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Bill Hall
Bill Hall
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 9, 2011
Last Seen
24 minutes 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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A Lesson in San Diego
Wrong again. While the club continuation works on the existing lie of the cards, it gives up to 4-3 spades where both the K and A are offside. That's about 1/4 of the 4-3s. However, by picking up half of the 5-2s, I think it comes out ahead.
A Lesson in San Diego
I agree. But it is also not high: There are 9 diamonds outstanding, and only 7 spades.
A Lesson in San Diego
Oops, my analysis was incomplete: If LHO returns a high spade spot, I have to repeat the throw-in before ruffing in dummy. That still preserves the make on 4-3 spades, if RHO can win the second spade.
Paul Block's bidding problem: 4 KJ93 AK986 KJ9
Somebody doesn't know how to count expected tricks. No way does opener expect to make a three-level contract over a 1 response, but that is exactly what he has committed the partnership to.
Kevin O'Dea's bidding problem: Q4 J2 AQ9763 AK9
I guess people have forgotten that the jump-rebid promises a one-loser suit, at least AQJ9xx. And that a 2 rebid has a wide range, up to 16 HCP. No wonder they reach so many silly games.
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.

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