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All comments by Michael Shuster
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Why not 4NT over 3? All you care about is the AK
Dec. 9, 2012
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trump queen is irrelevant… AKxxxxx of clubs is a grand.
Dec. 9, 2012
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West needlessly complicated the auction… 5 over 3 would have been appropriate.
Dec. 9, 2012
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I bid 3NT here, burying the hearts, but would have opened 1.
Dec. 9, 2012
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IMO, you should avoid a major fit to play 3NT when you have a long suit and fast tricks outside or significant extra values. Neither is the case here, the only fear is that partner is mirrored. Whenever partner is 4432, the opponents will have a successful attack available in partners short suit, so I don't think this is the hand to avoid a major fit.
Dec. 9, 2012
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Or partner could have a couple fitting queens in the same shape, and you make at least 8 tricks in spades. In all these cases, 1NT will be cold on the expected heart lead. Partner need not be as weak as Yehudit's example hand. If partner is so kind to have Qxx, Jxxxx, Qxx, xx, you will be a favorite to make (and 1NT will have an easy 8 tricks, so even -1 would be a win). If partner is kind enough to have more shape, Qxx, Jxxxxx, Qxx, x, then the defense will have lots of problems holding you to 8 tricks. Never mind the cases where you actually find an 8 card fit.

Is it so attractive at MPs to just say, “I'll take -120?” Yeah, methods would be nice here so we could find diamonds when right, but passing is downright cowardly.
Dec. 8, 2012
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I thought the point of the problem was stayman or no stayman. Much surprised by the votes for not continuing to game, and that may of those votes come from good players.
Dec. 8, 2012
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Partner is overwhelming likely to have no more than two clubs. We aren't getting rich vs. 1NT, so it behooves me to do something pas is just giving up! It seems reasonable to hope for partner to have a few spades over there to go with his club shortness.
Dec. 8, 2012
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The alert procedure is for the benefit of the opponents. When you screw it up, you pretty much have to suck it up and take the worst of it. It sounds like you've made some interesting system choices (from your other ethical problem as well), but trying to gain efficiency through artificial methods will backfire in this way unless you are very practiced in the partnership.
Dec. 6, 2012
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I think the decision between double and 4 is non-trivial.
Dec. 5, 2012
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You don't have to worry about hands where partner has two aces and a club singleton, since he will double 3 with that and you can get to game anyways. It REALLY doesn't pay to play partner for the perfecto in front of him.
Dec. 4, 2012
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don't worry about the K. Just play a grand on a hook.
Dec. 4, 2012
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The relevance of a poll on how to bid in a specialized system is minimal. People aren't familiar with it, so don't know the other options you had and negative inferences about what bids mean now.
Dec. 2, 2012
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If partner holds something akin to Axx, —, AJxxx, Qxxxx then you have equivalent play in spades to diamonds and NT is bad.

Edit, it would be equivalent without the double of 4… as it is, spades might be best just to make partner declarer.
Dec. 1, 2012
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I wonder if the people who failed to double mis-read the problem.
Nov. 30, 2012
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And furthermore, a forcing pass means “I am not certain what to do.” This information DUPLICATES the UI. When the AI duplicates the UI, partner is free to do as he pleases.
Nov. 30, 2012
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Disagree about the spade void. With a hand like:
–, Qxx, Kxx, AJxxxxx, he should bid 4S over 3S, since he knows 3NT will be hopeless with bad clubs and no spade entry. Meanwhile with a stiff spade instead, 3NT is much more attractive.
Nov. 29, 2012
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I think North's defense is correct. Why can't South have the spade ace and small trumps?
Nov. 29, 2012
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Another aspect of the problem is those that who are well versed in the laws and committee's best understand what to say to the directors and committees to make it more likely to receive a favorable ruling. It sounds to me like E/W needed a good bridge lawyer.

Nov. 29, 2012
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I can tell you're angling for a 3NT response, but this isn't the hand to do it. Even when you steal a spade trick, you need to find 8 more fast tricks. Where are they coming from… you'd need hearts to run and to find 3 diamonds…. so you need something like Qxx and Kxx and not blow to the DQ AND you'd need another trick if LHO stays of a spade lead altogether.
Nov. 29, 2012
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