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All comments by Will Roper
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@Michael: 3 in their agreed methods is far more descriptive and leaves more space. Assuming partner bids 3NT most days, maybe now he might jump 5 (doubt it, but it is an option).
Feb. 22, 2018
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@Paul: I don't think South will ever move over 5 as it might look (depending on their style) that partner is missing a cue. Something like Qxxxxx, AQJ, QJxx,- or Qxxxxx, AQx, QJx, A
Feb. 22, 2018
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1:30:45 should be about right. Meaning of 3 is definitely on their CC as I remember being confused by this auction at the Europeans in 2016 and checking.
Feb. 22, 2018
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When I first looked at this, I thought it was an automatic ruling.

On reflection it is not so clear-cut (probably still a ruling but a split score seemed fair). North knows South has 15+ roughly for 3 (GF with 4 opposite an aggressive overcall). And even on the layout hand where partner has a huge club wastage slam has play. Partner can have some flat 16s where grand is cold. Plus the 5 level is rarely in jeopardy.

There is also the fact that Zimmermann is a slow player. In previous tournaments, you can often hear Multon saying speed up constantly. Multon could probably argue that there was no break in tempo.

From experience with screens, hesitations cause all kinds of UI problems. This auction is NOT completely 1-way traffic yet. Imagine West here picks up an interesting hand and takes 2minutes before passing over 4. North with a void cannot tell who was thinking. Probably partner, maybe Duboin.

All in all a “boring” ruling is actually pretty interesting.
Feb. 22, 2018
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It is also in the youtube video….
Feb. 22, 2018
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not to mention the 2 bid by W on B2
Feb. 21, 2018
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Thanks for the hands Simon. Enjoyed them and the accompanying commentary.

On the first hand, you should definitely imo return a spade as it clears up the position to partner. I think he probably should cash AQ but am not certain that it will change the outcome. I also prefer 3 to 2 but otherwise cannot really see either of you competing more in the bidding.

On the second hand, I think the club at T2 is pretty standard given the bidding. I really don't know what South or West are up to here. West's most realistic chance is to hope for 4, 1, 3 and has burned his potentially only entry (the J) to take a marked failing finesse. South in the bidding seems to have been a bit over-zealous with his DBL card.
Feb. 21, 2018
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“We haven't played together in two years….”
Feb. 4, 2018
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I would wager on Shahzaad guessing correctly. But you never know.
Feb. 2, 2018
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JDonn: if it makes you feel better one of our partnership strongly agrees with you and the other one strongly disagrees you :-)
Jan. 30, 2018
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If this was a semi-serious question then kind of yes. I being one of the players (will not say which).

It is worth saying that we had not played properly together in 2 years and were thrown back together last minute. However, we both knew each other's style reasonably well and so I was somewhat surprised when this board came up. I don't think either of us is blameless fyi.
Jan. 30, 2018
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Yes our style is to jump shift very conservatively.
Jan. 30, 2018
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As a serious q what do you think 3 is? 3055/3064?
Jan. 30, 2018
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Do I need to re-write the polling options for you Kieran?
Jan. 30, 2018
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Regarding your key rule for slam bidding (which I agree with): what do you play 3 as?

I.e it is quite hard to define min/max for this bid as it is so defined already.
Jan. 30, 2018
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2 for us would have a balanced invite.
2NT would have been a good minor invite
Jan. 30, 2018
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Just glancing at this.

I would cash A, ruff a heart high seeing what happened. If West over-ruffs with the K I think I am cold unless spades were 4-0.

When West discards a spade to the Ace is probably the most sensible action but haven't thought it through yet.
Jan. 30, 2018
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I would imagine a lot of players might shift balanced ranges slightly vs an intermediate bid. I.e 14-16, 17-19, 20+.

I personally don't play Dixon doubles anymore though hence the ambiguity.

Interesting re the Leaping M stuff.
Jan. 25, 2018
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Best defence I have seen is from a BW book actually (Battling the Best).

X = Whatever your X of M2 is.
3 = Good 3 bid
3 = Poor 3 bid
Other = Natural

I think there is a lot of logic to this when you consider their main hand type is (34)15.
Jan. 23, 2018
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I would firstly suggest you change the title to play 4

My cardplay is somewhat simplistic so I am winning, spades and taking the ruffing hook. The deceptive duck is interesting but a diamond switch must be clear to East
Jan. 10, 2018
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