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Playing BWS with a pickup partner, make the 4 bid; would have better auction with a regular partner.
Sept. 25
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There are some features of the new system that need to be updated, but the one that is keeping me using the Flash drive version for now is the lack of speed under the new version. I am a naturally fast player and cannot stand it when the speed of the system slows me down a lot. Under the Flash version, I was not slowed down much. Under this version, it is so slow (by my standards) that I would never use it as is.
Sept. 16
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Agree completely; why didn't we make the automatic 5 bid last time? We have outstanding trumps (6 of them with the AKQ) and we have a void. We have serious slam interest if partner has controls in & .
Sept. 16
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Preempts make the opponents guess; sounds like you are just being a sore loser if you immediately file a recorder after you get burnt. These were very strong opponents playing against me, and they congratulated me on doubling 5 as they understood the reasoning.

This particular team lost a swiss teams match to my team 20-12, as we won 7 IMPs on this board and 13 IMPs on the hand that I made 5 doubled.

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-fk9xnxfdnn/?cj=854081#c854081.

They played a very solid match on the other 5 hands that they outscored us 12-0.
Sept. 14
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The 1246 runs to 5 when he hears the penalty double of 5 on their right.
Sept. 14
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You are missing the point about the impact of my hand doing the doubling. If partner is the one that doubles, they may escape to their better 5 fit (I believe that is what happened at the other table for -500 for my teammates).
Sept. 13
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3 free bid us certainly showed more than just a king.
Sept. 13
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Neither me nor my partner is ever going to double 3 and they are non-vul. If the bidding had gone (P)-P-(P)-1-(1)-1-(2)-3, it would have proceeded (P)-P-(3), and partner would have been on a guess deciding whether to bid 4 or pass the hand out. If they pass the hand out, the opponents would likely be down 2 for +100. If partner balances 4, this may not make next time with A behind my king.

Yes, COULD be held to 3 double dummy, but how many opponents would lead the K at trick 1 (dummy's 5+ card suit bid on their left) with KQx?

Even on double dummy K lead, the opponents need to defend just right after that to hold me to 3.
Sept. 12
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I chose to open the hand 1. Yes there is a major drawback in that I have two more than and we may end up in an inferior partial instead of a partial.

Positives to opening 1 instead of 1 include:

Easily rebidding (and thereby showing our partner that our hand is minor suit oriented) on our next round of bidding.

I have methods of showing competitive hand with the minors on the next round of bidding as opposed to medium+ with my version of good bad 2nt.

Competing in our way may tame the opponents from competing to 3+ or if they are each looking at 3.

The bidding proceeded:

(P)-P-(P)-1-(1)-1-(2)-3-(P)-3-All Pass

The 3 bid showed a competitive hand with both minors.

The opponents led the 9 trick 1 (coded 9's and 10's) and I caught a fair dummy with:

A10xxx
xx
K108
J10x

RHO won trick 1 with A and switched to 8. I won the ace and played a to the king and RHO won the ace. RHO continued with their last (the 5) and LHO won his now bare k ( started 22 with the opponents; started 33).

I was easily able to take the rest for +130 and 10.5 mps.

As I expected, the opponents were cautious about bidding to the 3 level in looking at 3 in their hands. RHO held 2 aces ( & ), 4432 shape, and understandably passed 3 when at mps when their partner was a passed hand.
Sept. 12
Leo Lasota edited this comment Sept. 12
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I needed to find a way to hold my losers to three aces (//).

I need to assume that LHO holds the Q (yes I could play for the singleton Q offside and bang down the K in dummy, but there would never be any reason to find that play).

Ideally, the // will all split reasonably well for me and I will not have to lose a or ruff.

On a real good day, I would find a way to lose the lead to my RHO first, as there would be no threat of a second being led through dummy's KJ with the Q behind it.

I figured that it would be easier for the defense to duck the Ace if it was appropriate that the Ace.

I won A , then led Q off of the dummy, and RHO played a middle and LHO won the ace. LHO continued a 2nd now, and I ruffed out RHO's queen.

I led a small towards the dummy, and LHO followed with with Q . It went King-Ace, and RHO exited a low . I won the K in hand and cashed the 9 & 10. I placed my King on the table and there was nothing RHO could do now, since they held the A, s & and had to let me back into the dummy. I lost three aces for +620, which was worth 12 IMPs as they went down in 4 at the other table.
Sept. 11
Leo Lasota edited this comment Sept. 12
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In my book, partner can expect two defensive tricks from me for jumping to 4 at unfavorable with them already a passed hand. Therefore, if partner has some good , he would double 4.

The auction proceeded:

P-(1)-4-(4)-P-(P)-5-(P)-P-(dbl)-All Pass.

The opening lead was the J, and dummy tabled:

Jxxxx
9x
x
Kxxxx

I lost 2 trump tricks for +850 and win 13 IMPs.
Sept. 11
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I doubled 5 with this hand and it went all pass.

My reasons for doubling were:

1) I have defense that partner does not expect for a favorable 4 preempt with the A & a potential ruff in my hand.

2) IF is not the best landing spot for the opponents, neither of them will run because the 4 preemptor doubled. In other words, they both know that I do not hold a gigantic stack for my double.

The auction was passed out in 5 dbled, and we collected +800 for win 7 IMPS (teammates went -500 at the other table).

Partner held:

Q
QJx
AQJx
K10xxx

The dummy held:

Kxx
Kxxx
109xxx
J
Sept. 11
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Partner's pass of the redouble was supposed to show interest in defending 2 redoubled. Despite the fact that I held 3 aces (including the A), I was concerned by the fact that E/W appeared to have a double fit in & looking at my Jxx.

I pulled to 3, and the entire auction went:

(P)-P-(2)-dbl-(redbl)-P-(P)-3-(dbl)-4-(P)-P-(dbl)-All Pass.

The opening lead was a low ; dummy's ace won the trick and partner held:

QJ102
54
95
KQ652

Partner cashed K (both followed), then A (his LHO pitched a ), then Q (his LHO pitched a ). Partner led the Q out of hand now, and when his LHO played small, he pitched a from dummy. This lost to the K on his right, they cashed 2 rounds of , and partner had to also lose the K (which was behind the dummy).

-200 was a 0 out of 16 matchpoints.

If I passed 2 redbled, this would have made easily and we would have scored the same zero.

If partner had brought home 4 doubled (perhaps playing some before (mis)guessing the K), he would have scored up the contract for +710 and a top.

As to the bidding, partner should probably have just shown a weak hand with and lebensohled the hand to 3.

The 2 bidder held:

987642
A1086
64
7
Sept. 11
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This hand was a tough decision for partner, as he knew that -800 may be the outcome if he bid. However, at favorable vulnerability he elected to bid 5, and it went -(P)-P-(dbl)-All Pass.

The opening lead was the 7 and I declared 5 dbled. My hand was:

QJ43
7
KQ10942
76

The opening bidder (my RHO) won trick 1 with the A and cashed K, then A tricks 2 & 3. At trick 4, RHO switched to the 8, it went KA. LHO returned their last (RHO followed suit with the jack) and I won with the Q. At this point, I already lost 4 tricks, I was sure to lose 1 , so I needed to find a way to prevent an additional loser or I would end -800.

I led my singleton , and LHO won the King (RHO followed low). LHO thought a bit before playing the K, which I ruffed and claimed the rest (down 3; -500). If LHO had worked out to lead Ace and a tricks 1&2, OR RHO switched to a trump before cashing both OR LHO had exited a 3rd at the end (giving me a useless ruff/sluff, as I would not setup my OR dummy's in that case), I would have finished -800 for a 0. As it was, -500 was worth exactly average (7.5 out of 15 matchpoints).

If partner had passed 4, we likely would have been -620 (2 & a we would take on defense unless declarer works out to play the preemptive hand for the honors/length) for 5 out of 15 matchpoints.

Unfortunately for us, we played this hand against a precision pair that knew not to get overboard and bid above the 4 level their way.
Sept. 11
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I chose 2 as there was no perfect bid for the hand. AQ doubleton is better than many 3 card raises. We have extras in terms of HCP, but lacking a 3rd trump and all quacks (Queens and Jacks) on the side make this worth the equivalent of a maximum 2 raise. If partner makes a game try, we can accept.

The auction proceeded: (1)-P-(P)-1-(2)-2-(3)-dbl-(P)-4-All Pass.

Double by partner was a maximal double as this was their only game try available below 3.

The hand made +450 when partner held:

K76532
A
K1032
KJ

The opening bidder (and person on lead) was 3406 shape, but they had the A and could not get their partner in for a ruff.

+450 was worth 9.5 out of 14 matchpoints.
Sept. 11
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Double by East would be responsive, showing 8+ HCP with & .
Sept. 8
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I should have clarified that E/W play Walsh, where we respond 1 or with 4 of that suit, longer and < GF hand. There are drawbacks to every system, but for those that would respond 1 on this hand, you will frequently get boxed out of your 44 fit when the opponents bid over your 1 response.
Sept. 8
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We will be on lead if the final contract is 2 redbled, not partner.
Sept. 8
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It is definitely abstain-worthy for me.
Sept. 4
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If 1 showed no 4 card major, why do I have 4 ?
Sept. 4
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