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they are in a bracket style . Just not one you are used to . first column going down is one qtr of the bracket. 2nd is another etc etc
July 26, 2011
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I would have counted my cards before putting myself in this position
July 25, 2011
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There was one key to this hand that no one has picked up on yet. Cohler's opening lead was the 5 of Hearts suggesting he didnt have Club cards while Palmer's opening lead was the 4 of Hearts strongly suggesting a club card. I wonder if this was factored into Cole's thought process
July 25, 2011
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LOL @ Mr. Gowdy !! The last time you had extras was because you had 14 cards!
July 19, 2011
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Which again begs the question : It's round 13 of the LM pairs 3rd day evening session and you pick up 13 torn cards. What do you do ?


Pass
July 16, 2011
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Bobby Richman from Australia claims that this hand was played against him
July 13, 2011
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I pity the one that has to fit into Stevo's old uniform :)
July 13, 2011
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One thing I don't understand. How does this apply to the Rosenblum ? Isn't that event transnational?
July 12, 2011
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Question Gavin . If you were going to make a non serious slam try which one would you make?

I think a big part of the problem on this hand is that partner of the 2 bidder doesn't know whether 2 showed a suit or was balanced . I play that all balanced hands must bid 2NT at their second opportunity regardless of support for opener's suit . This allows opener to make a third natural bid below 3NT and still be way ahead of the pairs that play 1M-2NT as natural . All other bids would guarantee a 5 card suit ,

So on this hand I would bid 2NT over 2 and when I hear partner bid 3 I can now bid 3 natural and real support or Q bid toward a slam or just bid 3NT .

On the actual auction ( given my methods ) I would know that there is a huge likelihood that partner has a stiff which would make slam a much better proposition

As to the auction Gavin took, having already shown a serious try it seems that a signoff in 4 over 4 was indicated . One big point that Gavin mentions is the fact that he doesn't know whether partner has first or second round control of s . His Q bid was mandatory . when you sign off in 4 partner prob wont move with second round control in unless he has
at least a fitting trump honor and the king or AK of . If he has AK of and the trump Q he will drive it to slam himself via KCB .
July 12, 2011
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U first Bundy :P
July 12, 2011
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What's next? Selective drug testing ? OH WAIT !
July 12, 2011
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Does the 9 of s show up on my left when I ruff the ? If so I can switch to a dbl trump squeeze if I feel that it's J9x. I still retain all my possibilities for Geoff's line if the 9 doesn't fall . It does lead to a very good false card spot for West from J9xx of s .
July 9, 2011
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Is hamman retiring?

July 5, 2011
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I dont think there is a standard scheme in the US . The way I play : RDBL says I want to play 3NT from your side. Pass is neutral and allows partner to bid 3NT showing doubt or to RDBL with half a stopper . Clearly North should pass . If partner cant bid 3NT or 3 then there is no future in those strains unless south RDBLs then North can bid 3NT.

As to the issue of 3 vs. a splinter. In game forcing auctions I always splinter so partner can have a good idea of the hand potential . This hand is an exception though. 3NT can easily be right opposite many Diamond holdings that partner would not consider 3NT . Plus the space taken away by the splinter ( picture a singleton in the other major ) might be hugely detrimental by endplaying partner
July 4, 2011
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@ Dean.

I play that a Q bid over partner's response to my Takeout Dbl shows less than 4 card support for his major. Any hand that has 4 card support can raise to an appropriate level . If too good to simply raise to 4M then you should splinter . I'll pay off to the balanced monsters where an opponent has psyched or psych a Q bid myself.

So I agree with Barry . Responding 1S and rebidding 2H shows either shape or values . With 4-5 in the majors and a weak hand I would respond 1H and rebid 2H over a Q bid. With 4-5 and a stronger hand I would return Q bid.

With 4-4 in the majors weak I would bid 1H and over a Q bid I would bid 2S as I cant have a 4-4 Heart fit anyway . I leave it up to partner to know what to do next. In all other situations when I am weak I will simply pass partner's NF bid.

OK back to the Garner Weinstein hand.

I find zero fault with dbl. There are just too many hands where partner wont bid over 2C and game is cold. 10 points and a singleton club is an easy pass .

1 is OK . It's a borderline 2 bid but KJxx of s is a huge flaw .

2 is auto . That's why we did this .

2 . I dont mind it . It allows partner to introduce s freely .

2 is bad and my vote for the worst bid in the auction . Why am I emphasizing xxx ??? This hand is very NT oriented if partner wants to play there so I will bid 2 . Now if partner rebids 2 I can raise and I have described my hand very well and I am in a position to pass 3NT if partner offers it.

3 is misdirected . At this point there is no way I want to play game in s . If 3 was intended as a try for game then 3 is a better choice. I would just jump to 4 expecting better support and my Heart losers going on clubs.

5 seems strange to me . Although I have misbid up to this point , I can still have play for either major suit game. Slam is out of the question since both pairs have limited their hands so 4 here should be a choice of games Q bid.



June 20, 2011
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I disagree Bobby.

The onus and the rule should apply to 3rd hand not to declarer . In fact, I prefer my declarer's to play fast when I am on defense cause chances are they are the ones who will make a mistake . Plus they convey a ton of info when they do play fast.

That being said, I always take 25-30 seconds when I am declarer or 3rd hand simply to count out the hand . It's a good practice AND it gives my partner ( on opening lead ) a chance to count out the hand and prepare their defense as well ( Are you reading this Erin ? :) )
June 20, 2011
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amen bobby
May 31, 2011
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DOH!!!!!!!!!!
May 20, 2011
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I disagree Gavin. On your proposed line the gets covered and ruffed a gets ruffed now what?

Declarer erred on his line of play by not taking into account the inferential count. IF south had 3 s and 4s then he rates to have 3s and 3 for lack of a 1 overcall. So the 4th is getting overruffed anyway. So he should play for 2-2 s
May 19, 2011
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4S was RKCB in Hearts
May 16, 2011
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