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What were the actual matchpoint scores for 9, 10 and 11Ts. I’m assuming that Zia was allowed 10 tricks (but not 11) instead of 9?
9 hours ago
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Whats even more interesting is if opener is 2=4=4=3 with no club stopper and “punts” with 4D. Ifvyou have 4=3=4=2 do you bid 5D, 4H or possibly an antisystemic pass? Could/should you pass 4D with a 4=2=4=3 10 count. Never thought about any of this. (While bridge is essentially a finite game, its kind of an infinite game for finite minds! At least my finite mind anyway.:))
March 24
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Agree with David and others. Trying to land on a dime at 3level is impractical. So 4s and gamegoing values.
March 24
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And for those who vociferously complain about those who convert “obvious” 2-3 choice bidding problems into multifaceted polls, think how much more information could be gleaned by finding out what fraction of the 3H raisers would have passed 1NT and what fraction of the passers would have gambled Stayman in the first place?
March 23
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Dave: So would I, but given the Stayman choice, I really don’t know what is percentage at matchpoints (P ir raise). The BW field seems to be saying”well you got lucky to get into hearts instead of going minus in 2NT so be happy. “ This probably would have been a better problem at IMP, especially red.:)
March 23
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Is 6H supposed to be a good contract? Can’t bethat much over 50%, requiring 3-2 breaks in both majors?
March 23
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I think you are saying that in second seat this is a stylistic matter between a 1H and 2H overcall, but once partner is a passed hand you may as well “get your hand off your chest” in one shot, and just bid 2H, then subside. IMO a good general strategy.
March 22
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I’m not sure whether BW uses 4Th best or 3Rd and low, so to me S6 and S3 are equivalent.
March 21
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Craig: Great call. Opener’s actual hand was KQJxx Kx Kxx xxx. Despite the good spades, an aceless 5332 12 count doesnt seem an acceptance. And while 4S isnt cold due to the diamond suit, just about everyone made it.
March 21
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Wow. Danielson!! I know someone who used to play that with Bob, Ill ask him!
March 21
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While I play Kokish I am far from expert on the convention. However, it was my understanding that after 12C-2D-2H- which “forces” 2S so opener can either rebid 2NT (25+, gf) or show hearts or hearts and another, responder can override the 2S “puppet” and bid a very long suit (good 6, or 7). If thats correct partner “could” bid 3H here instead of 2S to show these hearts. Somebody is sure to point out my folly.
March 21
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Agree 100%.
March 21
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Yes, 3H is a nice touch if you are not bidding 5D immediately.
March 21
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What about 5D immediately. Why torture partner with 4D? Also 1D then 5D should show something outside of diamonds while 5D immed.Does not. Do you plan to let opponents or partner play in anything but diamonds?Then an obvious raise with 7 controls. If partner opened 4H red vs white, could you not find a slam with Axx J Axxx AKxxx?
March 21
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The problem is that many would assume this would show 2-3 in suit, not small stiff, and might jump to game on an indifferent or even weak 6-bagger, relying on an 8 card fit.
March 20
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Congrats Alex. For those of you who have never met Alex, in addition to being a bona fide genius he is the sweetest, kindest and most helpful person you will ever meet. (Hope I didnt embarrass you Alex!)
March 20
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Thanks Nick and Timo (and Jeff). Even when Nick disagrees with me (which is often!:) he almost always sees my point.
March 19
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Of course we arr running diamonds first (losing to a Garozzo as East who ducked Qxx!) but you’d still have to cash all the spades before a heart finesse, lest East exit small spade. I’m not sure the odds of West holding spade majority are that high, maybe only 60-65%.
March 17
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Can I assume that on the second hand a statement such as “I get a Free club finesse or ruff-sluff” would be 100% sufficient"?
March 17
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Steve: Once the diamond finesse works, it seems better to hope West has singleton or doubleton HQ or H10 in which case AK hearts insures contract. Here that fails, but you could now hope for west to discard his 5th diamond erroneously (to endplay him in spades) or guess the CQ in ending. However, your suggested line has much appeal!
March 17
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