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All comments by Harald Berre Skjæran
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How do you know who’s got the K? If LHO has it, we should declare 3NT ourselves, if RHO has it, partner should declare. With Qxx it’s preferable that partner declares.
May 27, 2019
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Avon: The negative dbl in the poll promise 4+. The t/o double in the OP suggest, but doesn’t promise 4.
May 27, 2019
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On the last page, commenting on the other table, all hands are rotated 180 degrees in the text. I assume that the original hand was like that and that you’ve rotated the hand in the article to let south be declarer. And forgotten to do this in that paragraph.
May 26, 2019
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We play transfer Walsh in a 15-17 NT context, 1 is clubs or 11-14 BAL, and we open all 11 counts in 1st and 2nd seat, use judgement in 3rd and 4th. (We do open lighter in general in 3rd seat, but might pass a non descript balanced 11-12 count.)

We play 1-1nt as a good 10 to 12 (or even a terrible 13). 1-2NT is a balanced GF without 4cM, not 15-17 (1-3NT).
May 24, 2019
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And a doubleton that might be useful too.
May 12, 2019
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3 would show a good suit. I’d not jump rebid AJxxxx, for example, nor fake a reverse or jump shift into a non suit.
May 11, 2019
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Such hands would raise 1 to 2 in my partnerships.
May 11, 2019
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I assume partner’s pass over 4 shows a minimum balanced hand and that a double would have been for t/o. A double by me would end the auction here. My choice is 5 or 4. Wouldn’t be in this position, though, having bid 3 initially.
May 11, 2019
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IMO you need to add a king to the hand for 3 to make any sense.
May 11, 2019
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I was on the jury deciding the best hand of the year, as a federation representative. The price is given by the Norwegian Bridge Press - our national bridge journalist club. Knut Kjærnsrød was also in the jury. He’s an IBPA member, very active too. I’m confident he’s already sent the hand to John C.
May 10, 2019
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Nice, Avon. Trond knows Tom since 35 years back.
May 9, 2019
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Yes. Tom is a great player, knew exactly what he was doing.
May 9, 2019
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You have all the interior spots, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 and four of those in the west hand. There’s no difference between starting with the ten or six; they’re equals. And playing the 8 or low from east makes no difference either.

To put it another way, there’s no high or low card (except the ace) in the west hand.
May 9, 2019
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Agreed, that’s how I’ve played in this an similar positions for ages.
May 9, 2019
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I’ve played 1M-2m, 3m as NF successfully. But we did use the 2NT rebid to show a GF raise.
May 9, 2019
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Four hearts and three spades give you nine tricks. Four heart tricks (finesse + 3-2 break) is better odds than four club tricks (finesse + 3-3 break). I’d not base my plan on four club tricks.
May 6, 2019
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There’s nothing in the OP suggesting that any of the question and reply was done in English. I suppose both question and reply was made in Icelandic.
May 5, 2019
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In a previous partnership we had 27-28 NT in our trash Multi. The only time it came up, partner held all aces and kings in fourth seat, only to see 2 Ekrens, pass, 3 before it was his turn. He somehow elected to overcall with 5NT.

I had no idea what that was supposed to mean, but bid 6 with QJTxxx there. At IMPs, that was pretty good.
April 29, 2019
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In one partnership we had 20-21 and 23-24. 22 hcp hands had to be up- or downgraded.
April 29, 2019
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