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It would be nice if the offending side were the ones needing to file the appeal in this case.
May 11, 2012
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So true…
May 10, 2012
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Yep - And knowing my pd didn't open 1st seat white, I'm much more likely to make a heavy pre-empt…
May 9, 2012
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Just curious - what is pd supposed to do over 4D = diamonds and an unknown major
(S)he doesn't know what major you've got since no one's shown anything.
I've never been enamored with the ACBL defenses. I prefer something like Multi vs. Multi

http://www.chrisryall.net/bridge/multi-v-multi-2d.htm

But you don't see Multi often enough in the States to practice against it that much (at least not at most levels)
May 8, 2012
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In this auction, wouldn't 3S ask for the minor?
May 4, 2012
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I'm with Josh - except I'll pull 2S X to 2N

I've always thought it was standard to pull 2H to 2S with equal length to “hide” the stronger hand.

I don't understand the logic of pd is more likely to be 4S/5H
May 2, 2012
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Switching to a club at trick 2 doesn't establish the heart threat. East will no longer be a danger hand Declarer takes 5C, 3S and 1H. Defense takes 2D, 1H and 1S…
May 2, 2012
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Locally (in DC) many play 1m - 3m as completely preemptive - no game interest and use 2H (Douglas) as a multi bid showing either 2.5m, an inv NT hand, a str JS in Hearts or wk with spades.
April 30, 2012
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Yeah - I worked that out later :). Give it a seventh club or the QD
I do believe the freely bid 3C call over 3H means heart shortness is more likely. With a balanced hand, Pd is more likely to pass over 2H. He's showing extras with 3C and denying a heart stopper with 3S. Our hand is primed out with no heart wastage.

I'd like to bid 4D, but I think it shows a strong hand with a diamond suit. - But I don't know the rest of the methods over 2C
April 29, 2012
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I'm bidding 4H. I don't want to play the spade moysian (surely pd would bid 2S with 4) because my spade spots aren't good enough. I think we want to be in 5C - but I won't rule out slam if pd has something resembling:

KQx
x
xx
AQJxxxx

Which is close to what pd has shown.
April 28, 2012
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When my pd and I played pure precision, we amended the range of 1D to zero to a bad eight. (This hand qualifies as a bad 8)
Now we play a more “Meckwell Lite” structure where 1D = 0-7 1H is all 8-11 GF hands and the other bids all show 12+
April 24, 2012
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As long as we're going there. Could we have one for my kids too :)
I'd play a lot more bridge if there were ready access baby-sitting…
April 23, 2012
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With some of my pd's this would be minorwood 1430 for d's
April 22, 2012
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Rob and Ozgun - Am I missing something? Isn't the worry that D's split 5-1? - You only need to pitch two hearts - not 3. Cashing 2 D's doesn't cater to that.

@Steve - Ducking a heart loses when Hearts are 5-1 and since the squeeze is pseudo, you gave away the heart to the Jack option.
April 17, 2012
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Thx Bob - I'm not certain 2H is forcing and I don't understand not making a forcing raise. I'm on Barry's page, opposite almost any vul 2D overcall, game should be in the offing.
April 15, 2012
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Sam - I'd say it was close. But pd doesn't guarantee 5 d's.
Also under consideration were 2N and 2H. Some of it depends on what 2C means (Gazilli? Bart? etc.)
April 14, 2012
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If you double. Pd with a heart suit is not going to get talked out of playing hearts. Pd quite likely is playing hearts. You double with big hands if you think the auction is likely to go P P P.

I agree this is a very good hand, but we're likely to get to bid again - even if Pd passes. Yes, we make 5D if pd has just the KC and the AD, but if pd only has that, the opps will likely bid a major. Over 1S 2D, there's a good chance LHO will make a call.

A good player (Bill Drewitt) once told me, “Sven, you're allowed to have a maximum for your call.”
April 14, 2012
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Dean - mostly because Pd can insist on trying to play in your major (no matter how high you bid diamonds) and you will get whacked and go for a big number, or lose in committee.
April 12, 2012
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Henry - If you describe your 1C opener as a strong hand - usually 16+ HCP, would this bid be allowed then? I don't think this was a “psych” of 1C which is what the rules are trying to stop. This is more of a “treatment” - a slightly off base use of the strong artificial opener.

(And LHO has to double - more likely (s)he thought they were in a forcing pass sequence and RHO didn't)
April 11, 2012
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Of course, on further review, you pick up all the Kx's, by leading the J and running it as well - it's only wrong if there's a stiff K on your right. In which case - there are twice as many stiff 9/T's as K's. Next time think more.
April 4, 2012
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