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If 2H made at the table, why is the poll option to give E/W +140?
May 13, 2018
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On a frequency of occurrence basis, “not a big deal either way” is quite plausible.

It's worth noting that precision-style 2C openings are fairly effective and come up a lot more often than the standard 2C GF monster…. although of course Precision still has a forcing opening for the latter.
May 8, 2018
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South's opening bid is polled at https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-u5axg0knrf/

As of right now, it's pretty evenly split between 1D, 3D, and 3NT.
May 5, 2018
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I wish your declarer had been playing at my club - I would have had another half matchpoint worth of company and sympathy.
May 5, 2018
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What's an example of a hand that might open 4H then double for penalty underneath the spade bidder? I'm asking, not arguing.
May 4, 2018
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Against 4S, a club opening lead is most likely and then declarer has to choose what to discard on the AC at trick one, and then what to try at trick 2. The winning line is to play for both the heart ace and spade queen to be onside and pitch a diamond on the AC…. But is that the best percentage line?
May 4, 2018
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3N seems like a very reasonable matchpoint gamble if you have no other tools available over the 3C call and no clear force below 3N. Sure, 3N risks being totally silly, but the north hand is not especially slammish so languishing in 5C is a real possibility if we go past 3N.

This hand does strike me as an argument for using the pass-then-double approach except when it is clearly contraindicated. 3C put too much pressure on North…. and the tl;dr for Jyri's poll on North's problem is “There but for the grace of God go I”.
April 30, 2018
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It heals itself if you reload the page - as long as you keep the mouse away from the 3C bid.
April 29, 2018
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It might be possible to explain west's action as a planned deviation from system if the 5C bid were taken directly over 4C. But in this sequence it's hard to see how the 5C bid wasn't influenced by something west learned between when he passed 4C and when 4S came back around. So UI from the BIT may not be the only issue, but it certainly is an issue.

UI from the alert plus explanation may also be an issue. Given the treatment of an opening 3S in this partnership, it's hard to see how a deliberately deviant 3C could ever win, and easy to see how the alert/explanation might have reminded west that he was several tricks better than east expected.
April 29, 2018
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That's two questions. I can't come up with a good answer to the second one (why more attractive after the double than before?) because I don't think it is more attractive. I find the combination of 2C and the earlier pass even more unattractive than leaving 4Hx in (and these actions somewhat pollute the discussion of the question that started the thread, namely the merits of opening 1D).

As for the first… he doubles, I pull, it turns out we had it beat, I apologize, if it breaks the partnership that means that I shouldn't have opened 1D in this partnership (which is an altogether defensible position). I can come up with many many hands partner could hold that are consistent with his pass and 4H going down if I can contribute some defense. I expect partner will double with these - but it's not going down with the hand I hold. I can't come up with many at all where we are going to beat 4H with the hand I hold, so I pull. It would be a different story if I had gotten my shape off my chest earlier in the auction.

Partner's tempo doesn't come into it. I know that partner expects to beat it when he doubles - I'm the one who is uncertain.
April 25, 2018
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I don't interpret partner's double as “It is going down”, but rather as “It is going down if you have the defensive values I'd expect from your opening bid”. It's not often that the qualifier matters, but this may be one of those times. And if that implicit qualifier is not there in your partnership…. you can't bid the north hand the way it was bid.

(The 2C bid and previous pass exacerbate the problem, and I dislike them more than pulling the double. I know how to play opposite a partner who doesn't open the north hand 1D, and I know how to play opposite a partner who does, but I don't know how to play opposite a partner whose subsequent bidding is not consistent with the initial choice).
April 25, 2018
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I think that north is way off-base with his expectation of what a minimum competive raise looks like - it cannot be long-term winning matchpoint tactics for south to pass over 3D.

But I do agree with Richard about having some sympathy for north here. The north hand has appreciably more high cards than a minimum, and although I'm passing it over 3S (bad shape, wrong concentration of honors) I'd be feeling a bit queasy as I set that green card on the table.
April 25, 2018
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It's easy to justify south's raise. 3S N/S is ave+, defending 3D is a poor score, and it's hard to see north competing if south were to pass over 3D.

The more interesting question here is not how much south needs to compete over 3D, it is how much north needs to raise to four.
April 24, 2018
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Pose this as a bidding poll without the information about the hesitation…. how many passers do you expect?
April 23, 2018
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“.., accept them gratefully”
Surely that was supposed to be “gracefully” not “gratefully”? :)

But kidding aside, you make a good point. Striking first with 66 hands is winning bridge even if this time it turned a -620 into a -790. I don't know about the rest of us, but all else being the same I'd rather sit down against opponents who would pass this hand than ones who would open 1D with it.
April 19, 2018
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The first two poll choices are worded in a way assumes that light openings are what distinguish an expert from us plebes…. whereas light openings are more a stylistic thing.
April 19, 2018
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Maybe fill the gap with some speculation about whether 6D is either better or reachable?

I'm having trouble coming up with any line in 6NT that's likely to work against opponents who won't play their pointed kings prematurely.
April 18, 2018
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I'd pass, but as I put down the dummy I'd be saying “If 2S turns out to matchpoint better, I apologize”.
April 18, 2018
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The case for a club lead (basically a bet on partner holding the ace or queen) appears stronger at IMPs than match points.
April 17, 2018
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Is the game ACBL-sanctioned and offering masterpoints?
April 14, 2018
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