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All comments by Alberto Gioannini
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A simple line in 6NT would be: cash heart KA. If hearts don't split but the 4 hearts are in East,you can finesse in spades, then if it doesn't work you can still try the spade even split… but in this hand if you cash a second club and find East with five clubs you realize he can't have also 4 hearts and 3 spades (West would have eight diamonds)
April 15, 2018
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It can be used to play in 3 of other major too: 2H-2S-3H or 2S-2NT-3S ?
May 30, 2017
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“East should have cashed the ace of spades at trick 2. There was no point in hanging onto it. Dummy's diamonds are good”
If you don't see the D9, how can you know they are good ? And instead of the pointless HK, isn't better to hope in a diamond ruff from partner ? unlikely, but …
Sept. 14, 2014
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I just can't see how you can make 3D. You're always overruffed on a major
July 17, 2014
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Also the simple squeeze with sort of 4-4-3-2 with CQ doubleton
May 13, 2014
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Way too strong for 4S at favorable, and even all nonvul
Feb. 18, 2014
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I read a stat that 1H was more successful than 1N, but NOT 1S. So I open 1N with hearts (if the hand isn't super-max), but not spades
Nov. 6, 2013
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on the 2nd hand in many hands you don't have to ruff even with a club lead, North having
- AK(J)
- J only (small to K)
- KJ (small to A, on the club back you discard H)
Oct. 21, 2013
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good and useful(but perhaps not a so “major deficiency in bidding”)
Sept. 13, 2013
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Why not 4C ? shouldn't be splinter (with huge diamond support you can start with 2D)
May 13, 2013
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If 4H is spades and a minor you should bid it.
Double could be any two colors, but in case of minor/spades, the minor is better, while for 4H spades are better
May 13, 2013
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quite timid intervention - I'd expect the bidding to come back to Bar between 4 and 6 S
May 12, 2013
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4NT=minors, you can use 5C as RKCB as I don't think you want to play at five level all by yourself. The problem is to arrange & remember it
May 7, 2013
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Has anybody ever tried the answer 2C-then-2H showing a max 2H ? this would solve the problem
May 5, 2013
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Anybody opening 2NT x minors ? it could go 2NT-3NT-P-P-P
Feb. 1, 2013
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Good. Over 1H-P-P-2H-P-2NT you could try also this:
-3C = Minimum opening hand with both minors
-3D = Shows the unbid major (spades) and diamonds
-3H = Strong opening hand with both minors
-3S = Shows the unbid major (spades) and clubs
-3NT= Strong opening hand with both minors + heart stop

and over 1S inverting 3H and 3S.

You lose the 3D stop with both minors strong, but you gain the
same 3D stop and ALL the 3Major stops with unbid major strong, so it looks like a net gain
March 3, 2012
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Bob, I agree but
1) how often can you pick your impossible hand ? a semi-forcing minor is much more frequent; furthermore
2) if you play 2D Multi, you can insert it there, maybe with the balanced 25/+ too. There is plenty of space starting with 2N

Same answer to Henry too:
1) the balanced 25/+ is quite infrequent and anyway
2) if you put it in a kind of Multi, you free up 3N for the semi-balanced hand
March 2, 2012
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