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PLAY BRIDGE!
4 hours ago
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Leading all your aces on opening lead is the accepted strategy at Pinochle. Does anyone still play Pinochle?
6 hours ago
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Optional keycard minorwood is a powerful tool to discover partner's opinion in addition to keycards (lowering risk in an auction with limited bidding space). I like the asker to possibly next show keycards over the “don't like” response… eg 4C ask, 4D= “don't like”, then 4=1 or 3, 4=2 or 5, 4N=3 or 6 (including Q). Simple as 1-2-3. Only a jump to 4 eliminates the optional aspect.
Oct. 11
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I liked Edgar Kaplan's description of IMP Pairs… About every 5 hands or so, a “Blue Light Special” hand appears, where the number of IMPs available is 5 times the other hands. Most hands don't matter much in comparison.
Oct. 10
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Not my favorite system, but using 2=3 controls, and 2=4 controls (2=0,1,2,or 5)(2=6, etc) enables many more uses of Kokish relay, instead of losing it when responder has 2 controls.

If some partners really want to play control responses, we will now be using Grue Switches–see JA comments below.
Oct. 10
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I would be more worried about missing a grand slam opposite AK and A. Missing one of those, it is still unlikely that 6 will go down. (This is matchpoints.)
Oct. 6
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4NT. RKC will simplify reaching a grand slam, now that we know our 's are verified as a big source of tricks. My failure to cuebid over 3 somewhat limited my hand, and my partner still invited slam. I accept!
Oct. 6
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Surprised there is not a larger percentage of 4 bidders…Partner could have as little as AXX and K to make 4 playable. 3 bidders may be assuming an equal risk of a poor result compared to the takeout doublers. Either descriptive distortion may be an over-compensation for fear of -200.
Oct. 6
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4. Our system of not specifying 5+card 's versus 4card 's is at an obvious disadvantage versus this preemption–also partner's double at this level does not guarantee 3card 's. However, partner's double does show extra value, so I don't think 4 sufficiently expresses our value/playing strength.
Oct. 4
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moved
Oct. 4
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Yes, a “good-bad” 2NT could describe a 6+card heart suit in a hand with no extra value, and a conservative non-forcing pass might be another possible choice. (Partner would usually rebid a non-forcing 3 over 2NT, also catering to my no-extra 5+card 's with 5+card 's.) Why doesn't everyone play this?
Oct. 2
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Right, I didn't say Greg–Stay out of this!
Sept. 30
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How about a friendly wager, Richard or Steve, where I would win if the actual hand made 11 or more tricks at this table? Just yes or no, please, no more talk :)
Sept. 30
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It's OK not to play 2 GF.
Sept. 30
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Good point that 3 bidders should have to provide a bidding plan over partner's 3NT, while the likely better bid of 2NT would at least clarify partner's spade length and/or 3-card club support.

3 is likely a better bid than 3 or 2NT, successfully describing a major feature of our hand, while saving valuable bidding space to further investigate alternative contracts for our complex powerhouse.

The specified methods are common, although many will rebid 2NT on balanced hands instead of 2 on a 5-card suit.
Sept. 30
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Passing is correct in general with hands where partner may have taken a risk, which has succeeded by finding my hand with the value to reward that risk. Bidding may result in getting too high, and so many hands are out there.

That said, bidding on this hand may be an exception, after considering so many hands out there with one opponent holding eight clubs, and how partner might respond to a slam try other than RKC. (You should tell your students why the vote heavily favors passing, despite the number of losers this hand will cover opposite partner's 4-level overcall in spades.)
Sept. 30
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Reminds me of the old saying, “Those who can play bridge, play. Those who cannot, direct!”
Sept. 24
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USA1 down 65 IMPs to England with 32 boards to play in the quarter-finals…I have to admit I gave them little chance of coming back, but when I checked early this morning…

Congrats USA!
Sept. 24
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Cue “The Twilight Zone” music.
Sept. 23
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I know how to balance too.
Sept. 23
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