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Oh and great series Adam. I'm thoroughly enjoying these.
July 30, 2012
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So my question is if you play for a 5-2 spade break if you get a heart lead? And if you do - do you get back to your hand with the second round of clubs (presumably finessing the first time)
July 30, 2012
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Bob - I'm not just pre-balancing against diamonds though. 1N shows at least 7 cards in the minors. So I'd be pre-balancing against clubs and diamonds.
July 27, 2012
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We play the Smith convention…
July 27, 2012
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Knock 'em dead Adam. Enjoy the trip. Shanghai is a sweet city. Try and get to the Shanghai museum. Some people fly there just to visit it.
July 26, 2012
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Can you really trust a partner who's left-handed?
July 25, 2012
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How long did East hesitate over 3D?
July 25, 2012
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Martin - You can be a resident of one country - even a citizen - without giving up your US Passport. Dual citizenship is common.
July 25, 2012
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I dunno. If I were a bridge player in Monaco, I would feel cheated. Chances to represent my country just went down to zero.
July 24, 2012
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I think the accident referred to was the 1NXX hand which could have gone for 1000 (vul) but instead made for 760. I believe the other table was in 1N the other way, undoubled (120?).
July 24, 2012
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My understanding would be this:
First priority: Raise spades (2S with 3, 3S with 4+ - depending on vulnerability in tendencies aka how often do you double with only 4 spades)
Second priority would be to find pd's other suit - all bids are pass or correct, so 2C is the catch-all bid.
2D to me says: I can play clubs at the 3-level;
2H to me says: I can play clubs or diamonds at the three-level
July 23, 2012
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This is an interesting case. I never like jumps to show values when I have cuebids (or new suits forcing) available. My general bidding style says jumps are pre-emptive, unless it's a case of
“this is the game/slam” we want to play.

But I do believe undiscussed this would be invitational
July 20, 2012
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Congrats on making SLM, Polly.
July 20, 2012
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I'm would consider 4D with the North hand. It's close and depends on your bidding style. I mean pd could be Jxxx xx KJxx xxx and game could be awful, but most 1S calls rate to make game and slam could be in the picture with something as reasonable as Kxxxxx xx Axx Qx
July 20, 2012
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With standard agreements, this is penalty. You could come to the agreement that this is a responsive or negative double, but it is standard for this to be penalty. This isn't remotely close to a support double situation. With 3 hearts, you raise. 1H could conceivably be four, but in general promises 5 - why would you use a support double?
July 20, 2012
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That's why I'm partial to 5D :)
July 17, 2012
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I've got my bracket going to the Brink :)
July 17, 2012
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Trade the kC for a small spade and I bid it aka
Kx QJxxx QJ9x xx
July 13, 2012
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For many, 1N- 2C - 2D - 2H is Garbage Stayman (4+,4+ M - wk)

If you use 1N - 2C - 2D - 2S as a relay to 2N, then you could show your natural club and diamonds through that. Here you lose the ability to play 2S when the 1N bidder has a min, but the transfers do give you a lot of other options.
July 12, 2012
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Presumably pd bids puppet (modified or not) or normal stayman after 2N. Either you've got a major suit fit or you've got fitting honors in pd's long suit :) Sure pd could have AKxx AKxx Qxx Ax with no play for game. But that's always a chance you take.

I'm totally on Gavin's page (opening 2N). The only real negative I see is possibly missing club slam opposite something like:
Kxxx
xx
Kxx
Kxxx
July 8, 2012
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