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It is shocking to consider how often top players must be bidding slams off two top tricks given the number of stories which circulate about the ones where they made the contract.
an hour ago
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And what of a pair who tick “regularly”, but then don’t psych?

They get the benefit of giving the opps something to worry about without actually risking anything.
July 19
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Playing control responses it seems sensible for 3 by opener to show after a 2 or 2 response, and 3 to show after a 2 response, as it allows major suit agreement at the 3 level.
July 16
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Let's say you are currently at 2M in the bidding and have found a fit.

If your choices are Pass and 4M, then knowing how often game makes is a good guide as to what to do.

But suppose you have the option of making bids that allow you to stop in 3M if partner's hand doesn't fit well with yours, but bid 4M if it does. Now other numbers are important: How often does 3M make if partner has an unsuitable hand? How often does 4M make if partner's hand is suitable? What are the chances of partner's hand fitting well?
July 16
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I’ll make whichever bid causes partner to break up with me.
July 16
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How do you show the other strong 4441 hands?

Bidding the denomination below the singleton, rather than the singleton itself, obviously gives you a cheap bid which you can use as a general ask, or as a sign-off mechanism.
July 15
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I think that’s harsh, Roger.

Pete has been a member of this site for years and has been producing content for years. And looking at his posting history, he can hardly be accused of actively promoting his site here.

I think he posted this because seeing a robot revoke is a genuinely unexpected, interesting, and amusing event.
July 15
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I’m not sure that the coup ought to work in this situation. Yes, the next hand has too many Hearts to make a take out double, but then his partner knows about the length, and so can make a take out double whatever his own length.
July 11
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You don't know anyone who can think for the mandatory 10 seconds and then Pass?
July 9
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Why is 4 forcing?
July 3
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What hand passes, has a 3 bid, and doesnt also have support?
June 30
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I play that 2 followed by 3NT shows 6, no shortage and mild slam interest. As such, I’ll do that.
June 28
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This is all very well, but if I wait a week, nobody is even going to see the comment.

As it is, I expect only you will see this comment, as the problem is already beyond the first page.
June 27
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So far there have been 22 votes all for Pass. And indeed Pass looks obvious to me as well.

This was board 2 from the JEC match on BBO on Saturday night.

JEC was South and bid 5. This was passed round to East who Doubled.

5 was cold. North had 4 AQJ8654 T8 A72 and both red suit finesses were onside.

So maybe pass isn't so obvious after all?
June 24
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Consider 4 pairs:

Pair A have an agreement that 5 card majors means just that. They will not open a 4 card major.

Pair B have agreed to play 5 card majors but have also agreed to make an exception in 3rd seat with a weak NT hand a strong 4 card major.

Pair C have agreed to play 5 card majors; haven't discussed 3rd seat openers; but have noticed that they both tend to open the strong 4 card major/WNT hand with 1M

Pair D have just met at the partnership desk and haven't discussed much at all, but have agreed to play 5cM.

It is clear, I think that Pair B should disclose their agreements about 4cM in 3rd seat.

It would be ridiculous if Pair C don't need to, as they bid exactly the same as pair B and both know they do.

Pair D should be allowed to use the “just bridge” excuse if they say they play 5cM but one of them chooses to open a strong 4cM in 4rd seat.

And I am not sure about pair A. Do they need to explicitly reveal that when they say 5cM they genuinely mean it?
June 20
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Another common error is ruffing in second seat when declarer leads a low card from dummy, so allowing declarer to throw a loser.
June 20
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I think bad Bridge has a fascination of its own.

One can often predict exactly what errors will be made.
June 19
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Obviously not all the intermediates have all these habits, nor do they necessarily exhibit the ones they do have all the time.

But I reckon if I kibitzed a table of intermediates on bbo for a. few dozen boards I would see all these errors.
June 19
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Steve, why exactly was that, do you think?
June 17
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Suppose, for simplicity, there are only 6 pairs who are good enough to represent the country. If you divide them into two teams and pick all 3 pairs from whichever team wins the head-to-head match, it is unlikely you have found the best possible team.
June 17
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