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Certainly to bidder has an obligation to state what he thinks his bid shows?
July 31, 2016
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db 4- Lotan places board right and short, rho pushes it to the center. This is the Heart preference. Schwartz pops club A and plays HK and another, with no apparent thought (imho). Start looking at 28:35.
Sept. 5, 2015
Richard Kendall edited this comment Sept. 5, 2015
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Robert- How can this pair, who clearly demonstrate they are “not on the same page” when it comes to their “methods” (using your examples) win “everything in sight” for the last 2 years?
Aug. 29, 2015
Richard Kendall edited this comment Aug. 29, 2015
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As an aside to this discussion, suppose your third seat opener is AKJx, KQxx, xxx, xx and you choose to open Flannery. Partner never plays you to hold 4-4 in the majors, but knows this is possible from prior experience. Is this a legal conventional call. And should the alert include “we have been know to do this on 4-4?”…(when top heavy and 3-2 specifically in the minors)
Aug. 22, 2015
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At IMPS, when responder is 5-4 w/ invite at best, and opener holds the mini w/ 2 spades w/o 4..would you rather end up playing 2 or 2NT?
June 10, 2015
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that is funny!
May 27, 2015
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Add my name to the list of those who started with the Imagination Network (@$2.00/hr, as I recall), then to OKBridge ($50/yr back then), and then on to BBO.
I got to BBO in time to be able to use the downloaded interface, which I think is now unavailable(?). I am not at all fond of the user interface for the “on-line version.”
BBO has everything I want from a Bridge site. I just hope they will re-work the on-line user interface (when time, technology and resources permit)to resemble more closely the table feel for the play of the hand, and the cards themselves. I know this is mostly an “esthetic” but…

Jan. 21, 2015
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I was the opening bidder on this hand, AND the one who chose to pass 1ntx and reenter the auction with 3 later. Those close to me have said the pass was crazy. I was just wondering what responders would think opener held in this sequence?
FTR- I held AKQxx, xx, AT9xxx, void
Spades went 4-1 and KQx of diamonds was offside. Nine tricks was the limit in spades, but 5D is making with club A onside.
Nov. 12, 2014
Richard Kendall edited this comment Nov. 12, 2014
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There are a couple of points if clarified might be helpful to understanding the situation.
1.) What is SOS/FTB short for?
2.) When you say OKB “refused to respond” this implies you contacted someone from OKB who said they will not respond. Perhaps you meant OKB “has not responded” to any request you have made?
3.) ACBL “alludes”…maybe a factual quote of what the ACBL has “said” would be more helpful?
4.) Are you saying that you have not been awarded the ACBL masterpoints you think you have earned on OKB?
Sept. 27, 2014
Richard Kendall edited this comment Sept. 27, 2014
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My thanks to all those who took the time to comment.
One of the major intents of this approach was to try to accommodate those hands that opener has that are not an acceptance, but not a clear rejection either.
If we assume the opener has only two choices (min/max)then, so be it. The burden rests entirely on opener's decision in this either/or problem.
Is there any true value in trying to identify the hand which might be rightly called a “coin toss?”
If I broke down my decisions when confronted with a game try, I would say 33% of the time I hold a clear acceptance, 33% of the time I have a clear rejection, and 34% of the time I stare, scratch my head, gaze toward the sky, and wish I had checked my horoscope that morning.
Is this splitting hairs? Is what is lost vs. what is gained substantially disproportionate?
Does the opener really have just two hand types: the min and the max?
June 15, 2014
Richard Kendall edited this comment June 15, 2014
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Let's backtrack to trick one. Why is it we are obligated to show an accurate count card? It seems the 7 was from Q87, or J87(possibly QJ87). There is no “value” to show an odd length now. The obvious switch would be to hearts, so we should start telling partner that is not a good idea by playing our smallest club, and later our smallest spade. I suppose we could play the 3, followed by the 2 later to keep the length in clubs honest.
March 5, 2014
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If advancer has 7 or more HCP wouldn't the best initial action be to pass 1NTx? If the opponents run, subsequent bids become constructive.
Feb. 19, 2014
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We all started with Jacoby transfers and Stayman. Then we start adding on this gadget and that gadget. Then this partner plays that gadget and that partner this gadget, some won't play any gadgets. Partner has a particular gadget which he prefers which won't work with your gadget, so you scrap yours for his. You find a really good partner, you work together, adding gadget after gadget after gadget. Pretty soon you will arrive at the realization that there is no more room and there still is a need for more gadgets.

This point is the crossroads. You must either start removing gadgets you deem less necessary than their replacements or you decide to scrap the framework you have been trying to work within and build something completely new. Overhaul the whole business.

I made that decision several years ago and have not regretted it. I recently posted an overview of my ideas called “Trident.” Additional space is created via a tactical gambit. Responder now has 3 primary roads down which he may travel: Stayman, Jacoby, AND a hybrid Stayman 2.

With respect to this problem, the two spade response is a forcing raise of hearts.
Jan. 31, 2014
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Thanks for the comment. Much of how we chose to play is based on two principles (IMHO): what seems to work and what “feels” right.(The objective and the subjective).

It feels right, in this highly competitive age, to make a “picture” bid ASAP when holding the heart suit and game going values. 3 serves the same function as a Texas transfer with room left to work out the details.

When our opponents act immediately over the 1NT opening by making a DONT double, or a CAPP 2, or some 2 suited bid, it sure is handy to be able to show my hand with my initial action of 3. The bid potentially makes life difficult for my LHO when the auction starts 1NT-pass-3, as well.

It is hard to put a value on the comfort level that needs to be sustained during an extended team game when your opponents are throwing at you everything they have in their arsenal.

Say an auction starts: 1NT-x(DONT) or 2c (CAPP)- isn't it better to tell partner what you have, rather than ask him what he has? Here the Trident 2 bid would say "4+ spades and invitational+ values or the 4-5 major weakness.

Are the weapons we go to battle with capable of handling the weapons our opponents use. Ahhhh….there's the rub.
Jan. 30, 2014
Richard Kendall edited this comment Jan. 31, 2014
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Well, if we run the heart 9, and lose to the ten, won't we ruff the return and cash the heart Ace, felling the doubleton King? Playing for the ten onside will pick-up the doubleton King. This makes the finesse a 58.7% play. So, 58.7% of 30% = 17.6%. This should be added to the 40.2%, giving our GRAND TOTAL chance a boost to 57.8%.

Thanks for pointing out the error. Maybe I should edit the article? (I did)
Jan. 10, 2014
Richard Kendall edited this comment Jan. 11, 2014
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I am a passer. Where are all the diamonds? Partner rates to hold some length and, hopefully, values there. The opening lead is likely to be a diamond. Partner's clubs are certainly better than either of my majors. Minimize our losses. We may yet win IMPs on this board if the opposing South choses to run.
Jan. 6, 2014
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Many have flipped the 3 and 3 rebids, such that 3 shows all 2-2 minor hands (lacking a full stopper in each). Responder can ask for strength with the 3 step response, then 3 is the mini, 3 is the maxi.
Jan. 4, 2014
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I posted this hand curious to see if there was such a thing as a 3 opening in 4th chair red vs white, and if so, what should that hand look like. It seems reasonable to assume such a bid should show 9 tricks in hand. Therefore, with an optimistic view this hand marginally qualifies. If anything, it is not good enough?
Jan. 4, 2014
Richard Kendall edited this comment Jan. 4, 2014
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Sadly, my first post of a hand of interest and I blow the analysis.
Jan. 1, 2014
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I may be missing something but won't East get squeezed out of his diamond stopper on the 4th club.
Jan. 1, 2014
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