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One note worth mentioning is the pips at T1. Declarer can have 2 or 62. With the quality of opposition I would say that they play the 6 from the latter holding most days. This should help towards the correct defence.

As to the bidding. I am not a strong club player so cannot comment with certainty and will defer to your experience. My thoughts were that I would have doubled 1N on the principle that I haven't ruled game out completely. If the other table has opened 2/2N then they might be having a smoother auction. If the hands are shapely then the opponents are likely to overbid as seen at the other table. Also 1/10 times you are running into 6 on your right. But, then I am a “bid 3N, ask questions later” player.
May 13, 2017
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Well there are 5 options on the table and at least 4 of them have some merit. That should tell you that this is an area that needs work.

As to my option of 3. My view in these tricky areas is to take the most pragmatic approach. Don't have to win them all.
May 13, 2017
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I didn't say it was a bad thing? Like me you often tend to focus too much on the bad rather than the good.
May 12, 2017
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Steve never puts up hands he is happy with….period
May 12, 2017
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If Niall was N then I very much doubt this is a Pass vs Bid problem. More likely to be “is 3N a viable option”.
May 9, 2017
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Both of the opponents bids in that sequence can mean different things at different times Paul :)
May 8, 2017
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Was discussing this last night as it came up in the USBF.

Yes I do think it is better either to play this or some form of transfer advance. You shouldn't play stuff after a 1N overcall though. I.e

(1)-1-(1)-? You should play whatever you play over 1-(1)
(1)-1-(1N)-? There is a big difference between this auction and 1-(1N). In one sequence you probably play double = T/O and the other = penalties.

The interesting sequence is:
(1)-1-(X)-2 = Does this show diamonds? Even if 1 promises 4 or 5
May 7, 2017
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;-)
April 30, 2017
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Lol. I was guessing on the reverse Richard. i.e 6 to beat 3 and 5 to beat 4.
April 30, 2017
Will Roper edited this comment April 30, 2017
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I clicked on this assuming I was going to get a Fisher-Schwartz clip….
April 29, 2017
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Not to mention nasty crunch matches between 3-6 and 4-5
April 29, 2017
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If we are supporting BW contributors who do we vote for out of 2, 5, 9, 10, 11, 14 or 15 (sorry if I missed anyone).
April 29, 2017
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My head tells me one of 3, 6 or 8. Although only a fool actively bets against 1 or 2.
April 28, 2017
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Done this and it wasn't pretty. SPL opposite SPL!
April 28, 2017
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Thanks. I am guessing by the general lack of comments that either:

a) I have finally made an article with no gaps/mistakes in it or
b) I have finally made an article which has put everyone to sleep
April 27, 2017
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I clearly do not have any idea of global trends. All the circles I run in seem to play this as a FJ and would argue it as automatic. Having never bothered to properly learn or play FJ, I thought I was simply out of touch with the correct approach.
April 27, 2017
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I thought this vote would be 99-1 against me. Still expect it to shift heavily towards FJ as time progresses.
April 27, 2017
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Drat I forgot the trials were coming up. Event I love to watch right at the time I am meant to be revising!
April 26, 2017
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Any hand which works for line 2 would have:

a) not led a trump (especially one as pivotal as the T)
b) bid 2 rather than doubling
April 26, 2017
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Keeping strictly to the hand isn't double T/O by West? If it is then I am very confused as to the problem.
April 26, 2017
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