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If 2H were a take out double of a weak 2H opener, I'd pass instead of bidding 3C.
Aug. 24, 2015
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Declarer thought his lho would have bid with 12 hcpts and he, therefore, placed the DK with his rho. Isn't that what we are supposed to do? (Holding the heart AKQ and the DK would give his lho 12 hcpts, plus whatever he might hold in the black suits. And that player would have assumed his DK to be well positioned.)

Declarer didn't say the king would be singleton with rho. And I don't think he made a bad play. I think he used good reasoning to make a thoughtful play. Lho's shape could be 4-4-1-4, 4-4-2-3 etc, and he would have made a take out double.

I also think that someone who says something about not taking a finesse is probably justifying his play, in case it's wrong—not that he knows something on the board. He just doesn't want to look stupid if the king is onsides.

He shouldn't have said anything. And defender should not have said anything when his king fell under the ace.

If I am the only one who thinks this play is okay, I must be missing something.
Aug. 24, 2015
Jane Eason edited this comment Aug. 24, 2015
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I have no problem passing with this hand because I'm aggressive as responder and hate being hung for pushing to game. Without the BIT, Bill passes uncomfortably.
Aug. 23, 2015
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I would not overcall, vul, even at match points, with a 9-loser hand and a suit headed by such slow honors.
Aug. 23, 2015
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My double of 3D is a penalty double. Pd has shown at least six clubs and has denied four hearts. When the auction gets back to him in diamonds, he will know I have a penalty double of 2S.
Aug. 23, 2015
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So where did you and the bot end up, and how did it fare?
Aug. 23, 2015
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Thanks for taking the time to explain the calculation.
Aug. 22, 2015
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In my regular partnerships, answering aces to a quantative NT is an acceptance. If, on hearing a disappointing answer, partner wants to end the auction below slam, he bids 5NT. Ron Steele's treatment is interesting, and I'll think about its use.
Aug. 22, 2015
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Would I bid 2D on the first round? No. I would double.
Aug. 22, 2015
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I agree. East is at fault here. He could pass or bid 3D, depending on agreements. 3S gives the impression he has a better suit.
Aug. 21, 2015
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What was the “Oh, sh*t” case?
Aug. 21, 2015
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To me, partner's pass is his weakest action. But if our agreement is that pass is stronger than 3S, I would not choose xx here, showing the HA. Using the losing trick count to evaluate this hand, I want to slow the auction down because I have 8 or 9 losers, neither of which is an opening bid.
Aug. 20, 2015
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I prefer 6NT. If North is dealer, I think most pairs in an average field would play 6NT. If South is dealer, I would expect most to stop in game, but 6NT is a great contract.

(lol. I must be wrong because those with higher ratings want to be in 6D!)
Aug. 20, 2015
Jane Eason edited this comment Aug. 20, 2015
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Lynn, I was unaware that any pair played responder's new suit at the two level as game forcing. In my partnerships, whether I am playing 2/1 or Standard American, 2H is forcing for one round only and opener's next bid can be passed.
Aug. 20, 2015
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Richard, we play Standard American. 3H is non-forcing.
Aug. 20, 2015
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We play a simple system. 2H forcing for one round and assumed to be natural. 3H would be non-forcing over 2H.
Aug. 20, 2015
Jane Eason edited this comment Aug. 20, 2015
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I don't understand why a 2H overcall of 1NT is not alertable if that pair's 2-level minor-suit bid shows that minor and hearts and their double shows spades and another suit. Their system makes the 2H bid essentially a one-suiter.
Aug. 20, 2015
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I don't think a person could cheat on BBO if they played instant tourneys with robots. (Now that I have said that, I guess someone else could play for them, using their identity.)
Aug. 20, 2015
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I once caught a cheater online, on Fred Gitelman's original site, the Microsoft zone, zone.com.

The zone's chief director was an excellent Canadian bridge player living in CA. His first name was Lorne. (Do any of you remember him?)

The cheater was someone I didn't know personally, but I had played with him in numerous zone tournaments.

I was originally impressed by his dummy play because he found missing queens that I would not have found. But after several games, I noticed he found the key queens 100% of the time. He took backwards finesses, dropped doubleton queens and took two-way finesses the right way with no clue from the bidding.

I did not want to play with or against him ever again, but when I reported him, Lorne asked me to play another couple of sessions so our game could be monitored.

Somehow, Lorne learned this person was using two computers–one to play as himself and the other to kibitz an opponent using his wife's identity.

I learned that the cheater admitted his guilt and he was warned, but not barred.

On the zone, we could replay anyone's games, and I replayed his for the next month or so to be sure he was no longer cheating.

I also became suspicious of a pair who blitzed us in a team match with double dummy results. They reached optimum contracts with bidding that made no sense.

I replayed some of their match point games and the bidding and plays were laughable. I never heard anything specific about those guys, but they did disappear. And I'm fairly sure they came back under new identities.

I was sad when the zone closed its games. But the result was that Fred Gitelman turned his attention to BBO, which was a good thing.


Aug. 20, 2015
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Lynn, we were not playing 2/1. How would 2/1 affect this auction?
Aug. 19, 2015
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