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Congrats all. Good luck going forward.
Jan. 23, 2012
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Hmm… A question on “Joeling” Do you alert your 4H call, explaining that pd might not have a preemptive hand?
My pd and I play a strong club and that auction came up twice last night. Both times, I had a balanced 4-cd 12-pt raise. Both times, my pd alerted explaining it had a wide range.
Nov. 18, 2011
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Hanan - I've made slams on similar-to-compression plays ago against reasonably good opps, by leading small from jxxxx in dummy towards my qx in hand. RHO has no reason to go up from Kxx and LHO ducks his ace to prevent me from establishing dummy's long suit. Then it's cash the other side suit winners to get to ten.

The opps have to be reasonably good, otherwise they'd never consider ducking…
Nov. 9, 2011
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Hanan - I agree with Richard.
I love the format and presentation and I look forward to more :)
Nov. 9, 2011
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@Mike - Wow, he found the small club lead! I was joking with the commentators that I'm going to start underleading my AC, b/c it was right at least twice on that set.
Oct. 27, 2011
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Jason - USA 2 dropped the hammer in the fifth…
Oct. 26, 2011
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Jess -
What makes you think the opps a) have the values for game and b) are going to get close to it? To get to 26 HCP, you pd has to have 0 pt.s

I'm all for pre-empting 1st seat white on red, but not with 5 controls and a full opener.
Now give me Kxxxxxx x x Qxxxx, the opps are much more likely to have game here.
Now I stick it to 'em.
Oct. 10, 2011
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Thx for the column Adam. I'm looking forward to the followup to the line of play on board 8.

I'm not sure I would have downgraded your hand on the last one because it's got 3 sticks, but I understand why you did, given pd's opening pass. My pd and I also play a 14-16 NT vul and I'll find myself opening 1N on even shakier hands, because most opps don't have a penalty double available to them over a strong NT and a lot of times, it can talk them out of a making game.
Sept. 23, 2011
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Philip - good article and an enjoyable read.

I was able to work it out, but your formatting for the hand-placement is confusing because it looks like dummy is to your right and your pd is on lead (either north or west are on the wrong side of the table). It also looks like you lead the 8H and then later play the 8H in the play…
Sept. 7, 2011
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Josh -

So with the last hand, I assume you play 1C 1S 2C 2H as nf
I've been giving a lot of thought to auctions that start 1D 1S 2D (because of a recent disaster)
If 2H and 2S are nf (weak), are 3H and 3S inv or forcing?
Is 3C my only forcing follow-up?
Sept. 6, 2011
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@Mike - The opponents are entitled to your agreements at the end of the auction. - If the agreement was “3C is a transfer,” Peg should inform the opponents at the end of the auction.

In essence, Peg psyched (inadvertently) and it paid off handsomely :)
Sept. 2, 2011
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Joshua, I appreciate that the hand-type you mention is worth more than your initial bid. But my take on those hand-types is usually to preempt a level or two higher (depending on the colors) in order to put maximum pressure on the opponents.
Aug. 30, 2011
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I see the 3S then 4S logic.
Originally, the takeout double of a diamond showed length in spades, but when they rebid 4H, it shows a strong playing strength hand with hearts.

I'm not saying I would make the same calls, but I understand the logic behind the hand re-evaluation.
Aug. 29, 2011
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@Kevin - Distict Six is both MD and Virginia (and DC)

@Eugene - I've noticed “homefield” advantage (and timezone advantages) in a lot of events I've played. Some of it is total number of locals entered though.
July 26, 2011
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Henry - I don't think you're alone. I actually think Gavin's point is that arguments could be made for a lead in any suit.
July 18, 2011
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In these distributions, it rarely gets wrong-sided. But it is possible
Then again, usually you don't find No-Trump when both you and your pd have 2 voids.:)
June 26, 2011
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Lee -
I have not problems reading it

J7xx
Qxx
AKTx
Q4

Q8x
AKJxx
9xx
A9

RHO opens a diamond and fails to double 2D or 3S, and you reach 4H.
The lead is the 5C.
June 26, 2011
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I love columns like this. When I first saw the hand, I thought it was going to be the shameful waste of the heart deuce, but the critical 4 of spades is just as good :)
June 16, 2011
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Alan - Both passes over 2S seem cowardly. If I'd assign the blame 60-40 to West
June 14, 2011
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Michael - Good article.

I was watching the other table and then I saw 4S down 1, I was curious as to what happened.

When I looked at the above problem, I was curious whether leading a spade back to hand and another heart up to dummy was considered? Did East play the T or 9 on the first trump (from T9x) to give declarer the chance to pick up A9xx onsides?
Either way, nice catch of the spots…
May 29, 2011
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