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We were on the same page until you got to 4M+1. I have no idea what that should be.
Nov. 14
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Ok. Let's turn the cards over. Jon, I confess that I don't know you from the man in the moon. But I played this hand last week. My teammate, Les Bart, faced the same problem.

I suggested to Les that he might have gotten it right. Les being Les, said, “Of course I misplayed it.”

But the proabilities are not the issue, look at the psychology. If someone said, “is the DQ more likely to be off?”, I would agree. But the chance that it is DQx or DQxx onside is less than my pulse in my running days. It goes spade-spade-spade: “you are going down and playing with house funds.” I get that.

All that said, I think that DA is the best play.
Nov. 14
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There was no winner. Both contracts were slated to go 800. I did bid 2H and could have gotten out for 500 but I couldn't believe the position. More on that later.
Nov. 14
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In this case there is enough room for 4D to be KCB.

I don't know. I said it was possible. I think it is close and don't feel too strongly about it.
Nov. 14
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Yesterday, playing precision, vul against not in first chair, Annie opened 1S on AQTxx, x, xxx, AT87. The auction started 1S-(P)-P-(DBL). Partner had two spades, 4 high card points and a ruffing value. We went for 800.

Nothing is perfect.
Nov. 14
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We show the HQ. The CQ is treated as a “king”. So, yes, it is possible for us to bid …4D (6kcb)-4N (2 of 6 without HQ)-5C (K ask; not natural by agreement)-5D (no outside kings or CQ)-5H.
Nov. 14
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I play south for the singleton queen! Not because it is percentage (it isn't) but because it works.
Nov. 14
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Relay is not an option.
Nov. 13
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In our partnership, after responder showing 5-4 or better, 4M+1 is 6 card KCB.
Nov. 13
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1C-1S-2H-3H-3S is a control in support of our agreed trump suit hearts. I haven't convinced Annie to play 3S as nonserious and 3N as a spade control.
Nov. 13
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Looking at all four hands, it is easy to say N-S bid too much. But at the table I would expect a reasonable number of good players to make the same bids.
Nov. 13
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Agree. Our “defensive bidding after they open” is the longest at 12 (out of 101) pages. We have a separate section for doubles and redoubles.
Nov. 13
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The greatest title in the history of Bridge Winners. I have tried to make my posts interesting, but you are the champ!
Nov. 12
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I didn't take it this way but perhaps he was saying that relay makes you crazy or that you were crazy to begin with.
Nov. 11
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I generally agree with the notion of not interrupting Annie but who said the couch was uncomfortable. It is much like camping out with a refrigerator and a flush toilet.

As for continuing on with 4S, for us that is keycard in hearts. 4N is a replacement cuebid but then you lose keycard
Nov. 11
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This is definitely a “How old are you?” question. If you ask juniors, they will be almost unanimous. They want to play the midnight game and party. They don't get up for 10am. Ask a senior and I bet a large majority wants ~10 and 3. They don't stay up after 10pm. The rest will be split. Having the senior events start earlier is a no brainer. But something like the “under 5000” is more difficult to judge - it draws both juniors and seniors. As for the big boy events, I am guessing that 1 and 7 would be preferred.
Nov. 11
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That is a big difference between R-M precision and Meck Lite in that R-M tumbles its suits to maximize the chances that the big hand is declarer. But your comment reminds me of something Mike Becker told me regarding designing relay systems. “Don't worry about wrong-siding the contract. It will drive you crazy.”
Nov. 11
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I anguished over “Do” or “Does” Meckwell couch? Help please?
Nov. 10
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By our agreements (are these bad?) after “… 3H (trump)-4C-?, we play 4D last train says, ”spade control, says nothing about strength or diamond holding".
Nov. 10
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To all the 6H bidders: Andy's comment is a good one. Responder needs the SQ as well.
Nov. 10
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