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Brian Davies
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How would you rule?
This post should have been constructed as a bidding poll, without telling us that there was UI.
Does it matter how many points the opponents show?
I was about to open a weak NT because my hand is a balanced NT-shape hand. My hand is still a balanced NT shape and I see no reason to say anything at this stage. I want a six-card suit, or a two-suited hand to come in here.
Honolulu BRP 7NT Lead Discussion
David Burn: "Think of it like a game of cricket. You bowl a ball, the batsman swings at it, a fielder catches it before it hits the ground. You ask the umpire politely "How is that?" Now, in asking how that is you are in no way implying that the ...
Honolulu BRP 7NT Lead Discussion
I agree that you can divide players into these two groups. But you also need to divide further - do they have an agreement that double shows / does not show the ace? Or do they arrive at this from general bridge knowledge and experience. If there is an agreement, this information ...
Honolulu BRP 7NT Lead Discussion
David writes a column "Great Bridge Disasters" for the EBU's magazine English Bridge. I'm sure that he must already be working on writing this one up.
Definition of a penalty double
This blue book definition is clear and is, I think, a good definition. Asking about "what is meant by a penalty double?" seems unusual. There is a similar definition of take-out doubles in the blue book: "A take-out double suggests that the doubler wishes to compete, and invites partner to ...
ATB - missed game
Richard, you are asking that the sequence 1, 2; 2, 2; 3 be "probably natural"? It feels like finding a diamond fit should be a lower priority than (1) identifying a 5th heart; (2) identifying a sixth spade; (3) identifying a stop for no trumps ...
ATB - missed game
Yes, forgot that. Clearly only a one-round force.
ATB - missed game
"North had three choices over one spade - raise, 1NT, or 2♣." 1NT systematically shows 6-9 in Acol. You could widen it to 6-10, but a non-forcing 1NT becomes a bit unmanageable with such a wide range (what values do you need to invite?). A raise to the two-level is certainly ...
ATB - missed game
Depends how you play the 4th suit forcing 2. It is surely too much if this is forcing to game opposite a minimum opening. Even if only a one-round force it is arguably on the light side.
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