All comments by Michael Shuster
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He concealed the card. Intent to be determined, but he doesn't get to benefit from that.
Dec. 31, 2019
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3NT would be frivolous by my rules: One of my criteria is “A known 8+ card major suit fit where one hand is known to be at least 5=4 in two suits.”

The other criteria is “A known 9+ major suit fit”
Dec. 30, 2019
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From the vote, it appears to be too dangerous to do so with heart support (partner might pass) or without heart support (partner might not pass) so it seems it is just flat out a bad call.
Dec. 30, 2019
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This is -1 and a player memo and a discussion. If there was any attempt to conceal the 4th diamond, a C&E committee. You cannot let players get away with these gamesmanship shennanigans.
Dec. 30, 2019
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2NT is natural. Passing it with a balanced 5-count is normal.
Dec. 30, 2019
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Look at all the people bidding partner's hand for him on this thread. All those suggesting partner is 7=6, 7=5, or even a more tame 6=5. You know who knows what partner's shape actually is? Partner.
Dec. 30, 2019
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You don't think that partner with 6=0=(5=2) is going to bid over 6?
Dec. 30, 2019
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If partner is 7-0-1-5, he isn't done bidding.
Dec. 29, 2019
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Double instead of 4??? I hope that has zero votes at the end. East bid 6 expecting to have a shot at making. It is tempting to save in 6, but with an ace and a partner who opened the bidding, I'll leave the final decision to partner.
Dec. 29, 2019
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Sam Dinkin and I tried Kit's method in a bidding drill for several hours scanning 5=4=3=1 hands. Scanning the 3-card suit vs not scanning it broke really close to even. In about 90% of hands, it made no difference. In the remaining 10%, each method won around half.

Kit's might have been ahead by a hand or so when we called it, deciding to just do what we already knew rather than switch to something different where it was unclear it was better. If learning it from scratch, I might do it Kit's way.
Dec. 28, 2019
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Hi Ian,

For better or worse, we don't count a singleton king in our control count (we use 2/1) and we don't ever scan a singleton. If locating a singleton king is the key to the city, partner can use keycard to find it. We built in Caspar relay breaks in all four suits, although by the time exact shape is known, clubs will be gone and sometimes hearts, too. Our method does have the benefit of simplicity even if imperfect.
Dec. 28, 2019
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Spending a step to scan for singleton king is iffy and we don't do it. You can work out singleton ace from the other scans.
Dec. 27, 2019
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If you have xx in a major, maybe you have either 5 diamonds or a club raise.
Dec. 26, 2019
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North has a normal raise to 3. He doesn't have a double of 3. South can't pull the double on the apparent misfit. The only thing South could do differently is not overcall, but that is just being a result-merchant.
Dec. 26, 2019
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N/S should have been playing Kokish after 1 - 2.
2 = 5+ diamonds
2 = 4=4=4=1
2 = Good club raise
2NT = min NT range
3 = Bad club raise

This hand would have been trivial.
Dec. 25, 2019
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Its a club game. The director screwed up badly and prevented a normal table result from being possible. In the process he spilled a ton of UI. This is an Av+ to both sides case.
Dec. 25, 2019
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At this point, it is just directors error. Both sides get Av+. N/S get a warning, but if they were more experienced a PP.
Dec. 24, 2019
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I suppose you might want to try to distinguish:
1 - (P) - 2 - (3) -
3 - (4) - 4 - (5) -
6

From

1 - (P) - 2 - (3)
3 - (5) - P - (P)
6

The bottom auction is very clearly natural to me. The top is a torture bid.

Zia talks about slippage… where one suit is agreed, but at the 6-level a new strain is offered.

And I'm with Marty; I generally use 5NT to ask for strain, possibly including a new strain.
Dec. 23, 2019
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“No new suits at the 6-level” is a terrible rule. The 6-level is not the 4-level.
Dec. 23, 2019
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Well, it depends on how likely we think the other table is to wind up in 3NT or a partscore. I'd expect vs. many opponents to have a positive expectation for 5.
Dec. 22, 2019
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