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Let's not press our luck on finding partner with the right cards for grand. If we bid 5, they're going to realize that spade lead vs 6 is futile. I'll take our 1430 when they lead a spade into partner's QJxxxx and out.
Jan. 17, 2017
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Maybe you should consider hiring someone who purportedly has small hands.
April 1, 2016
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At least it prompts you about the password requirements at login, which is tremendously helpful for remembering it. This is already much better than numerous other login sites that I have to use.
Jan. 11, 2016
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My partner also psyched on that board. Our action was 3-Dbl-4-Dbl-5-Dbl-5(error)-Dbl-6-Dbl, so we went for 1100 instead of 800.
Oct. 15, 2015
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Only 1NT and 3 are in the game. 2 is too low and 2 gets us overboard. This is on the high end of 1NT, (5) 7-11. If partner passes, it looks like 1NT will make more often. Imagine any hand partner has with 3 clubs. It's unclear that 3 will get us to game more often.
May 18, 2015
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Suppose you pass, do you act if the auction continues 2 P 3 ?
Jan. 19, 2015
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I think partner is extremely unlikely to run with a 2-suiter. For all he knows, we may be making 4S, and/or opener may be about to take it out. I could see a 50(71) hand running after first testing the waters in 4S, but that's about it.
Sept. 26, 2014
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FWIW, the players actually submitted their own blurbs.
Aug. 20, 2014
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Two teams will be eliminated. It's a fairly safe bet that team BYE will be one of the top 12 teams.
May 9, 2014
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Partner doubled in a live auction, with values behind declarer, so dummy has like 0-3 with a random transfer. They're not going to make very often. Much more likely they'll go down 2.
Jan. 14, 2014
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Declarer could've succeeded double dummy on trick 8 by cashing a 2nd round of trumps then floating 10. Clubs are now set up, and declarer takes the rest via trump surrogates. It seems like an unrealistic line though, playing for this exact club layout.
Sept. 24, 2013
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Actually South played 7 on trick 1, and 8 on the first discard. North could still have gotten it right per the comments above, but these club spots were perhaps not the most accurate signals.
Sept. 24, 2013
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4 is not a favorite to make, but maybe they'll bid something I can beat.
Aug. 29, 2013
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Some interesting data here: http://www.rpbridge.net/rpme.htm
July 12, 2013
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20 teams played in GNT Open flight in D21. It seemed to be attracting plenty of interests here.

And congrats Phil on your team winning this past weekend!
April 16, 2013
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I'm in the same boat - not enough vacations to go to all the nationals and team trials. This year, going to Orlando in June does not appear to be the most attractive use of my vacation time.
April 16, 2013
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Martel-Stansby among others play a 3-way signal in this situation:
low - encouraging, but don't make attacking shift if A stiff
middle - encouraging, but do make attacking shift if A stiff
high - discouraging
April 12, 2013
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I may not have been clear. 1-1-1-2-2-2NT is all balanced invites, not forcing. 1-1-1-2NT forces 3, either weak with long clubs, or GF with 5 4. The rationale is that going through 2 GF you may have some trouble sorting out whether to play hearts or diamonds with this shape, so the 2NT relay is used to show these very specific shapes.

There are other possible ways to play of course, but I am in favor of using them to show GF hands instead of multiple ways to invite.
April 5, 2013
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I play a Demirev treatment:
all balanced invites go through 2-2-2NT.
2NT forces 3 for signoff, or if bidding on, it shows 5Y + 4X GF, and none-low-high shortness.
For example after 1-1-1-2NT-3:
3 = 2542
3 = 3541
3 = 1543
April 5, 2013
Howard Liu edited this comment April 5, 2013
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K asks for count in the middle of the hand, especially here, with QJ in dummy.
March 15, 2013
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