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Kit: What do you think of some version of Mohan in terms of versatility?
Feb. 8, 2013
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I think partner was weak, so bid 1N, but with 6-7 Ds and couldn't help him/herself.
Feb. 7, 2013
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1D followed by 3 K-S D. I just like K-S minor structures….
Feb. 7, 2013
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I play WNT whenever possible, so I understand that a “value showing” double is integral to a defense. I'm hoping someone can persuasively clear up one issue: the size of the doubling hand. Most authority says 15; significant authority says “top of range”; I always thought “good exemplar of same hand” was best, since it comes up more frequently. I'm told that Meckwell, at least at some point, played the latter. What's the skinny?
Feb. 7, 2013
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1H-1S/2S-4C*/4D-4H/4N-5N**/6S. 1S response b/c “go slow” looks right. 4C spl for S b/c responder knows about the double fit and any H bid is murky, without a gadget, after the 1S response. (** = 2+void)
Feb. 6, 2013
Scott Needham edited this comment Feb. 6, 2013
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Greg: OK, this feature solves the problem of how to follow comments to a bidding problem. But how do I pare the lists of favorites? Must I go to the article and then “unlike” it? Seems it would be better if there were an icon opposite each topic on the favorites list that could be chosen for “unlike” (equivalent to “unhearting”)?
Feb. 4, 2013
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Is there a way to allow the user to do away with “recent activity” that's not so recent? that has been viewed already? I'd like “recent activity” when I log on to be limited to stuff that I haven't had the opportunity to see before–at minimum, maybe a ‘date stamp’ on each entry would help?

All in all, very nice job and delighted to see that, indeed, the monkeys never rest.
Feb. 2, 2013
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There are some system preferences left out of this problem: 2D = 4+ or 5+ (hoping 5+)? allowed to bid 3C with min two-suiter (given light opening style, probably not? with D support, who cares?)?
Jan. 29, 2013
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Oh goody, now we get to wonder about Minor-/Red-/Blackwood again….
Jan. 29, 2013
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We know what 3H is s'posed to be: inv values, 6+ H. Probably lose the same 4 tricks in 4H as in 3N, so 3N to try to collect the game bonus.
Jan. 28, 2013
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Assuming the 4N = at least 5D-4C, 5D ought to say “really good D, playable” and would seem to be the only chance to consult partner re: slam.
Jan. 25, 2013
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I prefer 2/1, but have one or two pretty vanilla Std Am partners. We do fine – not great – at IMPs on game and slam hands by using 4thSGF, splinters, J2NT. More interesting to me is that, at mps, I've found that Std Am gives us better control of the 3 level. And with weak NT partners, I really prefer the K-S 1S-2H as inv+.
Jan. 3, 2013
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Seems to me that 4S is rather wide-ranging in this auction; sometimes partner is dealt a light opener. If 4N offers slam, we can play 5H.
Jan. 3, 2013
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Henry, I'm not sure what are your concerns. Getting overboard in 7, or maybe even 6, opposite a poor min with very good Hs (Ax AKQx xxx Qxx)? With this, an similar, our auction would go 1N-3H/3N-4D/4N to play and I really, really mean it.

but if partner could only come up with this opening hand, when we held this monster, wouldn't we just fire partner for underholding?
Dec. 30, 2012
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1N-3H/4S or 1N-3H/3N, probably the latter since O doesn't know how strong R may be. Anything by R after these starts is a slam try, longer minor.

Of course, the problem is suit agreement at the 4-level, maybe not until 5m: you need some stuff to unwind it as suit agreement is often the big problem with this splinter. Consequently, I like Hall's interpretation of 4M. I'm also forming an attachment to Heitzman's minor-transfer approach when R is this strong, especially with a preaccept in place.
Dec. 30, 2012
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After 4H, what is R's bid if R is Kxx x KQJxx xxxx? Seems to me that 4H in your auction, if a H cue, is based on knowing R's hand, or at least that R is strongish. In the structure I like it used to show a minor-suit supermax for the SNT, like Ax xxxx (AKJx AJx); now it's RKCB in C b/c we woke up to the fact that Ax xxxx AJx AKJx doesn't really need to tell partner anything and b/c it solves the suit agreement problem, at least from O's side.
Dec. 30, 2012
Scott Needham edited this comment Dec. 30, 2012
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Understand, bu note also that most of these splinter hands are in the 8-13 range, and by our agreement at least, if min the HCP are concentrated in the minors. Seems to me that in this deal, where R is so strong that s/he's immediately thinking grand just on power, 3N will never be a final contract (where it often is if R is 8-13 or whatever). Also a great opportunity for one of my favorite strong-hand ploys: keycard in one of R's off suits – here, clubs – would be very informative. R would be very well-placed for strain and level whether s/he knew O held AKQ C and AH or AKQ C and only KJxx (or any non-ace double stop) in H.
Dec. 30, 2012
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My current agreement is that with the short suit double-stopped, O bids 3N especially when min. As with all other splinters, the advantage is evaluation opposite the short suit.
Dec. 30, 2012
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In “Washington Standard” Robinson suggests a fairly elaborate follow-up to 3S artificial when H is the shortage. No such advantage when S = shortage, so I've wondered about bidding the splinters one-under….
Dec. 30, 2012
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