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All comments by Nikolay Yaninski
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Perhaps it might open a discussion whether or not some psyche is worth it in this case or not. Or if some 5332 would be better for the occasion. I myself considered 1 in either major, Dbl majors. 2 might not be awful as well.
Nov. 2
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Dbl IMO should be used here for “I want to sacrifice” so I see it as a probably better alternative than direct 7
Oct. 28
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I agree.
Sept. 13
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I think that by bidding 1 we already decided the fate of the board to some extent and I think it is generally a bad style to bid anything different than Pass here.
Sept. 13
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Jxxx is very often a terrible lead and it is not a strange fact at all. It is good only when we find strong combination in our partner's hand.
Aug. 15
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100% forcing, therefore pass not LA - as mentioned above, 7 is good idea with this partner. Otherwise 6 is clear.
Aug. 5
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1 could definitely be made with 4-4-0-5.
July 31
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No (5th + 4th would go through 2).
July 31
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Yes, we do play so.
June 23
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At this VUL Pass seems most reasonable. What I definitely don't find attractive is bidding 3. Change the VUL and I would find it very close between 4 and 4.
May 28
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No words to express my joy of reading this.
May 16
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Not only that it is possible, it is definitely a minimum in the context of constructive raise.
May 8
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An overcall would most likely be more helpful to the opponents than to us.
Not keen about a 2 Opening with 4 small , bad suit and a side Ace.
April 12
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I do like 3 more also but definitely wouldn't object 2. Both might work.
Jan. 6
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I don't really see a reason why we should be playing without cards. Can't we just bid with the devices but play with cards? Sure, some Fantunes shenanigans are possible but is it worth it?
Jan. 4
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Now I saw that I messed things up by not specifying that we play precision and 1 is 10-15…
Guess that I would leave it like that because many people already answered and it is probably not worth another poll.
Dec. 24, 2018
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In reality South ducked and got ruffed for down 1. There were players which said that jumping with the Ace is mandatory for them and I wanted to check what is the opinion here. Not ducking loses only when East has Kxxxxx and we also have 9 card fit so in my opinion the chances for this split are probably 2-3%. Hence, jumping with the Ace is only good if you are absolutely sure (how can you be?) that West is never leading there with the King. Another thing to mention is that from Game Theory Perspective if you never make such leads you might be writing 6= as a defender if being exploited. And in general, that is a good reason to try to be unpredictable for the opponents whenever possible.
Dec. 24, 2018
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Did not occur to me to Dbl, honestly. Perhaps might have considered it. Reasons for playing Dbl = Penalty is that we have 3/3 to invite so it might be a useful weapon occasionally. I went overboard bidding direct 4, perhaps expecting possible mistakes by the young South and overvaluing my hand in general (Kxx Qxxx xxxx xx is a great game). Partner had J9xx xxx Qxxx Kx
Young boy had Kxx KQ KJx Qxxxx
He made a mistake so I went down 1, still for a bottom (almost every table made 9 tricks)
Dec. 24, 2018
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