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West entered The Twilight Zone.
April 20, 2018
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Ray Romano, Scott Bakula, Andre Baugher.
April 20, 2018
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Unless playing non-standard (e.g., Power 2N), partner could have to manufacture a JS with <4 and more than 5 . I'll give him some room.
April 20, 2018
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I thought 1 was the right bid opp. a passed partner. It had unintended benefits. If you bid 1, it goes (2)-(4). You're through. Over 1, lefty made a neg Dbl. Partner bid 5, -500.

Luck that he had a huge fit for , rather than s. That wasn't what I was aiming for. We have at most ~17 HCP, so it looked like opps hand, and I didn't want partner to lead a .
April 20, 2018
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I'm sure the odds of that are high.
April 19, 2018
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I'm surprised that (opposed a passed hand) there are no votes for 1 - the suit you would prefer led.
April 19, 2018
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While lighting up like a neon sign.
April 18, 2018
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2 forcing 2N, then 3 to show an unbalance invite with 5 and 4+.
April 18, 2018
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This is called Positive Slam Dbl, IIRC. My grandmother like to play Negative Slam Dbl. I've never restricted myself to cookie cutter type calls.
April 18, 2018
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Plenty of blame to go around on the defense, but the first mistake was North's pass of 3X with (as previously stated) Qxxx of partner's suit, one trump trick (the ace), and a stiff. That is not my idea of a penalty pass.

I always give more blame to the person who made the first mistake.
April 11, 2018
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3 really should be short s, so partner can evaluate his hand properly.
April 3, 2018
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I said I don't like to REOPEN AT THE 1-LEVEL with a void, not “no t/o doubles with a void.” Reopening doubles are much more likely to be left in than direct TO doubles. And higher level doubles are not as risky. Imagine your partner passing with 5 decent cards in the suit. He has to play a 5-0 and make at least 1.

But sometimes, you don't have other options. This hand, you do, but you might lose the suit if you bid 1.
April 1, 2018
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This was the companion hand to this one:
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-h8cs231hwk/

It was a club game. I was given this hand as a problem and reluctantly doubled. I don't like to reopen with Dbl at the 1-level with a void, but did when asked about this hand.

I'm not sure I would have passed with the other hand. You know the opps likely have 8 or 9 s. And partner may not be able to lead trumps.

The other hand led a trump and +100 was the best they could do. It makes 5.
April 1, 2018
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A 1NT advance to 2?
March 29, 2018
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Yeah, I think I got it, too. But it took me a couple more minutes.
March 27, 2018
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He didn't mention any name. I think he's free to publish, and surprised anyone would say otherwise. I'm sure he was intimidated at the table.
March 27, 2018
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A perfect example of gamesmanship. I would call the director and write up a player memo.
March 27, 2018
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'Don't forget “Leavin on a Jet Plane”'

Written by Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. (AKA John Denver)
March 27, 2018
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How do I Dislike this comment?
March 16, 2018
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ummmm…..

I believe cheaters should be banned, but gimme a break. Which one is worse? Tell you what: try being the victim of both and decide which one is worse.
March 16, 2018
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