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no greg her name was Muffin–it was a big drippy sandwhich….
April 16, 2011
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joe boo-tell us about the hand that lead to some poor old lady in another section wearing your sandwhich on her face?
April 16, 2011
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hey joe boo- we all know you- a great bridge player, but seriously, who wrote the article for you, great job- and dude-ive seen you wear a skirt before so thats a bigger psyche than 1nt
April 9, 2011
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I have 3 requirements for my new partner-

1-Must play suit preference

2-Must work very hard on the notes

3-NEVER bid rkc with a void
April 1, 2011
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I have 3 requirements for my new partner-

1-Must play suit preference

2-Must work very hard on the notes

3-NEVER bid #^&%@$ rkc with a void
April 1, 2011
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Fantastic presentation. Great concept and congrats for winning.
March 30, 2011
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Steve-I see the note to Debbie-get ready for the nightly ratings on Bridgewinners to go way up…
Jan. 15, 2011
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Wow Debbie, great job, precise, to the point-I could actually read your paragraphs without a break! Anyway to respond to your question to me I would say that most of the time that I reopen with X if I had more than 2 spades I would consider this a total psyche. Lets say I had xxx,akx,axx,akjx- I would have to reopen with X and I would have the hand that my partner will never dream I have and when my partner has 2 or even xxx spades he will likely destroy us by bidding but I would consider my partner having 2 or especially 3 spades very unlucky and I would pay off. But if I ever had say Ax of spades or Axx you would have to shoot me before I would reopen with a X with 18+-19 because now the odds of my reopening X/psyche change drastically when I have the Ace of the opponents suit and I have a hugely defensive card when I am representing a 3 suit takeout.
Jan. 15, 2011
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I often tell my students not to make a penalty X when u cant beat 7–this X of 6h would apply. Very entertaining article though, as usual, Kit.
Jan. 15, 2011
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I would like to make a few points that I'm surprised havent been made yet. The upside to reopening with X in addition to the points already made are getting to my cold 6h some of the time. Steve and I play that if he bids 5h directly over my reopening X thats a good 5h bid, and I would certainly have an easy 6h over this. Obviously we could have a cold 7h where if I reopen with 5d we will never sniff it.That being said I certainly have no problem with all the non-reopening doublers as my hand is quite offensive.Reopening with X is certainly the most flexible action, but maybe not the most winning action. My main concern with this problem is I clearly shouldnt being balancing with a double with a void when my partner is leaving it in with Qx of trumps. I would advise all you poker player wannabees and even some of you bridge players that when your partner reopens with a X after a preempt and you have 2 of opponents suit that means they have 10 or 11 of their trump suit and even when you bid and its wrong they will often misjudge and bid one more anyway and therefore its usually right to bid, as in poker its right to bet. Of course there are many “poker” situations in bridge and I feel this is one of them. On another obvious issue from reading some of these comments if anyone out there reading this is selling Kit Woolsey a foreign substance I would ask that you please stop as I really love Sally and she still has to live with him. Thanks.
Jan. 14, 2011
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i think i said “ Jack get away from me” after you opened one of these hands again
Jan. 14, 2011
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seems like zia had a textbook 2nt bid after the qbid and pass of 3 diamonds….
Jan. 7, 2011
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Great job hanging in there under adverse conditions.

It is very hard to dig in on the play when you see the dummy and realize your in a dumb contract.
How long did it take you to get over partner's 4H bid before you focused on making it?
Jan. 6, 2011
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srry, different partner
“Never mind”
Nov. 20, 2010
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I thought when I bid a major you always raise on 3 and when you bid a major i always rebid 1nt…were we suppose to alert this?
Nov. 20, 2010
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my new bols tip….if you find a fellow that you are always 1 step behind—choose him as your bridge partner.
Nov. 14, 2010
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i have had dan on retainer as my attorney for obvious reasons…the fact that he doesnt have a law degree means nothing to me.
Nov. 14, 2010
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More Flannery free cheese? Your partner opens 1 heart and you have 5 not great spades and 3 at least decent hearts and a game force. Without Flannery you would have to bid 1 spade because you cant miss the 5-4 spade fit. With Flannery you can see that your 5-3 heart fit will play at least as well as your 5-3 spade fit and can get the auction off to a better start by bidding 2 clubs (of course you alert opponents that 2 clubs could be 2) We have had better slam auctions and in matchpoints there have been many hands where the opponents dont lead a club or lead a spade and lose a vital tempo.
Oct. 27, 2010
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I would say the bid that has made us the most money over the years is 2d-(p)-3M which is a mixed raise-you get to thin cold games but more often you make it very difficult for the opponents to get into the bidding. since you can invite by starting with 2nt and then bidding 3 of a major over a shortness response what you need is a way to signoff, make a natural slam try and bid rkc in a given suit. the way we do this is to play over any 3 level response by opener responder bids :

4c-relay to 4d to make a non forcing, natural slam try
4d-relay to 4h to place the contract
bid 4h thru 5c as rkc in up the line suits except shortness suits is always 5c, and when opener is 2-2 in the minors 5c is rkc in spades

to deal with 4-6 hand we open flannery and if partner bids 2h and we have an exceptional hand we can raise to 3 hearts.
If partner bids 2nt we show our shortness and have the option over a 3nt call by partner to bid 4c showing a good 4h bid or 4d to show a bad 4h bid both with 4-6

no more flannery secrets today…….
Oct. 26, 2010
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grue and cheeks are a world class pair and sontag-berkowitz are a relatively new pair
Oct. 21, 2010
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