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Never discussed treatment of 4S overcall with thi partner, but convention card of almost everyone in my area has TO doubles of preemptive openings through 4H. If that is agreement, I don't see why it should change for a preemptive overcall.
5 hours ago
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Hi Kit: Another interesting and practical hand as always. The Play of low from AQTxx towards 9x has a touch of MortonsFork Coup to it. How often do you think a strong expert in East's chair would rise with Jx or Jxx, partly to give impression of KJx and partly to grab the lead and put a club through? Thanks.
13 hours ago
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Craig: You travel in tougher circles than I do. At the club almost everyone but me chose to pass, and yes I was prepared and hoping for the 1S response which I happily passed.
15 hours ago
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That might not work well if partner jumps in clubs. It would be nice to have 1-2 clubs for an ELC, imo.
Aug. 18
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Bob: That's exactly what happened. Although I hadn't opened this light previously I used colors and chair to try 1H. Partner responded 1S and we bought it there for +110 and a top. partner held Q98x xx KQTxx xx. Partner, who I hadn't played with in 25 years, started in with shock a a lecture about passing with only 9 hcp or if anything 2H but never 1H. I had the pass of 1S planned well in advance. I'm glad to see my instincts were at least modal.
Aug. 17
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I'm interested in the thoughts behind the 1H call, as opposed to 2H or the “book” Pass. Is it considered more preemptive than 2H, or planning to pass any response, or 2 aces so no preempt, or other?
Aug. 16
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Partnership agreement. The convention card has a spot for this and I usually put TO doubles thru 4H. If 4SX is for TO then agree on card, otherwise 4NT TO as 2 or 3 places to play.
Aug. 16
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Love it! I hate bullies.
Aug. 15
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The standard (that is, in black) treatment on the convention card is WJS in competition but not in uncompetitive auctions. So “standard” would be weak, which I can play, although I would prefer to not make the bid at all without discussion. In uncompetitive auctions I always play Strong JS (Soloway style) and if my partner is enamored with WJS or doesn't have any experience with SJS I just tell him not to JS at all.
Aug. 15
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Steve: I've seen many hands where the least lie might be to treat QJx as a King, otherwise the value of the hand isn't expressed, e.g. with AJ9xxx xx Qx QJx (to me a 2-bid), to simply rebid 3S after 2NT might miss too many games, so I'd bid 3C. Personally I prefer OGUST and would treat theis as “good hand bad suit”.
Aug. 15
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You're welcome!
Aug. 13
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Isn't DOP1 (Double zero, Pass 1) the same as DEPO?
Aug. 13
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Since you were presumably always going to finesse West for 3-1 trumps, Ruffing high only loses to stiff queen on right, while ruffing low loses to other cases. If spades are 2-7 or East has Qx hearts it doesn't matter. A very beautiful ending, requiring perfect timing. Before my time is up I'd like to pull off just one smother play. The Devils Coup is also on my Bucket List.
Aug. 13
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Not sure I get your point. If you think this hand falls into 1NT range, or that a 1NTunderbid is the smallest lie, then add a jack or a couple of tens, or anything else that puts it between a 1NT and 2NT strength ( but presumably too light for an SJS for most).
Aug. 13
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Ed: Thanks. You are very kind.
Aug. 12
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I looked up the hand . Partner held 7 solid hearts and the diamond ace, so +650 no matter what you choose was a virtually flat board.
Aug. 12
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Ken: I don't recall the specific results and I don't think any one result is very important. I will say that I try to avoid locking into any rigid dogma more than in the past. 40 years ago I would have likely opened 1D and rebid 2C or perhaps 1C then 2C partly because I viewed rebidding 1NT with a singleton is an anathema. I still feel that way for small singletons, but recognize that a stiff high honor is “sort of” a substitute. I also appreciate more the advantage of starting with your longer suit in some situations. I would still open 1D with the xxx x AKQJ Qxxxx example above, but with all the factors in this hand I would (and did) open 1C and rebid 1NT. With a small stiff heart I would not. And with AKx x Jxxx AJ9xx I would open 1C and rebid 1S!
Aug. 12
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I really don't understand the issue of the spade stopper. We all commonly rebid 1NT here with xxx spades and and 3244/3253/3235 and of course 3334 hands, even extreme as xxx xx AKxx AKxx or xxx xx AKQJ Axxx, right? Treating the Stiff king as the “lesser flaw” vs a 1D/2C 4-5 distort or rebidding a 5 card suit seems like a sensible view and here the modal view. You may disagree with the weights of the various flawed actions, but opening the longest suit and treating stiff king as xx is a sensible option IMO.
Aug. 11
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Thank you all for voting. I posed this problem from last week's common game to sense the diversity of opinions, which have changed historically. Many thought 1D-2C was “automatic” regardless of suit texture, more common in 20th century than now, ignoring or downplaying risk of landing in a 4-2 fit when responder has 4=5=2=2 or 3=5=2=3/4=4=2=3 and a constructive 8-9 count. Others considered opening 1D first a complete anathema, for the above reasons, although Larry Cohen's lessons offer examples of appropriate usage. Then there are the camps that either refuse to rebid 1NT with a stiff, albeit king, and do not mind rebidding 5 card suits.
Enough going on in a common hand type to create polarized discussions for a while. Thanks again.
Aug. 11
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Well, that's one good reason to play Walsh. (after 1C-1D a rebid of 1NT is balanced with one or both 4CMs.)
Aug. 11
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