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game before slam.
Aug. 16, 2013
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How can a bid like that be unlimited (10+ with no upper limit) anyway? How would opener know whether to try for slam? What specific hand shape did it show? In the entire round, this was the first time they made that bid with such hands? Or did they change their system between the third and fourth quarter?
Aug. 15, 2013
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It depends on whether they agreed to psyche lead directing bid.
Aug. 15, 2013
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I think what happened was 1 and 2 had byes 3,4,5 played 12,11,10 respectively in head to head. 3 teams qualified from 6,7,8,9. That made 8 qualified.
Aug. 14, 2013
ATB
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1N semi-forcing is a way underbid. If opener has Kxx of D and an A, and they can't run 5 tricks on you off the top, you make 3N. Begin with 2D and the slam should be reached relatively easily. With the actual auction, surely 3D is another serious underbid?
Aug. 14, 2013
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All of you, it is time to stop this. For those of you who think it is dangerous for Israelis in Bail, what do you think you are doing putting Migry's name out there? Please take this to another thread and remove her name from the subject!
Aug. 13, 2013
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Well, there is only one person who makes derogatory statements about players. Although it may seem many more because of the sheer number of posts by him. Now that i have blocked him, his posts show up in red as “this comment has been blocked”, and it seems the whole screen is red.
Aug. 13, 2013
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By definition, ELC (E for equal) means the bid must be at the same (i.e. equal) level. Therefore 2D over 1N cannot be ELC. It clearly shows a strong hand. Why would the doubler take it out? Even if he has a “weak” distributional 4450 hand, advancer's 1N has shown values, and who knows what C he has vs what D he has. This is true even if the opening bid is a M. The example hand you showed had full doubling value. Why guess to play in a 5-2 fit in D.

Many (most?) do not play rebidding 2M by doubler as “weak” even if it is truly at equal level.

Aug. 13, 2013
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OK. The cards played in the first two rounds actually make a difference. Compare finessing the Q vs. banging down the AK, counting only those cases where one succeeds and the other fails. Finesse wins when E has Qy72 (y = T or 9), but loses when W has Q4 or Qy4 and gives E a ruff in C. Qy72 with E is twice as likely as Q4 with W (I believe I am right that there is no restricted choice here), and equally likely as Qy4 with W.

So what you do depends on the risk of a singleton C with E. If there is no chance of that, you finesse. If there is greater than 50% of that, you play AK. It is not possible to guesstimate that based on the info you give. While E is unlikely to lead a singleton C with Qxxx in D, there are other factors coming into play.

By the way, I don't know the purpose of playing a high trump before going back to N to lead a second trump. Even if D Q drops on the first round, there is no way to avoid two D losers.
Aug. 13, 2013
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@Steve. How does that make sense? What if both partners do that, pass 14 pt hands because there is no game unless partner opens? You will be passing out a lot of 28 combined point hands.
Aug. 13, 2013
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Below is something posted by Migry in another thread:

“Thought to mention it as a few days ago someone posted that I was denied a visa to Bali, which was completely untrue and unverified with me or the USBF/WBF. I did not enjoy being the “celebrity of the day” nor the fact that while the right people are making all the efforts to get me one (through the proper channels and bridgewinners is not one of them), 248 comments (most of them not even to the point) found their way into the thread.”

May be the people who are still continuing to fight this out should start another thread that does not have her name on the subject out of respect to her?
Aug. 13, 2013
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Certainly doesn't make sense to “cheat” for 2 imps.
Aug. 12, 2013
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When people can't even agree why women's game is shrinking, or whether women's game even serves a purpose, how can they decide whether to discontinue it?
Aug. 12, 2013
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Since S was unhappy, it sounds like he/she thought there was something not kosher.
Aug. 12, 2013
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Well, now that Paul Cronin has told us it is MP (since he said 6N is better due to higher score), then it affects how you should play 6D. I think in 6N, the % play in D is to finesse, making like 65% of the time, and most people will be in it. You have no chance of beating 6N score in 6D if both make, so you need to play so that 6D makes but 6N does not, or that both go down the same. If D finesse is on, you are losing to 6N. So you have to assume it is off. If D is 3-3, you are also losing to 6N, so ditto.

You have to hope W has Qx in D (6D makes while 6N does not if finesse) or Qxxx, so bang down the AK. If Q does not drop but T or 9 appears, make the anti% play in D (anti restricted choice e.g.).

By the way, the C lead is irrelevant because you are comparing to 6N.

Perhaps Paul wants to rephrase this problem as one for IMPs.
Aug. 12, 2013
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Please explain why 6N is better than 6C. In 6C, you can play D AK, ruff a D high and draw trumps, making provided both D and C no worse than 4-2, or if D Q drops doubleton even if C 5-1. Or you can just play like how you would play 6N if you prefer. 6C should be at least as good as 6N while offering other possibilities, and definitely better than 6D.
Aug. 12, 2013
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The question is how to get to the best contract 6C (making provided both C and D no worse than 4-2 plus other chances) or the next best 6N, and it seems both 2D or 2S initially would work the same.

How ominous the C lead is depends on how obvious it is in the bidding that you have no M loser.
Aug. 12, 2013
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But if they set 3H X, then they could have won either by bidding 5C on the last hand or not made the unfortunate lead of D against 4H on the penultimate hand. Probably at their level they do not get rattled, but it must be difficult to lead against 4H right after letting opponents make 3H X.

Aug. 12, 2013
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Seriously Dean Poky, does everything have to be about you? The Grue team lost a heartbreaker, and YOU are angry? How they deal with the loss is up to them. None of them owes us, least of all you, an apology.
Aug. 12, 2013
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On the first hand, if LHO leads dummy's suit (), is it really a restricted choice situation? LHO seems to have quit a bit of info about which lead is safer given the auction.

Sorry, wrote RHO earlier. Of course LHO was the leader
Aug. 11, 2013
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