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All comments by Dave Starratt
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I am a slam bidder but not with as much confidence as others express. This is the flip side to my penchant for opening sounder than others…it up grades all subsequent bids too. Partner (as shown) has a minimum for me! Ax of spades and where do you want to be? Give partner a chance to show their declarer skills!
Oct. 13, 2012
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I would not consider opening that dog with no spades! However it isn't where the problem is…even a better hand (as elsewhere stated) would leave me a problem. No good answer but at least 4C is not a lie!
Oct. 13, 2012
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4H to confirm that I have spades, a heart control, interest in slam, not 3N, and looking for anything constructive for more. In a set partnership where I was certain of the forcing nature I would bid 4D but most would not treat it as forcing, I suspect. Anywat, 4H gets it off my chest and IS forcing . Would not consider passing unless desperate for a top.
Oct. 1, 2012
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As usual, I take the low road…pass seems best but close :(
Sept. 28, 2012
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My tendency is to take the low road and this is my chance! I would bid 1N with the same trepidation that others have stated. If partner takes another call I will be in a better position to assess the true strength of this hand!
Sept. 28, 2012
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Too much to not balance. Close between dbl and 2NT with dbl being more flexible.
Aug. 20, 2012
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Let partner tell me what is going on…just cause I now have the openning I started with doesn't mean I need to take control and bid again!
Aug. 20, 2012
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I know a lot of folks open anything that moves BUT this is not moving, in my opinion! On a good day and with some partners I might pre-empt but mostly I would pass and see. Steal from me, go ahead! lol
Aug. 14, 2012
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I am also a extinct species! Facing my style, 3N is clear. Henry, there are still some living dinosaurs!
Aug. 4, 2012
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Barometer scoring is always fun! This would be the same idea. Certainly worth consideration.
Aug. 4, 2012
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Why are we so sure 4S is going down? Admittedly it seems with the odds but this auction doesn't seem to be exactly regular. I would pass to not give away the hand and to stay in the contract I can most likely beat. We have a big fit and about half the deck but some of our assets are not helpful for offense nor defence of other contracts. Plusses are good even at imps…Simon said something about achieving the best possible result vs the best result possible. This seems to fit this pardigm!
Aug. 1, 2012
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I have passed “opening” hands for many years and accept the down side risks to that style but I gain on “my” hands. This hand would not meet my criteria for opening in 1st or 2nd seat at any scoring. I am not afraid, just prefer the Roth Stonish approach.
Aug. 1, 2012
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Play with Hendrik and let him tell you when you should have and should not have alerted! At least we opt to go for full disclosure, better to tell then to hide agreements and methods! If the bridge gods deem we need to be punished for gratuitous info, so be it.
July 21, 2012
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That would be my take, as well. If I substituted in and the auction had procedeed to here, then 2N seem best but opening 2N solves that issue and discribes the general strength and shape of the hand.
July 6, 2012
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what is partner suppose to do with AK(Q)X K KQJ10) AKJ10x other than what they did? They will be happy to hear 5D!
June 29, 2012
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I agree, though I didn't bid 4H first so 3 then 4 must have some slam interest but lack a solid suit and side card.
June 29, 2012
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This is truely a sucky problem! Anything could be right …or wrong! Leave it to Steve, I should have known when I saw his tagline…oh well, 4H and -800 it is
June 29, 2012
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I would bid 3S as that will direct the defense (if I live past 3S!) and let partner in on the idea that I am not pre-empting when I bid 5D next
June 29, 2012
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As most have said, this treatment is untenable to me BUT, I would bid 2N if forced. If 3N is a reasonable game, why didn't partner bid 3C or dbl and bid 2C? I hate flying at night, due to the darkness and that is what it is here, dark.
June 29, 2012
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I agree but it wasn't an option. I think it is a pretty clear lead.
June 27, 2012
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