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All comments by Andy Hung
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I agree with this philosophy (some single suited hands starts with a simple overcall), but generally I think it's safer to X when you have the spades (especially when you have 6) as you can safely outbid the opponents. Yes I know they can bump the auction up to 5D before I get a chance to speak, but with 18HCP and at vulnerable, it's probably not that likely?

My worry about overcalling 1S with this big hand is not that there won't be a game if partner couldn't raise a 1S overcall to 2S, but more about if partner has a balanced 6(7?) count and could not advance with 1NT over my 1S overcall and now we've missed a game (i.e. 2443 with two black queens).

If my suit was hearts, then I can be very worried about doubling first as North may bid spades and South jumps to 3S, so in that case I would overcall 1H.
April 13
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Partnership agreement is definitely key on these type of auctions. However, you need to be a bit careful as it might depend on the context of the auction.

For example, on this auction, were EW playing 2C as 10+, or GF? If GF, then it might be important for the 3C/3D/3H bids here to be “real”, so you can now “raise the fourth suit” (here 3S) to show this type of hand. Although it eats up a lot of bidding space, responder could've bid 2H or 3C as natural bids so it seems safe to do so.

If 2C was 10+ and thus responder had to bid 2S to “game-force” the auction, then it's a bit tricky and you'd need an agreement - as now, if your partnership bid here with East is 3S, you now have to untangle how to set suits as trumps with West's hand. Or maybe there's no problem if 1H-2C-2D-3H is GF (if you play it that way), then over 1H-2C-2D-2S-3S, responder can just bid 4-minor as natural.

If you choose to raise the “4th suit” to show this problem hand, you'd need to be careful as the auction 1D-1S; 2C-2H; I think bidding 3H now should show 1444 or the like.
April 13
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I definitely agree 2D is best if East is not a passed hand (there's no need to rush to get to NT's), but I don't mind 2NT when partner's a passed hand as slam is less on the radar (opposite Peter's hand, slam is far from cold, and it's not clear after P-1C-1S-2D-3D-3NT that East should kick as West might just have a boring 16 count).

Another point here is that if West rebids 2D, I think East's hand should start slow - although the hand has five weak spades, if partner has 3145, we're probably better off in 4S.
April 13
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Definitely not an easy hand to bid (especially if North wasn't a passed hand to utilise the 2H bid as a max passed hand). But I wouldn't want to rebid 1NT as South. If rebidding 2C is an OK alternative, there's no need to “lie” about the hand. The hand could easily belong in clubs even if North is a passed hand.
April 13
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Agree with Barbara here. Although I like rebidding minor to show 6+, but I really dislike rebidding NT's with xx in a major suit even more (minor suit is a bit more forgiveable).

I like to think of it this way - if it is a partscore hand, I can still “survive” by playing in a 2m contract. However, if it is a game hand, I'm now at a risk of losing a random 10 IMPs because I'm declaring the NT's and the lead is through partner's stopper.
April 12
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I'm a big believer in showing your shape if it will make the subsequent auctions here. Here, I think responder's 2S rebid only shows 4+S spades. It might imply 6+H's, but I think responder should be allowed to rebid 2S to let opener focus on the diamond stopper.

THe main reason for 2S to show 4+S is, it allows responder to pattern out. With 4513 or 4603 (4612?), responder would like to show the spades, followed by the fragment in clubs, so it tells opener about the short diamonds. If responder's 2S rebid promises 5-6 majors, then responder with 4513 or 46xx has to start with 2D and now opener won't have much idea of responder's shape.

So on this hand, South does well to bid the hearts first, followed by 2S then 3S to show the 5-6. After this, you will need extra agreements on what 4C/4D by opener is. They should show a “good raise” in the tier-ed major suits (4C a good raise to 4H, and 4D a good raise to 4S).
April 12
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Thanks guys! I have always loved BBO especially the ability to watch Vugraph. When I'm not playing you can usually find me as an operator as I enjoy giving the best and most accurate show as I can possibly make (even when the internet connection drops out, you can count on me as I would still be “Vugraphing” by handwriting so that when the connection returns, I can input the bidding and play so the audience can still review it in the movie).

As I always found myself multitasking when I BBO operate, I guess one day I decided to set myself a challenge while still keeping the Vugraph in sync with the tempo of the play. Sooner or later this challenge progressed into Vugraphing 2 tables simultaneously and I distinctively remember Traian freaking out when I tried it for the first time :) Luckily it was smooth sailing!

Don't get me wrong, I completely understand that it can be quite stressful when a card played cannot be seen or when the players start to play at lightning speed - the trick is to try and follow the deal yourself and think about what you might bid/play. Yes, unfortunately this does mean extra work load but usually you will then find yourself ‘guessing’ those unseen played cards more accurately!

Thanks all for the nice article.
June 27, 2013
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I would invite only vul at imps mainly because I would respond 1NT routinely with 10 counts. Even if partner accepts with a 9 count there should be some play. I mean, we know where the majority of the high cards are, and look at our spots - they're to die for! Even the D9 could be a key card.
May 29, 2012
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Certainly a great performance by the Mahaffey team especially Meckwell who played in every match (I think), and condolences to the Bessis team for having played a 4-handed team throughout the tournament to only have lost the Championship on the third (final) segment. I guess they had wished it was either a 2 or a 4 segment final!
June 30, 2011
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