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Hi Rafael!

Play with and against better players is always a great way to improve. But most important is that they tell you what you could´ve done better on the board. Try play with different partners from time to time as well.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Thx for all the response. This kind of discussion has been up a few times because it tends to be alot of disagreements and misunderstandings in similar situations. This hand came from a recent tournamment in Netherlands: https://www.bridgebase.com/tools/handviewer.html?bbo=y&linurl=https://www.bridgebase.com/tools/vugraph_linfetch.php?id=59433 (Board 25)

Luckily me and my partner had an agreement and I was able to solve the problem but one other table got this wrong.
Oct. 18, 2018
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Yes. With singleton heart and 4 I see no reason to not pull the double to 3.
Oct. 9, 2018
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Agree with Marshall on most things pointed out. With my own general agreement I would never Rdbl without a real support, thus 4 here and extra values. After Rdbls I like penalty throughout so I couldn't come up with a more describing bid than Dbl on this hand. I wanna see my opponents make 2H with a trump lead if partner decides to Pass my double.
Oct. 8, 2018
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3H = GF
4C NAT and on 4C partner will tell us which is our working suit;
4 for Diamonds
4 for Clubs
4 for Spades
Oct. 4, 2018
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Partners hand was QTxxx, KQT, Q9x, Ax. Dbl would often lead to problems on this hand while 2H/2S would probably lead to 4H
Sept. 4, 2018
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With / / it wasn't hard to make. With any club it was possible but hard to make the contract.
Sept. 3, 2018
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No, rdbl would show points
Sept. 3, 2018
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Not really. I know partner could very well have 5-4 in majors but there’s a few hands with 6-4 you decide to show it as one-suiter instead. So usually partner has 3 only when (54)31.
With that hand I would Pass 4. But same bidding before that.
Jan. 9, 2018
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A stayman doesn’t require four hearts so there’s more hands than that. With the 5-4/4-5 I stated smolen was available in the article.
Jan. 9, 2018
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Thanks for all the comments. On the actual hand I was North and here is my own input:

First of all I was about to quote Marion's first sentence. I want to see who wouldn't open North's hand 1NT. For me it was absolutely obvious to open 1NT and never considered anything else. Anyway, that´s not interesting on this board.

Since most Swedes have been schooled the same way I would say we do have some general agreements of certain bids so that's why I said 4 is splinter. I think you´ll have to look in the deepest caves that still exists if you want to find a bridgeplayer that's playing Gerber.

Then I was playing with an Open Team player so I was assuming we were playing Last Train (I know he plays that with his partner and I know he knows that I play Last Train with my partner).

I agree I would´ve started with a transfer on South's hand stating the same reasons that has already been mentioned above.

What I wanted to say with my bidding was firstly the 4 that “I did not get excited when you bid 4 as splinter”. But then when he continued bidding 5 on my sign-off I was looking at my hand again and I feel like there´s a bunch in my hand that is unknown to my partner. Whenever my partner only has four spades I think my fifth spade is extremely strong. When he splinter with 4 it´s odds-on he has 4+ and then all my diamond honors are worth gold because then I can escape this hand with no losers in hearts if my partner has the ace only.

For me it wouldn´t be a suprise if we were making grand when partner bids 5. Give him something like AKxx, Axxx, Axxx, x. That is “barely” a hand that would continue over 4 so it has to be stronger than that.

I read Roger's comment and that is what made me think “maybe I´m the thief on this board” because that was exactly how my partner was thinking when bidding 5. But then my partner still gives himself all the blame on this board and he think I was bidding my hand “perfectly”.

Anyway. It´s nice seeing many World-Class players disagreeing on this board because that means it wasn´t easy :)
Jan. 8, 2018
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I was waiting for a comment as Braig's. If I double 1 here I will be afraid that my partner will expect me to have 1-2 hearts. Only time I don´t is if I have exactly a 5440 shape (or a weak hand with 55 in minors). I think most people would double on this hand but it wouldn´t suprise me if that puts me in a harder decision later.
Jan. 4, 2018
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Well done!
Dec. 7, 2017
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Sorry for a bad explanation of all the bids. We have to bid 4 to show 6-4 without showing any tempo in the bidding. 4 would just be a transfer bid (on 4) to show either slam-force or To Play 4.
Nov. 6, 2017
Mikael Rimstedt edited this comment Nov. 6, 2017
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On the actual hand partner had KQx, AJxx, Kx, QJxx so 3NT was slightly better since you´ll make when Kx of is on-side. But if you swap K to A 4 is superior.
Oct. 17, 2017
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Fantastic win by a fantastic team! First I got beaten up by the European champions in Budapest last year(France) then getting beaten up by the World champions in Lyon this year(USA 2). I´m really not suprised these were the two teams competing for the world title. Thanks for great entertainment all these days. Amazing bridge throughout the whole tournamment! See you all soon!
Aug. 26, 2017
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Wow!
July 24, 2017
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Very well played. It's amazing how it never gets old watching all these superstars on BBO!

I've been watching most boards that's been played on BBO and one who impressed me alot was Ralph so I asked myself if he ever does any mistakes? But then I remember a board I played against him last year (or two years, can't remember). In a 4-card ending he had to guess if he should play me for defending normally or defending like an idiot. He played me for defending normally and … I guess I already revealed the answer ;-).

Thanks for a world-class entertainment and celebrate well!
//Mikael
May 7, 2017
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Congratz! Well played
March 20, 2017
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It is Sweden's first team-medal in the Junior category.
Aug. 14, 2016
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