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LOL if makes you feel better change “useable” to “questionable” here is the point on North's first response North knows the singleton HQ must be played on the first heart trick, and thus, its “real value” is not quantifiable it may be worth 0, 1, 2 or maybe 3 points.


And in point of fact holding HAKJ653 in South hand the HQ is duplicative values and worth 0 hcp in this deal. Now that being said it has promotional value in that when the HQ drops the HJ is worth more than 1 hcp.
Aug. 18, 2018
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I try not to make my analysis a “what's new in the convention world” type of analysis. Often, as I did this week on Board 1 mention use of the convention BROMADs, but Puppet is different. If a player chooses not to play Puppet that's ok, but players need to understand Puppet in an auction even if they choose not to play Puppet Stayman.
Aug. 16, 2018
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The problem with the HQ is that it is a singleton. Yes! it might add promotion value to partner's heart suit, where if partner has HJ10xxx, the HQ will promote value to partner's J and 10. But because it is a singleton it will be required to be played on the first heart trick (good or bad) and it might not add any leverage to the heart suit.

Make the HQ a doubleton HQx and it changes my whole perspective because now partner can leverage the HQ as finesse or leading up to the HQ etc.
Aug. 16, 2018
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Yes, you are right on both accounts: it is a hard slam to bid and 4S as average is what I expected. But I get the questions all the time “can this slam be bid” and “how would you bid slam”. And the only way was for East to treat this hand as an opening hand and bid spades 3 times. Then West looking at 4 keycards has to take action.

I don't think West can consider 7S, as you have pointed out 6S was an absolute top.
July 4, 2018
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LOL when the opponents have not found at fit at the 4-level, why would North help them out in the auction?
July 4, 2018
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I have one partner that plays old Goren bridge e.g., he still plays strong jumps! But we have convinced him of at least a few modern applications such as transfers.

Opening 3NT to show strength is just bad bridge. Preemptive bids, double or triple jumps, just take away valuable bidding space.
July 4, 2018
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Sorry my write up did not come over to the Bridge Winners site …

Are you saying after 1D North - 1S OC East - 2C South … North passed 2C?
May 30, 2018
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First, West's treatment of 3D is to be commended. It was much harder (if not impossible) for you to get to slam after, the 3D bid over 1NT forcing.

One of the first bridge books I acquired was William Root, How to Play a Hand of Bridge .. in it he says you cannot learn to play a hand of bridge until you learn to play a suit.
May 23, 2018
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So East overcalled 2H on effectively 9 hcp and a heart suit J1097x filled with intermediates .. this is really bad bridge, regardless vulnerability. The shame is that he got away with a really bad bid and will now think is was good bridge and be encouraged to do it again.

I don't know what the opponents cc says about overcalls, but for an experience partnership, unless the cc is checked for “very light style” this kind of 2-level overcall smacks at a hidden partnership agreement. I would like to be the director called to the table on this auction.
May 23, 2018
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3C is the alternate place to play this deal, with combined 22 hcp, with combined 24 support points and with 10 clubs between them, E/W should always compete to 2NT or 3C.
May 16, 2018
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Yeah, unfortunate for you, you have a heart stopper but North has a second club stopper.
May 15, 2018
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oops … I have gone back and edited to clarify East/West bidding
May 9, 2018
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North opens 3C (actually makes finding slam easier) and East doubles for takeout … after you (West) bid 3H, if East bids 4H it does not show the strength of his hand. East should bid 4C so the double and then cuebid shows the strength of his hand and while not 100% showing a heart fit, it is very close. If over 4C you (West) just return to 4H (a weak bid) East might now try 5H. If over 4C you (West) bid 4S (a strong bid) then East should find 6H.
May 9, 2018
Fred Ferguson edited this comment May 9, 2018
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First, someone has misdirected you on the application of the Rule of 20 - North is NOT a Rule of 20 opening hand, but that is a whole different issue … let me answer your question with respect to North (after initially passing) subsequent bidding.

If E/W had bid two other suits like clubs and diamonds, North with nice values and the ability to support either major might consider (after first passing) doubling or bidding. But in this deal when West bids spades more than half of North's values are in a suit bid by the opponents. North's spade values are now questionable as offensive values and best suited to a defensive holding. Thus the only biddable suit is hearts and with QJ864 it is not really an impressive holding. So to answer your question West bid of 1S freezes North out of the bidding.
May 3, 2018
Fred Ferguson edited this comment May 3, 2018
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North's rebid of 2NT is maybe not the worst bid I have seen, but shhhhh! comes real close. 2D shows no extra values/length AND North only has 15 hcp with AK empty suits AND shortness in partners length.
May 2, 2018
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Good for North!

If you duck the first spade and aggressively play on diamonds, it will make 5 legitimately. But many not so aggressively will make the play for 4 instead of going down a zillion.
May 2, 2018
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Tuesday 04/24/18 afternoon game. Hand #3. Got it?
Your analysis: 3N+2 by N
W made 5CxW
April 27, 2018
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Right! East, more than anyone at the table having seen 3 opening hand bids (South opened, West overcalled 2C and his own) knows N/S at 3H are over extended. The double by East would have done several things: 1) confirm his values 2) give partner a chance to sit for the double i.e., converting to a penalty double 3) act as a Western Cuebid giving partner a chance to bid 3NT and if none of this worked, make his bid anyway.
April 25, 2018
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I personally play and recommend the Rule of 20 or Suggestion of 22 as an evaluation for a 2-suited hand … I would not use either on this deal.
April 18, 2018
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East only has two options over 3♠, Pass or Double. Give East one more heart and I would say a double might be best, but with this offshape (meaning holding ♠AJ and not 4 hearts) East should Pass. West should double and now East can bid 3NT.
April 11, 2018
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