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Bill Segraves
Bill Segraves
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June 16, 2019
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about me

Long-time student of the game. Slowly returning to active play and giving back.

Regular pards and I are always looking for the strongest competition we can find.

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Are You Sure?
Interestingly, recommends first round finesse, then ace. Hmmm.
3-5 or 5-3 in Majors after Opening 1N
"It may be that the 5-4-3-1 shape shifts the odds far enough away from opener holding a 5cM that one can say that 5-4-3-1 hands go through the transfer route and 5-3-3-2 hands go through the Stayman/Smolen route." I think this is the case. When responder has a 5-3 ...
3-5 or 5-3 in Majors after Opening 1N
"Exceptions might be" I had done some sims previously that suggested exceptions are broader than this, but I just did a little simming of the specific problem and something interesting popped out. When there's a double 5-3 fit, you definitely want to be in one of the major suits ...
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I said "can have a valuable role" rather than "have a valuable role" because they don't tell you everything you need to know for all situations. In the case of Puppet, for instance, they can tell you how often it gets you to a better double dummy contract, but ...
3-5 or 5-3 in Majors after Opening 1N
"but it does leak information" I like this approach, but I'd only do it on hands where I'd puppet if my 5 card suit were a minor. It's going to depend on the doubleton holding. So I'm not going to leak every time I pick up ...
3-5 or 5-3 in Majors after Opening 1N
What is your method to find 4-4 spades when opener has both majors? If responder had just spades, they went through Puppet? That would seem to work.
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"until you have a sample size of about 10" I'd venture that most things that aren't straightforward are going to take a sample size bigger than that. What leads work best in certain circumstances or what hand types are worth using Puppet opposite a 1NT opener will take ...
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IMO, it's also valuable to know what the 2nd best alternative is and how much difference there is between the two. In general, I'd eek out every percent I could to try to succeed, but playing against a definitively better team or when behind in a match, it ...
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What Marty and Joe said. And exacerbated by the fact that many auctions are so rare that any given person's experience is never enough to give a dataset that would allow any statistically valid conclusions. Almost invariably when I do sims, I'm amazed at how rarely the relevant ...
Two-Way Checkback/XYZ Question
Thanks, Craig. I wonder how different this is from what I'd want to communicate with 2 followed by 3?

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