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Where can we find this read?
March 16, 2017
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I understand that there is some gain when you raise with 3 cards, but sometimes all you need is a Natural auction as 1-1;2-2NT;3NT.
IMO if you are in the slam zone, raising with almost all 3-card hands with a singleton or a low doubleton will cost you a lot, since responder will never know your distribution after a 2nt ask and a simple min3/max3/min4/max4 scheme.
Also, if you belong in part score, you will find yourself playing a lot in a 4-3 fit with an 8/9-card minor fit on the side, especially over 1 when responder has 4M-5+C or 4M-3+D and not a game forcing hand.
However, in the end, I think you should play what you are comfortable with, as long as you can live with the price of playing it.
March 16, 2017
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If you looking for advanced stuff, Bridge, Probability & Information by Robert MacKinnon is a good choice. If you want to keep it simple, Kelsey's Bridge Odds For Practical Players is excellent.
March 9, 2017
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Doubles that shows specifically a meaning should be alerted. Like 1m (1) dbl showing 4 or support dbl or 1NT (P) 3NT dbl for a (or any specific) lead. Dbls for takeout (t/o, values, invitational) or penalty (pure, coop) should not be alerted.
Oct. 18, 2016
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How about polish style from the eighties? Pass with 13+, opening 1M with either 0-2 cards or 5+ cars in the suit bid… You can't double a pass and for sure you don't have any cuebid once opps suits is either short or long….
Sept. 21, 2016
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I believe to be impossible to play a regular pairs session with unrestricted conventions.
How much time would be spent just to understand the opps system and discuss a proper defense with partner?
However in a long match (12+ boards) that you have full disclosure of opps system before hand, there should not exist any restriction.
Sept. 21, 2016
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WBF seems to be failing hard when handling technology. At the same time that the players are not allowed to carry their smartphones into the playing site (for obvious reasons, of course), the infrastructure (CoC, few printers, few minutes between sessions) encourages you to check the results online. “Good luck dear player, this is the service that your 500 euros can buy”.
Sept. 20, 2016
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Bridge players have a much longer career than any athlete in physical sports, therefore if you think in % of total career, 10 years in bridge would be roughly equal to 1 year in physical sports. Another point in a favor of a longer punishment is that when you are talking about doping, you have a simple procedure to analyze if the athlete is guilty or not, one simple test. In Bridge, you will need a lot more evidence to declare someone guilty.
March 8, 2016
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Hi Marcin, nice work!
Is it possible to add to the display the total number of tricks that each side have? Thanks!
Dec. 5, 2015
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Do you think it is a coincidence that team #7 in all sections have a good result?
Dec. 1, 2015
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No Lebensohl here
Oct. 21, 2015
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My Guess is that the main objective in sport's seeding is not to be fair, but to avoid matching the best teams in the early stages of the KO, to keep the cheering factor on an upward scale throughout the championship. With that in mind, and wanting to keep some fairness, the ATP (tennis) does it perfectly to establish just 16 seeds out of 64 and just random fill the brackets with the other players. ATP also draws the relative position of 3/4 seed (and all other pairs of seeds) so you can sometimes have semifinals matches between 1x3 and 2x4 instead of the traditional 1x4 2x3.
Aug. 12, 2015
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OPPs hands:
Qx A9
AK9xxx Jxx
xx KJxxxxx
Jxx K
May 28, 2015
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Partner's hand K10xxxx x xx xxxx
May 28, 2015
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I agree that pass is absurd, but I also think that 3 is also rather absurd… My opinion is that if you decide that 3 was the correct bid before, you must pass now.
April 28, 2015
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Would you really lead a club in the second case?
Aug. 5, 2013
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really, bid 3 and wrong side the final contract if it is in spades? Wouldn't partner bid 4 on any hand with three spades and Kx(x) in diamonds?
July 4, 2013
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Suppose you have AKQJxx AKQ xx xx. You bid 4, transfer, and what would you bid after 4? Wouldn't you risk a 5 bid asking partner to bid slam with control in both minor suits?
So, in this auction, I consider that the 5 bid is not unethical and does not give any UI to partner.
July 4, 2013
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I am not communicating that the 4 was non-systemic, I am just hoping partner would get it right… I've seen auctions like these ending in 7 after the 5 bid was taken as cuebid for . I guess I would rather risk that than passing in 4.
July 4, 2013
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Even if you take the UI for granted, pass in 4 is not a logical alternative unless it is possible in your style to open 1NT with a 6+card spade suit and a singleton heart. I guess that in these UI-alert cases you should continue as you would if there were no alert. What a non-alerted 4 would be? cuebid for hearts? Misunderstanding? Both options will lead to you bidding 5, hoping that partner would get it right.
July 4, 2013
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