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Thanks, Larry. Our community really needs to heed this balanced viewpoint. The organizers and directors may not be perfect and details may be missed but we are not paying for perfect. We are paying for venues and staffing that will allow the majority of those who wish to play to do so. I enjoyed the reference to Henry. He definitely had the ability get right to the crux of the matter.
Hope to see you in Delray soon.
Aug. 12, 2015
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I had this exact hand on Board 17 of a Unit 112 STAC game on July 28 at noon. At our table North was actually the dealer holding AKQT87 96 985 K6. The holder bid (inexplicably) 2 Spades in 1st Seat. My partner did not pre-empt over the pre-empt. I doubled and partner bid 4 Hearts. I responded with 5 Diamonds and he bid 5 Hearts. Now, sensing that partner had an almost independent heart suit and probably less than 2 spades, I bid 6 hearts which was successful and the only pair in the room (41 Tables) to do so. Had North bid 1 spade we probably never would have gotten to the slam which makes on nearly any lie of the cards.
I realize that all of this is irrelevant given the auction above. It appears to me that East bid out of turn unless Jay Michaels failed to enter an initial Pass by North (also inexplicable). Had the diagrammed auction occurred at my table I probably would have bid 4 Hearts.
Please click the following link and scroll down to Board 17 for the full deal with dealer and vulnerability:
http://thecommongame.com/ClubWebHost/246421/150728E3A.html?acblno=Dick%20Wilson
July 30, 2015
Dick Wilson edited this comment July 30, 2015
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With almost all of my partners 1m:P:2M is less than 7 Points and a 6 card major. This has worked for me over time and I wouldn't want to give it up just yet. Our kinda horrible system has also worked reasonably well over time. I have lamented the wide range but have not found a reasonable replacement and, I believe, it has also provided me with more successes than failures. This particular example clearly brings about a situation where partner is faced with a very difficult decision.
July 10, 2015
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0 to a bad 9
July 10, 2015
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Sorry again, Bob. Wow! I left a detailed response and it disappeared. We were the pair's opponents and East bid 3NT, shockingly. I am not privy to their agreement because of this simple response. I would play 3 Spades as MSS or a relay to 3NT depending on partner.
July 2, 2015
Dick Wilson edited this comment July 2, 2015
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2NT = Balanced with 20-21 HCPs - Sorry!
July 2, 2015
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4 Clubs is Gerber.
June 29, 2015
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Partner holds 98 2 T74 AKJ7642. What does he(she) do over P:1S:4H:??
June 10, 2015
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You're absolutely right, Leo. Had I done this in the first instance I wouldn't have been faced with the decision about which I am polling. In this case partner would transfer to spades probably preventing South's 2 Diamond bid. We would have been in 2 spades making 4 on careful play for a near top.
May 27, 2015
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The card being played here does not include support doubles.
May 26, 2015
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What a magnificent response to all this, Gavin. I don't know Paul well but what I have observed fits in with your comments perfectly. The Firemans seem to care very deeply about whatever they do and strive mightily to succeed which in most cases they have. We are very fortunate that they care about this game. Here's wishing you the best of luck.
May 20, 2015
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Congratulations. Paul. Great win for you and your phenomenal team of relatively “young guns”. Well earned!!
May 17, 2015
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Congratulations to both the Narasimhan and Moss teams. The US will certainly be well represented.
April 18, 2015
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I made the horrible mistake as East of bidding 1 spade and then passing partner's 3 Club non-forcing constructive (our agreement) bid. After 1H:1S:2H:3C partner's bid should have been considered forcing. My hand was QTxxxx Void xxx Axx. I should have overcalled a weak 2 spades. Then partner's club bid after any call by South would be forcing. The hand makes 6 Clubs and 4 Spades.
April 9, 2015
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Whether or not the transfer is accepted I like 5 Diamonds. If accepted 3 Diamonds should be Western and partner with QJT would show a stopper with 3NT. Now 4 clubs would be Gerber for most and responder will not be able to ascertain 2nd round control of diamonds. Forcing the opener to show that 2nd round control deals with the issue. Jumping to 4 Clubs after 2 Hearts by opener would either be Gerber - a problem - or splintering with an ace if not Gerber. Granted that the splinter on this occasion if 4 clubs is not Gerber by agreement would work with these holdings; however, it is normally a bad practice.
March 28, 2015
Dick Wilson edited this comment March 28, 2015
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5 Diamonds serves as retransfer and diamond suit control ask. Bid 6 hearts with 2nd round diamond control and 5 hearts without.
Interesting, I had a conversation with my partner about this board yesterday. We both took responsibility for having missed this slam. He said that he had consulted with a few people whom he considers “experts” and he came away thinking that he should have bid either 5 diamonds or 5 hearts - “partner, bid slam with 2nd round control of diamonds.” Ironically, I am the only person in the poll who thought 5 Diamonds was the most descriptive call. It was easy for me to say as I held the following hand: AKx Qx KT9x KQxx. After partner's actual 4 heart call over the double I should clearly go on. He is showing a big hand as he did not Texas (our agreement is Texas transfer with minimum game-going values) and he did not re-transfer. I have to conclude that he has extra and holding the King of Diamonds is obviously key. The diversity of responses to this poll certainly indicate that the question was worth asking. The answer is not clear-cut but Don and I came away agreeing that 5 diamonds over the double was the best of all responses.
March 28, 2015
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Interesting, I had a conversation with my partner about this board yesterday. We both took responsibility for having missed this slam. He said that he had consulted with a few people whom he considers “experts” and he came away thinking that he should have bid either 5 diamonds or 5 hearts - “partner, bid slam with 2nd round control of diamonds.” Ironically, I am the only person in the poll who thought 5 Diamonds was the most descriptive call. It was easy for me to say as I held the following hand: AKx Qx KT9x KQxx. After partner's actual 4 heart call over the double I should clearly go on. He is showing a big hand as he did not Texas (our agreement is Texas transfer with minimum game-going values) and he did not re-transfer. I have to conclude that he has extra and holding the King of Diamonds is obviously key. The diversity of responses to this poll certainly indicate that the question was worth asking. The answer is not clear-cut but Don and I came away agreeing that 5 diamonds over the double was the best of all responses.
March 28, 2015
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Sorry 1NT IS 15-17.
March 21, 2015
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5 diamonds. Just a thought :). Retransfer And slam going. Bid 5 hearts with 2 Quick Diamond losers and 6 hearts with 2nd round control. Nick Martino makes the valid point with the right sub-minimum slam is ice cold. With a maximum 6NT shoul be there.
March 21, 2015
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5 Diamonds - Just a thought :). Retransfer and slam-going. Bid 5 hearts with 2 Quick Diamond losers and 6 Hearts with 2nd round control. Nick Martino makes the valid point that with the right sub-minimum slam is ice cold. With a maximum 6NT should be there.
March 21, 2015
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