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Raising on the first round of bidding is routine. Why? Doesn't this hand explain that?
Sept. 23
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Actually Gene nobody can match match the crystal ball you own; opening 2 and then being able to show all three other suits when the opponent bids the one you don't have.
Sept. 21
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The c word is too strong. But this, in my experience, is happening very frequently to the point where it has to have become, by previous experience, an undisclosed agreement.
I regret my choice of word, but not the strength of my feeling about this.
Sept. 18
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For those interested in the result:

The overcaller, one of those who are never happy unless their lips are moving, held q10875 KQ9 Ax 108, asking to get an unwanted lead. The 2 opener held AKJ6 AJ !KQAKQxx. 6 would make on a non lead but would one get there?
3x went for 800. The presumption to bid 4 here is staggering. Your p has about 22+ more hcp than you, and doubled for penalties. What did you expect to hold in hcp or ?
Sept. 18
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Then don’t.
Sept. 18
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This seems to be another case, which is now epidemic, of announcing a certain notrump range and yet always using it with a hand one point weaker than promised. Cheating, the only word for it.

You’d have to hold a gun to my head to have me bid 1n. I would have little doubt that I was in 800 to 1100 territory after the double. I would certainly pull had I unaccountably bid 1n.
Not inspired, just self preservation.
Sept. 18
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Ah but you just did? Whose paradox is this?
Sept. 15
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At the table it was ostensibly negative, a hand that would have bid 2. Double would have been penalty. Not everyone plays that way. If you would have doubled to show a bad hand without reference to you can assume the next two bids would have been the same.
Sept. 15
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Thomas, quite right. IMP team of four
Sept. 15
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Please reread para2 immediately above. It is fallacious to say you lose nothing. Sometimes the opps will have really screwed you: if you don’t redress the balance when they are dead wrong you give them Carte Blanche.
Sept. 12
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I think you are suggesting, correct me please if not, that the hand with the void should double and the other hand, lacking let’s say, 2+ trump tricks, should remove. Well, that is a way to play. Perhaps that was the intent of the 60%, but I doubt it.
Sept. 12
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Are u planning on converting to ?
Sept. 12
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Steve
Sorry for the confusion. As Marc said I showed responder’s hand. The bracketed bids were the opponents’
Sept. 11
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If you don’t think that might be a penalty double opposite a bidding partner then you might as well never ever play any double for penalty. How many defensive tricks would you like to have?
Sept. 11
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Gene
If that is what Kit says, I agree wholeheartedly.

You say “what do u give up…when we can make nothing”. Well, sometimes you will be able to make something and their preempt will prevent you getting there or get you to the wrong place. So it is important that when their preempt gets them into trouble that you should be able to give it the chop.
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But it is worse than that. As I tried to show, when one party is not able to double for penalties it may lead to the other taking an expensive phantom. All these players who bid thought that their partner’s double encouraged them to bid at the 5 level. But they were going to do that whether partner doubled or not. When one cannot double for penalties, what appears to be a good save may be quite expensive especially when it was the opps who were dialing the number
Sept. 11
Robert Stevens edited this comment Sept. 11
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A possible line is to A follower by to Q. Have not thought it through, so could be quite wrong.
Sept. 10
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Declarer did not play the 10 at T1, so if p held six to the J it would have been to the J10. The question is then what should be played from that holding, which is a question I posed earlier about agreements signaling with an honor.

Playing the 9 at T2 cannot really gain unless your p is the kind of player that would unblock his Q. Even when he does not, it will be hard for him to visualize the shift. Could not opening leader have AKJxx
Sept. 9
Robert Stevens edited this comment Sept. 9
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As I said above, on the second high partner should, if possible, be signaling length. Suppose partner follows with 5; you will know that he held only 3 or 4 of them to begin with and thus to defeat the contract we should hope p holds Q and switch to . Of course, partner’s next card will not always be readable, but it is a further data point.
Sept. 7
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Infrequent - like a 2 opener
Premature - perhaps they were going to bid five
Backfire - so u pass and collect your magnificent +150
Utility - perhaps you have already discussed that it is a transfer
Sept. 7
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Brad, the excellence of those methods may not avail when declarer rumbles the next 10 trucks.
Sept. 6
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