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Yeah I'm liking Kit's line better now– taking the club finesse really hurts your entries and the information of the club holding doesn't significantly help a lot (conditional you are playing opps good enough to duck winning the K of clubs in tempo).
April 11
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Oh that's true, shoot I didn't account for that. If West ducked then we're going down if I concede the diamond at trick 3… Ouch. Hrm… If West is good enough to duck then we're in a very terrible situation. West might duck from Kxx or Kxxx. Probably doesn't have Kx.

Doing low relies completely on clubs and Ks being onside.

Other alternative for the club line is K, to the A, K (pitch a ), and close your eyes and lead a club. (To do rely on the finesse, you have to do K, A, and duck a high club?). Neither is super thrilling. I think conditional on knowing the first club held, odds favor doing the club finesse over the diamond finesse (despite the potential disappointment to come), but still not as high as my odds before if West can be ducking the first club.
April 11
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Well the easiest way this makes is if clubs cooperate– ignoring entries you'd have 6 clubs, 3 hearts, 2 spades, and the ace of diamonds (and maybe an extra trick if Qx of spades drops or the diamond finesse works). If clubs don't work, I think you need Q10 doubleton of spades to drop.

If clubs split 4-1, and the diamond finesse is on, endless entries permitting, you could pitch a diamond on the 2nd spade and still make if the diamond finesse is on.

Looks like we can't have the best of both worlds and finesse clubs again, and unblock spades, and not loose a diamond (only ways back to dummy are overtake K, low diamond to QJ, or As, but if you go back and clubs break bad with the A you can't cleanly cash spades and pick up the finesse).

Diamond finesse looks like a 52%-ish line (cash K of spades to unblock, cash A of clubs picking up Kx falling, concede a club, and use the As to pitch a diamond and take the finesse).

Other line is hoping clubs split 3-2 (if they split 4-1, I think you're down b/c you'll end up with a loser at the end or middle unless Q10 of spades falls for reasons mentioned above). Clubs 3-2 is about 68% so, this line is about 70%ish percent.

So betting on clubs, I'd probably first cash K of spades (looking for if the Q10 fall, hoping maybe they are doubleton for an extra way out), and lead low to the QJ of diamonds. This line also benefits from only being down 1 when your wrong (well unless you see a spade honor fall under, and you decide to cash A when your over there).

Welcome criticism, and I admit my percent estimations probably aren't perfect.
April 11
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A world class game developer to make a video game tutorial would be a great idea honestly. I would love to help do it, but also don't have the programing skills…

If someone could make like reasonable tutorial software, it could legit work. It would be great to say just buy a video game if you want to learn. Most forms of teaching are kind of a turn-down, but a virtual platform where you could learn at your own pace would be a legit way of easing into it.
April 8
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What options did East have over 2?
April 3
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1) is certainly the prototype for a limit raise, but that doesn't mean it's an inclusive description of the sample set of all limit raises. There are more modern hand evaluation systems than Goren's that might describe some additional hand types as limit raises (and might even downgrade some 4-3-3-3 10 counts out of the limit raise range).

So I voted for 2) only.
March 31
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If you're playing the X as forcing (i.e. not penalty-oriented), yes it seems like the mindset should be that partner could be choosing X with either the option 2 or option 3 hand.
March 27
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I guess Values is supposed to also be an in-between Penalty and T/O– also including a subset of balanced hands that may prefer to defend 3Sx then straight up bid 3NT.
March 27
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Just had a friend privately suggest to me a new option (Do something intelligent). Added it to the poll for any late-comers or people who might want to change their mind.
March 27
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There probably is more overlap. The difference is more what mindset overcaller (the initial doubler) should have when seeing the double. Option 2 is more geared towards “partner is probably a balanced hand with no spade stopper that's stuck”, versus option 3 is more the mindset of a more unbalanced hand, quick tricks, and partial stopper in spades looking for 3NT. In the end, it looks like the consensus might be that overcaller should be thinking “yes” to both 2 and 3– which is probably the insight I was looking to find when making this poll.
March 27
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I would probably guess pick-a-minor without discussion? Though I guess 4 kind of forces the same thing (certainly partner isn't going to bypass both minors and 4NT to bid 5), though perhaps 4 would be more oriented towards “Show me a control”– not 100% confident what would be most efficient. I'm curious too.
March 26
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I agree 4's isn't very logical (unless the T/O doubler made the rare case of dbl-ing with 5 bad hearts). Updated the Responsive takeout option to attempt to specify this.
March 26
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As strong as this hand is, its value comes from a heart fit. X by hearts should have more hard values. Michaels is a distortion, wouldn't be my call. I would invite after any raise of hearts.
March 26
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Historically if anyone probably Helen Sobel Smith, though idk if extending this father/mother analogy makes a whole lot of sense.
March 26
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And yes an 8-15 1NT is probably the most junior 1NT bid ever :-)
March 24
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Not a fan of the changes to 1NT openings in general with the new chart, though i know they’re trying to make it reasonable for the average player. RIP 3rd seat 8-15 1NT.
March 24
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It's 100% general chart and a fairly common conventional treatment of 2: http://www.bridgeguys.com/MGlossary/MexicanTwoDiamonds.html.

Any ACBL club director (including myself) can verify.
March 18
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http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/play/Convention-Chart.pdf

Strong is loosely defined as 15+ HCPs.
March 18
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment March 18
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Update:

We're still looking! Now potentially looking for teammates for a 1-2 day KO Mon-Weds as well. We're driving down to the tournament, and may just arrive for only the evening session Monday, so if you're interested in the 10K KO please PM us no later than afternoon-ish/early evening Sunday.
March 10
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