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I think south can probably scrimp up a 1 overcall if you want to be cheeky, but pass is normal. North's pass to the balancing double (great action which I endorse) is atrocious, probably the main blame. How much does he think his partner can have in defensive HCPS?
Oct. 9, 2017
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Yes usually (could be a bal NT raise too, no stopper).
Oct. 8, 2017
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I think you need it to be strong, just in case the opps are psyching (as per the sample hand). If you've aren't strong, you've already shown takeout shape– partner will know what suit is best to scramble to, so you really don't need it be “pick a minor” or anything like that.
Oct. 7, 2017
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This has been posted long enough– I decided not to wait for the push and bid 3 directly. Ilan and I were discussing it, if there was anything lost by bidding 2 first than 3 later. I suppose it slightly depends on partnership style for the balancing X, so maybe some adjustment for that if necessary.
Oct. 5, 2017
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Hey guys!–

Any particular advice or things that have worked for either of you in promoting college bridge on campus? Given that you each have had a chance to run a college bridge club at two different universities and have taught elsewhere, are there any common themes that have worked particularly well? Running Northwestern's bridge club, we always seem run into people who have the interested in learning, but we struggle to push them further into the game.

Also Zach, looking forward to a good match at the trials in December!
Oct. 3, 2017
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With heart shortness, you don't really have a club control in hearts. A marginal spade game is possible if partner somehow has the Ace of hearts as a entry to double finesse spades (oh yeah partner needs spade support) and some combo of the top 3 diamond honors (oh yeah partner needs that too). Not really impossible, but no constructive way to find it, since all of West's main bids are a GF. Matchpoints, pass rates better (or perhaps a non-forcing 2, if available, so you have clubs controlled, but partner rates to also have shortness so it's more of a tossup).
Sept. 28, 2017
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Opener now has clear extras with the heart void, but not clear where the fit is. I might just swing out 5 (implying partner, pick spades or clubs, and what strain given I didn't open a strong opening), but it's nasty with no agreements. Taking the low road here is also very reasonable, nothing to be ashamed of.
Sept. 25, 2017
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Only time I can imagine the signal is count is if partner has a small doubleton, and the opponents are playing some sort of modified min/max michaels where North would overcall instead of cuebid, and decided randomly not to invite.
Sept. 25, 2017
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My guess is partner holds A432 of hearts and can't imagine you lead low from honor 3rd, so is playing you for a doubleton. I can't imagine why partner would give you count on trick one, unless you have a strict agreement to give count in this sequence.
Sept. 25, 2017
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Start with 1– way too much of your hand is in the opponent's suit (I like X followed by 2 to show a more concentrated suit). When partner responds with values, now you have an very easy 3NT rebid.
Sept. 24, 2017
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Could also easily just have honor empty 7th of diamonds with nothing, and balance knowing partner has points (assuming the opponents aren't incompetent enough to pass with game values).
Sept. 21, 2017
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Something like Axx, Kxx, 10876432, - ? You don't want to overcall (not even for lead direction) and have no good major, you have too much defense after each major has been bid, but you're too unbalanced to justify passing.
Sept. 21, 2017
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment Sept. 22, 2017
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You also have 2 as takeout specifically for diamonds and spades, so I would imagine this would show at least club tolerance for your double (unless you had more specific agreements).
Sept. 19, 2017
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This question is from some practice with a partner. The question we had was more of the following bid by responder (which I'm about to post)– but I figured we might find one or two negative doublers that might complain, hence this poll.
Sept. 10, 2017
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I'm unable to edit the article at this point for some reason, so it's stuck there.
Sept. 6, 2017
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It is North's hand (if the ? it's your call kind of thing in the diagram didn't make that obvious).
Sept. 6, 2017
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Woo congrats!! What an exciting match!!
Aug. 26, 2017
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Isn't this the point of playing superaccepts? If you're only going to accept with strictly “invitational values”, then any 17 count max is going to just accept any invite anyways– no need for opener to jump to a higher level early and get you in trouble. I mean, generally unbalanced sub-invite shape is more preferred as a source of tricks (I would prefer most 6 counts 5-4-3-1 to this assortment), but if you're searching for extra marginal vulnerable IMP games (as you've listed as your form of scoring), then really any not-terrible 7 count should be accepting as well.
Aug. 24, 2017
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Um… no.
Aug. 21, 2017
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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, 2017
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment Aug. 9, 2017
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