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Hi Alex. Job well done Finn! There are players who have played many years who would give up something very valuable to have a top 3 in a major pair event.
Dec. 6
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I abstained because the 4 Heart call gives me no chance to evaluate my hand.
Nov. 7
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To me, the question is WPT(World Poker Tour) stuff. Declarer doesn't really care about the actual answer, they want some sort of read on a opponent. I follow Kit's philosophy on this one.
Oct. 20
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If 4S is Exclusion for clubs, that is my call. If 4S is a splinter, that is my call.
Oct. 20
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Tough auction. My best try was 5NT which should be GSF not pick a slam. I am hoping for pard to have KQxx and for they to bid something other than 6H to find 7H.
Oct. 20
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Cool hand, John.
Oct. 19
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I agree with Phil on this one.
Oct. 19
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My auction is a little different….

1S—2D
2S(Promises 6)–3S
4C(Serious Slam Try)–4D
4NT—-5H(2 no Queen)
6S….It may not get to the perfect spot of 6NT, however, I will get the lion's share….Like Phil Clayton, I loathe the 3NT rebid. Unlike others, I do not like 2NT rebid unless I am playing that 2S may on 5 spades. I am a simple soul who just wants to bid 3S and let Serious/Nonserious sort out the slam issues.
Oct. 19
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I liked it Louis!
Oct. 10
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That is so sad to do a film as a marketing tool and miss the point. Bridge does not need another bullet in the foot.
Sept. 27
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It depends on too many factors.One, is the 2nd suit spades? If so, I open the 6 card minor pretty religiously. Second, if the second suit is hearts, am I playing non-forcing jump reverses(some would call it KW jumps for Karen Walker) 1m-1S-3H. If so , I open the minor. If not, I look at the quality of my suits and make a decision. Also, it depends on whom I am playing with(aka skill level) and what my agreements after reverses are. To put it simply, Chris, there are too many variables that cause me to abstain from your poll.
Sept. 27
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I abstained for 2 reasons. One, am I playing Walsh where 1S promises a unbalanced hand? If I am, my call is 3C. If I am not, I pass.
Sept. 26
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Marty, I discussed this hand with Eugene Hung and I mentioned that the Poles won that board because of system. Where Kalita wins marks for bravery for his 2H overcall, I doubt he would venture a 3H call after the polish beginning of 1C-P-2S. I had thought at the time that it was a momentum killer. After thinking about it later, I was wrong because there were 32 boards(2 quarters) still left to be played. USA 1 had just had a big quarter irregardless of that board reducing the lead to a single swing. The Poles have to be given a lot of credit for their excellent mental toughness after the 4th quarter.
Sept. 26
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A few things…I like the 3NT call. South took advantage of East's very conservative pass. For me, 3D overcall by East is automatic then the auction changes.
Sept. 24
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I concur with Peg on this one.
Sept. 16
Joe Veal edited this comment Sept. 16
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As a person who has never seen this auction, I have 2 ideas about what it should mean. It is either 1430 for spades or a unknown void splinter raise for spades. 4C asks, 4D=Diamonds, 4H=Hearts, 4S=Clubs. It should never be natural because it is anti-positional(2C opener should not be dummy).The immediate jump shift to the 4 level should show a stiff in the bid suit and 4 or more spades. If one wants, they can flip it and have the jump shifts shows the voids while 3NT shows unknown singleton and a spade fit. With this structure, it makes 2C-2D-2S-3S to be slammish without the aforementioned hands.
Sept. 16
Joe Veal edited this comment Sept. 16
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Perhaps another idea on Auction 3 is X=Good Heart Raise and 2NT=Asking for the minor—X for penalty on 3 has a lower frequency than hands that are invitational or better in hearts. It is another adjunct of the maximal double.
Sept. 7
Joe Veal edited this comment Sept. 7
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To Randy Thompson and Cornelia Yoder, I appreciate your passionate Anti-Drury views. Yet, you have a misinterpreted understanding of how this convention came to be. Most articles that I have read and researched about this convention claim that Douglas Drury(the inventor) invented the 2C bid as a self-protection device against Eric Murray's consistently light/psychic bidding in 3rd chair. Most stories that I have seen had auctions where Drury/Murray were in 3M down 2 sometimes doubled after Murray would open a traditional(to him) light 1M opening in 3rd chair and Doug would boost him to 3 with a normal 10 count with trump support. Originally, the Drury Convention did not even confirm a fit. It was not intended to protect a Roth-Stone player who passed a 12 or 13 count in 1st or 2nd seat. Also, since the convention did not promise a fit, it did not really “protect” anybody until Reverse Drury was created.

My question to Bridgewinners readers is for those who play Reverse Drury is how big of a drawback is it to lose the negative double by a passed hand in order to play the treatment that a double by a passed hand is Drury? Also, what is the percentage of people that are using some version of Reverse Drury(1way, Golden, 2way) are using mixed raises within that structure?


PS—I wish the convention was renamed Reverse Murray not Reverse Drury.
Aug. 31
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For me, this question about 4way xfers is immaterial. The better one is what does a new suit at 3 level by responder mean? That would be a good poll not this one which ends out being like the Hatfields and the Mccoys.
Aug. 28
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In my area, one has to have it marked even though most good players upgrade. I hate it because I upgrade in all ranges.
Aug. 16
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