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Paul Hightower
Paul Hightower
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June 28, 2016
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Good club player, can't afford travel or tournaments. Long time contributor at

United States of America

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Common Game 5/23/19 Hand 7
Low to Q at trick 2 appears to work fine. Nationally, 62% scored +1470 or +2220.
Nicholas France's bidding problem: KJ98 82 KT72 Q87
If you might double on 5251 shape, then you'd better support clubs here. I play almost all negative and responsive doubles show relatively balanced hands and/or tolerance for partner's suit, so double looks right.
How Angry Should We Be?
Wow. The format was specifically designed to cope with declining attendance and wide disparity in experience, but failed to allow for fewer than five teams in the top bracket.
How Angry Should We Be?
I would've asked to see the conditions of contest. Directors often resent this, are too busy, etc., but jeezh -- was there no provision for anything like this? That's possible; it is also possible they had no authority to cut Bracket 1 off to contain fewer than 8 teams.
Common Game 5/23/19 Hand 7
I don't expect to diagnose a 4-0 diamond split without actually playing a diamond, so I think I'll win the lead in dummy and cash the Ace of diamonds, picking up 0-4 and settling for 12 tricks against 4-0. There may be weak NT bidders playing 6 or ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: AJT A4 A75 AKQ94
Craig, your post makes it clear that the cue-bid itself does not, in general, promise support -- you have to wait for doubler's third call to clarify things. In this case there is presumably some distinction between double-then-2NT and double-then-cue-then-2NT. But that distinction could be a lot of things, such ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: AJT A4 A75 AKQ94
Richard, I worked that out in the process of posting my alternate auction. Here we have the bidding room to show 22-24 on the second round. So the delayed sequence can also promise spade support. Not sure any of my partners could be relied upon to figure out which double-then-cue ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: AJT A4 A75 AKQ94
I don't see where we've promised spade support. Double-then-cue is equivalent to a 2 opening; rebidding 2NT next sounds like a balanced 22-24, with a doubleton spade possible, or even a stiff.
David Parsons's bidding problem: J QT93 J863 J873
I voted for an initial pass. If I somehow mistook this for a minimum response, I would now pass the "forcing" 3, trusting partner has not manufactured a jump into a doubleton.
Forcing or Not Forcing
Mike, I have heard that the switch to "disciplined" SJS was, in ACBL-land, driven by the desire of pros not to have their clients exercise any discretion. Three level jumps eat up bidding space and need to be well-defined, but flexible two level jumps work just fine and, contrary to ...

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