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He was #72 in the 2017 Summer NABC Online Individual.
May 7
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The problem with 5 is that you had better be right. The opponents will not want to guess at the five level; so they will just double. Your CHO is guessing, too and will raise to 6 the one time in twenty that you can make 5. Maybe open 4 and give them room to guess wrong.
April 24
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I always open this type of hand with 5; this call seems to never work, and I never learn.
April 24
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Where are the hearts?
April 10
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Reminds me of the hand where the Hog bid 7 with Q10x void AKQJx AKQJx because it was the only contract that might make after the Rabbit continued to bid his eleven-card suit.
Feb. 19
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Congratulations, Curtis.
Jan. 20
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Why is 2 natural if double is penalty?
Dec. 19, 2018
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You have the opportunity to play 4, and I would do that. The rest of the field is playing 3 is a relay to 3NT preparatory to a minor-suit slam try; so the auction 2NT - 3, 3NT - 4 is forcing for them.
Nov. 23, 2018
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If partner has a perfect minimum, xxxx AKQ AKJ and QJx, I need a finesse for 11 tricks and pard probably has wasted cards in spades. My partner thought for at least a minute and raised to 3NT (maybe because she thought the field would be in NT). We were rewarded by weak defense.
Nov. 23, 2018
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Use the Keller convention.
Oct. 22, 2018
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Where I live the King from AKx(x) is the default in a suit bid by partner because the King is less likely to be ambiguous. It may be best to play Ace asks for attitude and King asks for suit preference.
Oct. 21, 2018
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Will bid 6 next.
Oct. 14, 2018
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Does partner have an alternative way to get to 3 (such as an artificial 2NT) so that a direct 3 is stronger than the alternative?
Oct. 3, 2018
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Is the worst hand pard can have xxx xx KJxx Kxxx ?
Oct. 3, 2018
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What is the best hand partner can hold? 8 J1097 Q9 AKJ1097 is a super maximum, and North may have less. Any more and pard would have bid 2.
July 6, 2018
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A new minor after a support double is non-forcing.
July 2, 2018
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Edit: Friday and Saturday only
May 18, 2018
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I thought 4 was not too hot and not too cold. Sometimes these pressure bids exert pressure on your CHO. Partner doesn't always understand the concept of, “When we preempt, we want to defend.”
May 15, 2018
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I opened 4 at the table, and partner with 3 1/2 tricks raised to 5. LHO decided that I was too high.
May 14, 2018
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Congratulations, guys!
March 12, 2018
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