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I believe some people, albeit the minority, would show 3 card spade support before 4 card diamond support. Much more a matter of style than a right or wrong issue IMO. So leading a diamond to cater to declarer's QJxx hearts without diamond ace seem like the best chance.
7 hours ago
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Michael: Thanks, this is sensible to me. Many who play Drury only rebid 2M with subminimums, e.g. Balanced 11s and less, and bid 2D for all “full openers” including balanced 12s and bad 13s. Your version sounds like you would include these minimum-minimums in with the weaker hands bidding 2M, and save the 2D call for “good 13s” and up, to be able to stay at two level more often.
Given your usage of Drury with 8+. Am I correct?
April 23
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Michael: This is very informative and illuminating, thanks. Could you please inform as to how you differentiate between passed hand Drury raises of 8-9/10 (constructive raise by UPH) and the more classical 10+/11+ Drury raise. I agree that you need the 2D space for “room” to be able to show an opener without getting past 2M, Drury's main objective, but do not see how you differentiate between hands that could not bid game directly but would want to be Game o
April 23
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Michael: This is very informative and illuminating. Updated to appropriate section. (With difficulty, not savvy in tech)
April 23
Leonard Helfgott edited this comment April 23
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I scored zero. But googled it afterwards. 1916 for mile high club??? Seriously???
April 23
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And if 1H is not passed out, aren't you ahead of the game, i.e. Haven't you “won” the auction?
April 22
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You could cue 4H after showing a long strong suit with a big fit. I've always preferred showing a long strong source of tricks to a splinter when making a major suit raise.
April 22
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Michael: I surmise from your comments that you prefer 1-way Drury to 2-way. Is this because you prefer to keep 2D as natural or because you prefer not to give opponents more information, or both, or other. I have no strong opinions in either direction, playing it either way at partner's preference, just asking.
April 22
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What about fit showing with diamonds vs. invit with diamonds? You've managed to split the club bids. Is there something to be done for diamonds as well or do we choose which is best for a passed hand 3D? (I've always liked FSJs)
April 21
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Natural but a good 11 or for us stuffy types the very poor 12 you couldn't bring yourself to open. Otherwise, something artificial as Mr. Donn suggested.
April 21
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To All: Thanks for voting. Apparently the consensus is its a 3 1/4 heart bid, modally for an invite but much more for a game than signoff. I initially didn't specify form of scoring, which was matchpoints, so a few might be a tad more conservative than if they were shooting for the game bonus.
In reality the opposite hand was a very soft, low control 17 count with 4333, but with excellent hearts, i.e. Kxx AKQ Q10xx QJ9, so with the spade ace onside as expected 4H is cold providing you rise ace of diamonds on the obvious singleton lead. (I rarely if ever superaccept with 3 card support, and certainly not here with 4 controls and 4333). A simulation with other hand types (more controls, fewer/weaker hearts, etc.) might be of interest.
April 21
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Sorry. Matchpoints, from yesterday's Common Game.
April 21
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So you don't play Texas in Comp.? I guess your answer is the equivalent.
April 21
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Excellent analysis, Alan.
April 20
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You might argue, as most modernists do nowadays, that 1C-1S-2C-2H is not forcing, as “new suit forcing” has been replaced by the expanded 2D as “minor suit forcing”. But when there is no room to invite with nmf, (3C is both game forcing and an unnatural space waster) as with 1D-1S-2D, then 2H must be a one round force. However, with this problem hand Mike Shuster's 3S seem the least of evils. I like 1D-1S-2D-2H to show hearts.
April 20
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what is Foxu? Is that some spinoff of the Fishbein Convention?
April 19
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See immediately below
April 19
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The use of “twice” is not correct. Depending on the specific situation the odds could range from somewhat less than 2:1 to as great as 99:1, and conceivably higher. Better to say that a played card is more likely to have come from a holding where the player's choice was restricted (usually optionless) than to have come from a holding of two or more essentially equal cards. With no external information the odds for the classical A1098x oppos. Kxxx are 11:6, not 2:1. For the case of AKQ8 opposite xxx, when you have seen opponent play 2 equals fromJ, 10 and 9 behind AKQ8, the odds are, I believe, 30:11 that is, 10 to one-third of 11 or about 2.73:1, not 3:1. IMO
April 17
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Against most club players I know playing low by East would 200% deny the ace.
April 16
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And West shouldn't??
April 16
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