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Adam's bidding is in agreement with a style recommended by Augie Boehm in “Wielding the Axe,” chapter 12, p.63.
Jan. 10
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My partner and I added this basic structure last year but struggle with 10-12 point hands with a 5CM. When I make a negative free bid in this range and we miss game she tells me she doesn't want to play negative free bids anymore. It's a struggle to keep the convention on our card.
Nov. 18, 2018
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I have the U.S. issue and it is well-worn, creased and frayed, and still in my library.
Oct. 9, 2018
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1 (1) 2 (2) P (4). In my original post I had forgotten my partner opened 1. Without 4-4 majors I didn't want to make a negative double. 1 would show 5-cards so I cue bid. Nobody in the field found the 4 contract our direction. Without the psyche we might have gotten to 4 but then the opponents would have settled into 5.
July 16, 2018
Robert Ellison edited this comment July 16, 2018
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Yes, Richard, it was a great bid. My partner held K875 A92 A8 10863. Declarer 107 1064 J10542 J97. He was going to settle in 5X when we double 4. It just didn't work out this time. I didn't want to hit it holding A432 and fortunately passed.
July 16, 2018
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Just tonight my club's own resident expert bid 2 over my 2 cue bid (A432 873 9 AKQ54). 1 (1) 2 (2) P (4). After a lead the dummy came down QJ9 KQJ5 KQ763 2. I won the club, played A and another. My partner won the K and played a third trump. Declarer showed out, exposing the psyche. He finished with 2 tricks for down eight, which he expected to be a top. We were cold for 4. (I've only edited this 4 times…not enough coffee this morning).
July 16, 2018
Robert Ellison edited this comment July 16, 2018
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When an experienced player psyches against an inexperienced player my opinion of him drops, even though the psyche falls within the rules. The psyche is often accomplished with great glee and destroys the victim, who at his level of experience does not have the mental toughness to handle it.
July 12, 2018
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#’s 13 and 15 stand out.
June 16, 2018
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The great Frank Vine would call them “resulters!”
June 16, 2018
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Yes,John Deutschendorf (John Denver) from Fort Worth. His dad was a B-58 pilot…John evidently was not as good a pilot. I believe “Leavin' on a Jet Plane” was written while he was attending Texas Tech. Maybe John Denver's mother played Bridge …?
March 30, 2018
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I hold my hand under the table because the focal length on my glasses is such that i can not hold the cards closer without eye strain. People hold their cards above or below. If you normally hold them above and move them below he might have a beef, but not to you. He should keep his observations to himself.
March 27, 2018
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Watson was the first book recommended to me and my choice. Next comes Mollo and Gardner, “Card Play Technique” and “Master Play” by Reese. I would have bought Rodwell's book but he ties his necktie too long…if a guy does not know the proper length for a necktie what does he know about bridge??? Ottlik is a great book to read by the fireplace and requires an overstuffed chair, but you can also learn a lot about sailing from the book.
Feb. 22, 2018
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Having the card “on the table” or “available?” At our club the card is usually placed face up in front of the owner where he/she can see it. I got into an ugly spat with our 10,000 masterpoint “expert” when I asked his partner to please stop referring to the card at the table. I was told the law requires the card be “on the table.” I’ve tried asking to see the card and keeping it for the duration of the auction. That doesn’t work very well. I started placing my CC face up in front of me. The opponents don’t seem to mind - so far.
Oct. 24, 2017
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If you are planning to use BBO in the student union you should find out if the university blocks “game” sites.
Oct. 11, 2017
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Do the 1 and 1NT responses to 1 require an alert when playing Flannery?
Sept. 25, 2017
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I did just make a grilled-cheese sandwich. That might work…
Aug. 16, 2017
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I've been rereading this article and the idea occurs that maybe we need to add a UI card to the box. If a player believes UI might be present instead of saying anything he can put the UI card on the table. That act would definitely put the partner of the UI offender on notice. If the need arose for the Director to be summoned he would see the card for himself. This would remove the need to say “I reserve the right to call the Director.” Fast pass? Put the UI card out. Slow pass? Use the UI card.
Aug. 16, 2017
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I would not say “partner has barred me,” only that I don't feel that i have a bid once I have UI
Aug. 10, 2017
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Discussing 1M (X) 2M (2NT) vs 1M (X) 2M (X) with my partner with some confusion. What would these auctions show?
Aug. 6, 2017
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Ranier and Michael agree the 1m (1)3 sequence should be GF, but I'm struggling to see how an invitational hand with a heart suit is to be bid if a negative double followed by 3 is GF with 5-hearts. We have a bid for the non-forcing heart hand and the forcing heart hand. What are the drawbacks to using 1m (1)3 for the invitational heart hand?
Aug. 1, 2017
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