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You didn't mention the line of ducking the first spade, winning trick 2, then starting diamonds while dummy can still ruff a spade if necessary. This allows you to make in some cases when you would lose 2S, 1D and 1H on the suggested line, although it also loses in other situations.
Feb. 17, 2017
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Great work & clearly deserved. Congrats. Jeff is not only an outstanding player, but also half of one of the most effective partnerships of the last 20 years. Perhaps bridge HoF should also have a partnership category to recognize the partnership nature of the game. If that were to be done, Jeff would obviously deserve to be elected in both individual category and as part of Meckwell in the partnership category.
Feb. 17, 2017
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2/1 is GF so it can't come back a very big amount of diamonds. Pard will choose between 2D (normal suit rebid) and 3D (by agreement either 1 loser suit or 0 loser suit). And I can bid spades over 2 or 3 diamonds. If I begin 1S and it comes back 3D I have no sensible bid-
Feb. 13, 2017
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Feb. 13, 2017
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My point is that is 3C is conventional as it must be when 3H shows 5, then 4C is more ambiguous, but over a Q with spades agreed. If 3C is natural, perhaps with longer clubs, then 4C is natural.
Feb. 13, 2017
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Was 3C conventional? If not, why didn't he bid 3H? With that start I'd still bid 3S, but now 4C is a Q. The way it went I'd be worried about some hand like Kxxx xx x AQJxxx
Feb. 12, 2017
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OK to pass a forcing bid at mp if your think it rates to work out more often than continuing. I think pard should be willing to accept that you did what you thought was best.
Feb. 12, 2017
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The argument against walking is that they may have a big club fit that they won't be able to find at 5 level.
Feb. 12, 2017
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Is it absolutely clear that 2S is a Q bid, and not natural? What would you bid if red suits reversed?
Feb. 12, 2017
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What do you play when it goes 1C 1H 1S (0-3 sp) ? What are 1N, X and 2S
Feb. 11, 2017
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if you bid 1S and the auction comes back to you at some high number of hearts what is your plan. 1D P 1S 4H, P P ? or 1D P 1S 2H, P 4H ? etc.
Feb. 11, 2017
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This raises an interesting psychological point. When you realize your previous bid(s) were sub-optimal, how should you react. Try to get back to where you would have been if … or press ahead with the course of action you've started and hope it turns out to be correct or at least successful.
Feb. 11, 2017
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2C makes more sense with your hand. With extra strength, especially 3 aces, there is a lot of up side. If pard has the right 9 to 11, 3N may make easily. Giving this hand more thought leads me to believe 2C should show extras - either in length or strength or both.
Feb. 9, 2017
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Edited the hand. But it proves my point, even with the extra losers - 1N is fine.
Feb. 9, 2017
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Let's give him xxx QJx xx AQxxx - we have an easy 7 tricks after heart lead, & they can make 2+ hearts, but suppose I have KTx x AKTxx Axxx (a real 2C bid) vs xx QJx Qxx KQxxx then we are odds on for 3N or 5C
Feb. 9, 2017
Steve Zolotow edited this comment Feb. 9, 2017
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I have a minimum with only 3 clubs. Bidding 2C gives pard and both opponents (who now know our suits) a chance to something I may not be happy about. 2C is obviously wrong.
Feb. 8, 2017
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If we decide 1S = 4+ and X = 0 to 3, we have created very wide ranges for number of spades, while the more common 1S = 5+ and X = 4, (with 0-3 do something else) only creates problems with 0-3 when the else is unclear. The common method immediately identifies 4-4 and 5-3 fits, which are the most common cases. The biggest upside (although ethically challenged) to playing 1S 0-3 is when you alert and opponents don't ask, then mis-bid or mis-defend or do ask but don't have methods to deal with it. I am making a note to discuss what double or whatever mean after 1C 1H 1S X.
Feb. 8, 2017
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Why should it ever be last train? Imagine same hand with pointed suits reversed: Qx Jxxx AKQx Axx - now I want a natural Q of 4D & don't want pard to continue without the spade control he probably (but not definitely) has.
Feb. 8, 2017
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Usually bad to let them play at 2 level in 8+ card fit. Here I have some reason to hope for good score. Pard's 1D allows me to lead Kd & perhaps beat pairs where 1D wasn't bid & there is some chance the 4H is making and some pairs will bid it.
Feb. 6, 2017
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I want to be in game, the question is if I should bid 2H hoping that spades are 5-3 and hearts are 5-4 or jump to 4S over 2C. I'd rather jump at my first turn & not give them extra information.
Feb. 6, 2017
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