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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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One more point. Opening this hand 1D and rebidding 3NT over a major suit response is flawed . Partner is going to evaluate his hand based on the fact that opener has a singleton in his suit. Also a much better and slightly longer Diamond suit.
Jan. 17, 2011
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I guess this is why “ you be the judge ” was so successful for awhile. I disagree with Bob's entire analysis . In my opinion all of Brad's decisions were highly questionably. The only thing I agree with is evaluating this hand as a NT opening.

This hand is only worth 22-23 only if there is a diamond fit. Maybe if you add the D 10 his action is OK . But I still wouldnt do it . The likelihood of missing game if you open 2NT is negligible . You have 3 suits the opps can beat you in and no guarantee for 9 tricks even if partner produces the Q of D .

After partner showed a 3 suiter his hand shrunk in value . I realize that he was worried that his hand might not produce 10 tricks in NT now but 4S seems to deny the Diamond values to bid 4NT . After all he doesnt know his partner has a 15 count so 4S sounds mildly encouraging . It isnt clear to me that 4S can be passed. Shouldn't 4C show values to play 4NT?

The 7D bid just seems weird. Partner has shown 5-4-0-4 so it cant possibly be a viable spot to play a grand. If Brad “knew” that 7D couldnt be played and was offering choice he could have just bid 7H.

As for Fred's auction. He could have bid 5NT on the way to 7C to try and find a fit at the 6 level and then offered choice at the 7 level . This way partner has to chances to vote on a trump suit . If Brad bids 6C then he can counter with 6D and follow it up with 7C showing doubt about Clubs .

I can't imagine passing 7D. If partner does have solid Diamonds it is hard to create a hand where 7NT isnt as good. Perhaps A10 Axx AKQJ10x Jx . I guess thats a possibility since I think this is a better hand than the hand Brad opened.




Jan. 17, 2011
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Ill bet Hampson opens 1D with this hand playing 14-16 NT . I hate 1H . Partner will never know that a stiff H is a huge value and Kxx is a terrible holding. Given the system I would open 1NT
Jan. 16, 2011
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A good swingy action when you are stuck in the second half of a KO is to pass with 13-14 points and a stiff Spade for all the reasons mentioned above PLUS declarer will never play you for it if the opponents buy the hand
Jan. 14, 2011
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Oh and still nothing on what North should do!
Jan. 13, 2011
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MOVE OVER BOYS. THAARS A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN!
Jan. 13, 2011
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Hey Larry. We have seen you giving yourself a lot of press in this thread but we have yet to hear your opinion about what Stevo's hand ought to do :)By the way I never fight the law!
Jan. 12, 2011
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I think your hand is closer to 4S then to pass . You got a great hand in support especially if partner has 5 Spades . Even if he has 4 spades only he should have 10 working points so Ill take my chances in game
Jan. 9, 2011
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seems like if you are going to squeeze west then the position of the 10 of Hearts doesn't matter
Jan. 5, 2011
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I think North's proper bid should be 4D describing 6-4 concentrated. This also allows room for South to bid 4H as a last train slam try with Raist's example hand . I think Barry is far too aggressive to think that one should RKCB with a working 9 count. Slam is prob just slightly better than 50% and only cause North has extras
Jan. 4, 2011
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