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All comments by Juraj Kvocek
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Thank you another great article! I have one question related to the bidding - is it possible for the overcaller to have a 5card Major suit? If yes, does it change the decision between 3/3NT?
Nov. 8, 2018
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Fair enough, that would be a better term to describe it.
Is it meant like ‘Hey partner, I also have 13 CARDS, just wanted you to know that’? :D
March 19, 2018
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Take out in the sense that you could almost call your system “double is take out” just like you announce “2/1 GF”. There might be positions where it would make sense for double to be penalty, and there are some well-defined and frequent ones, but this is not one of them. Partner feels like we should make some move, not clear what it is, that´s the message.
March 18, 2018
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Great to see a hand where underleading two aces works! It immediately reminded me of a hand Swedish juniors defended at last year's European Youth Championship where underleading the same ace twice was the key play. Here it is, described by Simon Hult:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doxLtpoQmpI
Feb. 19, 2018
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Unfortunately we haven't discussed it… X would be generalky in similar situations and 2 a two suiter, not sure whether with a major and I don't think either of us would have used it since we didn't talk about it.
Feb. 10, 2018
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Kit, I have a question about the opening lead. The fact that N bid probably influences the decision, but might it be better to lead the A/K first to see the dummy? The counterargument is immediately obvious - losing entries and playing the opponents' suit, but still sometimes it might be necessary to start s from partner's side or do something else, and maybe we won't lose so much.

Thank you for the article, very interesting reading, as always.
Oct. 30, 2017
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Kit, would you consider opening 3 with this hand? As I think you probably would have written about it if you did, how stronger a hand would you need for that bid?

Thank you for the article, again it was very interesting.
Oct. 23, 2017
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There is one more question about the lead - how do we choose from K7 and K10? It appears to me that K10 might probably give up more, but once we choose to lead actively, is that really a concern? Are there any other subtle factors from the bidding?
Sept. 10, 2017
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I usually don't abstain if the problem is new to me, but here I cannot put myself in this situation. X is very low on my list of alternatives, because even 1NT on the second round would promise 4M and 5+m in my understanding. Wouldn't opt for that option either, my choice would likely be 3 as my first bid.
June 27, 2017
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If you have no idea, finesse the queen with the player who gets more pissed if you succeed.
(actually a real motto of one senior player from Slovakia)
June 22, 2017
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This was a nice (first) experience of coming up with a bid that no one else bid here. At the table I was a bit reluctant to play 3X and bid 4 which resulted in a major game that my partner made.

I'm commenting here because, well, it happened again! :D
May 23, 2017
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Not enough?
May 22, 2017
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My understanding is that fit jumps are supposed to help our partner decide whether to compete further. I don't buy the argument about opponents not making a save because they fear bad splits in minors - it happens all the time that they bid 4 over 4 and quite frequently that they bid 5 over 4 from us.

Andrew Robson wrote in his book that good competitive agreements make your partner look good and I think this is a good example of that. I highly recommend “Partnership Bidding at Bridge” to anyone who wants to dig deeper and read when it is a good idea to use such bids and when not, to which extent it is forcing etc.
April 27, 2017
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Seems like a dangerous idea to lead a spade from low doubleton instead of a from QJ102.
April 26, 2017
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Do you need to find LHO with a singleton A for that line to succeed? Because of entry problems you need help with elimination, right?
March 8, 2017
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I would also like to know how do you treat redouble after pass = 2trumps. I suppose it makes sense to play some “cooperative” redouble, how strict are your requirements?
March 6, 2017
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What about bidding 2NT (if it shows the red suits, with my partners it does) instead of 1?
Feb. 21, 2017
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Using Leaping Michaels I think bidding 4 at this stage is just being inconsistent. Having decided not to bid it in the first place I wouldn't consider it a possibility now.
Dec. 14, 2016
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The problem happened to be completely different. Partner's hand was: A95 AK95 8 AK843 and we ended up going two down in 6 after I bid 4 (would you believe we had to lose a trick in s? ). Maybe we could also make a poll about what to do with his hand, but I completely understand partner's enthusiasm.

This time the winning strategy was to be a bit more careful.
Dec. 3, 2016
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I thought about 4 followed by 5, but I think there is still quite real danger that it would follow 4-Dbl-4M-5 and I'm in an even worse position than before.

I think the opponents got us this time…
Nov. 16, 2016
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