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Like Gabor says, opener has denied spades.
July 7
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The only decision is whether to bother inviting or just bid game. In a “pass or bash” on balanced hands method, I'm definitely reaching for Hamman's hammer (3NT). I may have seen better 8-counts, but I don't recall when.
July 6
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I've done OK super accepting with 3M = max values, 4 trumps, not 4333. Gives no information to the defense except “I've got a doubleton if you can find it”, which was odds on anyway.
July 6
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I'm not sure you are wrong, I'm used to playing Precision where this hand is an an obvious (though maximum) 1.
July 5
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Not sure I follow that, Gonzalo, assuming checkback/XYZ is in use.
July 5
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Marty Bergen's rule that 2NT in competition is never natural is playable, but I am less sure about how he distinguishes Good-Bad 2NT from Scrambling 2NT.
July 4
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As South, I would ask director to roll it I back. I would apologize to North for hesitating at the wrong time, if I had to take one, it would be better to huddle before bidding 5NT, or better, before bidding 4NT. Never ask a question unless you are prepared for any answer.
July 1
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Exactly, strategically. Director should view the self serving statements the perpetrators will make with a much greater degree of skepticism than in the more normal case. Is it not 99% certain that “I was going to bid 7 anyway” is not merely self-serving but a bald-faced lie? Part of directors job is to asses the credibility of what the two sides claim did or would have happened. The laws do not prohibit the use of common sense in this case, IMO.
July 1
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Yes, I really like 2 which either gets us to 3 making easily or East hammers 3 if they take the push.
July 1
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IMHO, “Hesitation Blackwood” auctions are a case where “if it hesitates, shoot it” is the right approach.
June 30
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1-2
2NT-3
4-5
5-5NT
6-6

2 = Clubs or balanced, GF
2NT = 6+ hearts, extras
3 = Sets trumps
4 = Keycard
5 = Two no Q
5 = Kings?
5NT = K
6 = Asks for K
6 = No, and no K

This also finds 7NT if North has AK A K
June 26
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1-(1)-X-(2)-3 and now responder can ask for keycards in clubs (for me 4 Kickback).
June 25
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They were a minority choice but stolen bid has some big name support. My preference is for Martin, a good example of a generic defense. See Richard Pavlicek's Junkyard Defense to artificial two level openers for another example of a good GD: http://www.rpbridge.net/7g76.htm">http://www.rpbridge.net/7g76.htm
June 21
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Qxx just won't be enough to stop spades by itself, I try 3 to ask for spade stop, and partner bids 4 with his stiff spade.
June 18
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I could maybe see opening these cards 4 in third seat if the partnership plays light first seat openings, as the chance of slam opposite a passed hand would be less than the chance of a successful spade sac by opps. But in first seat, 4 is too bat-crap crazy to be considered merely insane!
June 13
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My suggested rule for partnerships anywhere short of world class experts: Pass is forcing if and only if one partner has bid or forced to game on power.
June 11
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East might have been thinking “slam invitational values”, forgetting that what he said would be interpreted as “(game) invitational values.”
June 4
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Field protection does not appear in the current lwas and never has.
June 4
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Bob thank you for easily memorized system of advances over raptor! I look forward to trying this. I agree with you that passing flat hands that would have bid a natural 1NT is a good trap for the respond on air crowd.
June 3
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North-South made reasonable guesses in a crowded auction and guessed wrong. That's why people preempt. Far less imps/mps are gained by keeping opps out of makable games/slams than by goading them into unmakable ones. I have far less sympathy for the famous disaster in an unobtructed auction.
June 1
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