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All comments by Dave Starratt
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I am old and like many of these varients but I find that the 4th best lead is on the table automatically, so I use them mostly and all of my partners who insist on 3-5 or 3-low know they can't trust my lead count! I do like the AQ for attitude and K for count BUT I do not have any partnerships that use that, currently. A from AK is my big step out from “standard” carding :(
May 8, 2012
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Tough hand over 3 hearts…I remember when it came up I wondered how I would handle each hand and ended in the moysian each time…pre-empts work!
May 8, 2012
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Much tougher if the majors are reversed but same answer.
May 8, 2012
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Victor would be rolling on the floor!
May 7, 2012
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Frought with danger or not, little choice but dbl, even for me!
May 7, 2012
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Same here
May 7, 2012
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When I bid spades/clubs later (over the expected NT) Partner will get the message. Self splinter would be a second choice but eats a lot of room and doesn't focus on clubs. 3D also lets partner bid spades!
May 2, 2012
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Mine facilitates me to the best of her ability so I would probably attend the same number. Now….make the players timely and the ethics better and I WOULD attend a couple more each year!
April 30, 2012
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I passed originally before I looked at the bidding again and saw that I was in balancing! 3H for me :)
April 22, 2012
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I am a whimp! I will have a later chance and partner will not misconstrue my intent then…yes I am old and stone age!
April 22, 2012
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Like the others I would not dream of 3H on my second bid. Each partnership should have methods for really good hands over 1NT responses and this hand should use them! Given that the auction did go this way, I can not catch up and would pass (and not punish partner) or bid 4 NT (and punish partner for stretching) depending on who I am playing with…mostly I would pass.
April 22, 2012
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For a while the ACBL “allowed” 8.5 trick hands to be opened 2C. That was AKJ10xxxx Jxxxx x -
could (and was) opened 2C. a strong club is opened on points OR tricks in most partnerships. This certainly falls within a “normal” range. The real problem is W didn't bid effectively and then wanted redress, which he got but hadn't earned!
No pschic was made that I have seen defined! Does 14HCP and 6 diamonds mean you psyched when you opened a “strong” NT…lets get back to reality! The jail house lawyers are worse then what they pretend to cure, at least in mnsho!
April 10, 2012
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In a club or sectional or regional even, calling the director may protect someone or something. In a team trials, these folks don't need that! It was sour grapes to call the director and an absurd ruling by them! These are grown ups and should have a better ability to “protect” themselves through understandings and agreements! I would afford NO protection to E-W and may question W about their agreements!
April 9, 2012
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I try to keep things simple…not very creative. I think there is a reasonable chance we will make 6 or 7 spades so I just bid 6S. It could be a 5 or 7 hand (lead dependant) or I could mess arround with exclusion but, in the end it is a crap shoot and I guess 6S.
April 5, 2012
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I am a crumudgen and would probably pass but have some partnerships where an OC is mandatory! My personal preference (after pass) is to dbl as it gets all partners suits in the picture. This is one of the reasons we all play the game…the variety of styles and opinions!
March 26, 2012
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Both partners must be Canadian! I agree with Hendrick thtat the E hand is very marginal for 2C and the 4H bid was from outer space. West on the other hand has said their all at 5C and should leave any save/slam to partner. No one seems to want to defend these days, seems like 5S down 2 dbled is pretty good bridge all around.
March 26, 2012
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relatively few imps thrown in the final…one of the most enjoyable to watch in a while!
March 26, 2012
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at imps the potential loss is less than the risk of a missed game…I am not too proud but I would bid.
March 25, 2012
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Seems to me the biggest danger is that a looser will go away on hearts…I lead the club ace and will probably have to attach diamonds from the wrong side because of it but dummy will tell!
March 22, 2012
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Not familiar with these methods but all my hand is working and partner still pushed facing less than robust cards…4S seems, at least a play. Cards are in the right place and “known” as well. Talked myself into it!
March 20, 2012
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