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All comments by Hendrik Sharples
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I used to play 2NT as two places to play, but in today's world of 10 HCP openers and 3 HCP raises I think you need 2NT natural and invitational
8 hours ago
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In my youth I opened 1 with a singleton and a yarb and was gently raised to 6. Then I overcalled P - 1 with 1 holding 8 clubs and 1 diamond, and was raised to 5. Then I learned it's better to psych length with no points rather than shortness. So I had 2 examples before I turned 25. Now, like most, I very rarely psych at all.
8 hours ago
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1) slow play
2) slow play
3) slow play
4) slow play
etc
Sept. 17
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Thanks all. When I saw the dummy, my first thought was, Oh, I'll just lead a spade to the 10, if it forces out the K the hand is easy, and if it doesn't, I can repeat the finesse. But then I contemplated my options, and thought, no wait, hook the Q, and ruff out the J is better. Of course my first instinct was correct on the hand, while any other line blows up in your face, my play Q loses to the K, ruff K, play spade while opening leader tosses last club, try to get back to hand by ruffing a , second gets ruffed by RHO.
Sept. 11
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I would also have bid 1 (or made a support X). Swap that stiff Q for a small card in any other suit and I would agree with the SJS.
Sept. 10
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IMHO it's better to be at an uncomfortably high level in the right strain than play in the wrong strain
Sept. 9
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But it's hard to bid 3NT over 4C (well, actually it's easy, but you probably won't get away with it)
Sept. 6
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Easy to construct, but the first one I can recall in many years of playing a lot of bridge.
Aug. 17
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Watch the tapes it is fairly obvious. Bid cards placed as low as possible in the slot vs. bid cards placed as high as possible. Tape of F/S which shows F pushing the bid cards down as they slide the tray is fairly amusing.
Aug. 17
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The recorder before Robb, as far as I can tell, just filed the forms in a circular file (garbage can for those who don't know the slang term) rather than dealing with them. I showed Bahar a recorder form that I was about to file, had him photograph it, and bet him that he would never see it again. About month later he emailed me that it was nowhere to be found, and started chasing it down. I believe this was one of the factors that lead to the recorder being replaced. I was D20 recorder for many years and am again, and the system worked well for over a decade, and I believe that it will work well now that Robb is running the show.
Aug. 17
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I must be missing something, as I often do, but aren't the only possible initial holdings for LHO (once you cash the K, and RHO follows to the third round) 98 or Q98? I think this is more about psychology than math - I would expect a young expert (perhaps any expert?) to play the Q from three about, well, all of the time, thus I think the finesse is superior.
Aug. 17
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Does S trust his partner or the opponents?
Aug. 15
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What's X? If TO why didn't S bid 3. If penalty why would E raise?
Aug. 15
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If N X is takeout, then S knows there's a big heart fit despite the Michaels call, so I think S has an easy 3 call. If the X isn't takeout, what is it? Penalty? Than there's no reason for E to raise.
Aug. 15
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Philip, we are in total agreement. By professionals I meant the people who run the organisation, not the day to day personnel
Aug. 15
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Bill, this is true of all organizations “I add that we NEED professional people”. IMHO the BOD should be in charge of hiring those people, and then get out of the way and let them do their job, just as does the BOD of virtually every organization and company in the world.
Aug. 14
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You can play in all of the unrestricted by masterpoint holding National events if you are a LM and you have at least one Blue Q, unless you are of the wrong gender or age group.
Aug. 11
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Randy I have done this many times at the Nationals. It seems pointless to do so - the director arrives, hovers, tells everyone to catch up, but penalties are beyond rare. I once went to the directors table and prefaced my complaint with “I know you guys don't really care about slow play, but….” which raised their hackles and a slow play penalty was given to a very well known multiple national champion who is notoriously slow. And low and behold he and his partner were on time every round after that. Imagine that…..
Aug. 9
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Absolutely not allowed (ACBL), just as AJ109, A109, 1098, 1098 may not open a 10-12 1NT, while it's fine to open Q432, QJ, QJ2, Q432.
I'm glad the new rules will allow it.
Aug. 1
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At Curling Bonspiels the super senior bracket is 90+, eh?
Aug. 1
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