump, etc.

If it wins, I might ruff a club, heart to ace, ruff dummy's last club, unblock the A, now run the Q. It wins, hopefully, now I can play king of hearts and ruff a heart. If they overruff I should still make.

If North plays the hand on a heart lead, win the king at trick one, ace of clubs, ruff a club, diamond to jack as before.

This line probably is not as good as the simple line of taking two minor suit finesses.

April 30, 2013
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I would open 1 with 5-5 in the blacks only on a minimum hand with significantly better clubs than spades.
65432 x Kx AKJ10x

I would rather have a club lead from Qx than a spade lead from Qx.
April 30, 2013
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I like 2 here to tell partner where I live. I think this hand is too good to bid just 2 but not good enough to force to game.
April 26, 2013
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I like the 9. Declarer will typically have long running diamonds and the K. I'm hoping dummy will show up with something like xxx KJx xx AKxxx and partner with xx AQ10xx xxx xxx.

But the club lead could be right, partner might have Axx and dummy might have Kxxxx(x) Then we get three clubs and two spades.
April 25, 2013
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Is the East hand worth 2 across an unpassed partner?
April 25, 2013
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Partner deserves my red suits being reversed.
April 23, 2013
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3. The Law will protect me. I've got a pretty good hand with aces outside of trump and shortness in the opponents' suit. I expect to make 3.
April 23, 2013
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I think it's a great idea to have the different flights on separate weekends.

In District 16 (most of Texas+Mexico, although Mexican teams are rare) all the flights are on the same weekend, in conjunction with one of the sectional tournaments over Memorial Day weekend. There are lots of sectionals between the unit GNT qualifiers and the summer nationals; it should not be difficult to schedule the different flights during different sectionals.



April 18, 2013
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Partner has another card besides the Q A K. That card will at minimum provide a threat (Q, for example) and could make 7NT cold (K, or Q on a heart lead).

Probability of 6-0 split is 0.00745 (0.75% for each opponent)
Probability of 5-0 split is 0.01956 (1.96% for each opponent)
Probability of 4-0 split is 0.0478 (4.78% for each opponent)

I like 7NT even at IMPs.

April 18, 2013
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Maybe the best spot is 2 doubled. South makes a negative double, passed out. Whatever major South leads will work out well. Even a trump lead will lead to a plus.
April 18, 2013
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I don't understand 3 strong over 2NT. If they were strong they could have bid 2 over 1. I would treat 3 as a “I have diamonds, are you sure you want to bid 3NT?” type of bid. I think a 3 bid just tells the defense to lead clubs. I like a 3NT bid here.
April 15, 2013
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I'm not sure if 1-2-2 is forcing in SAYC, which is probably the reason for the 3 bid.

It sounds to me like South was advance cuebidding a club control, so asking for key cards seems reasonable here. With a 10-count South would have just bid 4 over 3.

Seven (spades or notrump) could be on. It has a pretty good play across Eric's example hand.
April 12, 2013
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I have no club stopper, so 3NT is out.
I have insufficient diamond support for 3.
I did not bid 2 over 2, so therefore I should not be 6-4 in the majors.
That leaves 3. I should have 5422 or 5413 for this call.

If 3 here shows 6-4 in the majors, then what would 1-2-2-something-3 show? A heart stopper?
April 4, 2013
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I'm doubling. They have made the last guess, and if it worked, GG.
April 2, 2013
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