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I think that this is the difference between matchpoints and imps. I am expecting the HJ not to blow an immediate trick; the small H may.
Jan. 18, 2018
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You have to factor in deals where the opponents bid over 1C. When you have a long suit, intereference is not uncommon.
Jan. 17, 2018
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We play about 15 weeks a year. Call it 200 sessions at 25 boards a session. That would be 5000 deals a year. The last time a solid suit response to our strong club (no outside A or K and no opponent interference) came up was about four years ago.
Jan. 17, 2018
ATB
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I do wonder whether the polling would be different if I had posted the east hand and provided the information that at the table east had doubled and subsequently went -800. I am not questioning the integrity of the respondents, but I fear knowing the table result affects the answers.
Jan. 15, 2018
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With only 11 high card points, I am afraid to bid past the two level. They might double me. My second choice was three clubs to see if partner can take a diamond preference. I am hoping the tray doesn't come back to me at 6H. I can't sell.
Jan. 14, 2018
ATB
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I rather doubt East will bid 3N as a passed hand.
Jan. 13, 2018
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Art, you know better. There are “suits” with an “s”, and notrump with an “n”. Most bridge players I know prefer notrump, but I do have friends who like suit play. Perhaps it is a naming problem. Suppose we called trump the “boss suit” (“BS”), and notrump “no boss suit” (“NBS”). Still I think my friends would favor no BS, but it would take politics out of the bridge room and put it back in the bedroom where it belongs.
Jan. 12, 2018
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I am fine with Qx being a stopper. It is the rest of the hand I find unappealing. I know I am supposed to look for reasons to bid, rather than reasons not to bid, but trying to go minus is not one of them. Matchpoints, particularly in a weak field, is all about, “plusses are good, minuses are bad.”
Jan. 12, 2018
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How about a Wyoming cuebid? “I have a spade stopper. Bid 3N with 9 tricks.”
Jan. 11, 2018
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In Palm Springs several years ago, Steve Weinstein lead a trump from Qxx against a grand. The opponent's auction put the AK in the dummy. The actual position was AKxx opposite JTxx. Declarer played to drop the Q offside.
Jan. 9, 2018
ATB
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East's double was “takeout” (call it what you will). Trust Edgar's advice.
Jan. 8, 2018
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I like 5H. It shows first round club control, neutral regarding hearts.

But I am in the camp of 1. Open 1NT, 2. This is a spade slam try hand (game is also safer in spades when hearts might fail). If opener is Jx, AKQJ, xxx, Axxx, TFB. 3. If I splinter and partner says “no”, I am done.
Jan. 8, 2018
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That was my initial reaction as well. (“Matchpoints isn't bridge”.) In a rare occurrence for me, at the ensuing dinner conversation I said, “I don't know the answer” (hence the post.)

In standard, 1D-1N shows clubs, but in precision responder could be 3-3-5-2. So, I thought passing 1N at matchpoints playing standard was correct. But playing precision, it was not clear to me. Part of the problem is that you are not playing the field's methods. If you belong in notrump and you pull, you will score poorly. But at imps, I think that your best chance at plus is rebidding 2D.
Jan. 8, 2018
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We have no specific agreement, but given our “meta rules” (the new trendy bridge term; I first heard it from Oren Kreigel in Istanbul), DBL would be extra values but not a pure penalty double (because of the voluntary “bid and raise”).

Jan. 8, 2018
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Phyllis. Just Phyllis.

(Certainly not Curtis!)
Jan. 8, 2018
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Thanks. I really didn't know. My bet is on the team of “four two's”. To the contrary, two four's each playing with a zero, is likely to come in last against other eight's.
Jan. 7, 2018
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Our partnership agreement is that trump is suit preference unless this is a potential ruff situation in which case high-low shows three (odd). If the spots are readable, there may be suit preference connotations.

(A slight aside, middle-down-up is defined as neutral for suit preference purposes.)
Jan. 7, 2018
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What is eight is enough? I have never heard of it. (A TV show?) Seriously, this is my unit, Brad Moss is probably our most active player but I bet I am at least tied for second.

And Margaret, if I am available I will play. My preference would be to play with a junior.
Jan. 7, 2018
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Are you saying you play (1C)-DBL-(RDB)-P as penalty?

Good thing it didn't come up when we played. I wouldn't have caught it.
Jan. 7, 2018
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In a national event against a competent opponent I played the 9 from J9xx and partner had stiff T. Declarer proceeded to make an unmakeable contract. What Steve fails to note is that his mixed strategy assumes understanding and forgiving teammates and partners. I know Steve to be an understanding teammate but unfortunately he was not my teammate at the time. In short, my team thought I was nuts.
Jan. 3, 2018
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