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Thanks for the votes. Not quite what I expected, perhaps because 3 was not the action taken at the table. I wonder how many of you would have responded 4 if playing Leaping Michaels? The constraint of not playing Leaping Michaels' might have influenced votes on the above OP hand (the 5-7 hand) where the person holding that hand opted for 3 Q-bid (which I wasn't sure if it was 2-suiter or just asking for stopper given the fact that we could not agree to play leaping michaels'). The companion hand, holding KJT and Qx found a 4H response and we stumbled into 5x making after the opps competed to 4- (opps could make mucho s). We were unsure about the best way to bid this 5-7 hand and both felt that we might be lucky to get a chance to introduce s below the 4 level: ie. get the 2-suiter in asap and take away the 3-level for responses to Ogust.

I also posted the hand a ! void, KQT74, KJT43, J43 in a separate OP, not so much to see how many would open the latter but, given the initial pass, what action people would take after the 2 - p - Ogust 2NT auction by the opponents both nv. One issue I was trying to get a sense of was whether or not a double of the ogust hand was still more Michaelish or could be closer to template 1444 (the latter questionable opposite a passed hand partner). Would those playing Leaping Michaels make such a bid on this auction. The answer to that is not clear from the other poll as the only comments offered so far were regarding not having initially opened the 5-5 hand 1. (A fair number of abstentions on that hand perhaps for that reason)

Thx all
DHL
Aug. 16
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This is the companion hand to AJ7x, AKx, xx, xxxx where, so far, 94% of respondents have said they would make a takeout double of the 1st seat, vulnerable, weak 2 opening on their right.

From the responses and the limited written explanations so far, I am not sure how many of those of you said they would double 3 meant the dbl as penalty and how many meant it as takeout/ responsive. Unfortunate.
The other question I asked was whether or not a responsive double here promises 4-card support for both majors so that double might bid game in his better major with extras (instead of the mini t/o X he held. Hope for more suggestions.
How would you like to play 3N on these combined hands?
Thx
Aug. 5
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You guys are lucky. At least you have partners who respond 3m once in a while playing leb. Mine always seem to bid 2N and then flop some 13(45) hand when I then rebid 3S (feeling the urge to pass 2N).
Aug. 3
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4 was not intended as a psych per se although, at this vulnerability, it seemed unlikely that it would be passed out (-10 nv = -500 vs -600 for 3N vul). I wasn't smart enough at that time of night to do as David suggested below or as most suggested. Was just trying to be creative realizing that this was a previously undiscussed default situation with this particular partner. That being said, my Bergen gurus have advised me to play that X (even of 3N) should ask for the other suit.
Aug. 3
Donald Lurie edited this comment Aug. 3
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This is what i did at the table (bid 4, got dbl'd as expected, and then 4). Partner recognized it and corrected. That is not to say that 4 should show this hand.
I consulted with someone who is much more experienced with DONT than I. He suggested that doubles after partner has made a 2-suited DONT overcall where one suit is known should ask for partner to bid his/her other suit.
Aug. 3
Donald Lurie edited this comment Aug. 3
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thx both:
fwiw, i personally wd thk X = responsive. We do play them.
But is this the right hand for responsive X? Does a responsive dbl here show both majors or just 1? Might partner think you have both majors but not have enough for 4 (pick major), and consequently jump to 4 on like a 17 count and same distribution? (4324) Is the doubler permitted to jump to 4 in such a situation?

I held the hand that made t/o X, and thought it was bare minimum but with AKA and xx in s, dam* the torpedoes
Aug. 2
Donald Lurie edited this comment Aug. 3
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With the current vote at 27 to 2 in favor of taking immediate action over 2 (Double), I will report that this hand became a royal pain after lho upped the ante with a raise to 3 (vul versus not).
To avoid some suggestions that I should make partner's hand a separate poll (as opposed to presenting it here), I shall now post partner's hand in a separate poll. I suspect it might promote different opinions as I can think of 3 if not 4 possibilities (depends in part how you might play one of the possible bids). Hope you all can find this poll and respond.
Thx: DHL
Aug. 2
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I think I recognize this board. Is it bd 6 from 1st session of Spingold semi-final? 15 imp swing when 7H was -800 and 6s was -50 on diamond lead (presumedly- i didn't actually see the board played, just the results).
July 27
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slightly off-topic but related.
to those who might make a takeout double with the sample hand (or Larry's sample): what is the doubler supposed to rebid if advanced responds to the double with a cue bid? Please educate me.
July 23
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I've often wondered whether the term “DSIP” isn't rather presumptive if not an outright oxymoron? I guess it depends on who your partners are. OK, I went there. Now I am about to get clobbered.
July 17
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I suspect there is a difference between what people consider to be standard (if there is such a thing), what the meaning would be barring prior discussion, and what people might prefer the meaning to be. For example, in one of my partnerships we play the X as general game try without reference to spades/ maximal.
July 17
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One thing that I haven't seen mentioned yet is the fact that BBO has brought people from all over the world into closer contact by creating a platform where anyone from anywhere might be meeting/ playing online at the same time. I have played with and made friends on different continents, places that I could only dream of ever having the chance to visit. People who are unable to communicate verbally because of language differences can still play together. (and you learn words you never heard before!) Vugraphs from all over the world are now seen (so many people to thank for that) have exposed more of us to the great variety of methods that are used. Commentaries where people can learn from expert feedback that might never be available to them. I remember times under the windows version where I would see more than 15,000 people from all over online at the same time. Because of Fred and BBO!
Enjoy your retirement. You will always be on our minds.
July 17
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Match Points
If it's close, play for plus scores. +170 is unlikely to be that much below average but -100 is. At IMPS with 7 loser hand and 5 trumps (10 combined/ law) I would bid 4S. This is really close: depends on how light you open, too imo.
July 16
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Retiring?
I demand to know who authorized this! and on what grounds?
I am not part of any inner circles and I am certainly not a bridge expert (just a student and lover). I barely knew Fred: met him twice, once at a get-together that he and Sheri had arranged for BBF members in Nashville during a summer nabc there, and once when i approached him to ask if he indeed was Fred and to thank him for creating BBO. His response was to say thank you and offer to introduce me to the other members of his team. Cordial, Inclusive, Friendly, approachable, reaching out, and a super teacher/ programmer. I tell people that, instead of paying some local teacher for bridge lessons that will add up to a princely sum for the teacher, to get a copy of Fred's 2-part Learn to Play Bridge programs and study them at you own pace.
I left bridge (some say for the better) a number of years ago after a bad experience where my failure to make a contract on the final board cost out team a free trip to the nationals for the fltB teams from D-3. The guilt was significant. (I still think the hand report got some of the cards wrong (or else I was really exhausted at the time) Were it not for BBO, it is possible that I might still not be involved in this game.
So I really wish Fred would kinda hang around. He is someone very special.
July 16
Donald Lurie edited this comment July 16
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Hi Phil.
If you are still using the Old (flash) Version, I think I can get you there:
From main screen, click on Practice, on the next screen click on Bridge Movies, the on “Enter BBO Store to access educational bridge content”. That will bring you to a screen with a large scroll-down menu on the left hand with categories such as Bidding, Play, General, and on the right you will seen an article, probably one by Ben Dickens/ Inquiry.
On the left menu, scroll down past Featured Authors until you reach Fred Gitelman's name with the number 21 next to it (i guess 21 articles. I believe there a number of DOTW articles there, i counted 17. Good luck, let me know if it works.
I have no idea where they are on the new program.
DHL
I will double check

Yes, just double checked, got to them very quickly. JUst have to find the article you want and at bottom of the square you clikc on “Open Movie”. It just worked for me: i tried a few of them.
Hope this works for you
July 15
Donald Lurie edited this comment July 15
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This is deja vu all over again.
I prefer Steve's method.
July 2
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Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.
Widdershins go when the moon doth wane, and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.
July 1
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Assume not playing good-bad 2N: what would 2NT in this position show/ ask/ tell?
June 28
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inconceivable!
June 21
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South's hand was 6, A64, KQT8762 Q5
If you bid 4 with the OP hand, you likely play it there for a reasonably good result. We reached what seemed to be a good 6 contract, only to be scuttled by a 5-0 trump break (east had A9543). Not sure there were sufficient entries for a trump coup. Not sure what the best line for 6 would be: you likely get a lead through the Queen. (I'm sure many will have good ideas for how to make either/ both contracts)
East hand: T43, J93, A9543 82
West hand: J752, 52, void, KJT9764
June 21
Donald Lurie edited this comment June 21
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