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Well I was trying to create a hand to generate a discussion on the differences between 2, 2NT, and X by the passed hand, and what inferences they show to opener regarding spade support and the minor suits– but that effort apparently failed twice so I give up (and I've already generated proper opinions at this point).
Aug. 9
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Pass is a bid :-)
Aug. 9
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Whoops actually, I did frame this problem wrong– the intent is to really find out what hand that would typically pass 1M do with this shape. I'm reposting the problem with Qxx of hearts instead of Kxx (thanks for the catch for all who commented– accidentally copied the hand I originally had in mind for the question a little bit off). Since no really answered the question I intended do to the wrong parameters, I'm going to repost now.
Aug. 9
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I will text message you– I am playing daylight pairs today.
July 27
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2 works here– I've been trying to firm off my overcalls a lot recently, and have kind of come to the conclusion that I much rather have distribution over HCPs in this sort of position. I wanted to see if more people would pass and balance later than bid directly now, as it seems 2 really could be slammed hard.
July 19
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In a 24 board tournament, yes, you will see this kind of thing. The more boards in play, the less likely good bridge will lose out to random psyches.
July 14
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Raising partner with your doubleton is almost certainly wrong. Especially when you hold 2 other 5 card suits. X to show those suits– it's not really an overbid because you have tolerance for partner's suit and shortness in their suit, kind of like a responsive double.
July 8
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This is very random, but do you know why this exists on a Northwestern Math Department page? I'm trying to figure out where the heck this came from!! (I'm a current Northwestern student in charge of our bridge club and and very confused when this was written and for what purpose).
June 22
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South's justification for how his double should be interpreted is clearly admitting to giving, and pursuing the sending of UI. You can't have a pseudo-agreement that “if I don't ask about a artificial bid, my takeout is treating the artificial bid as natural, and if I do ask, it's TO for the other suits”. There isn't indication that North was in on anything or aware of partner's tendency to do so, but South here is clearly greatly out of line with his reasoning.
There is enough justification here to call a director over. At the very minimum, even if North ethically deduced the correct defense and didn't take UI from partner's intended quick double on 1, south needs to be reprimanded and warned by a director that his intentions with his double are unacceptable and not legal in ACBL land.
June 6
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For the 1st line to succeed, it looks like you need either a stiff diamond honor to drop doubleton, or diamonds 2-2 (this works 66% of the time a priori). Clubs can split no worse than 4-1 and the contract is safe (occurs 96% of the time).

For the other line, you are playing for East to hold exactly KQx exactly. If the finesse fails, you need to hope clubs don't split 4-1 and a ruff can be taken (if this does not occur, you are back to hoping diamonds split 2-2, as the first line).

Does East's double make it likely he has both diamond honors? It seems more likely than a priori odds but is still uncertain. Clubs split 4-1 28% of the time.

So your line will depend how much you weight KQ being held with East. Personally, I feel that East's X is purely forced (they were in a game force after the 2NT bid), hence I don't feel the weight is enough to convince me to switch lines. I think it is reasonable to assume neither has a diamond void (or else one of them would have likely competed 5 or 6 vulnerable), and still unlikely that one of them has a singleton (after all at these colors, is 5 going down a 1,2 or 3 equitable for their game? I think they would have been more likely to risk 5, but it depends on if this is MPs or IMPs). I think I'm more likely to think diamonds are 2-2 than a priori, hence line 1.
May 18
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Heart shift feels right as an initial guess. Based on possible lead interpretations, I'm guessing declarer holds KJx in spades– with a doubleton, he would have unblocked. Hence declarer is probably something like 3-5-4-1. No need to unblock clubs for him. After a trump shift, it seems our best hope is hooking declarer's diamonds if partner hold any diamond honors.
May 16
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ahh 7 abstain was a mistake! Changing that to 7
May 16
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#3. I've been working to promote more college bridge in the Chicago area at Northwestern. We've had fairly good success versus a few years ago, but unfortunately there are only a handful of serious youth/junior teachers building programs in the area. There's probably only one serious HS club in all of Chicago, despite there being, at least in my experience, a number of suburban high-schools in my area that would make good candidates for teaching. I'm frankly interesting in doing more to fix that, if anyone in the area wants to help take the initiative, feel free to reach out!
May 15
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I feel like this auction might give some merits to playing negative free bids through 3 interference, though I don't play the style nearly enough to know what exactly I'd be giving up by doing that. If anyone has any thoughts pls comment.
May 15
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I was debating this with a partner. I was for passing, he was for bidding on the basis that with the opps showing a “limit raise 1NT” opener across a weak bid, they could be easily psyching/cheating you out of a game. 3 is a noisy bid (can be made on 0-11 HCPs, basically any hand with no invitational interest with the weak NT), and doesn't give you a whole lot of information on what is really going on here. North or East could very easily have 10HCPs here, making any sort of balance a huge winner or loser depending. As the results from the poll hint at, I think pass is the safest result for Long Run returns, given you likely can pick up a better partscore than most of the field anyways given the vulnerability, if your partner has a better hand than East.
May 15
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While you still have the ace of clubs as an entry to dummy, you need to develop your spade tricks to ditch diamond losers. Attack spades before pulling trump. You might or might not have time for a safety play in trump depending on how kind your opponents are when they win the spade.
May 10
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If NS play sound 3rd seat openers, North is obligated to double (with south's pass of 5D being forcing, letting North decide to compete or penalize).. If they play light openings in that seat, double by south should be permitted to show true opening values.
May 7
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Yes, agree completely. But I'm more interested in an argument on either the “best” or at least most standard among players that know what their doing.
May 4
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Reasonable at matchpoints given north has a lot of jacks, and south's opening is lighter (vs 2/1) on average. At IMPs North should invite, and south should consider accepting having good 10's and 9's (certainly 100% of the time Vul).
April 26
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2NT-3-4-4-5-5-6-7
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