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South's last good bid was 4. Then should have redoubled to show the A, it's easy 4 for North (who already showed some interest and learns that partner's ace is useless).
Let's say we accept 4. Then South really has to retreat to 5 hearing partner's diamond void at 5. (4 already showed good raise to game and 4 showed further extra - I don't think that 4 should be bid with minimal hands, because it' more important to limit one's strength than to show a specific control).

I agree that North was the first to misbid, but IMO South overbid more.
Jan. 29, 2016
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Jan. 29, 2016
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Nowadays vulnerable preempts have absolutely nothing to do with rule 2 and 3. Look at this one: about 1.5 tricks in defence, about 6 tricks in offence. That is, you can easily go down 800 (or 1100) against their 450. If partner has the diamond ace, it's still -500 and they may not have any game.
Jan. 29, 2016
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I would have opened 1NT playing standard. At least my strength is correctly announced.
A nice example why I prefer strong club :)
Jan. 18, 2016
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I agree
Jan. 12, 2016
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Jay, those “2 very important natural bids” are extremely dangerous to bid.

I think that 1N = 15-18 with stoppers in their suits and no length in the other suits is so extremely unsafe, that even never bidding 1NT in this situation is still better. This type of hand is better in defence. But that's just an opinion, I know, that some (or many) top players don't agree. Anyway, I just scored +800 in 1NT X this weekend by passing with a hand you would have overcalled 1NT.
Jan. 11, 2016
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Pass = 100, 1 = 20, DBL = 15
Jan. 11, 2016
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Second transfers are useful. Here too. Playing them you can bid 2 then 3 (6, INV+) and if partner bids 3 (weakness) you can bid 3N showing your 6-cards suit and offering a choice. (although pass might be the winning action, but we are vulnerable and 8 HCP + 6 cards suit worth 10)
Jan. 4, 2016
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Jan. 4, 2016
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I think it should be tried once. Combined with matchpoints scoring it would result in much more agressive bidding and more excitement.

- Have you bid that 5?
- No, we stopped in 4.

:-)
Jan. 4, 2016
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OMG, Gary (Rosalind, Ray), you have absolutely no idea, who Lukasz is. He did much more for the progress of the game than anyone else living today. (OK, may be a little exaggeration, but maybe not).

Unfortunately (for him especially) many officials did not want too much progress.
Jan. 4, 2016
ATB
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Of course if 2 did not promise 6 then 3 is awful, thus I assumed that it did.
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I don't think that 3 is the best possible bid with the West hand (to be gentle), but it does not seem worse for me than to…
(1) deny the 4-card heart suit
(2) show some hope with 9 points after opening
(3) bid blackwood on 4 after showing some interest

“Support with support” if a very useful principle in general, which makes life easier.
Jan. 1, 2016
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Jan. 1, 2016
ATB
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I tend to agree with East's 1, but all the rest of his bids were lies. Some may think that all his bids were lies.
West might have bid 3 instead of 3, but often it's best to raise when you know about a 8-card major fit, thus I can't seriously blame him.
Dec. 24, 2015
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A bit dense, it's true, but one (1) A/4 size page with 2 columns, 10 points font and small margins. It's here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B73bSClkRrleSGVVaUtwOGhqVmM/view?usp=sharing

László, even my relay precision is less than 50.
Dec. 24, 2015
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Dec. 24, 2015
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Sorry, I was confused becuse we play that 3 is either weak or GF with spades, and yours looked very similar :)
Dec. 22, 2015
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Lot of voters started their answer saying “without discussion…”. English is not my native language, but I guess that the question is intended to be “what is your agreement on …?”.

Anyway we play it as kickback, and it is explicitly stated in my one page long system notes.
Dec. 22, 2015
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Dec. 22, 2015
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“it makes a lot more sense to play 3S as either forcing or weak”

Fast = weak, slow = forcing, or the opposite?
Dec. 21, 2015
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Oren, With Ax(x) in hand and Jxx on dummy declarer is very likely to take the first trick with the Ace (of course there are cases when he should not, but that will be rare). Thus, if partner leads the Queen and the Jack appears in dummy, then I think third hand can give count.
Dec. 16, 2015
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I love deuces wild by Jeff Rubens, great fun.
See here: http://www.pagat.com/invented/bridge_vars.html
Or better, read the article in the Bridge World (June, 1975)
Dec. 10, 2015
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I am happy to see these sort of statistics, but have problems mixing size ask with major suit hands.
If you merge 2 size ask with major suited hands then you (partly) lose 1-suiter clubs. For some players
1N-2-(2N/3)-3 is GF with 1-suiter and short
1N-2-(2N/3)-4 is slam try with 1-suiter and void and
1N-2-(2N/3)-4 is slam try with 1-suiter and void

Others can play it differently, but serious partnerships already assigned some meaning to these bids.
Nov. 22, 2015
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Suggestion: modify your methods, bid your shortness instead of cuebidding, it helps your more. It's also more convenient if a low response denies shortness, and (some of) the rest promises one giving the control to responder. You lacked some bidding space here because of this 3N bid.
Nov. 21, 2015
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Nov. 21, 2015
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Steve,

partner has a hand that produces a laydown grand slam. Is it really horrible?
I think that successfully buying the contract implies that we either make something or save cheaply, doesn't it?
Nov. 20, 2015
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