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David Caprera
David Caprera
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July 20, 2010
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about me

I am a lawyer in Denver, Colorado, married to Anne Brenner, my partner in life as well as bridge. I am on the USBF board, the District 17 disciplinary chair, coach of the USA under 21 junior team, and write a monthly column, "Sleeping on the Couch." My 15,000 master points aren't worth a damn without a national championship and my dream is that some day I win the "Italian-American, pony-tailed tax specialist playing with the Francophile, retired pathologist four session senior mixed BAM."

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Anne Brenner/David Caprera
2 over 1 except rebid
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Thank you Richard Pavlicek!
With all respect, you got all the matchpoints because 5H was a REALLY BIG BID opposite a simple raise that rejected a game try. The issue isn't, "What is 5H?", rather, "What is my hand worth?" Next time, partner will hold, QJx, KQxx, KQx, Jxxx (a game accept), and ...
Ignoring Lightner Double???
There is no need to duck a heart early. On a spade lead, come down to four cards. Your expert rubber bridge LHO has to throw away a top heart as declarer runs the minors, and your RHO has to go in with HJ from Jx. If they find that ...
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: A8 --- AK3 KJ987632
Some months ago Spencer Hurd posted a rule of thumb credited to his son John, "When we don't have a preempt, we don't preempt. Sound advice and applicable here.
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: AKQJ53 62 JT4 95
For me, 2S is not forcing and a no-brainer.
Raises to five of the agreed major suit?
Richard's suggestion that 3S-(P)-5S is asking about trump quality surprised me. I would guess most play some form of "baby keycard" (0-1-1w-2-2w). Admittedly you cannot find the jack, but it can avoid the five level when the preempt was not based on a good suit. His example ...
Off the rails again
You asked what my auction would have been. 2D (precision ~4414) - 2N (relay) 3C (min) - 3D (relay) 3H (4=3=1=5) - 4N (Mulberry, KCB in spades) 5D (1 or 4) - 6S Are you sorry you asked?
Weak Jump Shift or Splinter?
Put me down for fitting.
RR6 Board 23
Obviously, the North hand is not looking to bid slam, rather it is trying to prevent East-West from doing so. I was merely attempting to observe that an agreement to use 4N as KCB (rather than 4S) comes with a hidden cost of making such a bid less attractive. While ...
RR6 Board 23
The long running debate as to whether 4H-4S should be natural. If it is Keycard, then it is a safe psyche, but 4H-4N may lead to a bad result if opener has "two with".
Variations on a theme
I am having trouble imagining what agreement you would like to have. If the heart suit is known, then most partnerships would default to suit preference. Declarer's decision with respect to the diamond penalty card may resolve partner's preference regarding diamonds. So, your left with little information to ...

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