Join Bridge Winners
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Mooi Veri.
July 27
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I run Parallels and it works fine, and yes, you have to make sure that the USB port is “owned” by Windows.
Feb. 7
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I realize that mine will not be a popular point of view, but I prefer non serious since if someone forgets it will not necessarily be disastrous.
Feb. 6
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You are simply not strong enough to double now.
Feb. 6
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How could this possibly make? Partner does NOT have short spades and many diamonds.
Feb. 6
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Since there is a minimum hand for partner to have that makes slam virtually on ice (e.g., -AxxxxxAJxQxxx), and don't tell me that partner would or even should support clubs earlier with that hand, we owe partner one more slam try.4, albeit the most likely contract is a lazy bid.
Feb. 6
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There are only two reasons for me not to bid 2. First, if I, misguidedly, play that as conventional, second, if the partnership desk is about to close, for I shall be needing a new partner. Partner obviously has spades and thus is nuts to make any call if we both are passed hands.
Aug. 1, 2018
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Always count, but slow is suit preference, is unfortunately pervasive in the real world. I am not a native speaker, but the Tom Townsend comment that this is “appalling ethics” covers it nicely, thank you.
July 26, 2018
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A little bit off-topic, but I am a fairly competent player, some might even say very competent, but I am simply not good enough to know up front whether I shall need a count or attitude signal from my partner. Thus “leading the King asks for count” is not for me. BTW, I also don't know which horse is gonna win, which stock is gonna rise, etc.
July 19, 2018
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Game try. Just… 3 and then compete is not for me, especially since it is likely that all kinds of ethical issues will arise (assuming no screens). In addition, my, admittedly light, game try will dissuade opps to compete. Under no circumstances I'll accept my own invite, i.e, call 4 over 4.
June 28, 2018
Willem Jan Maas edited this comment June 28, 2018
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This, of course seems like an erudite comment. However, it is not. Every convention has hands that don't fit well, nay, every system has hands that don't fit well. You have to consider the problems a treatment solves and the costs. I for one am glad that I don't have to give false preference on every random 8 pointer, for fear of partner's having a monster when the bidding goes 1-1NT-2m or 1-1NT-2X (not ). Both of these sequences can easily hide 17 or 18 point hands, so you cannot safely pass. Now about the costs. I cannot pass 2, even if I want to. Big deal! The opps were only going to let that play if it is bad for you anyway.
May 30, 2018
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If I am not mistaken they do if the clubs are bad.
March 14, 2018
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I expect partner to be (near) broke, and I hope that by suggesting longish clubs I get to make my Q.
March 13, 2018
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Traditionally the meaning of this sequence is minimal not forcing. With a better hand pass first and then rebid spades. In this approach both partners play penalty doubles after this start. However… Recently we have been experimenting with take-out doubles in both hands after this start. Consequently, if you adopt this approach a direct 2 is very strong. On the limited evidence that we have up to this point, it seems that this modern approach (i.e., all doubles take-out) is at least as good if not better than the traditional approach. For one thing, you don't have to double a run-out on 4 to the umpty, simply because you don't want partner to bid.
March 5, 2018
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I have always thought that when faced with a guess like this (in the trump suit), it is slightly better to play 2nd hand NOT to have a void. (He might have acted with a void.)
Jan. 9, 2018
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For what it is worth, I have done a quick simulation for this hand. Giving South this hand and North a 15-17 NT with a doubleton . For every hand I determined the double dummy result in 3NT, 4 and 5 (DD play and defense, not really realistic but effective in getting a “feel” about the quality of contracts). The results were 3NT makes in 47% of cases, 4 in 54% but the winner by a mile is 5 which makes in an astonishing 65% of cases. Thus I suggest aiming at 4 or 5 with this hand is neither bizarre nor illegal.
Dec. 14, 2017
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Since 2 shows a 6 card suit, 2 is not a bid made out of fear. Since it is reasonable to assume partner is short in I have a Bonanza. Thus 4. BTW I'd play 3 instead of 2 forcing for exactly this reason…
Dec. 6, 2017
Willem Jan Maas edited this comment Dec. 6, 2017
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After. When he took the K he cashed a high trump and said “I guess I lose another trump”.
Nov. 23, 2017
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See, I still have a lot to learn. Presenting problems in te proper way ia one of them.
Oct. 19, 2017
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Sorry, This was my first post ever and I didn't realize that this information was relevant. The bidding was (EW pass throughout) N: 1-2(Inverted)-3(minimum unbalanced)-3(values)-3(values)-key cards-6. EW use upside down carding and 4th best leads. Opening lead S3 South plays the 9.
Oct. 19, 2017
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