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The question was about semi-siblings.
23 hours ago
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37 pages! This must be a record.
I am at page 14 and can't help thinking “poor Mr Yates”.
April 20
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Glad to see that the BW community quickly came to the rescue.
April 14
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Not quite. When you rebid 1N partner will never guess you have such a nice six-card suit. He will not “correct” to 2.
April 14
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Brad Theurer are you listening?
April 9
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DZ: But this hand IS a “bad 12 54xx”. Yet in previous paragraph you wrote “E hand is not a minimum, hence accept…” Do you wish to un-contradict yourself?
April 9
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West issued a Limit Raise. There is nothing wrong with being at the top of your range once in a while.
April 8
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Brad T, in your “smart” system, after 1-2, Opener will sign-off in 2 and West will re-invite to show the 4 trumps and a maximum LR. Still the question remains: Should the East hand accept the invitation? Personally, I wouldn't.
April 8
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That's the whole point of the OP. If you pause to “plan” the next trick, then, from your opponents' point of view it looks like you took a finesse and the queen held the trick. In which case it's normal to stop and think a bit since you didn't know ahead of time the outcome of the finesse.
On the other hand…
If you “crossed” to the queen then you knew what you were doing and why you did it and you don't need to pause to plan the next trick. I am surprised a champion like you didn't get it.
April 7
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Try Siri then.
April 7
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I'll have to remember that one: when torn between two leads choose a third one.
April 5
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On the contrary. It's the only way to create an entry to hand to take the club finesse. Even if you have to lose a trick to the K. Luckily, today, the Rabbi was watching.
April 5
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After a high level preempt, bridge becomes a guessing game. What's the justification for bidding six over five hearts? This West hand is not a “Joshua Donn sound weak two.”

P.S. A Lightner double will fetch a spade lead.
April 5
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If 3 by East is not minimum noise then what is?
April 4
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Next to their verbs.
April 4
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I'm so sad… bridge is no longer an Olympic sport…
April 1
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TY AB.
March 30
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Who was Opener? East?
What is Carousel? Canape?
March 30
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To Richard Fleet: Platnick and Diamond, witty, yes, and sooo right! I was going to comment that, in a system where East's opening shows a hand in the range 15-17 HCP, East-West will not have trouble reaching 4.

With all due respect to the late and great Harrison-Gray, West does not have what it takes to bid 2.

Finally, I blame North-South. Here's why and how. South, Dealer, coulda, shoulda, opened 2, even in 1967. After which, whether E/W will reach 4 will depend on North's action:
If North bids 3, a TO double from East will see West bid 4. Thank you North.
If North keeps quiet, the double of 2 will see West bid 3; no reason to bid more. After which East will pass; again, there is no good reason to go further.

When his partner preempts, North has the difficult task of determining whether the preempt had done its job or whether it is necessary to up the ante.
March 16
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Now I'm hooked! I know it's going to be an obsession. I won't sleep at night until I reconstruct the complete Nirvana system of no-trump responses.
March 14
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