Chicago and $IMP addict from the '70s in Kansas City and '80s in San Diego.
Currently disguised as a systems/software engineer and data maven supporting the USMC and USAF V-22 Osprey Communities.
Proud to be the human of Wolfie Amadeus Muttzart AKA Count Barkula (pictured), philosopher - "I bark therefore I am" - and pom in the butt.
My philosophy is a good pun is *not* as satisfying as an entry shifting squeeze.
Almost impossible is a huge overbid.
Win the ♠Q, unblock ♦Q, come to the ♣K, cash the ♦A throwing a heart from dummy leaving
AK7 ... 8
5 ..... K9
7 ..... --
8 ..... QJ5
I think you are a strong favorite to pick the winning squeeze and there are significant beer chances.
I like winning the first heart, testing a high club, and assuming clubs are not 5-0 returning a heart intending to finesse/duck. North may guess to duck from QJTxx. On a really good day you might switch horses to guess the 87 doubleton with South.
If clubs break 5-0 ...
Pass 13+ K&R?
But since I took over from a conservative rabbit, I accept the transfer. I used to kvetch when the opps got good results from this apparently unsound action, later I decided to join them. One always wonders whether this will be the first time I am ...
Sheesh! How often do *both* doubletons in a 4225 cover a loser? What percentage would you expect West's collection to cover 4 losers? Rarely IMHO. If your methods included a constructive raise would you not make it on KTxx Axx Jx Qxxx?
Although I would expect East to bid ...
With no dog in the fight I have been highly critical of ER24 and ER25 since games.rec.bridge days. The hand that started my tirade: AJT9x AJTx AT9x, which is an illegal forcing 1♣. Under your proposal, it would still be an illegal forcing 1♣ for the ...
Perhaps neither splinter nor fit jump is best. When I put the question, I thought that it should be analogous to an 'impossible 2♠' had the opening bid been 1♥. Restricting it further seems to be losing much of the utility of a forcing raise below 3NT.
Not forcing in the sense that it is obviously our hand and South invites slam, but it is an obvious 'dbl or save/make' situation so North would be expected to act knowing South did not have a reasonably clear dbl. I think this is Mike Cassel's reason for ...