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This article is now 8 years old, but maybe somebody can help. Gavin, please, help.
Should we use also “Specific Kings” on a minor fit ?
Dec. 12, 2018
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Yes England2 and Italy 2.
Monaco is France1.
June 16, 2016
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or Kits.
A kit, to kit, kitting… :)
June 12, 2016
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You write as a World Champion…Are you ?
June 12, 2016
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really 18 plus ?
Feb. 10, 2016
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afraid of a complete misfit…
Also afraid to pass.
I'll go for 2.
Jan. 27, 2016
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Trust your partner !
Jan. 27, 2016
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Right Nick, that is close to what Philip is telling us.
But one thing - I don't think that many players do agree with a direct double of 3Hearts by N being for penalty: the doubler is under the overcaller….But maybe I am wrong…
Jan. 27, 2016
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It is clear, that failure to support partner's diamonds on the first round (for whatever reason-that's not the heart of this discussion), made subsequent bidding difficult.
Nevertheless - and independent of the South Hand shown - may I have your opinion of what a double by South in this situation would mean.
The answers show that at least half of you play double as an pure take-out.
Frances and Philip explained their positions, and they are very close I think. Philip's explanation sound very convincing to me.
As a matter of fact… I also believe that the meaning of 4diamonds - forcing or not - is influenced by the failure of not giving D-support on the first round. Any thoughts on that ?
Jan. 26, 2016
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Yes, that is what we all like to do: only double when it is winning action for our side.
But can you be more precise with what kind of hands you double ?
Jan. 26, 2016
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@ Phillip Martin,
If I understand your position: a double by south would show some hearts values and asks partner's opinion; on a more or less regular opening hand, he would pass. Did I get that right ?
Jan. 26, 2016
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This comment was meant as a “provocation” to start the discussion….I really do not know what is best, just that a lot of experts want to play double here as an all-purpose double…and I do not understand what is going on in their mind.
Jan. 26, 2016
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Yes, I see your opinion. But why is this the best treatment. I want to understand your position. Or is “ les adversaires sont fittés” sufficient ? And yes, according to the TNT, it is probably right… To be honnest, I have doubts that that is the best agreement….
Maybe one more argument: 3 doubled -1 could be the top-score.
Jan. 26, 2016
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What i wanted to obtain with this hand,is your opinions on a double by South. So far, more than half of you double for take-out. Those doublers exclude a penalty double by S… what is their rationale ?
Jan. 26, 2016
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3 in our agreements would be a limit hand with 5 and 4; we are too strong for that.
2 would show 5 diamonds, but partner wouldn't kill me if i do it on such a good 4card….except that with this hand the club suit is so good, that we think that in the long run it more helpful to show them…. and give a belated and forcing raise later.
Yes, if we could have expected a 3 raise, we surely would have followed your suggestion… but that is after the facts, and too late.
Jan. 26, 2016
Herreman Robert edited this comment Jan. 26, 2016
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how would you want to show a forcing -raise after the 1-intervention ?
PS: take into account that the 1 could be a 3-card - improbable after the intevention, but…..
Jan. 26, 2016
Herreman Robert edited this comment Jan. 26, 2016
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does this mean you double, to hear partner bidding 3NT on a minimal hand with a stopper (that is, if you agree that an immediate 3NT, on 3, would show a small extra with a stopper. What is partner to do, without the stopper ?
Jan. 26, 2016
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It looks like a penalty double is “improbable” in this situation, and certainly by N, in front of the overcaller. But not being able to penalize is exposing the partnership to the most extravagant overcalls. Me, I would like to keep a double by S, behind the overcaller, as penalty.
Jan. 26, 2016
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Indeed, Jarek, the problem is: what are you going to do if partner bids 1NT over your 1 ? This hand is too weak for a 2-bid.
Jan. 18, 2016
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It is probably the kind of hand on which I would not have rebid 1, but would have gone for a immediate 2.
Jan. 18, 2016
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