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Is Michael playing for Scotland?
June 19, 2014
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King of feels like more of an abstain :)
June 16, 2014
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bobby woulda laffed at u no matter what u did . Live with it:)
June 14, 2014
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Larry

Did anyone ever figure out what happened to the software you graciously donated to the junior trials ?
June 13, 2014
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He can't answer that as it is way past his bedtime :)
June 13, 2014
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An attempt to get a unanimous poll?
June 13, 2014
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I ran a buy it or belt it tournament at the Jr trials this year :)
June 12, 2014
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No way I pass over 2 . Closer to 3nt than pass
May 17, 2014
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I would bid 3 . Otherwise this hand is impossible to bid
May 14, 2014
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Anyone who thinks south is the main culprit needs to reassess their hand evaluations . Asking a balanced minimum with no control to go past game when partner has failed to show any kind of life is just not Bridge .

Let's examine what the “ conversation ” between NS has been so far. We agree on 1 and 2 . Pass of 2 says I don't have a penalty dbl. A “ values ” showing dbl isn't needed since pass is forcing. South's failure to bid 2NT says : I don't have a fitting card and a stop , nor do I have 2 stops with no fitting honor. After North's pass of 3 ( we will get back to that) South's 3NT bid should show either a stopper or a fitting card . It is up to North to look at their hand and decide if 3NT can make . A big issue is whether 4 should be forcing after that. I think not but it breaks a default rule I have that when the partnership has bid 3NT then you cant stop in 4m . This auction is different cause of interference and it's cramped nature .

Dbl of 3 can't be purely for penalty OBV since we can't have good enough spades based on prior actions so it should show NEITHER a stop NOR a fitting card and pard has to do something . I like Dean's example hand with QJ dbltn of s to illustrate a 4 bid

North can see that opposite some balanced mins a grand has 13 top tricks . I agree with Gary . North has to take control . I like 4 directly over 3 . NOW the AK A can like their hand and bid 4NT as a strong 5 call ( denying any Black suit control ) and North can bid a grand over that
May 4, 2014
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Sorry if I have too much partner
April 25, 2014
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In my opinion there are 2 ways to go about this hand. One can open 2 and jump to 3 in an attempt to get a 4 Q bid ( guarantees first round control ) after which it is trivial to bid 7 . However this is short sighted as we have to fear the opps preempting . By opening 1 I put the focus on the suit . I can always insist on s later
April 22, 2014
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Why would he defend that way?
April 21, 2014
Barry Goren edited this comment April 21, 2014
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I meant that I wouldn't pass 3D with a 7 card suit
since I have already showed weakness
April 21, 2014
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Interesting problem over 3D . I think 4C is forced
April 21, 2014
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Doesnt matter. Knowing how many spades are in support makes decisions much easier
April 19, 2014
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I dont see what the problem is. U play support dbls so make one. 2 shows 4 card support
April 18, 2014
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Bidding 4 makes more sense than balancing with 3 . Once partner is projected with a singleton or dbltn your hand fits better
April 14, 2014
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Everybody CANT move up by one . Who is to say that the winner of the event wasn't cheated out of it in the Semis or the Qtrs or the round robin ?
April 13, 2014
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The terrorists ( vinladen )
April 11, 2014
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