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Patrick: Not as good for NT as suits, correct. But still positively correlated with value for NT, and when you open you don’t know whether it will play in suit or NT, so hands with plethora of Aces and 10s and 5 card suits and synergies (AJTxx)are worth more in just about any contract. Check Thomas Andrews Fantasia website.
12 hours ago
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That is because the K&R evaluator severely undervalues unsupported Jacks, counting only 0.30 for Jxx. Also only 3.8 for Ax and 3.9 for AT. Next time dummy shows up with Jxx or Qxx in spades, you will appreciate S10.
15 hours ago
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There is almost always an excusable exception. Now for my original aphorism:
“1NT making 2 is better than 4S making 3.” :-)

I guess your spin would be 1 trick less in both cases.
16 hours ago
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And 1NT with Kx may be positionally better, but shortness and 1stop still makes it wrong, IMO.
16 hours ago
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Always transfer. That’s what Larry Cohen Specifically advises. Saves energy. Always defensible in post mortems. Doesn’t mastermind.
16 hours ago
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I would upgrade playing 15-17, but I’m sure most of the players in my regular club would not, and to my observations that dsy, did not. The 5 card club suit with AJT combo overwhelms the Jxx weakness. As long as you do play 14+ to 17, what could you be waiting for.
Additionally, the average balanced 15 count has 5.0 controls, here you have 6.
Dec. 6
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Wasn’t there an old (very old) bidding “rule” or guideline that a strong 2 had to have more quick tricks than losers? Reminds me a a hand from Queens, NY in 1974. Red vs White I hold — —JT9x KQJT9xxx. (4losers) of course I didn’t open 2C, I Opened the super sound 5C—haven’t seen a Super sound unfav. 5C opener since!
Dec. 6
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Richard: “Inexperienced science fair experiments”?! At these colors and matchpoints, I think it would be very common in many field to see a Michaels bid that Weak, and even if so that would mean a cold game for opponents so I doubt we’d see a “massacre” even with that. Perhaps partner might be more disinclined to Michaels opposite a passed hand? Don’t know. 3S may be better—-don’t know, hence the question, but Double does combine lead direction And spade interest cheaply, and was suggested by the strongest player in the event, so cannot be bad, as the voting above suggests.
Dec. 4
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Terrific! Well done! Seeing you guys in action in local NY/NJ tournaments, we knew it was just a matter of time!
Dec. 1
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Mike: Why wouldn't it also apply for 6m? Try A AKQ AQJ109xxxx —.
Now look at expected score (Vulnerable) and compare it to the
distribution. :)
Nov. 30
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Steve: Of course. Reminds me of my SOUND preemptive 5C opening at unfavorable Vulnerability in 1974, — — J109x KQJ109xxxx.
Nov. 30
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Richard: Thank you. It is remarkable to me how many local older, competent experienced players are unaware of this simple rule I recall from 1950s & 1960s texts. An opening bid of 6 requires raise to 7 with A or K of trumps and demands a pass with any other holding. An opening bid of 5M similarly demands a raise to 7 with AK (possibly 2/3), a raise to 6M with A or K (arguably Q) and pass with any other holding. It seemed to me that I was the only one in my area to recall that.
Nov. 30
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Of course East will always continue with KQJ9x as he did. It’s lesser holdings that are relevant, like KQJxx. KQ98x, KQ9xx. The idea of playing Jack first to cater to this is interesting though I’ve never seen or heard of it—-I gather it promises the 9 and asks for unblock or count. I don't think anyone would play 10 under the King from 10xx, so playing the 10 seems to give 2 pieces of info (no jack, and stiff or doub) which seems more important than low.—IMO. But if I was confident I woyldn’t have posed this problem for the BW experts and crowd!
Nov. 30
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Bernard: I don’t understand this. If you can deny the Jack by playing the 10, wouldn’t that “prevent” East from leading into AJ (Unless he was willing to anyway).
Nov. 30
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From East’s perspective declarer might have 12hcp instead of 14, leaving West with a red entry. From West’s perspective, declarer could have the Jack and informing partner of that could be critical(to avoid Bath Coup). And if West plays low and East works out to play low from KQJxx, declarer can duck.
Nov. 30
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South failing to bid SOMETHING is poor in my view, but how on Earth does North choose to rebid spades on 5 when Pass and 2H are available?
Nov. 30
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Craig: Right, oversight. But what about when East does have 5H or other shape to act over 1NT?
Nov. 27
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What if the couple are feline lovers and the other child is Shroedinger’s cat? :-)
Nov. 27
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In second simulation you have a 5-3 heart fit, so EW will never play in NT.
Nov. 26
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Esko: I did mention four “vulnerability states”, or “colors” to you, limiting the forms of scoring to just two. I knew someone would expand on this, but limited the poll choices.
Nov. 26
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