Join Bridge Winners
All comments by Mike Ma
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Richard, I don't disagree that if count is irrelevant, then the first card may be used for SP when appropriate. As you said count is important is hold up situation. That is not the case here, but even here, knowing whether declarer has 5 or 6 is crucial to the defense.
Aug. 22
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
The litmus test is if someone would upgrade the same hand 1st and 2nd seat as they would do so 3rd seat.
Aug. 22
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I always find it funny when someone opens 1NT their seat with 13 playing 15-17, and claims they are upgrading with a straight face, but would never open that hand 1NT first, second, or fourth seat.
Aug. 22
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
@PL. With T872, if first is count, you obviously cannot play T on second , so you only have two choices, 7 or 8. I like to play that the higher card is a clear signal for higher suitl, while the lower may be for lower suit or no strong preference. Other people may play it differently. So the way I play, the 8 would be a clear signal for , which I would not show with this hand.
Aug. 22
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
David, i don't know if this was imps or MP. S may have KJTxx and KQx. He would not want to test the before taking the finesse because it will makes it crystal clear to defense to switch to a . The point i was trying to make is that if you make a SP for with these and you would do it in some other hands with KQTx, how is partner ever able to figure it out?
Aug. 22
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
You can't have KQTx?
Aug. 21
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Yes, big mistake for declarer to shorten N's trumps.
Aug. 21
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
How does E know whether to SP or ? Change one of W's hearts to clubs, and switch by W would be right.
Aug. 21
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
When E plays a small trump, W plays small. From then on, I don't see how declarer can make.
Aug. 21
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
2 = natural, what is advancer going to do with x, x, xxxxxxx xxxx?
Aug. 21
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
My question is why is it useful to show or deny the J.
Aug. 20
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Steve, I did not ask the question about for reason that I did not know what to do (see my response to Timo below). It was a rhetorical question.

Timo, I am familiar with 3rd suit forcing idea. As I pointed out, the luxury of using it to sign off with 5=4+ M weak hand only works if m = . If m = , then 2 becomes an artificial bid, and there are other ways to bidding without having to resort to that. 2 is a playable contract, so I am content to give up the 2M contact when that comes along (infrequently).
Aug. 20
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I don't notice any correlation between bracket and nastiness. There may be different manifestations of nastiness.
Aug. 20
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
If you never give count on any lead throughout the hand, this is what happens. E.g. why should E think it is important to show honor or no seeing KQx on the board?
Aug. 20
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I won't call them ignorant. 2 forcing is a perfectly legitimate way to do things, and no danger of disagreement until the next bid. Indeed, 2 natural and forcing is the way I like to play. What if the opening bid is ?

Whether 3 here is forcing or not should be part of meta-rule. E.g. all bids over 2NT forcing.
Aug. 20
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
1) E's P should show a willingness to play 2 X. Impossible you say? What is E to do with (21)-4-6? Surely you have seen N makes a gratuitous X of 2 in this situation.

2) If E XX, that would ask W to bid her better M.

3) W's XX after E's P = I don't care, bid your better M.

4) 2NT by E would have be “Ogust”

I am fine with missing 4. Interchange W's and and 4 is not a piece of cake.
Aug. 20
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Obviously the OP meant 2 to be forcing. So what is the point of all the comments saying 2 was NF? At least 80% of the people in ACBL land play 2 as forcing. I once used the term 3rd suit force at the club or sectional, and opponents (Flight A players) thought I a) didn't know the difference between 3rd and 4th in the English language, and b) didn't realize only two suits have been bid prior to the 3rd suit bid.
Aug. 20
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
It seems that if these examples are the worst of why Bracket B is not enjoyable, then playing Bracket B isn't that bad after all.
Aug. 20
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Brad, as I commented before, it would have been much better having a bidding poll on what to do with S's hand over 3NT.
Aug. 19
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Richard, Steve thinks his 3 partners are the other 3 people at the table.
Aug. 19
.

Bottom Home Top