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Can I go back and Double the first time?
Nov. 17, 2019
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Probably better to use 2NT-3-3-3 as asking for heart length so Responder can choose to stop in 3NT if the heart fit is not good enough.
Nov. 15, 2019
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All doubles are takeout (small list of exceptions)
Nov. 13, 2019
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No special agreements.
Nov. 11, 2019
ATB
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If a quacky 9 count is a jump to 4, what does a free bid of 3 show? The same hand without the diamond honors?
Nov. 11, 2019
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Matchpoints or IMPs? What type of signals do we play?
Nov. 2, 2019
ATB
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Fair enough!
Oct. 31, 2019
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@Phil, sorry I meant forcing NT. I modified my comment.
Oct. 31, 2019
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How much? Basically once you decide whether 1M-1NT-2D-3C is invitational or weak you're done. With BART, a bit more. With Gaz. a lot more.
Oct. 31, 2019
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According to my wire, the easiest way to get to 6 from here is to bid 6 over 4.
Oct. 31, 2019
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90%? I'll take the pair that bids all the 60% games vs. your pair that only bids 90% games to get a better score at matchpoints.
Oct. 31, 2019
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One thing you can say about 2/1 is that it is easy on the memory. You can play perfectly good bridge with a system where 1NT is “to play” and 2/1 bids are just 10+, but you have to spend a lot of time working out which auctions become GF and which don't. But when we say 2/1, then it's easy; 1S-2C is GF, done.

I believe Gazzilli to be technically better than just plain old FNT with jump shifts and courtesy raises. But it is a memory hog. And therefore I view it as kind of a contradiction: When I am playing 2/1 with someone it's because I don't want to spend a lot of memory and time on the 2nd and 3rd round bidding cases.
Oct. 30, 2019
Jordan Lampe edited this comment Oct. 31, 2019
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Well, the most active thing I can do is win and lead a diamond back and try to get an eventual diamond ruff. It's not obvious to me why the same defense / level of activity is optimal at both matchpoints and IMPs, but I am looking forward to learning what key feature of the hand I have overlooked.
Oct. 28, 2019
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Bid 3NT
Oct. 24, 2019
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I guess I misunderstood what you meant by “I want to optimize my wins against weaker teams” then. Sorry.
Oct. 24, 2019
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Paul: I was responding to Ron's comment
Oct. 24, 2019
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So I make +750 for +12 IMPs if I bid the Grand and it makes, and I lose 1530 for -17 IMPs if I bid it and it goes down. The implied odds are 17/29 = 59%.

If I expect to win 1 IMP per board on the other 6 boards on the 20 VP scale, then I go from a “guaranteed” +6 IMPs = 13 VPs to either +18 IMPs = 17 VPs (+4) or -11 IMPs = 5 VPs (-8). The implied odds there are even worse (66%). And don't even get me started on the possibility that the weaker team might stop in game.
Oct. 23, 2019
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Seems like you need Spades and Clubs to both behave. Spades will behave 68% + the odds that they are 4-1 and pard has the J (2/7 of 26%) + the odds pard has the T and the J drops singleton (1/4 of the above). I don't know what the exact number is, but call it 75%. Now Clubs have to either be 3-2-2 around the table or pard has the queen or various other good things can happen like an opposition Q dropping early or 4-2-1 around the table but we have enough timing to ruff twice… Putting it all together, it feels like Grand is just about on the IMPs border of ~70% to make….

So, if I'm playing a better team I risk it, and if I'm playing a weaker team I don't.
Oct. 23, 2019
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@Carl - this is why I prefer the Just Declare tournaments.
Oct. 23, 2019
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Am I playing a stronger team or a weaker team (compared to my own)?
Oct. 23, 2019
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