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Rich Rothwarf
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Sept. 24, 2015
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1NT p 2NT showing diamonds
responder is much more likely to have just diamonds than a weak 5-5.
The age of paranoia
N is marked with at least 3 hearts-E is short, W has no 4-card major. N also has at most 1 club because of S's length. Depending on how E-W bid 4-4 in the minors, E may guarantee 5 clubs when he has heart shortness. If so, N must ...
Any way to a grand?
Responder could bid 5NT over 5H to try for 7. Opener might bid either 6H or 7D because of the Q of hearts.
Meckstroth Elected to Hall of Fame
The ACBL Hall of Fame suffers from the same defect as the baseball Hall of Fame-an overabundance of highly qualified nominees and a limitation imposed on the voters. All the unelected nominees are arguably far more qualified than many current members of the ACBL Hall of Fame. Limiting voters to ...
How do you play the diamonds?
There's a slim chance that RHO has KX and LHO can get a ruff in some suit. If you play AQ and smother the J. there won't be a ruff, so A then Q is very slightly better.
Asymmetry in Matchpoint Scoring
There may be more pairs that are much stronger than the average of the field than pairs that are much weaker than the average. This will produce more very high scores than very low scores.
What should a "free" relay show in this auction or one similar
2D shows a diamond suit, probably 6 or more cards. You could play that Rdbl. shows willingness for overcaller to describe his hand, pass does not.
In the Well: Brian Platnick
I've known Brian since trading days in Philly in the 90's. Lots of great bridge players, some great traders, some very funny people. Brian was the only one who had the trifecta.
Am I entitled to this information
RKC is a common convention=this situation is not so uncommon that a partnership should be guessing. It's too easy to say you're unsure when the partnership probably got it right. Declarer should state which suit he answered for.
Suit play for 3 tricks
Leading Q loses to stiff K onside-it also loses 2 tricks quickly when second hand is void. Options are equivalent in terms of making 3 tricks, but low to 10 seems better in terms of getting 2 tricks before you lose 2.
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