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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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I'm guessing South must have a semi-balanced 14-17 hand that has hearts that didn't have a bid over 1H (something like 4-5-2-2). Knowing the long hearts are trapped on-side probably means she has some decent heart tricks that has some play for game. Partner must have at least a partial spade fit (or enough stoppers and spade honors for 3NT) and be wondering if you have enough extras to give play for game. 2H by west doesn't necessarily promise anything point-wise so I suppose searching for game isn't necessarily crazy.
Oct. 9, 2016
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No. The longer major is opened 1st. Bidding spades after hearts does not show extras (in fact, opener may lighter than normal).
Oct. 8, 2016
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3C would be constructive, invitational with interference. A jump shift in a suit is needed for a GF (or a cuebid).
Oct. 8, 2016
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment Oct. 8, 2016
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2D is not 5HCPs and a bad suit. If it is light (less than 7 HCPs), as described above, it WILL be a bid I guarantee that resembles a preempt almost anyone who plays bridge will open,– for example something like KJ108xx vunerabe, or KQ87xx.
Oct. 8, 2016
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In our system, as described above reverses are off for 1M bids. We require 13 HCPs for 1M, with the exception of 5-4 in the major hands, which can open 2 points lighter. If opener is light, we may not belong in game if responder is a minimum– so we have the opportunity to sign off in 2NT or 3x.
Oct. 8, 2016
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It shows 5-4. Our major bids are limited (we open strong hands with 18+ 1C), so reverses are off with major suit bids, and the order the suits are bid describe length.
Oct. 8, 2016
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Assume support doubles are possible.
Oct. 5, 2016
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