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You may think this hand a stool (medically speaking), but it's worth goes way up if partner has opening values.
Nov. 17, 2012
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Your pass showed values. Now it's opener's turn to decide what to do.
Nov. 17, 2012
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Alan, without detailed discussion about kickback, I would take 4S as kickback for hearts, the last agreed suit. 4D would be a regular cue bid and 4N a cue bid in spades. No doubt you can come up with hands that will play better at 6C than 6H, but if that were the case, either responder could have bid an immediate 4D, or opener could have jumped to 4C showing a big club fit.
Saket has a good suggestion, but it does require lots of discussion.
Nov. 17, 2012
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If South lacked a diamond control, why couldn't he bid 5S over North's 4S as a slam try lacking 2nd round diamond control?
Nov. 17, 2012
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I abstained also and for exactly the same reasoning.
Nov. 17, 2012
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We have successful middle school programs currently running in San Francisco, CA and Reno, NV. Our district has provided financial support for these program (about $2500 each), but the success is due to the volunteers and organizers.
Nov. 17, 2012
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You didn't say whether the grapes were white or red, but I don't think that should affect the voting. I would not want to vote for “except under a LHO suit bid” since such bids are occasionally a psych to keep us from finding our fit in that suit.
Nov. 17, 2012
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Opposite the BRP they now have the mini-BRP scheduled, for players with 0-5000 MPs. It does siphon off a good deal of the lower ranked players from the BRP. That means you are much less likely to encounter random players in the first qualifier.

If this is your first time in one of these BRP events, you might want to consider the mini-BRP for getting your feet wet. The competition is not as good as I expected on the first day, but winning the mini-BRP is no easy feat.
Nov. 16, 2012
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I try to get partner on the same wavelength with these ‘rules’:
a) Game before slam - if 4x is a logical possible game, then it is to play.
b) If a) then 4x+1 is keycard (unless also a logical game).
c) When 4x is Kickback, then 4N is a cue bid in suit x.
d) If a minor is agreed then after 4x Kickback, 4N by asker is to play; may be pulled by responder.
e) If 4x is kickback, then 5x is K ask.
f) To show a useful void somewhere, stack the void responses above the usual responses. Eg: 4H kickback for diamonds; to show 2 keycards, no DQ and a useful void, bid 5N (7th step).

I am not sure how splinters interfer with Kickback though. It has never come up.
Nov. 16, 2012
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2H just to muddy the waters. 3H might be too high if the doubler has a good 4 card heart suit. I do have a little defense to 4S if partner has the CA.
Nov. 15, 2012
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Partner has a Yarborough, so you can expect 6 tricks at NT on a heart lead. Pass and take your plus score. You might get the same 6 tricks on defense. Now if 3H promises 6 hearts, then pard has a stiff, but you probably won't make 3S unless pard has a 6 bagger.
Nov. 10, 2012
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I try not to rebid 1N with a stiff in partners suit, especially a small one. There is merit in rebidding 1N, but the downside is partner rebids 2S and plays it there.
Nov. 9, 2012
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What makes you think hand shuffling is random?
Nov. 8, 2012
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The title did not appear in all its glory on my screen. Just saw “you are playing IMPs with a l” then after voting saw “you are playing IMPs with a law abiding c”.

But why are you asking the hoi polloi? Can't be a break in tempo problem, can it? You are supposed to be asking your peers.
Nov. 8, 2012
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From the auction, it appears that 7H is a cinch without a spade lead. Not so clear about 7S or 7N, and given the bad spade break I would bet either won't make. So double. They might just leave it in, or they might run and go down there.
Nov. 8, 2012
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Thanks, Kit. I was just curious as how much a world class player could analyze in real time at the table. Is there an estimate for what percent of your posted analysis you could expect to do when playing?
Nov. 4, 2012
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Partner has promised nothing, and that's most likely what he has. Just because they are weak players doesn't mean that will go down at an obvious contract when it makes.
Nov. 4, 2012
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3S preemptive. Put the pressure on the opps to make the last guess.
Nov. 4, 2012
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I would upgrade this hand because of the well placed red kings after the double. Without the double, 3C is my call.
Nov. 4, 2012
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Another great article filled with all the decisions that could be made on a hand. How long does it take you to analyze these details? Is this something you can do at the table? I am curious because it takes me a lot longer just to read and understand your text than the time allotted for a single hand.

Mostly I take shortcuts in analysis, assuming partner has a particlar hand and work it out from there. Or just go on gut feel. Otherwise I'd get late penalties all the time.
Nov. 3, 2012
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