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Henry - are you thinking of the last quarter of the Spingold against Monaco where they were shut out of the imps column?
Sept. 4, 2012
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Of course, keycard in this sequence would be 4S kickback :) so you'd be in more trouble :)

Then, after it is passed out, but before the lead, you explain to the opponents what your bids meant.

But should you get so lucky as to get doubled, you can pull to 5H.
Sept. 3, 2012
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Which reminds me - if you're looking for the big score from KTx - lead the T
Aug. 28, 2012
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I agree - 2S isn't the “chicken bid”. 3C is the chicken bid
Aug. 27, 2012
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Would double be responsive?
Aug. 24, 2012
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Exactly. My partner and I have bid +so+ many hands where we've forgotten our agreements. They almost always end in hopeless slams.
Aug. 23, 2012
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It's in orange (which means alert) and if you hover the mouse over the call, it shows it as a three card spade raise. (very standard in much of the States).
I take this call as jamming, because there are two suits to cue-bid available if I want to make a stronger call.
Aug. 23, 2012
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I find the higher the contract, the worse KQx is as a lead.
As a matter of fact, I hate the lead. AKx, I'm sold. QJx I'm sold. JTx, count me in. But KQx <shudder>
Aug. 23, 2012
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why would (s)he need a doubleton heart?
Aug. 23, 2012
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In real life, by agreement, I agree with John.
But in Standard, wouldn't this be a penalty double of Diamonds?
Aug. 22, 2012
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See Mr. Garozzo's rule described below :)
Aug. 22, 2012
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John - hard to say as they were playing with screens and we were on BBO. It was Rodwell who made the pass. It didn't _seem_ particularly out of tempo.
Aug. 20, 2012
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My pd and I have long ago concluded that the answer to “What does 1Spade mean?” when 1Spade is unalerted is “Why? Do _you_ have spades?”
Aug. 19, 2012
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Yes - I understand and would if it were a major (like Kit says) but 2C takes up a lot of room and pd's suit is almost undoubtedly spades given the lack of opp bidding and your shortness. You'll be able to catch up later…
Aug. 18, 2012
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My pd and I have an agreement. It's always Bill's fault. That way if we ever have a disagreement, we don't have to try to find blame with each other or ourselves. Just blame Bill
Aug. 16, 2012
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Talk about a mega-jinx
Aug. 16, 2012
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Among how many novices have you discussed minor suit stayman. But this could be a good learning hand.
Aug. 14, 2012
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I'd be going back and forth between 3S, 2C and X on the initial call, leaning towards 3S
Aug. 14, 2012
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Gavin - isn't this an argument for switching to the 9D when you're looking at the KD in your hand :)
Aug. 14, 2012
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No no - 2D xfer to Hearts…
Aug. 14, 2012
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