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Craig Zastera
Craig Zastera
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1 Major-1NT in 2/1
I was a big defender of 1NT being *forcing* by an UPH. By a PH, I'm more indifferent. Treating it as forcing does allow for various unbalanced responding hands that had no bid initially. On the other hand, opener may be "light" (less than a full opener) in 3rd ...
Craig Zastera's lead problem: 5 T74 Q75 K87642
I don't think declarer's bidding is all that unreasonable. Sure, I suppose he could have bid slowly and shown both suits, but that gives away info and will only rarely lead to a superior alternative contract.
Standard American how do you play 3!c
But responder's 2NT is very narrowly defined in strength and fairly narrowly defined in shapes. Thus, opener is in a good position to place the contract. Therefore, his 3 should be an offer to play, saying he doesn't fancy 2NT nor have the values to raise to ...
Leonard Helfgott's lead problem: J92 KQ3 732 J953
Leonard, OK, I did a DealMaster Pro simulation for this problem. Constraints were: West: given hand South: 18-19 HCP balanced, 2-3 spades, 4-5 diamonds OR 18-19 HCP 1=4=4=4 or 1=4=5=3 or 1=3=5=4 w/ stiff SA, SK, or SQ North: 6-11 HCPs ...
Craig Zastera's lead problem: 5 T74 Q75 K87642
Well, there was a "right" answer to this problem on the actual deal, but the poll certainly does not support that this lead is "findable" single dummy. Opener's hand was: AKQxxx-AKQxx-A-x Dummy was: J9xx-xx-JTxx-Jxx So the winning lead is a club (holding declarer to 6). On any other lead ...
Leonard Helfgott's lead problem: J92 KQ3 732 J953
I didn't realize that this question was about which heart honor to lead. I chose HK (rather than HQ) because I thought that was the "standard" card to lead from this holding. Personally, I play Rusinow, so HQ (2nd from touching honors) would be the choice in my partnerships ...
Bridge Convention Card Editor (CCE) Version 1.1.29
I have been told by a knowledgable director that there is no requirement to use the exact ACBL convention card format in ACBL events. He said it is fine to modify/enhance/enlarge etc. the ACBL card in order to make it more suitable to describing your agreements. He said ...
Recommend a partnership style
Invitations are most efficient when they are accepted about 50% of the time. If they are nearly always accepted ("accept unless terrible") or rarely accepted (pass unless tip-top), they cannot gain very much vs. just bashing game (instead of "accept unless terrible" invite) or just passing without inviting (instead of ...
Eric Sieg's bidding problem: J9764 Q84 K9732 ---
I believe that it is *our* side that is playing Precision. Your comment sounds like you think East's 1 opener was Precision. I believe that is not the case. Of course, over a Precision 1 by East, I would certainly act with this South hand.
Rohit Gupta's bidding problem: 86 AQ98654 A6 A8
A useful convention, fairly popular I think, is to differentiate "forcing, choice of game" 3 2nd rebids from "help, please let me out in 3" garbage hand with long hearts type as follows: (a) with one (say the 3 sign-off type), bid 3 (b) with the ...
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