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Personally I don't think it matters - providing partner understands the bids made. (Cue 16B 20F, 21B and 12C)
March 3, 2014
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Why not just have an ELO - style rating based on MP results? It would mirror the typical distributions found in results and each player would have a pretty good idea how good they are. So a rating of 50 is an average player, 60 a very good one and 65+ world class.

(It would also help players who don't spend every other week in State and Regional tournaments estimate their ability.)
March 3, 2014
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HELO - 2nd Vs Weak: Meckwell otherwise
March 3, 2014
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Sorry - I misread your OP.
Feb. 26, 2014
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I didn't - the problem occurs in determining what the extraneous information suggests (in this case that partner is raising your spade suit, not bidding naturally), what bid(s) are suggested. In this case I decided that passing 4 was the call suggested by partner's bid and that with such a good hand in support of spades 6 was an appropriate raise. I am not sure whether bidding 5 (hoping to pass partner's response) would be allowed.

6 goes off because diamonds split 4-0 (partner has KJT5!) even though missing 3 Aces (partner has a heart void!)and in theory is a save against 5 makeable by NS.
Feb. 26, 2014
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That is probably the best legitimate explanation (but I would have expected 4 - after all why go to the 5 level)
Feb. 26, 2014
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It may help that partner has announced that the 1NT bid shows both majors. So it would appear that the correct bid in such circumstances is NOT a pass. (5 being a LA)
Feb. 26, 2014
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Tricky if the diamonds are 5-4-2-2
Feb. 25, 2014
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Lowest 1NT points scored - declarer has 7 diamonds to the 10 and an outside Ace?

Feb. 24, 2014
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Assuming that partner would have pre-empted with 3+ spades, there is a great chance that spades are 4-2 (or 4-3!) to EW.

Since partner has limited values 6-7 then the best 2nd suit you have to set up is hearts. So let's hope he has KQXXX (or KJXXX over QXX). There is also the chance that EW are hoping to make on a running minor - in which case you may be able to switch e.g. to play diamonds through twice.
Feb. 24, 2014
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Certainly there are cases where the finesse one way is a 100% safety play for 5 but in 6 it has to be taken the other e.g. as an entry - with the risk that if it fails the contract will be 2-off.
Feb. 23, 2014
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Since I stated this opinion on the previous article - I will stand by it. The contract should be 5. The (initially) NOS do not gain relief for the major penalty card so the result is 5+1 for both sides.
Feb. 23, 2014
John Portwood edited this comment Feb. 23, 2014
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I would say that the final contract should be adjusted to 5 +1 (use of UI) for both sides. The NOS should not be penalised for misdefending 6 as they should have been defending 5. This is different from the NOS having a punt at a different contract e.g. bidding 7 as a sacrifice
Feb. 23, 2014
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Well you would get to 3 in this case - partner also had a 5-3-3-2 hand - with 5 hearts!
Feb. 22, 2014
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Partner has 6 points or so - so the best chance of beating 3N is to make some diamonds. No doubt in MPs Hearts being a passive mildly constructive lead would be better.
Feb. 22, 2014
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Wasn't it Skid Simon who said that “Why you lose at Bridge”?
Feb. 21, 2014
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8 losers with strength in an opponents suit and opposite a partner who could not overcall 1 or 1. Not tonight Josephine.
Feb. 19, 2014
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East stated that he meant the 3 bid as Stayman (at the end of the Auction)
Feb. 19, 2014
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I would certainly bid 4N - but my target is 6N which may make if the spades aren't running.
Feb. 16, 2014
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There are several trump signals available - you could combine them.

LMH = odd cards in 3 suits and I like a higher one
LHM = odd cards in 3 suits and I like the middle one
MHL = odd cards in 3 suits and I like the lowest one

MLH = odd cards in one suit (trumps) and I like the highest suit
HLM = odd cards in one suit (trumps) and I like the Middle one
HML = odd cards in one suit (trumps) and I like the lowest suit

This is a variant of Journalist leads

(every bridge hand has either ONE odd suit e.g. 4432 or THREE odd suits e.g. 5332. If you know partner has 3 even suits left they are probably 442)
Feb. 15, 2014
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