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As the Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland) would say, “4 means exactly what I want it to mean!”
Feb. 11
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BOBAR = “Bid Over Bid and Raise” does seem to work very well. A two-level or three-level overcall of 1X-P-2X can be made as a balance/lead-director, often advantageous when our side ends on defense. Game for our side might be missed after (1)-P-(2)-3 when we have the infrequent monster normally required for this action, but keep the faith that these balancing bids will win the next ten times.
Feb. 10
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There are clues in the identified positions at the table.
Feb. 10
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Everyone would agree that this hand should be the declarer, instead of the defense starting with a lead through our KJX.
Feb. 9
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4 would deliver a control for me, 4 might get us too high, so bidding 4 and holding my breath awaiting the dummy.
Feb. 9
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Congrats!
Feb. 9
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Congrats to Meckstroth and Bessis who won the event by a very small margin. (Smaller carry-overs lead to a more competitive final.)
Feb. 8
Jack Spear edited this comment Feb. 8
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4 over 2 is normally weaker than this. Jumping to 4 over the response to 4th suit GF 2 denies side controls…would bid only 3 over 2N with the big hand and side controls to cuebid.
Feb. 8
Jack Spear edited this comment Feb. 9
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2. Bidding 4 is the second-weakest single-suited description, just above 1-4. There was further discussion that 4 would be a good description after 1-1-2-2-2NT-?

IMP pair tournaments on OKBridge or BBO have the same slow-play penalty of missing a board, so bidding 4 may be best under those conditions.
Feb. 8
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2 likely to attract more votes at IMPs…pretty easy to construct hands where ten tricks are likely at 4, and our spade support is not bad either.
Feb. 5
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Couldn't find this in system notes…If I had considered this previously, I would have defined redouble = stayman, so here redouble followed by 2 over 2. An immediate bid of 2, 2, 3 would then be a natural 5+ card suit. So if this happens again, we are ready!
Feb. 5
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After the trump-quality response, logic must be used to assign specific meanings for continuations. One possible natural definition is that 3 shows a minimum (usually 17 hcp balanced = piece of crap in context), which does not preempt the unlimited responder. It's easy to see why the partnership would prefer the unlimited responder to begin cuebidding at the 3-level instead of the 4-level.
Feb. 4
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Partner should have bid 3 instead of 2 to indicate a minimum, while leaving room for our unlimited hand to investigate slam possibilities. Other rebids by opener would agree spades while indicating more than minimum value. Our 4NT bid took over captaincy (instead of cuebidding), deciding to bid slam opposite sufficient key cards, so bid 6 now. Next time we will go slower.
Feb. 3
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2 showing clubs and a major would have been better, but a problem with that system is playing in clubs instead of spades at matchpoints. We didn't expect to be doubled at 2 with this powerhouse, but the prospect of 3 or 4 trump losers in spades makes escaping to 3 look reasonable.
Jan. 30
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Yes, agree that 2 may be too much of a downgrade, and I was surprised 2 was not the popular choice. But partner will predictably over-value red-suit shortness for offense, while the 2 bid indicates partner is likely on the lower range (as usual) for his 1 overcall.
Jan. 29
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2. Support with support. Let's not totally misdescribe our hand to partner by passing. And the opponents sound like they may bid some more.
Jan. 28
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A from Ax has cost me so many defensive tricks I am prejudiced against it, especially holding natural trump tricks without ruffing. The K rates to be on the left or in partners hand, so the Q may win big if declarer ducks the opening lead when the K is in dummy. At the table partner played the doubleton K at trick one ( 4small in dummy) to play the queen of clubs through declarer’s king..

Can you imagine everyone saying I was just lucky?
Jan. 25
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I like to get lucky.
Jan. 23
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I wanted to lead A but I was afraid I would not be on lead at trick two.
Jan. 23
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The 3NT Train has not left the station.
Jan. 23
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