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Nigel Kearney
Nigel Kearney
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Oct. 2, 2010
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Live in Wellington, New Zealand. Don't play much bridge these days due to work and family commitments. In the past have represented NZ several times including a silver medal in the 1995 Junior World Championships in Bali. 

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1M-p-2M-p- invitation?
I will invite if I want to be in game when partner has a maximum (average maximum not perfect maximum). I determine this by considering what hands partner may hold and what chances game has when he holds them. Losing trick count doesn't come into it.
ATB: Who should have doubled ?
I would have bid exactly as East did even if his last pass was not forcing. West has a very good hand after 3 especially given his lack of previous bidding. Partly I would also blame the methods. IMO responder has to be able to double Michaels or UNT ...
Should South find a bid with this hand?
Definitely play 2 over 1 as natural. You've got double, 2 and 2NT for two suited hands. For positional reasons it's more useful to be able to make a natural bid in the suit bid by RHO than the suit bid by LHO, even more ...
Another Ruling
I think Steve Bloom's point is a good one. If a pair plays that the meaning of redouble depends on the meaning of the opponent's double, and opponents quite often won't have a firm agreement about the double, it becomes much easier for the pair to claim ...
Missed Vulnerable Game (ATB)
I think 4 with North is the percentage action. Obviously this will be horrible if partner has nothing but you should assume partner has a few bits and pieces and the hand then becomes pretty good.
Who needs to try harder?
If you play strong NT, hands with support for responder's minor cover an extremely wide range. Different choices could have been made in this example but there will inevitably be problem cases. Some ways to deal with this are: 1. Open 1 on all weak NT hands and ...
X/NT Inversion
You want to put the overcaller on lead even if responder has the suit well stopped, e.g. responder has AQx and opener Jx. So I think there is merit in responder bidding something other than NT on that hand type. But the hands where responder does bid NT would ...
Bidding over t/o-X
I'm bidding 3 to avoid an unappetising guess. It leaves partner fairly well placed to make a decision. If I bid only 2, partner might not bid 4 over 4 when that is right because I could have a less offensively oriented hand. Obviously if ...
Why play Reverse Suit Preference?
Never played it but it does have a very slight technical advantage. A defender is more likely to hold length and/or strength in a higher ranking suit and may sometimes not be able to afford to signal with a high card.
One "Big Idea" - Ratings
I agree with this. May there could be a calculation based on a player's best five years that forms a lower bound on how far points can depreciate.
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