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Craig Zastera
Craig Zastera
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June 28, 2012
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ATB - doubled partial score making
OP doesn't say if this is IMPs or matchpoints. I think it makes a big difference: * at IMPs, North's double is totally insane * at matchpoints, insane competitive bids in partscore auctions may sometimes be necessary. North's double (if matchpoints) would be significantly better if he were 4 ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: xx KJT AKQTx KQx
Agree. And I would add that the "raise" to 3 (1-1M-2-3) is best played as more of a "courtesy raise" rather than as showing true game invitational values. "Courtesy raise" means 8-9 HCPs are fine. A "true invitational raise" would be around 11 (10 probably OK ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: xx KJT AKQTx KQx
Yrjo, Now you've created a truly difficult bidding problem. There is a reason why this opening hand type (an opening hand with from some to perhaps significant extra values with 3 card support for partner's major but not GF strength) is commonly known as the "Bridge World Death ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: xx KJT AKQTx KQx
I said that the 2 rebid was not forcing. It is just wide-ranging, hence partner tends not to pass unless he is very minimum with 4+ s and nothing else to do. Opener could have some minimum hand with 5=5 (or 5=4, even 4=5 is possible ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: xx KJT AKQTx KQx
Yrjo, I let it pass the first time, but since you've repeated your misconception, I will comment on it: the 2 rebid (1-1-2) in no way suggests a minimum hand. This rebid is consistent with hands up to (at least) 18 HCPs. That is one ...
Craig Zastera's bidding problem: T8753 A54 KQ9 97
But partner may not have the shape needed for convenient auction entry.
Rafael Sacramento's bidding problem: AKT4 T75 AQT54 K
I try to avoid opening 1NT with a 5 card major when possible. Sometimes, it is the "least of evils", so I will do so with reluctance. It is always taking a big risk of missing a better scoring major suit fit. Methods that reduce the frequency of needing to ...
Craig Zastera's bidding problem: T8753 A54 KQ9 97
Opener can't really double 2, even with good s because he has no idea how weak his partner is. But *responder* can double 2 in the pass-out seat with a near max in HCPs and short s. His double is intended as TO but can easily be ...
ATB: Diving to disaster
As North, if I had "more offence and less defence" than a 3 overcall promises, I would have overcalled 4 (or more).
Richard Traxler's bidding problem: AQT43 QT7 A2 752
4 would be a "picture bid", 100% denying a control in either minor suit. It, perhaps, also suggests four s, but that is not an absolute requirement. Something like AQTxx-AQTx-xx-xx would be appropriate for 4. It would be OK to have a minor suit Q (or two).
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