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Bob Balderson
Bob Balderson
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Member Since
June 28, 2012
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Feb. 13
Member Type
Bridge Player

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Emerald Life Master
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ATB - Hopeless grand
Also worth noting that the "hopeless" grand slam was makeable without a diamond lead, the opponent not on lead had 4C and the KQ of diamonds.
Best option?
Declarer either has clubs or diamonds. For now, switch to the two of diamonds, playing partner for any honor - A, K, or T. Looks like we have 4 heart tricks and may easily need to get diamonds going before declarer sets up clubs. For example, AKx xxxx Kxx AKx or ...
System problem
We stopped playing our heavily modified Polish Club system when partner wanted to switch to something simpler.
System problem
We stopped playing the system when partner wanted to switch to something simpler.
System problem
My regular partner and I used to play a very modified Polish Club, where 1C was 12-14/15-17 (by vul) bal, 2C+; 4C+ 10-20; or 0C+, very strong. 1D was 2D+, 18-19 or 4D+, 10-20. We played transfer responses to the club and the real problems for the 1C structure ...
Line of Play
Straightforward line seems to be to win the spade A and cash 5 clubs, pitching a diamond and a heart. Then, cross in diamonds and play heart to the 10 unless RHO plays an honor. Seems like a nice cross between the legitimate Qx, Kx, or KQ?? of hearts onside ...
Your choice for 3NT
Blue Moon - asks for specific aces 4C= 1 ace (4D asks, 4N = DA) 4D = no ace 4H = H + another (4S asks, 4N = Spades) 4S = S + a minor, 4N asks 4N = minor aces 5-level = other 3 aces than the one bid 5N = 4 aces
Gazzilli advice?
So, opposite xxxxx A AQxx AKx you might play your 7D contract in 1S.
What are your responses if playing Ogust?
We used to play Relay Ogust: 2H/S-2N-3D->3N are the usual Ogust responses and 2H/S-2N-3C is either bad-bad or in between. For example, you open 2S with AT9xxx Kxx xxx x. This hand is neither a good hand nor good suit by Ogust standards, but it's far ...
Can being fully ethical be unethical?
One time, after I opened 1NT, a national-level opponent bid 2S showing spades and a minor. Their partner didn't alert and 2S became the final contract. Before the opening lead, the overcaller announced that they had shown spades and a minor (the agreement on their card). When the hand ...
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