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Strict mechanical rules remiove judgment
4 hours ago
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Yes, we had not discussed it and both of us would likely have taken it as a splinter.
Jan. 14
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Yes but Gambling 3nT would be a solid minor with no side A ir K, like x xxx AKQJxxx xx.
Jan. 14
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Thank you all for your comments. Actual results don’t mean that much but FYI the board was played 9 times woth an 8 top. 4 pairs played in 4H, 1 making (420) and 3 down (-100). One played in 4NT down 1. 4 pairs played in 3NT—-3 pairs scored 10 tricks (430) and one pair went down. The 5 scores of -100 scored 2/8(25%), the sole 420 scored 5/8=62% and the 3 430s scored 7/8=88%. No 400’s!
What might be an interesting calculation is to assume the field is divided into 4 equal groups—- 3NT acoring either 400 or 430 and 4H taking each of the two above lines. True I’ve ignored 460s and sets of 3NT, calculating the expected matchpoint score of the two 4H actions in context of some 600s and 630s would be informative for anyone willing to perform this exercise.
Jan. 13
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Agreed. All the C players make this bid ans unfortunately get away with it 35-40% of the time.
Jan. 13
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Jacoby with 3 trumps? Not ideal. 2C with only 3 clubs and 4S is not iseal and common in this area. Don’t see why you prefer these to bidding a 4 card spade suit. Your point about raising with weak hands is obvious, and 1NT if 100% forcing makes sense, but what about natural bidding with a full opener?
Jan. 12
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I dont know of any standard game forcing raises with only 3 trumps, so 1S seems normal. What would you suggest after partner’s 2C? A 4Th suit 2D? Then if partner jumps to 3NT decide to pass or bid 4H? Partner has shown 2 suits (which he doesnt have) and you have QJx in his major, an opeing bid, and nothing in the 4Th suit. Maybe its a style issue on opposite sides of the pond.
Jan. 12
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Given that 1H-1S-2C-3H is invit., not forcing, what natural auction would you suggest?
Jan. 12
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Yes. South passed
Jan. 12
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Ben: If you did not have the agreement to split spade invites into these two camps (3S=5, 2N/3S=4), what would you prefer, 2S, 3S, 3C?, other?
Jan. 11
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Dave: If the trump suit were known to break 3-2 I would guess best would be to lead from board and finesse twice. However, 4-1 breaks could make this risky or cumbersome. So I’m thinking that “best” would be to play Ace first and then low, and if LHO can duck smoothly with Kxx you pay off. Am I wrong?
Jan. 11
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Craig: I am with you 100%. And I recall Kit’s article about the negative psychological impact of a disaster of this sort which carries on through the match. There is also (for me) the positive psychological impact of ensuring the contract at the cheap cost of one imp occasonally—and that helps me play my best for remainder of match.
Jan. 11
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Richard: I do prefer 2-way (Nagy or Kokish I think they’re called) in developed partnerships. However this was a very infrequent partner (near expert in cardplay) and it had not been discussed, so “natural” (or “help suit” if you prefer that term)for game tries. Partner held Qx Txxx Txx AJTx and declined the try. With a 4Th trump and 3 tens, I would have accepted with his hand. I also think AJx(x) is a better choice for a natural try than Jxx or even JT9. I generally do not ask for help in 3 loser suits if I have an alternative.
Jan. 11
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So your partner resulted you and erred when he told you you erred by passing over 1S? Has bridge really come to the point where you are supposed to overcall 2D with a balanced 12 count and indifferent 5 card suit?
Jan. 10
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I would try 4D with Kx spades. Remember this is a passed hand.
Jan. 10
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In reality, 4H with an infrequent partner. However, I feel strongly that 4 level new suit bids by a passed hand advancer guarantee a fit (FIT SHOWING) and forcing to 4H so I am helping partner with any decisions beyond 4 Hearts.
Jan. 10
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??? Looks like about 1 1/2 diamond losers, or slightly more, opposite 9xx, is that “playing OK” ?
Jan. 10
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Wish I was there.:)
Jan. 9
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So if you are bidding game, i.e. 4S, why wouldnt you make the more descriptive game raise, i.e. 4C? Are you worried about information leakage or do you consider 4C stronger than 4S?
Jan. 9
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Frances: I guess you would have bid 3S with that after the double? Note that something like J9xxx xxx xx xxx has excellent play for 4S.
Jan. 9
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