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All comments by Lucian Parvulescu
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I believe it is a good practice to invite on any 8 points holding (except for 4333 of course) and to bid game on any 9 points hand. 1nt-2nt would be a D transfer so 1nt–2C doesn't promise a 4 card major if invitational. I also enjoy X after an intervention on 2C by opener to be penalty, but I don't know if that applies to the responder as well.
March 30, 2015
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Here 3S should show the dream 65 holding. So 2S is a max hand (for the 1S bid) with good values aka exactly what I have. It is important for p to know how much his high cards matter. 3D is not descriptive enough.
June 3, 2013
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There is something that seems to be ignored. 4D is either choose your major or a strong forcing bid. Either way it promises some high cards (9+ usually). Slam seems like a very good try. The only problem is: which slam. Therefore I think that 5nt (bid your best color) is the most suited (btw I hate slams, but c'mon if that is not a slamish hand what is?).
I am a bit amazed of the high number of 4H bids and not disappointed with my result of 2%.
May 22, 2013
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The alert card has this information written on it. It is required (although players are not doing so) to place the alert card on the bid before your screen opp makes his call. You must write the explanation if required (so that you, your opp and the TD have the same information). But if none of these were made, always call the TD. It doesn't matter if this board is not important for you, perhaps it is to other teams. You don't have the right to decide for yourself the result on a board obtained by a procedural error of any kind. Just allow the TD to do his job.
Dec. 7, 2012
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Thank you all for your answers and ideas!
I guess it is better to play double as 3 spade support and a fine hand, while 3S is 4 card support. But without previous discussion direct double should still be penalty oriented, while balancing double is an obvious take-out. On this particular hand (not that it matters) 3HX would have gone for 800 and 4S would have made (the other hand was: J109xx; Q; 10x; AJ10xx).
Dec. 3, 2012
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This should be an easy bid: 4C. I want to know how many key-cards my p have with C as trumps. After I find that out I can always bid a number of spades or NT. With x; xxx; Kxx; AKQxxx my p would have made exactly this bid and I am very close of making even a grand, although I would only play 6NT. Why jump and make difficult bids if I can ask for information this easily? Oh yes, I am the first to bid 4C, what a joy.
Nov. 29, 2012
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The 6nt bidder is likely to have a long suit, maybe diamonds. I would be very upset to create a finesse against my p by leading a minor. A spade lead could give the 12th trick (the declarer should have the ace) so the safest lead is a heart. I am not into great expectations to lead a spade and find the Q + (A or K).
Nov. 27, 2012
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2S leaves the most room for biding, not 2NT. I want to know if my partner has a balanced holding (something like 3325 with good overall stoppers) or an unbalanced hand with let's say 6 clubs. So the best bid when I want to play something between 6 and 7 hearts is the one that allows my p to describe his hand the best he can, and that's 2S. We are going to declare in hearts so our king of spade is protected, and we are not playing MP to search for the 6nt contract.
Nov. 16, 2012
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Andrew
3H seems indeed a good choice. I can't agree that partner will pass having 1H because I didn't make the 3H bid after 1nt (I hope I could bid 3H with 6 good hearts or any 7). This should indicate H+C and ask p to bid pass, 4h or 4c depending on his values and H length.
2H should indeed indicate a better-quality suit because partner can never leave from this contract.
There is one more aspect that should be noted: the partner of the 1nt bidder didn't find a bid after 2C, therefore he shouldn't have 5D or 5S. Because of this our partner is likely to have 2S and 3D in his hand + the 6 clubs. So 3H is also a preemptive bid against 4D (it is easier to bid 3D rather than 4).
Nov. 14, 2012
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An interesting question is: what is the difference between X followed by 3nt after 3S and 3nt directly. It should be that I have only 3 spade cards and I ask my p to bid 4S with 5+.
Because they have 9 hearts my p have only 1; the only bad scenario is that when he has 0 points and 4144, in any other I will play 4m or 4S on a 8+ cards fit. To pass with 22 seems like I really hate this game, while 3nt straighforward is unidirectional, I have a partner and I want to still have it after this board ( or not? :) ).
Nov. 13, 2012
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You made a game forcing bid and p decided to just bid game.
He would bid 3D or 3H with invitational values against a normal 12-14 count. He could very well have: Qxxxx; Qx; Qxxx; xx. With this 4H is most likely the last train.
Nov. 13, 2012
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I have a single hart, and my opponents bid 1H and simple raise in white…how is it possible for my p to have only 2 cards in that color? His hand is 4351 or 4450 with the strength of a game forcing hand over a opening (13+), so a soft example is:
KJxx; Qxx; AQxxx; x .I'll bid 4nt (to try a grand slam) followed most likely by only 6 spades (because I'll miss a key card).
Pass at 4S seems a huge disbelief in my partner and his knowledge about an inverted bid (and that's not Walsh, is just common sense bridge).
Oct. 4, 2012
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4H should be just fine…I am too weak to try a slam with 4C, even 4H could go down, but that's a decent try.
Oct. 3, 2012
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1nt opening seems best (what should I do after 1S from my p as a response to my 1C), but like the biding went 1nt seems as a forced 12 count response. I have 15. 2nt now doesn't promise 18-19 as w/o interference. So why shouldn't I make the natural response of 2nt (to show an unbalanced 15-16 count with 2 stoppers in hearts and no fit). After all my p wasn't forced to bid 1S, maybe he has a reason for doing that in red (else than 5 spades and nothing).
Sept. 28, 2012
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E saw the penalty oriented double of 2D and he chose to bid 3S..why should we assume that he is insane? I agree that double at 3S is penalty but not against a 0-1 defensive tricks hand. Plus I can't expect this to go down more than once, so at IMP I can't see any good reason to pass. If they go 2 down 3nt is likely to make, so I'll make the very normal and safe bid of 3nt.
Sept. 28, 2012
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Even with 19 total tricks (10 spades and 9 hearts) it might still be a bad result…while with 18 is clearly a bad choice to bid 4…plus I only have an extra spade, that shouldn't be enough to bid.
Sept. 20, 2012
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I would bid 4C to show a 2-suiter and correct to 4S after my p will bid 4H. 3D misses the spade game, while double could be passed. Maybe a game forcing bid on the diamond length is better after 1C instead of the negative bid.
Sept. 20, 2012
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