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Richard Reitman
Richard Reitman
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Dec. 11, 2013
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Assign the blame - missed heart game
Assuming the black-suit inversion you propose, vul. vs. not I would open the N hand 2H weak in 1st, 2nd or 3rd seat, but pass in 4th. With the original N hand as given, i would open 1H in 1st/2nd and 2H in 3rd/4th.
Assign the blame - missed heart game
Politically correct answer: We're sure you have a solid relationship. Politically incorrect answer: Submit a photo of your wife, then we'll answer the question. ;-)
Assign the blame - missed heart game
Agree, appreciating the humor as well. :-)
Assign the blame - missed heart game
A new spousal excuse for playing bridge: "See, Honey? Bridge has taught me how precious life is..." ;-)
Assign the blame - missed heart game
I'm assuming you did not use the cards as a "cough barrier" the way I saw one player do! ;-)
Assign the blame - missed heart game
The more distributional a hand is--esp. with the high cards in the long rather than short suits--the more successfully your side can compete for a positive score even when the opponents have the spades.
Assign the blame - missed heart game
Assuming a pair wishes to keep optimizing their system rather than merely adhering to it, on balance they would do well to incorporate into it opening a trick-taker such as the N hand at the 1-level (in 1st/2nd seat). One can choose either to keep driving a car with ...
Assign the blame - missed heart game
Missing a game is not the only way to lose by failing to open the N hand 1H; said failure also makes it tougher to find the optimal level in either major, and much easier for the opps to get together in their best strain/level, and/or to double ...
Assign the blame - missed heart game
Despite the charity of your comment, both collective/anecdotal experience and computer simulation lead to the same conclusion: Rule-of-20 fulfillment, along with a robust trump suit should partner lack 4+ spades, make failure to open the N hand a net loser, whether due to (a) individual judgment in need of ...
Assign the blame - missed heart game
Not only does the N hand satisfy the Rule of 20, the heart suit as trump can play for just two losers opposite a small stiff, often even a void; therefore a clear opener (imo 1H in 1st/2nd seat, 2H in 3rd/4th), sparing S this unnecessary (perceived) dilemma.
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