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I got on an airplane in Oakland on Board 22 when the lead was about 35.

I land in Dallas and read THIS? Will look at the hands - must have been a helluva rush. WD Nickell
May 20
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2 way isnt crazy.

1. Look at your hand and try to work it out.

If that fails,

2. Look at RHO's carotid artery.
May 19
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Spot on.
May 19
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1 1N 3 showing a variety of strong hands including 4 is a good treatment here. Google Jeff's Magical Elixir.
May 17
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I give my partner latitude in 3rd seat. Wouldnt dream of doubling and 9 or 10 tricks wouldnt surprise me.
May 17
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I dont them myself but using 3 of a minor to show the corresponding major is sensible.
May 17
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Unplayable methods. If you play controls, you need a cheaper way to show spades.
May 16
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GIB East is currently serving a suspension from the WBF.

GIB East jumped to 7N on a 6 count after GIB West's explanation of its jump to 5 was “28 to 30 Total points” when in fact GIB West had a shapely 17.

GIB East then initiated a DDOS attack on GIB West's servers causing an outage across BBO for several hours.
May 16
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Finding a fit always trumps handing out speeding tickets when we open a strong NT.
May 16
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The perfect solution if you play the gadget (Like Steve and Bobby):

2 = inv or better in diamonds
2 = inv or better in spades

Here, you can start with 2 and then show secondary spades with 2.
May 16
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May 16
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Pretty sure RS wouldn't make a FJ with this hand type.
May 16
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Max, I was commentating during (at least) one of your segments.

This was one of my favorite hands (not just from you but from the event so far): (Board 13 - edit)

http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/handviewer.html?bbo=y&linurl=http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/vugraph_linfetch.php?id=56991

Early in the play you shifted to the 2. On a passive return, declarer can eventually get the 5th club going and lose the lead to Debbie.

Declarer had not tested clubs fully, so he could know if he needed to hop K. The A gives him 9 - and the Q forces him to cover since he cannot afford to lose three quick heart tricks.

Only the 2 gives him a losing option.

Nicely done!
May 16
Phil Clayton edited this comment May 16
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The problem with introducing hearts is that if partner has heart support, the opponents rate to have a big spade fit. I am fine splintering or even just a direct 5.

I don't care for 3 - it should show a much better suit like AQxxx if we choose the call. Partner should be turned off with a singleton heart, but 5 is excellent if he has:

xxx
x
AQJxx
Axxx
May 16
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“ If you knew, for example, that 4♠ was a keycard ask instead of a control bid, might you double for a ♠ lead with the appropriate holding”

And I find this example unpersuasive.
May 13
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The idea is to prevent dumping.

For instance if my team is way out in front and we are playing a weak team who is on the bubble with one of the favorites also near the cut line, its to my benefit to lose big to the weak team to take the strong team out of the event.

Sequestering mitigates this scenario, because with three matches to go, its not clear what teams are near the cut line, or how far out your team may be - so dumping may not be as cleat-cut.
May 11
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The 5-3 frequently creates an extra trick with a ruff. The 6-2 seldom does.

But that isn't the point. I remember only once in 20 years of playing Friv 3N of ever wanting to use it (and it didnt fit the below requirements) when we have a 6-2. If you consider the standard criteria of:

1. 8+ trump fit
2. Both hands wide ranging as to strength

and, less frequent (but I still play)

3. Dummy hasn't bid a natural 2N

The number of auctions where you might need it is small.
May 11
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Can go either way, but a reasonable exception is that it DNA to a 6-2 fit where 3N can be a viable strain.
May 10
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Greg, if you have to explain a joke….
May 9
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“The Board President had presented them to the Board of Governors up to 3 times a year for the last several years. Jay gave us these three:
Grow Members
Grow Members
Grow Members”

Why am I being reminded of an early scene of The Matrix?
May 8
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