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Not sure why we are swinging for a complete bottom in the bidding.
Dec. 23, 2018
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There are two potential issues:

1) If there is some restriction on variance for HCP with intermediate 2's
2) “non-regular partnership” is debatable; How often is playing together deemed a “regular partnership”; Perhaps the pair has had a history of seeing the other open 2 or 2 on 7/8/9 HCP hands
Dec. 16, 2018
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When I see a few people open “intermediate” 2 /, they frequently shade their HCP with extra shape. I suppose it must be legal since they do it.

Assuming 2 opening is legal, I only have a problem with the 5 bid by East. They should pass 4 and let their partner decide what to do.

West was presumably always going to compete to 5 with 5 card support.


Nevertheless, South had a hand that looks like doubling 6 is the winner. West made a simple 4 bid the 1st time; likelihood of E/W being able to make 6 is very slim (almost zero). Double and take whatever plus score you will get against 6 doubled. There are some hands that partner has one of the minor suit aces and we still do not make 6 our way.

Ex.: Give North the exact same hand as they had with the A and slam is on the club finesse (which could be off and was).
Dec. 15, 2018
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I am going to force to at least a small slam. I will bid RKC, then ask for the queen and side kings. If partner shows queen, I should be able to ask for 2nd rd control later.
Dec. 13, 2018
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Perhaps you should change your system if you have to pass the second time with a good 5 card suit/10 count.
Dec. 12, 2018
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Dec. 10, 2018
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It is impossible to have a hand that was worth 4nt RKC, then signing off in 6. If partner had the A, then they would confirm all of the keycards (or ask for the Q if they did not have it) if they meant 4nt as RKC.

Even if partner has 9 card support for , they must be off at least 2 quick tricks in at least one of the side suits.

Therefore, the 4nt could not possibly have been meant as RKC for .

Partner must have meant 4nt as quantitative, and thought that we showed a red 2 suiter with our 5 call. Therefore, they are now trying to place the contract in 6.

I would bid 7nt, as partner must have nearly every HCP that I do not have for the 4nt quantitative bid.
Dec. 5, 2018
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1,623 finished their boards day 1; this meant revenue of ~$65,000. There is very little overhead costs.

People can discuss that it is not “real bridge” since the human has at least as many HCP as every other hand. What it means is that in the 72 board tournament, the human has at least one relevant decision to make on each hand.

People can complain that they believe it is just a matter of someone “gaming the system” with GIB. However, at least the top 3 in this year's event bid close to “down the middle”. Personally, I may be a point or two light for any number of nt opening.

The only real “odd bidding” that I did this year were 2 hands that I opened 1nt with a long and strong diamond suit with 11 to 13 HCP. The reason for this is that against passive opening leads (which GIB tends to make against nt), you can frequently run 9 tricks in 3nt when you are light in combined HCP but have a running source of tricks.
Nov. 23, 2018
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Doubling 2 (where we have presumably shown 4+ between us) is a lot more tempting than doubling 1nt (where we have presumably shown 6+ between us).
Nov. 17, 2018
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By the way, if I rebid 2 I am certain that the opponent I played this against would have doubled 2.
Nov. 16, 2018
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You can run it through deep finesse, but the hand takes 8 tricks; sry I forgot to mention that partner's were the AQ9. The 9 was obviously huge as LHO cannot hold the lead and the hand is cold for 8 tricks in nt.
Nov. 16, 2018
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Doubling 3 would have been a big risk for sure; they do not know that their partner has 2 cashing tricks.

In addition, they knew that they were defending against a fair declarer in me.
Nov. 16, 2018
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If I had doubled 1, it goes (P)-P-(1)-dbl-(P)-2-(3)-P-(P)-and partner would need to decide to double and I would pick 3 and play it there. Partner may choose some other call on that auction.

Bottom line is that my choice to pass then dbl resulted in us landing in comfortable 2 contract and getting a cold top.
Nov. 16, 2018
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Wrong on needing incorrect opening lead; the hand is cold for 8 tricks in nt; always makes exactly 9 tricks in ( K lead to bare ace; back to ace, cash , ruff first 4 tricks)
Nov. 16, 2018
Leo Lasota edited this comment Nov. 16, 2018
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Partner chose 3 with this hand, and the auction continued:

1-(2)-3-(4)-5-(P)-P-(dbl)-All Pass.

I went down 2 for -500 and a zero on the hand.

I held:

AKJ10
void
J98xxx
98x

There were 2 hands that I held 9 HCP, with 64 shape, spot cards and all of my points in my suits so I opened.

I bid one more with a void on this hand, as I had 6 and a strong playing strength hand.

I would prefer that partner started with dbl to announce a good 9+ HCP and defense for at least 1 of the majors.

The opponents would have gone down at least 1 in 4 doubled (likely down 2).

North held:

xx
AQJ
Kxx
AQ10xx
Nov. 15, 2018
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While making an initial takeout double with this hand would have been reasonable and I expect many would have done so, I did not because:

1) we were at unfavorable vulnerability, and I would not feel confident if partner competed to say 3

2) we may still get a chance to come back into the auction if appropriate

I made the 2nd rd double here, and partner rebid 2 and played it there.

Partner scored 10 tricks for +170 for a cold top; if the opponents had defended perfectly, they could have held partner to 9 trick for +140 and an average+.

Partner held:

KJxx
9xxx
Kx
QJ9
Nov. 15, 2018
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Most would agree that this hand was worth at least forcing to a small slam.

I felt that I only had 2 options on this hand:

1) bid 2nt (naturalish, forcing, no fit)
2) raise and take control

I did not like 2nt because partner may be caught in a bind on what to rebid. As was mentioned by some others, we know that partner does not have a balanced hand with 5 when they rebid 2, because they would have just rebid 2nt with 22-bad 24 with 5 if they were 5332; rebid kokish 2, followed by 2nt to show the GF balanced hand with a good 24+.

I chose to take a slightly aggressive view of my hand. Even though it is just 11 HCP, it is an 11 count with plenty of potential (4 controls, a 5 card suit that could be a source of tricks in nt or pitches if we end up in a suit contract).

The uncontested auction went:

2-2
2-3
4-4nt
5 (3 keycards for )-5 (queen ask)
5 (queen , plus K; may have king or also)
6 (asking specifically for 2nd rd control)

Partner is supposed to bid 6 without 1st or 2nd rd control; re-cuebid 7 with the K ; bid something else with singleton/void in ).

Partner's hand was:

AKQxx
K10xx
AQJ
K

Partner rebid 7 and I passed and partner went down 2 with a 51 trumps break, so we scored a 0.

Partner was supposed to bid 7nt with the K , and this makes as 2 of 4 things work on the hand:

1) K was onside
2) Qxx was in front of my AJx

The hand had other possibilities for 7nt ( splitting 33; coming down J10x, etc..).

This was not a great grand slam, but it certainly would not be the worst grand slam that we have ever been in.

-100 was a 0; +1520 would have been a tie for a top.
Nov. 15, 2018
Leo Lasota edited this comment Nov. 16, 2018
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I chose to rebid 1nt with the hand, and the auction went:

(P)-1-(1)-dbl-(P)-1nt-(P)-2nt-All Pass

Partner held:

9xx
AQx
Kxx
Q10xx

The 1 bidder held:

KQxxx
xxxx
AQx
x

The opponents were cold for 4 on the hand. However, partner's negative double combined with my 1nt boxed them out from finding their fit.

The opponent led K, and it went low-Ace-low. RHO switched to J-low-low-low. RHO continued to their partner's ace, and they continued a 3rd round of . I cashed all 6 , keeping 2 & A in dummy, playing the overcaller to be 5431 based on the play. I scored a 9th trick for +150 and a cold top. However, the hand was cold for 8 tricks in nt and +120 would have been a cold top anyway since the best score for our side was +110.
Nov. 15, 2018
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Partner chose to balance with a takeout double with this hand. I liked the takeout double more than many others seemed to feel.

The big negatives to a takeout double are:

1) the hand is about the worst 10 count you could hold for even considering balancing with a double (no controls; 2 of the points are the Qx of their suit)

2) you may go for the dreaded -200 at mps, or on a really bad day -500 or so if doubled.

The positives to doubling are:

1) they may be cold for 8+ tricks in (likely looking at this hand), and partner may be able to make something or get out for -100 our way

2) the fact that we have 10 HCP reduces the chances that the opponents will double us

3) partner may have a solid 14ish hand with 4 or 5 good and we take them for a big # in 2 dbled.

The auction went:

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

I held:

xxx
A98x
Kxx
K52

The 2 bidder held:

AKJxxx
x
xxxx
xx

I played it carefully for down 1, losing 2 and one of everything else. -100 was a cold top on the board.
Nov. 15, 2018
Leo Lasota edited this comment Nov. 15, 2018
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I chose to bid 3 with the hand. I considered 3 (which partner would have interpreted as a good raise in ). However, partner would likely expect something like 8-11 HCP with 3 or 4 trumps for that bid. Even though I have 5 card support, I downgraded for the flat distribution. Also, 2 of my 7 points are Qx, so it was a questionable 7 points.

The auction went all pass and partner played 3 making 4 for an average board. Partner had a perfecto fitting hand:

Kxx
AK10xx (with Qxx in front of partner's AK)
KJx
xx
Nov. 15, 2018
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