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Members of the Hampshire & IOW team kindly provided me with their opponents' auction to 7NT, but we agreed that it was “best sent to the dustbin of unsuccessful ventures”.
June 13
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My enquiry also elicited this response:

Our auction Berks and Bucks (I had the strong hand)
2 (Benjy Acol) 3 (nat)
3 4
4NT (RKCB) 5 (1)
7 7NT

I could safely bid 4NT because if partner had the Ace of Clubs he would 100% have bid 4 over 3 rather than just 4. So I knew that 5 showed K.
In our methods, 5NT over 4 would have asked partner to choose a slam, not GSF.

Unfortunately partner bid 7NT as "his hearts were a source of tricks”.


Is anyone from Cambs & Hunts or Hampshire & IOW able to fill us in on what happened in the fourth 7NT match?
June 12
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I've done a little digging and found out the following:

“Our sequence was 2-2-2-3-4NT-5-7-7NT (P P dbl), partner who resists Exclusion forgetting that he had Josephine available. The same sequence occurred in another match.”

I think that it's reasonable to “resist Exclusion” in situations like a 5 response to 2 because this sounds like a natural bid. But in sequences such as the ones in my article Exclusion can't be a bad convention, with or without my suggested extension.
June 12
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Sorry - I meant to use the word “standard”, to mean any system (including 2/1) where 2 is the strongest opening bid.
June 12
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I think that it's a very interesting scoring format that is also used in the Lederer Trophy, an invitation event that attracts some international teams from outside the UK.

My team (Surrey) discussed tactics just before the event and we considered a specific case where you were playing a standard contract of 3NT and had a risky play for an overtrick that would lead to one down if it failed. We concluded that it was generally worth going for the overtrick if it worked more than 70% of the time. So your situation (68%) is right on the borderline. In practice the cut-off point could be different towards the end of the match if one side had a significant IMP lead on the earlier boards.
June 12
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I voted for 5 HCP because the suit warrants a lead-directing bid. But I might open this or stronger hands 2 instead.
June 8
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Yes - this DOPI-style approach should work well, especially with our simple “456” MOSSO approach. Not sure how this fits the 445566 Odwrotka approach, or the various newer forms of Bubrotka.
May 11
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I've played SWIFT or MOSSO for 4.5 years without such a delayed intervention, but it happened to me for the first time last week at my local club.
May 10
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You're right: https://app.pianola.net/Results/Session200890/Travellers/16

Can you blame West for leading a diamond? After 10 and 8 won the first two tricks I had an easy run to ten tricks.

Even the best defence of a low spade lead and a diamond switch would have given me eight tricks and a good MP score.
April 26
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RF: Yes, I remember overcalling 1NT on a balanced 0-count at favourable after partner had passed. He put down two kings but both aces were over them, so we gained 5 IMP for -1300 against +1470 in 6NT+1. I was inspired by something that Terence Reese had written (can't remember where). But I prefer the new scoring and I'm happy not to be able to make the same bid again. It's the one and only time that I've entered 0 in the “tricks made” column.
April 19
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Even thinking about bidding is an overbid. We could already be too high.
April 16
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No Fear Bridge is (as the name suggests) a fun bridge learning site for beginners and improvers. There are interactive tutorials for beginners plus numerous practice hands for declarer and defense play at various levels of difficulty. Also quizzes and practice on bidding and leads.

Go to www.nofearbridge.com for American style bidding (SAYC) and www.nofearbridge.co.uk for UK Acol bidding.
April 13
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Pass. I use the principle of the transferred king in this situation and I would not have forced to game without K opposite a takeout double in direct seat. In my book the cue bid is only forcing to suit agreement and not to game. Opposite AJxx Qxxx Kx xxx even 3 might go down.
April 10
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Double. In my book this is for penalties, but suggesting only 4 hearts.
April 5
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Partner's shape might well be 2=4=2=5, in which case 4 could be our best contract.
April 2
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When I play 2/1 I use the sequences 1-1M-3 to show 18-19 balanced with 4 card support. 1-1-3 would be available as a mini-splinter. But in MOSSO these three sequences are all defined as mini-splinters because opener can safely force to game by rebidding 2 or 2NT with 18-20 (or 23+) balanced.
April 1
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You don't need serious or non-serious 3NT in this auction as opener has closely limited his hand.
April 1
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Same for me. But I use this in conjunction with 2-way Checkback (2C Puppet to 2D with subsequent bids invitational, 2D GF Checkback), which is vastly superior to simple Checkback.
March 30
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I think that David's approach is excellent and I'll be asking my partners to play it with me. The EB article is written as a tip for “improving players” and is perhaps not particularly simple, but I guess that most of us are trying to improve our game.
March 29
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