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Answers for Tom > The way I play

1) 2nt does not promise anything in Diamonds . It is purely describing distribution

2) 4S shows a pure,concentrated 5-4-2-2 minimum Partner can now judge minor suit aces and fitting major suit cards for slam purposes

3) Yes

4) I hate bidding 3NT in this auction . It's preemptive but I guess the party line is 15-17 with good Diamonds for NT . Prob stiff club

5) I know that everyone is going to scream on this answer. I think that's Void RKCB for Hearts

6) It depends on what you think is the most relevant feature. My theory is that one should make the cheapest , most descriptive bid available
Jan. 26, 2011
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My vote is for 2S
Jan. 25, 2011
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I meant to say if EAST has FOUR trumps he is bidding 4 everytime

Kevin : What do they open 4-4 in the minors ? This might have a factor as to whether Helgemo dbls or not. If 1C then the odds are overwhelming that helgemo has an 8 card Diamond fit or they defend 3H dbled
Jan. 24, 2011
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One thing no one has considered yet. Helgemo Helness open 4 card Heart suits . I am not sure what distributions or suit quality is in their agreements but this increases the chances of a 5 card Diamond holding especially given our Spade holding.

Now Helgemo is certainly not shy . He bids with any excuse possible . So I must be missing some inference.

Dbl seems clear to me cause if it comes back p p to me I can bid 3S and get out in 4D. How often is this going to occur? If East has 3 trumps and a singleton Spade he is probably bidding 4H every time . If he has 3 Hearts then partner probably has 4 unless West is 5-6. The point is I got invitational values opposite an opening bid and I need to get this across to partner. 3D is my second choice .
Jan. 24, 2011
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@ Mr Bloom. Dont see how passing the 10 of Diamonds picks up J9 or Q9 dbltn in west
Jan. 22, 2011
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Sydney is Wed morning Summer time
Jan. 21, 2011
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The junior tournament is Tuesday 11 am West coast time . 2PM East Coast time in the US.

20:00 Central European time , 19:00 in England . 6AM in Sydney. On BBO
Jan. 21, 2011
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@ Bob

I don't need a hand evaluator . Any fool can see that one hand is worth 8 solid tricks and that the other might only be worth 5 or 6 on a really bad day . Bidding is about tricks not about points . These 2 “ 19 ” counts were not created equally . There is a serious flaw in the Kaplan Evaluator if you think these 2 hands are basically equal
Jan. 20, 2011
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When I played Precision in the 80s we used to play mandatory 3rd seat openings NV and “ pre overcalls ” vul . We always prealerted and were never called on it.

In your examples, the issue is not the opening per se , but the fielding of it by partner. That's illegal.

Bridge has become a game of non disclosure . My pet peeve is the random 1NT openings that many experts use. 14-16 Nts have been whittled down to good 11 counts in third seat as well as out and out psychs. If you think 1D openings are tuff to defend these are impossible without full disclosure. Who plays penalty doubles over medium to strong NTs ? The other issue is the fact that some players constantly “ upgrade ” so their 14-16 NT is really a 13-15 NT , therefore weak.

Lets see some disclosure folks!!
Jan. 20, 2011
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After looking at the list of players in the hall as well as the players who have been denied entry up to this point , it seems like a good ole boys club. Part of the problem is there's absolutely no guidelines as to what constitutes a HOFer . Reminds me of ACBL committee rulings from the 90s . Certainly if Kathy Wei is in then every other woman WC should be in. ESPECIALLY Rose .
Jan. 19, 2011
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OK I am going to open a can of worms here. Why isn't Rose Meltzer on the ballot ? She has more open World championships then the combined total of all those listed here. She played her fair share of boards . She is more entitled than all of these candidates. She should at the very least be on the ballot for consideration

Frankly I couldn't vote for any of these players. Perhaps Peter Boyd since he has 2 open WCs . Perhaps Marty Bergen for literature and bidding innovations . One thing about the baseball HOF . Players just don't randomly get in on the first ballot.

This list has no one that I would even remotely consider a first ballot HOFer or second or third for that matter
Jan. 19, 2011
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Well said Eugene
Jan. 18, 2011
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So how did you get a vote?
Jan. 18, 2011
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Las Vegas

There is a brand new Marriott Springhill right next door to the Riviera on Paradise . It's a closer walk to the playing site then some of the rooms at the Riviera.

If some industrious person could get a group rate and 10 rooms filled they probably can get their room for free.
Jan. 18, 2011
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Didnt say I would pass . Just saying it is an option
Jan. 17, 2011
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U forgot one option : Pass. There is a decent case for it. Since you have no idea if this hand belongs in game or a partial and you have no good way to find out, attempting to go plus might just be the best option.

Against that , Pass is final. If its a mistake there is no recovering from it. I honestly have no idea what I would do at the table. Depends on who opened 2H
Jan. 17, 2011
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Come on kid . Show some class . You should have kept the 2 of Hearts cause it is so much cooler to win the last trick in 7NT with a deuce

As for the play. Against good defenders you should always be in a guessing situation at the end. After the lead East can count 12 tricks so he knows that he is defending against a Squeeze.

So he has to discard in order to fool you about which suit he has unguarded. Generally, the first pitch will be from 5 card length and that is a tell cause he will do it painlessly and then huddle on the next card when deciding which 4 card suit to unguard.

You can also deduce information from the preemptor . If he has 3 Spades including one that can beat dummy's second card he will prob pitch Hearts down the line to tell partner he has a spade guard.

So what would you have done if righty's first pitch was a Club followed by 2 Spades in scenario 2?

Or if he pitched 3 Spades in scenario one?

Its all a guess against good defenders. The only thing you know for sure, as you stated, with 7-1 hearts the contract must be makeable
Jan. 17, 2011
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Perhaps you mean the “ rule of 20 ” . Add the number of cards between your 2 longest suits and add your high card points. If the total is 20 or greater than you can open the bidding.

As far as I know there is no rule of 10
Jan. 17, 2011
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Maybe I spoke too soon about declaring 7NT.

If I “ wrong side ” it and get a club lead I am thrilled because I know where the C king is. Same for a heart lead regarding the Jack . Spade lead I am cold. So that leaves a Diamond lead into the teeth from a worthless holding. Is anyone going to do that after reading this thread :P ?

So perhaps I need to cash major suit winners and eventually fall back on the club finesse after a Diamond or a Heart lead. Interesting play problem.
Jan. 17, 2011
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Ok not to beat on dead horses . Did this hand happen before or after 4Hxx in the passage of time ? If after, there must be a lesson learned !

@ Mr. Bloom . I dont know about you but the first play I make in 7NT after the expected D lead is a Club to the ace.

@ Mr. Hampson . Maybe just Maybe my partner can figure out we belong in the major suit that he holds the J when I bid 7H
Jan. 17, 2011
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