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All comments by Wayne Burrows
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Come on Marty.

The hands that are opened with 10-14 other than 1C are in plain sight:

not 10-11 with a major which are opened 1M
not the relevant 1NT range
not 5M suitable for 2C or 2H

that is pretty clear and should be easily understood.
July 26
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More over it is well known that any optimum either occurs at a local optimum inside the allowed region or on the boundary. That is going to encourage people to experiment at the boundary.
July 25
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There seems to be a gulf between “shortness in the opener's suit” and “any hand with minimal opening values”.

Clearer definitions are required. Like many things it is the boundaries that are important but this advice seems to obscure those boundaries.
July 24
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Was the information that the 6c bidder was unsure about 3s available at the table? If it was it points to doubling.
July 24
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In order to define off-shape you need to define what is not off-shape. I frequently double 1S for example with 3=4=2=4 and similar but I would have no idea whether that was intended by the term off-shape.

It really is an unproductive exercise to regulate judgement. Good judgement is rewarded by the score and bad judgement punished by the same score.
July 24
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I do not understand how it makes any sense to jump most of two levels of bidding to tell partner we have a three (or fewer) cards in a suit. Sure I understand it shows other things too. But the ambiguity between 6=2 and 5=5 in my two suits seems too much to deal with sensibly.
July 23
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I do not understand pass. I have tricks in three suits and partner is known to have at least four cards in the other. Sure partner might have nothing but he also might have some useful values.
July 23
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Partner will almost never double 5 if you pass. There is some chance to hear double if you double.
July 22
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I don't pass 2.
July 21
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Willing to open first seat but won't always. I won't open second unless desperate.
July 19
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No dQJ would be better.
July 18
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I wondered about bidding 3c and hoping for a splinter raise.
July 18
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I will take my two aces to go with our A and K and heart ruff.
July 18
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I am not convinced that I want to shade the values for 2. Ultimately though that should be a matter for partnership agreement.
July 18
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Mostly attitude is suggesting but not commanding a defence.

It can be insisting on a switch. It can be showing a key honour typically for entry purposes.

Here the ambiguity for west is that south has 2=2=4=5 with xx AK KQxx KJxxx or some hands with fewer clubs.

If south has five clubs then there are five diamonds four clubs and two hearts so you must switch to spades. Fewer than five clubs and the spades or equivalent cannot run away.

There are a couple of clues that argue against the 2245 scenario. The first is not that strong but some players might not open 1NT with two small spades and this shape. Obviously some will.

The second is that if that is the shape then since you have A9xx then declarer has just blocked the clubs and/or the diamonds by leading low away from QTx. This blockage has been created even if declarer has four clubs. Therefore I think you should play declarer for three clubs either Jxx or KJx. Now there are only 9 tricks at most and no urgency to switch to spades whatever partner's signal. If declarer has the cK then there are 9 tricks and without that card then you have two hearts two clubs plus partner's hoped for sA.

Also with long clubs and running diamonds most declarers would play immediately on clubs rather than the odd play of three rounds of diamonds creating communication problems.

It is less clear what partner should have discarded. A low spade might deflect the defence later (if declarer has the cA) and a high high spade did deflect the defence. A club seems wrong and a heart cuts communication if declarer ducks the next heart.
July 18
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I don't want my partner playing the J without strong preference for diamonds here.
July 17
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I think a stiff diamond is the most likely way we can play slam here. So I need to try and induce partner to show that feature.
July 17
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So 2NT is natural and not Lebensohl or both minors?
July 17
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This poll shows an insight into the difference between real life bridge and online bridge discussions.

In real life no one tells you the range for Michaels.

Here we get the range but no other information.
July 16
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Without discussion I would have assumed 5 denied a diamond control and 4 then 5 showed a diamond control. But there are other possible agreements.
July 16
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