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3 should show a doubleton heart honour with a fit - a hand that has got better because of the 2 bid
June 30, 2013
David Cole edited this comment Aug. 7, 2013
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What would you have bid instead?
June 16, 2013
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3 was to ensure the correct lead against 3NT.
June 13, 2013
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Not really a fair comparison, as usually every team on the old scale got 5 points. So 21-9 should be considered as 16-4, which is four times.
June 13, 2013
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5H = Exclusion in hearts. These sorts of bids are fun!
May 21, 2013
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that shows and and is not a slam try
Feb. 20, 2013
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An advantage of a confident 6 is that it may provoke a 6 sacrifice
Jan. 25, 2013
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I think a format for open lead polls would be really useful. In Bridge World they discuss bidding and opening leads with the panel - and these are good. Play and defence I cannot really see.

I do not think a rating system is a good idea - and why should anyone be interested what one's rating is?

We have a wonderful format for discussions and getting opinions and do not need to change it
Jan. 9, 2013
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I think that one must be clear what a forcing pass means.
A forcing pass implies that we would have made the last contract and that we are certain that the oppositions contract will go down.
Here the contract should never be passed out, as we want to sacrifice if the contract was making.
So I pass, and hope that partner will bid 6 if he does not have 2 defensive tricks.
Dec. 31, 2012
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Always start with a pass with a good hand after XX
Dec. 23, 2012
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Partner's hand was 987 KQ6 843 J952 so double led to -590.
5 Hearts would be 1 down. I guess it was just one of those things.
Dec. 19, 2012
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Kit, would not that auction show Qx, Axx, AKxxxx, xx?
Dec. 15, 2012
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If a bid could be looking for the best game or a slam try, always assume partner is just looking for the best game. Thus the choice is between keeping 3NT open with 3, or commiting to with 4
Nov. 24, 2012
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A truly fascinating peice of logic.
But it does teach us another lesson - if East had bid 2 diamonds immediately, none of the inferences would have been available.
Aug. 6, 2012
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5 was not forcing. Thus for grand still to make David needs K, K and A. With this hand he would bid 6 and not 5NT.

July 29, 2012
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I think that it is perfectly valid to always ask for an explanation of an alerted bid. This ensures that there is no UI - although there is some delay. Of course you should inform the opponents that you always ask.
July 27, 2012
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I have 18 workings points, 4 wasted points and a minimum.
Qjxxx, qjxxx gives a slam on one finesse.
Axxxx, QJxxx is pretty good.
I think 4NT is enough.
July 4, 2012
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I play double as takeout here - so this bid is not a problem
June 9, 2012
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quite right - was not thinking straight …
May 31, 2012
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and why if 11 points are already shown left, did she not go up with the heart king?
May 30, 2012
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