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Mike Doecke
Mike Doecke
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March 26, 2012
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How should I act after a BIT?
My opinion is not to overthink it. If you legitimately believe that an action is clear-cut and that there is no alternative, you should take the action even if it is indicated by the UI. Call the director on yourself if you think others might do something different and if ...
Project the Auction
My gut instinct is that it might be better to win the spade in hand and play a diamond towards the king right away. There are definitely associated risks, but really like the fact that it conceals your trump and diamonds holdings. Starting diamonds immediately also retains flexibility on a ...
John Newman's bidding problem: Q8752 AJ9 T72 Q4
I think partner is showing a strong 4S raise (probably balanced or semi-balanced) with diamond values. On this hand we've got an automatic 4 bid and will know to hit 5 if they take the sacrifice.
Your preferred defenses vs. 1NT
I was curious about this myself a couple of years ago. To try and find an answer, I looked over the NT defensive methods of top pairs in the world. My criteria was something like Bermuda Bowl T8, US Nats T4 and European Champs T4. Although a variety of methods ...
Matt Smith's lead problem: x xxx xxx KTxxxx
You will definitely find out, but when the club king doesn't hold the trick, know which suit you should've led isn't going to do you much good.
Club UI problem
Pass is definitely a logical alternative for me. 4S is super wide ranging on this auction (maybe 3-15 HCP?) and the opponents could easily be cold for slam.
What a play by Maksymilian Chodacki
"Always cover the 6 with the 9" might be a bit tough to sell. Matt bumped into the declarer today and mentioned the hand again. Maksymilian's first comment was that he regretted his misplay! He should've led the S4 to the S7 - can't afford to waste that ...
Conceal the Spot
I played 2NT as a puppet to 3C for a while but felt that it was only effective against weaker opponents that hadn't discussed a defense. To counter Kit's main point, the frequency of a G/F 2-suiter is low. This is especially true when the 4th seat ...
Way to Recover
Long time reader, infrequent contributor but still loving your column. Many thanks for writing it! It's especially refreshing to hear from a top level player that is willing to share some failures along with the triumphs. Re: this hand, I'm an experienced strong club theory-crafter and can appreciate ...
Liam Milne's bidding problem: AKQJ72 J9 T874 8
Well done with the problem! You do clarify that 2D is usually a 5c suit, but I think you need to go a bit more in depth into the rest of the methods to get meaningful results. E.g. I answered based on the assumption that you play 2C* as ...
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