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I'm going to laugh softly to myself when partner raises me to 4 on a solid 19 point hand (still probably wouldn't stop me from bidding 3H in the first place).
Dec. 1, 2016
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Indeed. Actually just for completion, I'm going to add 7NT as an abstain for “I would have GF 2D”.
Nov. 30, 2016
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Yes fixed!
Nov. 17, 2016
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South clearly doubled on the prospects of having 3 defensive tricks knowing the chances his partner had a setting trick was high given his partner's overcall. North, who's hand is clearly has zero defensive tricks if partner has spade support, had a tough price to pay for the light overcall of 2S, which seems to have been made just for the purpose of disrupting the opponents auction (I'm not saying 2S is the best call, but it's a plausible call). I don't think it's unreasonable for North to pull with a strictly offensive oriented hand (or course with the idea that the worst case 4S going down doubled was better than the worst case 4D doubled making)– knowing partner was a passed hand (or at least no more than minimum opening values) give North reasonable cause for pulling the double. As for the BIT, it seems normal for any situation in which both partners are passed hands to hesitate, however there does seem to be a reasonable argument for some sort of UI. However the actions taken by NS do seem like very reasonable bridge.
Nov. 17, 2016
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Who's not overcalling 1NT with their 15HCP balanced hand with KQx of clubs in the 2nd example?
Nov. 2, 2016
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Ruffing out the hearts works well to find to find who holds King of hearts (and for catering to the possibility of a singleton K of hearts). If West lacks the King, you can likely infer West has either the Queen of diamonds or spades for their 1st seat preempt. If west holds the King, you can likely confirm your best guess is East has the Queen of spades (after all, East can only hold so many high cards for her preempt). On the contrary, using similar technique to for ruffing out diamonds will give you a complete description of West's diamond suit, and an incomplete evaluation on if West has the King of hearts. Both have their own merits, and both still involve some guessing on what West will preempt with at this vulnerability.
Oct. 31, 2016
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Fixed– I accidentally had the auction as east's call. The hand posted is South's hand.
Oct. 30, 2016
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Your major stoppers (if they exist) are right-sided so why would you run? If you don't have an agreement about run outs from a double, trust your partner. And more importantly, you bid the off-shape semi-balanced 3NT in the 1st place, with your running minor. There's no escape now– you had your chance to transfer into a minor before bidding 3NT, and chose not to. If you were truly concerned about a major lead, you should have transferred first so partner can decide. Now it is out of your hands.
Oct. 30, 2016
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In what world are we letting them play or make their 17 point game sacrifice over our game? Opener has shown 15+ in values at this point, willing to play in game opposite at least a minimum 10 point limit raise. Opener is obligated to reopen with a double, if lacking offensive playing strength to play 5 Hearts. Responder can potentially pull if their limit raise was based on sufficient offensive playing strength (shortness in spades, values concentrated in hearts), and if they have significant inference that 4S may make through a cross ruff.
Oct. 28, 2016
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They're doing exactly that this year. 8 teams will qualify. 2 days with 4 sessions. First day two teams are eliminated per session, with the 2nd day being a condensed knockout style of what they've done in previous years.
Oct. 26, 2016
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Assume no agreement.
Oct. 25, 2016
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Nothing special.
Oct. 25, 2016
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I think it's best to have the Collegiate on a weekend out of the way of the GNT, the spingold, and red ribbon pairs. Putting at the end is probably best. I noticed last year it was mostly the more serious college players that seemed to have the issue of multiple commitments to several events. While like last year it was nice to have the Collegiate early in the NABC to encourage us (particularly the players on my team who haven't had the opportunity to play in many tournaments/nationals) to stay after our event ended, I don't think there's that much a benefit to have it held during the middle of the other primary events.
Oct. 24, 2016
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That's just ridiculous! Hang in there, that is just the most idiotic university ruling I've ever heard.
Oct. 23, 2016
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Yeah you're right. 4H over 4D is pretty reasonable in hindsight. But with around 5 losers and the balanced nature of West's hand the extras seem diminished to me. East should have help in a sidesuit with the jump though, which I think should just push me to bid 4H anyways.
Oct. 21, 2016
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If you've found a strong diamond fit (8 cards+), you can't bid hearts over it. That would tend to imply a two suiter in the majors (or you would have bid your hearts directly earlier), or else-wise serious slam interest in diamonds if partner also has heart support for you.
Oct. 21, 2016
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X-4C-4H will get you to the right contract. 4D should promise 5+ diamonds and theoretically more distribution. I don't think west can be blamed for doubling instead of bidding 3H or 3NT. Those hearts in either contract are far from potentially runnable without partner's support.
Oct. 21, 2016
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Imps, 3D, and standard carding (opponents are BBO robots).
Oct. 20, 2016
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I agree (alluding to Martin's post down below) that North's hand should be opened in some way. I am merely expressing dissatisfaction with the flawed treatment of this hand as a 1S opener in standard. Most strong club systems like Precision have a good way of agreeing to open lighter hands like this that clearly need to be expressed in some way in the auction. I hate the idea in standard that you have to psych your point count a bit to enter the auction with hands like this. It usually just gets you way too high when partner has the real opener. You definitely lose a bit by giving your opponents time to enter the bidding (which is why I think a partnership agreement of some sort is needed to handle these hands– even if it just a formal agreement to open some 11 counts, so partner can take that into account when responding).
Oct. 16, 2016
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5-2-4-2 isn't a good shape to risk opening 11 counts (if playing standard– with stricter partnership opening agreements it's fine). 5-4-2-2 hands, even ones with no wasted values, just have the potential for one too many losers in those doubletons. Otherwise I agree with the rest of the auction (south really can't be blamed for GF light with such a good distribution and support).
Oct. 16, 2016
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