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Mike Doecke
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March 26, 2012
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Aussie Youth NPC and Mini No-Trump Advocate :D

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Major Suit Responses To Unbalanced 1!D
I tried this method for a while (although in our system 1 wasn't strictly unbalanced). After a couple of years we ended up scrapping it because it created complexity and a few awkward situations and didn't add a lot of upside.
Hoffman v Coles - The Psych from Brd 19 Women's QF8 of 8 - 8/12/19 Australia
Although there are spots where I definitely agree (e.g. vs a Non-Forcing 2/3 response), I'm not sure the double needs to promise length in hearts if 3 - 3 is forcing. A vast majority of opponents that bid a forcing 3 in this ...
What does 3!S mean?
How about: AQ Axxxx xxx Kxx. Sharp cards but nowhere to go over 2. A great shot at 3NT if partner can produce a diamond stopper, and 5 is in the picture if they've got a diamond shortage.
Hoffman v Coles - The Psych from Brd 19 Women's QF8 of 8 - 8/12/19 Australia
Although I agree with Nick's general point that psychs are allowed to succeed, I strongly disagree with his comments regarding forcing bids. There aren't 'degrees of forcing' and super-forcing isn't a thing! The word 'forcing' has a simple and widely agreed meaning in bridge, that holding a ...
Hoffman v Coles - The Psych from Brd 19 Women's QF8 of 8 - 8/12/19 Australia
I'm pretty sure screens are always N&E, S&W so South wouldn't have had any direct information about East's tempo.
Hoffman v Coles - The Psych from Brd 19 Women's QF8 of 8 - 8/12/19 Australia
On this hand, I think East should definitely act with either a double or a 3 bid. Although even after a 3 bid, reaching slam would be tricky. A cute thing about North's hand on this board is that JTh are great 'blockers' in terms of stopping ...
Information Squeeze
I think the tactical advantage of a super-accept are particularly true in Hearts because the opponents will often stretch to balance if playing 2 is a possibility. Super-accepting also has upside when it comes to bidding slams. It's easy to give North a control rich hand with weak ...
Assign blame for missing game
The answer depends entirely on your opening style. 1st Seat Nil at MPs, I'd open all 11s and like to invite conservatively so I'm fine with South just bidding 3. Playing this style, North has an easy accept.
Dodge a Bullet
I disagree pretty strongly with Kit's position here. Even if a call is 'instructional' you're still obligated to describe what hand partner might have to bid that way to the best of your ability. This includes all the explicit and implicit partnership agreements relating to that call and ...
Restricted choice?
Completely unrelated to this hand, but I have huge sympathy for the error of taking an assumption and turning it into a fact. It's probably my biggest failing in card-play and I would love to see the idea turned into a book!
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