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Paul Hightower
Paul Hightower
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Member Since
June 28, 2016
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Bridge Player
about me

Good club player, can't afford travel or tournaments. Long time contributor at

United States of America

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David Sackett's bidding problem: AQ7 A5 J43 98432
If partner's hand isn't suitable for our 3, double was pointless.
Paul D East's bidding problem: AQ973 --- AK7 AK942
We should be able to show strength via a double, cue-bid or something on the next round.
Your preferred defenses vs. 1NT
Dbl Lionelish, 4 spades and 4+ in a side suit, 8+ hcp, stronger or better shape if vulnerable. Stronger vs. weak notrump. Overcalls natural. The double comes up a lot and we have had very good results. In other partnerships I play Modified Cap, with 2 and 2 ...
Special Bridge Rate
If Bridge players don't like to gamble, why on earth are they booking at a casino? My understanding is the switch from Lexington/Louisville to Indiana was made permanent due to increased attendance.
Elke Weber's bidding problem: KT754 532 9 AJ86
I might've bid 4 directly with West's hand. No lead is attractive from that hand -- your teammates may have made a mistake running at this vulnerability. It would be an interesting lead problem -- A, get partner's signal?
Jim Priebe's bidding problem: K42 QJ754 AQ94 6
Assuming partner expects control bids at this point, 2 looks right. If 2 is agreed to be very strong We could justify 4NT except that partner might have a void in diamonds, so it's better to wait a bit.
Jim Priebe's bidding problem: K42 QJ754 AQ94 6
Well, we need to know whether 2 promises a fit and a huge hand, or could be a mere preference on a doubleton and minimum game force. Agreeing "2/1 Game Force" doesn't answer such critical questions. As commonly played at my club, a minimum hand would generally ...
Avoid blockage
Abstain. I ducked the King, since the suit is blocked whether partner held QJ10 or QJx, and I can't get back in if partner held QJ or Qx. Ducking is wrong if partner had QJ10x or led high from QJxx, making declarer's shape 5-2-4-2 with nothing in clubs.
Elke Weber's bidding problem: KT754 532 9 AJ86
My expectation is that a good partner will land us in a reasonable spot after 4, given any reasonable interpretation, and that it might lead to a better contract than 4. The risk is that 4 is our only good landing place more often than it is ...
Elke Weber's bidding problem: KT754 532 9 AJ86
Perhaps South actually did run at the table, or West did something other than double. So far the five of us who have commented reject the assumption that South will run.

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