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All comments by Will Roper
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Interesting hand. Am pretty on the fence. I decided pass as my partners tend to be pretty aggressive. Also expect 2 to get passed out too often. Would definitely compete at MP.
April 20, 2017
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Agree about Pass vs 3N.

Double vs Pass. 4 making is similar to Pass vs 3N. We are only costing 1/3/6imps and potentially collecting 2/9/12.

Slam making hands seem to fit into 4 categories:

1. Hands partner would have bid already (bigger point for those who play trash multi etc)
2. Hands partner will double on in protective
3. Hands that we cannot convince to bid slam after doubling or end up in the wrong spot
4. Hands that don't fit into 1-3. I.e hands where doubling wins

All this, among other things, leads me to think that pass is a big favourite here.
April 19, 2017
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I was NOT at the table and cannot state exactly what happened. However there are several points which I think are missing:

1. The director was subsequently called back by N/S who complained that the young player was moaning ridiculously about the ruling. We couldn't hear exactly what was said, we were at the next table, from the young players but this looked very excessive by N/S.

2. The table wasn't only towards the bottom end of the room, but there had been some sort of mix-up with the boards?? I think they might have played each other twice. So a small bit of sympathy to N/S in what I imagine I could be an irritable situation.

3. Lastly I cannot say how many times the director was called to this particular table but it was more than any other fixed N/S that I could tell. I think the director was called on more than the two occasions described when the young players were there but I cannot say for sure.

As to the hand I wouldn't call the TD, I would allow the high diamond to stand. I would advise the young players afterwards. Our game is dying and this is a perfect example of one of the reasons why.
April 17, 2017
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Interesting hand as to which major you should default with here. Personally 3 for me since even if partner has clubs stopped, 3N may not be the place to be. I can see the attraction of 3 though.

Also useful to try and define these 3m bids more. For me I like this bid to show 5-5 and put the 5-4hands through 2N. This allows for better definition and means that you worry more about black suit stops here.
April 12, 2017
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I used to play a variant of DB's gadget but found it wrongsided a lot of NT contracts as well as helping the opponents identify the best lead.

I now play that 1-2-2N= and 1-2-3=Weak NT thus automatically wrong-siding the diamond hands……
April 12, 2017
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Dw it wasn't the oddest thing in that tournament. Iirc I only had 6 to go with my 13count….. That might have been a clue. It was mildly bemusing if nothing else.

If you like making heavy 4M openings then it might be a good idea to play 3N=Good 4M bid (assuming you don't already). Can help separate the good from the trash. Doesn't help here though.
April 11, 2017
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5 first round would be sick. 5 now is gambling. You win if go for 100/300. Flat if 500. Lose if 800/1100/they weren't making/you push them into a good slam. All in all I think you have to pass.

On a different day the 3-0major split would spell -500 and this hand wouldn't bother you nearly as much.

I don't mind the 4 opening, but I assume you knew that considering you once called the TD on me for a wide ranging preempt :-)
April 11, 2017
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My partners know my thoughts on this Dave and tend to agree with me on these things…Ergo they would also accept the bid. If my partner did not then:

a) We would have a discussion as to why they didn't accept the bid afterwards.
b) I would automatically Pass such that the auction takes its most second natural course (I would not pass out 1).

Ed R: I disagree. The reason I accept the bid out of turn is because I want to play proper bridge. However, within the current rules it is a courtesy and one that I need not exercise. There are 4 people, that I can recall, whom I would actively rather not play bridge against and as a result why should I extend them such a courtesy. As far as I am concerned these 4 have stooped extremely low at some point such that they don't deserve it. From a different post, it appears I am not the only one to think this way.
April 9, 2017
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I find these barring rules poor and destructive. If you bid in this scenario then the whole auction becomes distorted and it is a lottery as to who gains. The person who does is usually left thinking that they wish they could have won the board properly.

My general approach to these bids is to call the TD to make sure it is registered then accept the bid out of turn. If this affects the result then maybe I look like a fool. However, at least I got to play proper bridge. The only reason I might not follow this policy is an opponent repeatedly trying it on….or if they annoy me generally.
April 9, 2017
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Like the rest of my team, I was somewhat surprised at West's 5 bid. It would never have occurred to me so kudos since it worked. A similar situation came up several boards later which proved that West was consistent in this approach.

This hand came up for heavy discussion afterwards. Partner thought I was odds on favourite to hold the Ace of spades and was mildly worried about some endgame situations, where I have to give dummy a spade. All 4 of us agreed afterwards that a heart is best.

As to why I abstained….I had a marginal decision over 4, which my partner didn't save me from, and thankfully got said decision correct. Hit a very nice position and should most days incite a double for win 5. Instead, I concede a double game swing….bit fed up of this hand :-)
April 6, 2017
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From scrolling through the responses a major con has been missed. The two most frequent reasons for me being called to a table on a duplicate night is:

a) Entered wrong declarer into bridgemate
b) Entered the wrong board into bridgemate

A common example of b is Table A is about to play boards 19-21. These boards are passed to Table A with 21 at the top and they forget to play 19 first. However, they score the result under board 19.

This usually now fouls board 19 which isn't satisfactory for anyone.
April 1, 2017
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See above regarding the bidding :)

No-one was capable of lying in the diamond suit.
March 31, 2017
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Nope. N/S despite playing few methods have a large number of boards logged and both knew that 4 would be natural there.
March 31, 2017
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Hi, Thanks for being in the well. Several questions if you don’t mind answering:

a) As noted above you guys are well known for your aggressive game bidding. Over the years which hand type/situation in this area would you say has won you the most?

b) In recent times you have been playing with the likes of Zia and Thomas Bessis. Any fun stories or noticeable differences within these new partnerships?

c) If you play High from xxx in partners suit does this apply in a delayed raise auction? We had one the other night:
1-(1)-Dbl-(P)
2-(2)-P-(2)
P-(P)-3-(P)
P-(3)-AP

Thanks again
March 29, 2017
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Sorry I don't know where they went.

3 = 6; GF usually a CoG hand
March 26, 2017
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I play double of a NF bid as T/O and it rarely lets me down. Being able to penalty double 2 feels like a very minimal advantage as LHO often can bid spades and now you are in the same, if not worse off in the auction since partner cannot guess your minor holdings.

I have played Ekren in 2 partnerships and it came on 200 boards (small sample size I know). Playing mainly MPs we averaged over 60% playing it. I did an analysis on these hands and found that:
- It works very well when you can pre-empt with a fit
- If the opponents had defended it sensibly then we would have scored less than 40%.

There were numerous occasions where opponents could have taken 300/500 on a misfit nothing boards but didn't have firm agreements so didn't risk doubles and made other awful bids (3 on 4 card suits, 2N with balanced 13 counts).

It also seemed theoretically poor to me since it would allow the opponents to avoid poor 4M's for much stronger 3N contacts. Also when we preempt we are trying to take away their space such that they cannot evaluate properly. Typical situation is something like

(2)-3-(P)-?

Now with certain hands and doubleton heart we often have a game decision to make as to which of 3N/4M to try for. This is less of a problem for the minors due to the two trick difference. By opening a preempt which shows the majors we eliminate this large plus of preempting.

On this basis I quite happily dropped it and haven't looked back. I did quite enjoy at one point playing 3=Minors; weak and 3=Majors; weak. Whilst it messed up the rest of the system, these 5-5 bids worked not only as they were NF but also since they took away a lot more of the opponents bidding space:

(3*)-?:
xxx
Kxx
Ax
AKJTx

Over 2 this is an automatic 3 for me. But what now over 3? T/O, 3N, 4 are all hit and hope bids. Ftr I would double.
March 23, 2017
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Another win for the wide ranging methods then.

Opening 4432 11 counts at the 2 level vulnerable makes me feel sick anyway
March 21, 2017
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Not having a clue what is going on helps :)

I was actually wondering why they hadn't bid 3 but hey :)
March 21, 2017
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I agree with what people above have say and would add that I am a tad confused as to why West has bid 2 on the 2nd hand.
March 21, 2017
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Why do I have to advance the T….

Also do these opps have history. That is not fooling you. That is strike 1 for me….
March 20, 2017
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