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Richard Margolis
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The Death of Teams
While I sympathize with Peg and her worthy teammates, much the same could be said of strong pair games as well. The last time I competed in a Flt. A regional pairs in NYC, the event attracted only 17 tables. Such events no longer exist at all, as everything is ...
Richard Margolis's bidding problem: K74 KQ98 K75 983
While one deal proves nothing special overall, intervenor's holding was XX AJ10X QXXX AQX, a normal takeout double. With no bad breaks, the offensive limit of these hands was 7 tricks in NT and 8 in . Could it be that balanced holdings are worth ...
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: T96 AT KT54 QT64
While this is a matter of style and partnership agreement, I am not enamored of that 2 opening. The primary suit is too porous, the controls are mostly in short suits where they will not necessarily build additional tricks, and the utilization of Kokish (which he named Birthright ...
Matchups in the USBC Round of 8
Max -- I was greatly impressed by the maturity and consistency of your game. The rare mishaps in cardplay will be overcome with experience. It was obvious that Debbie treated you as a partner, not a student, and you acquitted yourself admirably. I smiled as you made some superb competitive decisions ...
ATB: Missed Grand Slam
Thanks, Steve, for continuing the discussion. AKQXXX of and an outside ace are certainly enough for the initial effort of 3, but any further effort from North, following the "serious" try, must show an additional value, either a seventh or another king. Additionally, North took control with ...
ATB: Missed Grand Slam
Correct. Presuming 3 is slam-positive with at least 6 and that 5NT not only guarantees possession of all key cards but is itself invitational to 7, S has the necessary (and undisclosed) source of tricks in . Under that assumption, South has a clear 7 call.
Richard Margolis's bidding problem: A964 AK7 AJ853 6
Thanks, Marshall. i posted assuming the opponents were playing a "standard" system, such as Richard Fleet posits. Strong 1NT and 5-card majors were in play.
What Went Wrong Here for North-South
I concur with the view that no one did anything egregious here, but when we pre-empt with bits-and-pieces on the side, as both players did, somehow we often turn up "unlucky." The 2 opening seems in-range, but the blast to 4. especially at imp scoring, is way off ...
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: T75 AJ73 A8653 9
Yes, I chose 3 like the herd here, but other than Jay, I didn't notice much comment about the teams setting. I gave pass a fleeting thought, but rejected it because it strikes me as a unilateral action and a poor choice at teams. Marshall is surely correct ...
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: AJ76532 KQ4 K4 9
Correct, as usual. That's why this is posed as a problem. Passing out 3 doesn't strike me as the "bridge" decision; it is influenced by the matchpoint considerations, which reward plus scores. By the way, I consider single Q decent support for a suit introduced by responder ...
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