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Craig Zastera
Craig Zastera
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June 28, 2012
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April 20
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Should this Q-bid be Natural?
I voted for "other" because I think this shows a good hand with values (i.e. stopper(s)) in clubs but not necessarily club length. This follows general rule that when our side has two unbid suits (regardless of whether opponents have bid none, one, or both), a bid in ...
What does this 4NT bid mean?
My preference would be for *4D* to be Kickback for clubs. I don't think looking for a new trump suit (diamonds) at the 4 level is often going to be necessary. But it is important to be able to ask for keycards with clubs agreed, and it is now ...
Crawling, Garbage, Something else
A treatment I play which works well on this hand type (and others) is a variation of "2-level Smolen": After 1N-2C-2D: 2H is a relay to 2S. Opener must bid 2S So responder can bid this way with 5=4 majors and a weak hand--if opener bids 2H or 2S ...
Barry Rogoff's bidding problem: AKxx x x J9xxxxx
Is it possible that passing (1H) but then balancing with 4S over LHO's jump to 4H should show exactly *4* spades with a (very) long minor? The logic is that any hand with 5+ spades that could possibly balance with 4S would surely have taken some action directly over ...
Jeff Ford's bidding problem: J42 95 Q AK97432
I'm too cowardly to bid 3C at this vulnerability, so 2C for me.
What kind of double is this?
The double is take-out and promises extra values. Of course, doubler heard the 1NT advance showing values and something in diamonds, so advancer can "convert" the double if he has a suitable hand (and doubler knows this).
how should I defend?
Because of my partner's (South's) hesitation before winning the HK, I knew immediatly with 100% certainty that (a) he had another heart, so they were playing a 4-3 (b) a spade return (low is best but any works) would defeat the contract. If he had played low in ...
Nell and Savchenko Win Mixed Pairs
Congratulations, Cristal.
After Openers Re-opening Double
I think it is essential that responder's 2NT be asking opener to pick a minor rather than being natural. Thus, if responder instead picks a minor himself (e.g. 3C in the example auction), he should be showing 5+. So if opener then removes to 3D, he should be ...
Competitive Response with 4-4 majors
It seems to me that since RHO's double suggests length (4) and strength in the majors, responder ought to have a pretty decent major if only 4 long to bid it. Hence, with, e.g. AQJx-xxxx-xxx-xx, I would surely respond 1S after 1C-(DBL) rather than 1H. But if ...
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