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Bill Hall
Bill Hall
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 9, 2011
Last Seen
12 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me
I do physics and math, these days as a semi-retired consultant. I started bridge at college (1954) and never had the sense to stop. Same with sf and fantasy, which I started reading in 1944. Yes, I am that old.

Bridge Information

Regular Bridge Partners
Jim Munday, Ron Westwood
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Thousand Oaks, CA
Favorite Tournaments
Spring and Summer Nationals
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Diamond Life Master
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Oren Kriegel's lead problem: 84 KQ732 Q743 T6
3. Partner holds the black suits, I the reds. I hope to cut communications by removing a diamond from dummy and maybe a high card from declarer. A lead would leave all entries intact. But it could be right.
J2N au naturel
When responder holds scattered values and opener has extras, balanced or with a stiff, it is probably best for responder to retain captaincy. When responder's values are concentrated, I think he should show them, rather than relaying. A decent 5-card suit should be bid directly over 1M, but if ...
J2N au naturel
Then we won't tell you. One can always forego assigning meanings to any responses beyond naming a short suit, if opener should have one, or rebidding the suit otherwise. Which would be hard to get wrong. That might even be best in a Big Club - weak major opening system ...
J2N au naturel
Indeed. But we welcome suggestions for improvement and criticisms of its weaknesses. Not to mention the occasional dollop of praise. Like Karen Allison's method, it does not reveal singletons (or even the fact that opener has one) unnecessarily. But the big plus (for us) is that there is NO ...
J2N au naturel
That was not our objective. If you will notice, all of opener's responses above 3D and rebids in new suits and notrump are natural feature-showing. Even the immediate bid of 3 of the other major.
Serious / Non-Serious 3NT
PB: That would be a good adjunct, but the opener still can't show his own spade control below 4, should he have one. MK: He can't show the club control unless a 'last train' opportunity comes up, e.g. responder cues 4D and opener bids 4H, indicating ...
Serious / Non-Serious 3NT
MK: How? I have just bid 3S in your method, neither affirming nor denying a spade control. How does responder discover whether I have one below 4?
Serious / Non-Serious 3NT
If opener has spade control AND the requirements for your switch, then he will have to cue spades later at the four level, having bid the serious/non-serious 3S (whichever) first. His 3N cue for spades would have to be used only on the non-serious/serious hands. As a matter ...
Serious / Non-Serious 3NT
Playing 3 as a simple cue bid allows responder to bid a non-serious or serious 3N, whichever your partnership prefers. Surely that is the most efficient approach.
Debbie Rosenberg's bidding problem: 2 AJ9 KQ8743 A84
Maybe we can approach this problem in a different, less confrontational way. Suppose we exchange the K for the 2: Would you still transfer and bid 3? I would not, as it exposes a major vulnerability without establishing a game alternative more likely to make than 3N on a ...

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