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I want to bid 5 BUT my defense to offense ratio is too great . My heart void may be a liability if partner has a stack so I bid 4 as an invite for partner to do what she thinks is right.
Dec. 8, 2014
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
Dec. 5, 2014
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Not to mention the right game. Imagine partner about to bal with 4S. The key point is a function of D length. One should not be bidding on a 5 card suit at the 4 level . Exception is 2 suited with s perhaps where it isnt so clear partner reopens or we cant stand the 4S reopening
Dec. 4, 2014
Barry Goren edited this comment Dec. 4, 2014
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How about a lead into the AKxxx . Declarer went down
Dec. 3, 2014
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Switch from Ourgame to BBO
Dec. 2, 2014
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Isnt it better to win the first in dummy and unblock the ? Then play hearts?
Nov. 24, 2014
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No second choice !
Nov. 19, 2014
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Here is Phil Martin's acct of the hand from Phil Martin's bridge article REMEMBERING JOHN LOWENTHAL



Whenever John had a singleton spade and nobody bid the suit, the wheels started turning. The most dramatic example occurred in the Reisinger’s Knockout against Larry Edwards. John picked up,

S x H x x x D x x x x x x C x x x.
His LHO opened with three clubs, I bid three hearts, and Larry bid seven clubs. John’s singleton spade made it fairly clear what Larry had: solid spades, a heart void, and the ace of diamonds. John had little hope of beating seven clubs, but there was a good chance I was void in clubs. If so, he could beat seven spades. Accordingly, John doubled. After two passes, Larry glared at John and said, “Nobody ruffs my suit on opening lead! Seven spades.” John doubled that, too, and led a club. Now Larry glared at me. “You ruff that club and I’m going to kick your ass.” I stood up, tossed a trump on the table, and ran.

Larry, typically, was as delighted as if he had perpetrated this maneuver himself. When he found out what John had, he gave him a high-five, leaned back in his chair, and roared with laughter.
Nov. 12, 2014
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Not Close if the only choices are dbl and 3D . Clearly you should dbl . Minor suit overcalls are geared toward getting to 3NT . This hand plays MUCH better in a major than in NT unless partner bids it voluntarily over a TO dbl. Partner knows that 3 card support is possible and will account for it.

Give yourself a 6th D and that would be a 3D overcall ( partner needs a stopper and another trick and a partial fit to make 3nt )

I would make a TO dbl over a 1 opening as well or if the minors were reversed over a 1 opening
Nov. 12, 2014
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Lowenthal strikes again. U wanted a ruff so lead a trump
Nov. 10, 2014
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This is an Eddie Kantar special . 31 HCP and looks like 3NT is in serious danger. Might break the record
Nov. 9, 2014
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The lead felt like a dead give away that trumps are 2-2 which would make Lefty's pattern likely 2-2-5-4 on the bidding ( depending on opps tendencies ) . Who leads a from Kxxxx in that auction when they have an easy Axx to lead from ?
Nov. 8, 2014
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My simple rule is : If they overcall one can only splinter in the opps suit . Jumps are now all fit showing . There is a risk when WE buy the hand as well . Overcaller might now have an easy lead
Nov. 1, 2014
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I would think that the folks organizing VG count as officials . They do have the ability to influence matches
Oct. 13, 2014
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I would think that there is some bylaw regarding betting on WBF Bridge matches . If so then WBF needs to rethink this
Oct. 10, 2014
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Could only be the hog
Oct. 9, 2014
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Mike Lawrence was a separate incident
Oct. 8, 2014
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Maury Braunstein
Oct. 6, 2014
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Never pass 1nt in balancing with a singleton. Partner either leads it or declarer runs it
Oct. 5, 2014
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I believe the original dbl should not be penalty. In my experience it is very hard to nail them and the auction becomes convoluted. Dbl should be takeout of some sort
Sept. 27, 2014
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