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Playing a limited opening bid system, we just bid 1N. We are going to lose some tricks somewhere. Besides, we got there first which is relevant when white. For that matter, perhaps double (spades? not spades? how many spades?) should vary depending on vulnerability.
Nov. 29
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Precision 2D (~4414). But if I were playing standard, I would play multi (no strong option). White, 2H both majors weak and 2S S+m; vul 2M “good weak two bid.”
Nov. 29
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In junior bridge, all doubles are takeout. It depends on the population you sample.
Nov. 28
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When you make a limit+ bid and the opponents bid above your game before partner gets to vote, you should be in a force. That way both partners get to participate in the competitive decision. Defending 4S undoubled is rarely correct. It requires both that they make 4S and you go for more than their game when you have the preponderance of the strength.
Nov. 28
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I have often thought the same about (1H)-DBL-(1S)-DBL played as “responsive”. I think pairs with such an agreement should be required to wear a red bullseye on their forehead that says, “ ok to psych 1S.” But before you do so, how do youfind out how the opponents play this sequence?
Nov. 28
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How do I get you all to move to Colorado where housing is affordable, traffic is manageable and you can ski in November?
Nov. 28
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5 feet, 7 inches?
Nov. 28
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I totally agree in principal but a transfer of 3C to show diamonds, followed by a heart bid is an improvement. The hand is far too good for a 4D FJS but not good enough to set trump and bid KCB.
Nov. 27
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I know the standard answer is penalty. But I believe that on a percentage basis, a freely bid and raise to 2M is not likely to go for a number and a double should be takeout. Bring on the non law abiding naysayers. I feel pretty certain about this.
Nov. 27
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Old chestnut. But if you aren't willing to reverse, I would open 1D.
Nov. 26
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Who said anything about winning the first spade in 3N?
Nov. 25
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How are you able to keep your opponents from overcalling or preempting after 1D-1M? If you knew fourth to speak was about to bid 2S (let alone more), you would have preferred 2D to 1H with your 4-6.

I get it. I appreciate your response. I played a relay structure for a number of years. I really loved it. But I have become more of a naturalist bidding my longest suit first. My personal record for biggest diamond fit lost in a competitive auction playing precision is 11 cards (5=6).

How is your book on relay systems coming?
Nov. 25
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I am playing declarer for DJx and the rest of the deck. No, I don't think we are beating the contract but will hold it to 9 when DT allows them at least 10. Useful to know if this is matchpoints or imps. If partner has Q5th of spades instead, he made a poor opening lead.
Nov. 25
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I can't help but observe that 3H transfer, invite plus, is the “correct bid.”
Nov. 24
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Kit, if 1D-2D denies 4M, how do you untrack a GF+ 4-6 hand? I know your 1D shows less diamonds than mine does, but it doesn't deny diamonds either.
Nov. 24
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If you need 3 heart tricks, hearts break 5-2 about 30%, half the time it is 2=5. 2/7ths of the time, the K is doubleton. We are talking 4%. KT onside any number of times is a little less than 25%. Yes, there may be squeeze and endplay possibilities but they can't possibly make H to the HQ superior.
Nov. 24
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Payment in services (valued at fair market value) is taxable to the recipient unless it is a gift made with donative intent exempt under the gift tax exception. Admittedly enforcement is difficult but the US tax law is clear.

(This advice is rendered as a gift without an expectation of remuneration. It does not constitute taxable income. But Steve, if you want to buy me a beer in San Fran, I will gladly accept.)
Nov. 24
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So I went to Whole Foods last night and bought 6 berries with some caper juice. $2.50. Had my first vodka martini with capers. It wasn't terrible, it was very different, but I like olives better and will look for an alternative use of the remaining $2.08 worth of caper berries. Maybe I can make Richard's chicken picatta. Richard, the price of your picatta just went up two bucks.
Nov. 23
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If 2N can be diamonds or weak both minors, then 3C should say, “I don't fit diamonds”. As for 2S (yes, I am a range ask or clubs fan) I guess I would play 2N as weaker so that it will be easier for partner to switch when he becomes more enlightened.
Nov. 23
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The premise is a good one but the given hand is way too strong. Kaplan-Rubens gives it 19.7. Throw away the DQ.
Nov. 23
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