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Your partner did not balance in with 3C?
Feb. 13
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I have already said if you feel 4C better defines the hand, ok, I don't have any argument against 4C.
Feb. 9
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In the auction here, East pretty much defines his hand with the rebid of 3C, I don't know that bidding 4C tells West any more information after bidding clubs twice 1C and 3C. West is the undefined hand and with the 4SF bid has captaincy of the auction. East's responsibility is not to push the auction but to define his hand … if you think 4C further defines his hand, OK.
Feb. 8
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You can still do some counting. From the North you should have gotten a SK as the opening lead, playing A from AK and K from KQ this places the SA in West.

So (as from above) … once you see West has the SA, count points East probably holds the SKQ to bid spades, divide the missing club values and give 3 point to West and 3 points to East and East holds the 5 hcp in spades and 3 hcp in clubs for 8 hcp. West has 4 hcp in spades and 3 hcp in clubs or 7 hcp … so is the missing HQ in the hand that opened 2S or the responder that just raised to 3S.

In bridge often (very often) you have to make a guess, but the guess should not be like pulling a number out of hat … count points, count cards, make inferences, look to see what lead agreements the opponents play. Your guess was not a blind guess, the guess you have to make is it more likely the missing HQ (2 hcp) are with the opener who has 8 hcp or with the responder who has 7 hcp.

Good Luck (your guess may still be wrong) LOL
Jan. 31
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In my write up West lead the SA and then seeing the dummy with just one spade, shifted to a heart.

So there are two rationales:

1st when West shifts to a heart, would West lead a heart from a holding such Qxx or even xxx, thus East must hold the HQ.

2nd once you see West has the SA, count points East probably holds the SKQ to bid spades, divide the missing club values and give 3 point to West and 3 points to East and East holds the 5 hcp in spades and 3 hcp in clubs for 8 hcp. West has 4 hcp in spades and 3 hcp in clubs or 7 hcp … so is the missing HQ in the hand that opened 2S or the responder that just raised to 3S.

It is a tough call, but in my example West removes all doubt by shifting to a heart.
Jan. 30
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To close the loop on this discussion, I talked with Jerry, and the real concern among experts on this auction is that partner with 5-spades and good values 10-11 hcp jumps to 4S. Jerry talked to a number of his partners and they all concur 3NT was the safest bid.
Dec. 18, 2018
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LOL I should probably find a graceful way of exiting an argument (sorry a discussion) with Jerry (I know I not going to win).

With better hearts, AKQ83 or maybe KQJ103 or even KQJ93, I would bid 4H because it best describes values of my hand. With North preempting clubs, partner may easily have 5 spades and still have 3 hearts.

BUT holding not so pretty hearts KQ753 it means my values are elsewhere, so after 3S you can still bid 3NT. Actually bidding 3NT after partner has shown something in spades makes my SA7 feel better in 3NT.
Dec. 12, 2018
Fred Ferguson edited this comment Dec. 12, 2018
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Hi Jerry … I personally don't like 3NT for two reasons:

1) I think 3NT understates West's values, West might bid 3NT with one less king/queen or 16-17 hcp.

2) I don't like hiding a 5-card heart suit KQ753. By doubling first West gets the best of bids, to bid hearts naturally and show the 19 hcp.
Dec. 12, 2018
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yeah my partners often start out W either for WOW or WTF?
Nov. 1, 2018
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Opening 1S never causes an issue with rebidding, however, opening 1H does sometime cause a problem. Opening 1H and partner responds 1S with a minimum balanced hand of 15 hcp just rebid 1NT with a maximum hand of 17 hcp make a jump rebid of 2NT … with exactly 16 hcp this is the exception where you might consider opening 1NT.
Nov. 1, 2018
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Modern bridge is ALL about finding major suit fits!!! Bidding systems for the last 20 years (Bergen, BROMADs, Jacoby 2NT, Drury, etc. etc. etc.) are designed to define hands after a major suit opening.Why would you want to hide such a beautiful spade suit (the dominant suit) SKQ1093?

The way most top players handle this is if the spade suit is worth while such as on this board SKQ1093 with two top honors and two intermediates open 1S, if however, the spade suit is crappy (bridge term) such as SJ8743 then open 1NT and in subsequent bidding show you have a 5-card spade suit - NOW partner will know if you opened 1NT then have 5-spades then the spade suit is crappy and your honors (to make 15-17 hcp) are in other short suits. But if you open this hand 1NT partner will never know the placement of your honors!
Oct. 31, 2018
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If North makes a Takeout Double and then rebids a new suit it would show a different kind of hand, so the only option is bid 3D (yuk!) playing in 3m is like kissing your sister or pass 2S and play in a 5-2 fit in spades. 1st there are not enough points to force the bidding to the 3-level and 2nd if you play 1Nt Forcing (1NTF), you will often play in 2M in 5-2 fits.
Oct. 24, 2018
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WOW 433 (30%) of the tables and 31% of the masterpoints passed this deal out!
Oct. 24, 2018
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The philosophy of active ethics tells us that winners should be determined solely by skill, flair and normal playing luck. ie., not playing “the person whom you are playing against”, however, we know that (especially in club games) is not the case … this is often referred to as being fixed because players are not playing with the field.

Thx for the story.
Aug. 29, 2018
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Obviously, I don't like North passing … sitting in balancing seat I think North has to ask the question “Where are the points in this deal?” If East has preempted 3M, it would be different but against 3D all partner has to do is bid 3M.
Aug. 22, 2018
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As I say “Minor suit slams are maybe the most often missed matchpoints opportunity in duplicate bridge.”
Aug. 22, 2018
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T1 CQ cK cA c3
T2 c10 cJ c4 c5 (CJ drops the C10)
T3 lead up to the c86

With good defense, E/W should win CA and C9 (2 club tricks)
Aug. 22, 2018
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Ok … not arguing on this deal.
Aug. 18, 2018
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LOL if makes you feel better change “useable” to “questionable” here is the point on North's first response North knows the singleton HQ must be played on the first heart trick, and thus, its “real value” is not quantifiable it may be worth 0, 1, 2 or maybe 3 points.

And in point of fact holding HAKJ653 in South hand the HQ is duplicative values and worth 0 hcp in this deal. Now that being said it has promotional value in that when the HQ drops the HJ is worth more than 1 hcp.
Aug. 18, 2018
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I try not to make my analysis a “what's new in the convention world” type of analysis. Often, as I did this week on Board 1 mention use of the convention BROMADs, but Puppet is different. If a player chooses not to play Puppet that's ok, but players need to understand Puppet in an auction even if they choose not to play Puppet Stayman.
Aug. 16, 2018
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