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Any team can volunteer to play in the top bracket. This did not happen and what they wanted to do was not play in the knockouts again
July 3
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Two possible suggestions (1) Give the team that's won more quarters an 1/2 imp going into the last quarter. (2) Give the team that's ahead at the last score comparison an 1/2 imp. Then you know what you need to win and there won't be any ties.
Feb. 10
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Obviously if you gave this hand as an opening lead problem a good majority would lead a diamond. They would say
to themselves, if this is a problem there must be a catch since usually you make a safe lead against 7NT undoubled.
There is lots of logic which says that a diamond lead is correct.
However, 99% of the time I would make a safe lead against 7NT undoubled. The other 1% is that I might make a tricky lead.
The only reason it's an opening lead problem is that partner has an ace, didn't double 7NT and huddled.
This contract is 7NT undoubled. When my opponents get to 7NT undoubled, I don't look around and try to figure out if they are missing an ace.
Who would ever make an attacking lead against 7NT undoubled? Why would you give them their possible 13th trick?
They can't possibly be off an ace. If they are off an ace, my partner would have doubled and then I would have to figure out which ace he has or which
ace would not go away if I led the wrong suit. I agree with Michael Rosenberg. Partner's huddle over 7NT tells me that he has an
ace. What else could he be thinking about? I'm not allowed to know that partner has an ace and then go thru the auction in order to
work out that their only diamond stopper is a void.
There is no way that I would ever lead a diamond from the KJ if partner huddled over 7NT and passed.
If I was on a committee deciding this controversy, It would take me five seconds to rule 7NT makes and the diamond lead would not be allowed.
The huddle tells me clearly that they are off an ace. I'm not entitled to that information and I can't use it to try to work it out from the opponent's bidding
that they have messed up. THEY CAN'T BE OFF AN ACE BECAUSE PARTNER DID NOT DOUBLE.
Dec. 19, 2018
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When I'm on lead against 7NT, I don't say to myself, what ace are they off? I say to myself how can I avoid giving the opponents their 13th trick. Therefore I make the safest lead possible. Partner's huddle tells me that they are off an ace. I'm not entitled to know this. Therefore as my partner you must double 7NT when you have an ace and hope I find your ace.
Anyone who plays that double of 7NT asks for a specific lead does not understand that there are four possible aces missing and usually you know which aces they can't avoid losing if you don't lead that suit
A long time ago I was in 7NT off an ace. The player on lead who had the ace didn't double, didn't lead it and didn't get it.
Dec. 5, 2018
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This is 100%. If partner has an ace he doubles 7NT. If he doesnn't have an ace,you make the safest lead possible
Dec. 2, 2018
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It is very bidding to respond 1spade to 1heart when you have only four spades and an opening bid. 1heart - 1spade auctions, especially if opener rebids two-of-either-red suit can lead to awkward actions. 1heart - 1spade- 2diamonds-3clubs(4th suit forcing) - 3nt and now what. Therefore if you have an opening bid and only four spades, respond two-of-a-minor to set up a game force. If opener has four spades, he should bid them over 2-of-a-minor. Therefore when responder makes a slam try over 3spades he has to have at least five spades.
Dec. 2, 2018
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The main point here is that if the opponents are in 7NT and you have an ace and partner is on lead, you MUST double and hope that partner finds your ace. If you don't double partner could easily try to find a safe lead.
Dec. 2, 2018
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Al Roth used to do it all the time so how bad can it be. It allows responder to respond 1diamond. However, most players bypass diamonds. I always open 1diamond so I can rebid clubs if necessary
Nov. 17, 2018
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Why can't opener have Axxxx/x/AKQJ/Qxx and you're off the AK of clubs. This is why you need to bid 3spades in order to get a club cuebid
Sept. 26, 2018
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4hearts was a very bad bid. Responder should bid 3spades over 3hearts which will get a cue bid if opener has three keys.
Sept. 26, 2018
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I play double shows a good hand. 3clubs is Stayman and shows at least one four-card major. With 5-4 Smolen over 3diamonds.
3diamonds shows 5-5 or better in the majors. 3hearts is a transfer to spades and 3spades is a transfer to hearts showing five hearts and fewer than four spade. Texas applies
Sept. 26, 2018
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If you're staying at the Hotel prepare to walk. The screens are set up in the rooms that are farthest from the lobby and that is a long walk.
Sept. 20, 2018
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Penalty. 3major is p/C;4clubs says transfer me; 4diamonds says bid your suit. 4major is to play
Sept. 6, 2018
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On the other hand I had Axxxxx/x/x/xxxxx. It went 1heart double 4hearts and I bid 4spades and made five. At the other table it went 1heart 2diamonds 4hearts all pass and they made four hearts. Partner had Kxxx/Jxx/AQJxx/x Sometimes you go for 1100 sometimes you win a game swing. I would be the latter occurs more often.
Sept. 1, 2018
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I've had very good success doubling any heart bid with 4351 or 4261 distribution with minimum points. When I overcall diamonds over any heart bid, my partner knows that I do not have four spades. I also double 1club with 4513 and double 1diamond with 4531 hands. This way I don't miss a spade fit.
Sept. 1, 2018
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I'm a strong believer that North should bid 3hearts directly or what ever your limit raise is. It's much harder to defend when the auction goes 1ht - 3ht - 4ht then 1ht - (1nt or 1sp) - any - 3hearts. Over 3hearts directly, South knows he's in the slam zone.
June 25, 2018
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Open 1NT with 15-17 balanced.
1sp - 2sp shows that you would accept at least one game try.

You don't want the auction going 1sp - 2sp - any game try - 3spades.


Respond 1NT if you can't accept any game try.

After 1sp - 1NT - 2cl - 2sp, opener will think that there is not an eight-card spade and will be conservative
June 18, 2018
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If 2spades is in theory natural and partner does not play it as such, then if you really have spades, he can do what he wants. However, if you don't have spades he must take you back to spades if he has support. If he doesn't that would be cheating which is a strong way of saying that you have an illegal understanding.
June 11, 2018
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I don't like the PP penalty. I think what they did was completely illegal and they should be penalized one place. If they came in 3rd, they get 4th. They should know better.
June 10, 2018
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After 1club (normal club opener) - 1 diamond (showing hearts)
1heart is a multi-way bid. A weak notrump, three-card raises, very good club hands and 5-level splinters.
June 5, 2018
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