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All comments by Jordan Lampe
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A key prerequisite for the article is that you have to play Fourth Suit Forcing as one round, rather than game forcing. Don't most people play it GF?
Aug. 22, 2016
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What would happen if we printed along the top of every convention card, in large friendly letters, “Hand this card to your opponents at the start of every round”?
Aug. 15, 2016
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If the two teams are going to collude to draw the match, can't they just make up scores to get a tie? So how does the 0-0 penalty prevent anything?
Aug. 5, 2016
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What's the advantage of distinguishing between 4=4=3=2 and 4=4=2=3 hands given that you are going to play 2M either way?
July 5, 2016
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What guess? I just told the 2 bidder I have a minimum, balanced hand.
July 3, 2016
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Playing SAYC, I would think 1-2-2NT shows a minimum balanced hand, 1-2-3NT shows a maximum balanced hand, and with 18-19 balanced you have to invent a major suit bid.
July 3, 2016
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We know that West seems to have QT left, and has to hold Hx for us to have a chance. If West has two of the three heart honors, then the final diamond squeezes him; on a spade discard we cross to dummy and cash two good spades. On a club discard, we lead a club and develop a trick. On a heart discard we lead a heart to the A, dropping the other heart honor, and after cashing the spade take the marked heart finesse.

If West has only one heart honor, even if we cross to dummy and cash the spade winner, it seems like East can discard down to HH H in the three card end position and we still have to guess clubs. And if East has both club honors, we can squeeze him, but then the squeeze on West doesn't work any more.
June 28, 2016
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Since Partner went through the 2NT relay, he is obviously showing 6 hearts, game going strength, and a spade stopper. Whereas had he bid 4 directly, we would know he didn't have a spade stopper.
June 24, 2016
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Okay, I'll try. It looks like we have 1, 2, and 4 top tricks for 7. If we believe the carding, it looks like the K is onside, so that can be number 8. So it looks like we need number 9 from diamonds and we need to guess.

It feels vaguely squeezeish. But if I come down to Axx x in dummy and Kx KJ in hand, then East has to hold two diamonds, but West can come down to three hearts and 1 diamond, and I still don't know what to do.
June 24, 2016
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I don't think 3 is forcing, but at the same time, I would be really surprised if the auction stops there.
June 17, 2016
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And South also gets a clearer idea of whether he would like to Double 7 or bid 7.
June 15, 2016
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I feel like if I were playing Extended Flannery that I would have some agreements about bidding in competition over it would be, but I don't know what yours are.
June 14, 2016
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My partners bid their 5 card heart suits if they want to play in them opposite this hand.
June 13, 2016
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If it goes 2-P-3 don't I have an easy 3 bid?
June 13, 2016
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You can change your vote by clicking on a new one.
June 8, 2016
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My plan over 4 is to bid 5.
June 8, 2016
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This 3 bidder was influenced by the vulnerability. I wouldn't bid 3 with such a balanced hand at any other colors.
June 7, 2016
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Since you are in balancing seat and borrowed a king from partner, you now have 21 HCP. Isn't 1 often going to get passed out when you are cold for a major suit game?
June 7, 2016
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Partner knows I have 10 points with good hearts and probably a few small diamonds from the auction so far. But I could have a lot more than that, I am still unlimited at this point. So, 4 seems to be asking me if I have “a lot more than that” or not. A careful examination of my hand shows that I don't have a lot more than that.
June 7, 2016
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If Partner isn't interested in slam, why didn't Partner bid 3NT immediately after 2NT, and why didn't Partner bid 5 after my 4 control?
June 5, 2016
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