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Ian Casselton
Ian Casselton
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Awful Contract
Hi Richard. For very regular partnerships of sufficient skill, perhaps. For everyone else, I would suspect some form of alternate compromise would be more appropriate. Ian C
Awful Contract
Hi Richard. That's a reasonable take, but you need to say what you think is materially better, otherwise you're in practise simply noting a weak spot of the system as a whole (the 1 opening). In context, I presume you would advocate bidding with the moderate hand ...
Overtake or Not
Seems OK to me, Jeff. With the spade length, North is likely to be over-ruffing West if the hearts residuals are 2-4, 3-3 or 4-2 (as opposed to 5-1) in context. Ian C
Overtake or Not
Good point, Meike! Ian C
Overtake or Not
Hi Kit. I confess I would probably have doubled 2 and partner may well have passed it - 3 (quite possibly doubled) is no panacea either. However, I'm not convinced that's a bad approach in the long run - declarer is not always non-minimum, 6-4 with a semi-solid ...
Are these Psyches?
Hi Robert. If I've learned nothing else from this site, psyches (and their fielding) are very much in the eye of the beholder, their local playing regulations and the interaction between these two. For me the answers as to whether they are psyches or not is no, no, yes ...
Proposing a Simple Rule for Good-Bad 2NT
Agreed, Kit. Though the way we play it, unless specifically defined to the contrary [b]non-jump[/b] 2NT in competition is not natural. Ian C
Proposing a Simple Rule for Good-Bad 2NT
Hi Bill. Here's some food for thought. http://www.users.on.net/~mabraham/systems/misc/TOS_2NTinComp.html Whether or not you agree with each of his examples and choices, I think the key idea has merit {1} If partner has shown weakness, going via 2NT is strong and bypassing ...
ATB, if any, for this missed slam
Hi Michael. I think East is closer to an 18 count than a 16 count, so I disagree. I also think Easy is pretty close to a move after 4 on the actual auction - but I'd have to have this problem at the table to give an honest ...
Psyches - and fielding them
Hi David. Still trying to tie this back into the laws/regulations. So, when you say [i]"... It is illegal to psyche if your partner has more reason than the opponents to be aware of the deviation ..."[/i] you mean, in the hypothetic scenario that Courtney shouldn't psyche because ...
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