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Robert Solick
Robert Solick
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Member Since
July 25, 2010
Last Seen
Nov. 17, 2019
Member Type
Bridge Player

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Favorite Conventions
ASAP [as simple as possible]
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
Bob Solick/ Trudy Owen
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2 over 1
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2 over 1
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Joe P.
2 over 1 GF
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2/1 GF, opening bids based on loser count
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Doug Fjare's bidding problem: AQT4 Q KT643 AT5
Either meaning is possible - partner may be 3=4=3=3 no preference; might also be something like 2=5=3=3 with 5-6 points. At least, it is only matchpoints, if you choose to defend. Playing for IMPs, I would pull the double and discuss bidding theory afterwards.
The Worst Convention Ever
As I use constructive raises, an immediate raise says there is at least one game try that I would accept. If there isn't, I show softer values indirectly. The immediate raise on weak cards is okay if you have some other way to bid with a mixed raise. If ...
The Worst Convention Ever
Once played with someone whose defense against forcing club was an obligatory one spade overcall of one club whenever you held three or five spades. It was fun to explain. That might have been its only positive aspect.
The Worst Convention Ever
If you play four card majors, two-way Drury is an excellent convention. It certainly could never be reasonably described as "the worst". Passed-hand bidding is an art form. Two-way is just a paintbrush.
Negative Free Bids and the consequences
Equal-level NFB solves some problems. If they overcall at the one level, you can still play 2/1 as a game force. This reduces an opponent's ability to interfere with your game and slam bidding with preemptive raises. Your negative doubles are limited, so partner is under less pressure ...
Suggest an auction
South does not know that LHO will raise, so he is a bit light defensively to act over a weak two. North can bid on South's expected singleton, but cannot expect to get out below game if partner has reasonable values. Those values may be in 3-1-5-4, which is ...
1m - p - 1NT - p - 2NT?
1m - 1NT; 2NT is a GF, possibly unbalanced. This permits assessment of alternative minor suit contracts. An invitational 2NT in this situation is a pretty useless thing, since responder does not learn much from opener's rebid to improve chances of success.
Do you always use the stop card, even when the opponents are very unlikely to bid?
Note to Barry- it is both possible and appropriate to say "play low", implying follow suit, as you very well know. If you called the Director on an opponent who did so, guess who would get the procedural penalty?
Do you always use the stop card, even when the opponents are very unlikely to bid?
The excessive focus on rules does not annoy only newish players. Oldish ones don't like it either. Someone who thinks that all plays from dummy must specify both the suit and the rank is excessively focused on trivia. If you have to tell the sheep which weeds to eat ...
Do you always use the stop card, even when the opponents are very unlikely to bid?
Reply to Nigel and Ed: 1. If the rules state that the stop card must always be used and must be used for every jump bid, does the English language not provide the ability to convey that message? 2. Should it be necessary for the rule-makers to preface each rule ...

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