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Bill Segraves
Bill Segraves
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Bill Segraves's bidding problem: 85 AQJ985 5 AJ75
That these appear to be a matched set of hands is incidental. We're not going to reach 3NT by north unless north has a club card, and we're not going to reach 4 unless north has dub heart. How do you like 4 if north has ...
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I am all for minimizing leakage, but it's hard for me to believe that minimizing leakage here will be worth as much as the value of distinguishing our 30% slams from our 60-70% slams.
Pretend it is 1993 and you’re at a bridge club.
"2/1 was popular, but opening 1N with 5 card majors was virtually unknown as was puppet stayman and support doubles." Interesting. I was seeing those back into the early-mid 80s, when the red Hardy 2/1 was the common system guide. (The red book includes 1NT on 5cM if ...
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"we need pard to have a four-card minor for that." That would be nice, but sim says it's not a requirement. Just plugging in 13-14 with 3 card clubs gets you over 50%. I trust pard to evaluate suitability even better than that.
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Quick sim suggests that's a reasonable estimate, primarily because prospects are good if pard has a four card minor. If pard doesn't, they drop considerably, and even if pard has three clubs, it's less than 50%. If methods permit probing for four card minors and lacking that ...
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"Curiously, 6 is probably more likely to make opposite a 3-card fit than 6♣ is. This is because you have so many diamond honors." Not an unreasonable speculation, but while those diamond honors make it closer than one might think, a sim suggests the 4-3 6 is not ...
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If I don't have methods to explore whether pard has 4 cards in one of the minors, I'm regretting it right about now.
Pretend it is 1993 and you’re at a bridge club.
Based on my experience, almost all in the U.S.: What the modal club player is playing hasn't changed a lot since 1990ish. Up a notch or two from there, I'd put things into three categories: 1) Things that are part of a natural evolution. a) Bidding has ...
Pretend it is 1993 and you’re at a bridge club.
Ah, for the days when off 11 doubled could net you a top. :)
Pretend it is 1993 and you’re at a bridge club.
As I read some reports of what wasn't common in the early 90s, I suspect that a lot of the variation may be regional. Stateside, almost everyone was bidding Blackwood, whether or not it was the appropriate tool on the hand in question. And a non-negligible number of the ...
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