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I have known Russ for quite a few years and played many years on a team with him. He was truly one of a kind. We had a great team when in 2009 we won the Spingold together. He loved “his” system (ultimate canape), which i also have played for years. After that success i played quite a few events with Russ. There was no negotiating. We always had to play “his” system. He kind of despized standard american. R.I.P. Russ you will be missed
Dec. 13, 2018
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Anyway on the actual board 40% picks up 9 imps, 60% loses 12 imps
April 10, 2017
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Partner is know to have values because: you have 6hcp, preempter 2-8, 4D-bidder not likely to have 18(15 at most): so partner must have values
April 10, 2017
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Is not that likely they have a solid diamond fit together. They tend to bid differently. i am pretty sure you can expect partner to have (some) diamond values
April 10, 2017
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I might be getting too old to bid
April 10, 2017
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On this hand your partner is known to have values. Yes i am thinking about bidding, but i wouldnt. Actual result on the board not important, but i will share with you later. Btw most black suit cards will be wrongly placed too (usually).
Note: i am NOT saying i am right. It is just my opinion.
April 10, 2017
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True Jack, but here you can safely assume partner doesnt have a strong nt or something.
We give him KJxx/Qx/Kxx/Axxx. This is not a bad hand. Right?! You are between down 1/2. And they are not sure to make 4♦️. Ofc we can give partner a hand where we make 4❤.
Kx Kxx Qxx Axxxx. Nearly cold. So that is possible too. But you can also run into something like: Jxxx Q AJx KQxxx. Not so much fun now
April 9, 2017
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Sorry ; just noticed i missed a word :-( (or 2).
Opponents are world class players and like aggressive preempts:-)
April 9, 2017
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Maybe i should consider a career in the movie-business, since i am so prominently present in the video
March 11, 2017
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For sure also a valid point and true on the current layout :1)
Aug. 26, 2016
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Finally one i understand :-)
Aug. 25, 2016
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All true Aviv, i am not stating that 3nt is not possible. I am stating that it is far more likely to fail than to make. Partner has from10HCP 4450 (i expect him to bid with that!) to 11-16 with 4441 to some other shapes 12-16. The problem is if he has stiff club. You probably need 9 winners after a club lead. Even if partner has a good hand KJxx AKXx Kjxx x it is still prettyfar from making. But it is a purely theoretical discussion. i was just curious how most would vote :-)

Btw has not much to do with trusting partner/not trusting opponents. If partner has perfect shape he can be pretty light
Aug. 25, 2016
Louk Verhees edited this comment Aug. 25, 2016
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At vul i would expect partner to have short clubs way more often then not. Suppose partner has someting like Kxxxx Akxxx xx x what is he expected to do over 3C. I think 3nt may be a winner(a big one then), but very often a loser and sometimes a big one when you get doubled.
Aug. 25, 2016
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Indeed (esp at mps) passing seems a decent shot too with 2 1/2 tricks. Not my style, but could easily be the winning bid (as it was on this occasion)
Aug. 25, 2016
Louk Verhees edited this comment Aug. 25, 2016
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Josh that is all true ofc, but :
1) you need partner to have a pretty good hand to make 3NT
2) why would 3D be a stupid contract, partner may be weakish with both M's and then correct
3) in 3NT you may get doubled which may make it expensive
4) if 3C specifically shows 5-8 then 3NT is not a sensible bid. You agree on that?
Aug. 25, 2016
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I ofc agree 3NT could be the right bid, but the question is what is most often the right thing to do
Aug. 25, 2016
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I also wonder if 3C is described as 5-8 if that changes your call?
Aug. 25, 2016
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Though i understand 3NT it may be a huge stretch…. Is partner supposed to pass with 4450, 10 HCP or so?
Aug. 25, 2016
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I actually think the main advantage of passing would be that when they are weak you maybe can come in later show 2-suiter
June 9, 2016
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2H because i they play the hand you DON'T like a minor lead. 2H not so risky even if they have game values
June 9, 2016
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