Game addict for as long as I can remember. At one time I was serious about Chess, Backgammon, Gin among quite a few other games.
\nNow I pretty much exclusively just play bridge.
\nAside from Bridge I enjoy my family, my "bud-bud" Kibitz, my Llapso Apso mix, reading, movies, racquetball, and I have become a bit of a gym rat these past few years. Though it hasnt done much for my expanding waistline. Maybe someday I will win that battle. Though just like bridge the enjoyment comes more from the battle than the victories!
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Favorite Bridge Memory
Making a XX small slam missing all 4 aces!....The joy of smiling at my wife and saying "I didnt" when she complained about my overcalling a 4 card suit, after she surprised me with 9 card support!!
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A special fondness for any national tournament - but enjoy them all!
Fit Jumps....enjoy agreements much more than conventions though!
If you do choose 3D, which I did (admittedly wavering between 3N and 3D) My feeling was that with values in clubs partner was less likely to have the AQ of diamonds, and if partner had x, xx, AQxxxx, Q10xx or something similar they would likely bid again. All conjecture ...
With this shape it is likely the opponent's silence is due to a lack of values which increases the odds partner has a decent hand, which means I might find my ideal spot with an underbid of say 3D......I probably wouldn't chance it, but I suspect another ...
As I am in minority and actually prefer this double to be penalty "ish" I would expect the doubler to have at most one heart, 4 spades, and since they did not open 1D 5 clubs - a likely hand being AK9x, x, Axx, Axxxx and perhaps better.
Like many players I have played many styles and systems, I have mostly played other players preferred systems. Truthfully I have enjoyed playing most if not all of them. While they all had ideas and concepts I enjoyed using, I ultimately went back to my roots and play a forcing ...
I think 3H has a lot of merit Terry - as partner does not have a spade control, you will not get that good news. The board was a push in the match when both sides resided in 3NT. A lost opportunity for both sides this time. Partners hand was xx ...