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Yes, the minimum offshape takeout double is the double made with a balanced 13 HCP and four cards in the opener's suit, and when partner bids your doubleton suit, you think a long time and then bid notrump at the cheapest level to show 12-14 HCP instead of 19-20 HCP. (wink)
June 24, 2012
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The hand 103 52 KQ9642 643 would bid 1NT after the takeout double?
June 24, 2012
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The reason for my question is that if opener was about to rebid either minor and you have 3-card support for opener's first bid suit (minor), then 2 of opener's minor is going to play better than 2 or 2 in a 7-card fit when you are 5=4=3=1. And maybe also when holding a very strong doubleton in opener's first bid suit.
June 18, 2012
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Funny - this would have been an automatic pass in my younger days, but this hand is just good enough to double with 3433 shape and minor spade honors.
June 15, 2012
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You need to have separate choices for 25(42) and 52(42).

I don't open 1NT with a 5-card spade suit very often, nor with 4252 or 4225.
June 14, 2012
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Regarding the comment about tempo on the opening lead, it also emphasizes that all opening leads should have about a ten second pause before being made. Imagine if a singleton club is led in less than five seconds and his partner has to decide at trick 2 if the lead was a singleton or not……
June 10, 2012
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For those that play 1m-(1X)-3X as a request to opener to bid 3NT to keep overcaller on lead, the 3S bid can show that same hand but you wanted to show your four spades with a negative double.

But being able to show a very good quality 4-card spade suit, hinting at a Moysian 4S game if responder has two or less hearts also has merit.
May 30, 2012
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In 7H doubled with a singleton trump lead, after heart king, ace, and a low heart to the queen, East leads the club king, South wins the ace, and leads diamonds. Diamond led to North, who draws a trump from West, and continues diamonds. West ruffs the fourth diamond and leads a low spade. North has nothing but spades left, so West gets spade tricks. (Two, I believe, so that would be down 9, not down 11.)
May 27, 2012
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We are considering bidding to a 10 trick level at equal vulnerability with only eight total trumps and xx in partner's first bid suit? I see anything but pass getting very few votes on this poll.
May 24, 2012
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If there is UI from partner and it comes down to two possible actions, I ask myself if more than 75% of my peers would take the same action. If I think “yes”, then I can take that action.

Of course, that doesn't mean a director or appeals committee will agree with me!
May 22, 2012
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Exactly my point - it should be in writing to you, and sent back in writing (at least in writing to follow up a phone conversation). And then the modified version should be sent to all parties. Only then should it be posted for the general public to see.
May 21, 2012
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Should not 4NT (pick a minor) be a choice?
May 21, 2012
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You need to included the club king as a choice. The only excuse for the double is having dummy's clubs locked up. Partner will be surprised you have the king.
May 20, 2012
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My understanding is if those setting up the questions thought one answer would get at least 80% of the votes, it probably wouldn't be included.

Also, normally at least three reasonable (or even "half reasonable) answers are needed for each problem.
May 20, 2012
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Would it not be prudent if the players involved were sent (emailed) a copy of what will be the “final” presentation to the public and allow them to send back comments about the wording used in the presentation? Wouldn't it be worth a few week's delay to ensure it is accurate?

This wouldn't help the appeals committe ruling affecting the event at the time it occurs, but it certainly would help what will be the public record for decades of the appeal. And how it might make one or more of the players appear.
May 20, 2012
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My standards are fairly high to open 2. But considering if doubleton Jx of both black suits and nothing else in responder's hand means I often will make 11 tricks, I'm going to open this 2.
May 19, 2012
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When you are approached by a director asking your opinion on a situation that could go to an appeals committee, how is it presented? I have done this as a club director and I am careful to say as little as possible so as not to taint the opinion on who I am polling. I simply give them a piece of paper with the hand, the auction, and all the alerts/explanations. When they give me a response, then I may ask the reason for their answer.

I think it is important to say as little as possible before presenting the hand on paper.
May 19, 2012
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You should add a possible answer as “forcing and implies a diamond fit”.
May 12, 2012
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The applicable parts of Law 6 (The Shuffle and Deal) to this discussion are shown below. Note the use of the word “must” which is the strongest possible word (stronger than “shall” or “should”).


“Before play starts, each pack is thoroughly shuffled. There is a cut if either opponent so requests.”

“The cards must be dealt face down, one card at a time, into four hands of 13 cards each…. The recommended procedure is that the cards be dealt in rotation, clockwise.”

“A member of each side should be present during the shuffle and deal unless the Director instructs otherwise.”
May 7, 2012
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I want this person fully rested when he plays all the others in my direction. Show declarer your hand, score up 11 tricks, and get onto the next hand
May 6, 2012
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