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That's ok, I have a predawn combustion to witness.
June 19, 2015
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#1 under competitive also allows for conventional balancing calls…pre balancing is still balancing?
June 19, 2015
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I'd always thought (probably incorrectly), that starting with the 3rd call of the partnership, you could do anything that wasn't solely designed to destroy the opponents methods. See #8 under responses and rebids in the GCC. Of course deciphering the chart is beyond my skills and here specifically, call and bid are used asynchronously.
June 19, 2015
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I'd just add that I managed to ‘break’ the squeeze with my choice of opening leads. The declarer, aparently sorry for me, still only took 9 tricks though…midnights….
June 18, 2015
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We've lost one of the last people that actually has an opening hand.

I always enjoyed your pieces – thank you Henry.
June 9, 2015
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No-win situation…I suspect there would be more said if they didn't pick them.
May 27, 2015
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Greg I want to thank you for that florid discourse. I must admit – upon reading – a few letters were swapped here and there to produce rather erogenous exerpts.
May 7, 2015
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To answer the broad question…If you have to ask – it's probably an agreement.

Specifically no, you don't need to alert simple acceptance as denying the super nuts.

I would however alert the 3s as the Uber Uber goods opposed to just a normal super accept, as based on your description of frequency, it is only reserved for the absolute mooses.
May 1, 2015
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Oh 9…nice return.
April 14, 2015
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For some people I'd just assume asking me for the k was paramount to “I'm going with the squeeze line”…but even here it's not 100% where the high D is (or did west insert the T on the second D trick?)

Edit: critical reading skills are important.
April 14, 2015
Jacob Vrooman edited this comment April 14, 2015
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Established partnership…you should have explicit agreements to what constitutes a 3nt bid. If the question is do I disregard that…the answer is no.
March 6, 2015
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Companion hand was at9 aj9xx aq9xx -

making 6
Jan. 20, 2015
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Sorry for not being clear…having given the shape I expected it was a given that you would strip.
Jan. 13, 2015
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I’ll give west 65 for expressing his opinion again. If he was 6520 they are making 4, so I’m playing for 6115. Surely E would have bumped with 4

I’m cold on any layout by just banging the A down…if W started with a stiff honor – gin, if not, E will eventually have to concede to dummys’ 10 which discards the losing club.

I think this works on all other layouts except when W was xx in

Edit: I think this just works all the time except when W is 5035
Jan. 13, 2015
Jacob Vrooman edited this comment Jan. 13, 2015
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Let's narrow our focus to what's possible at the table. Utilizing ‘play during the bidding’ can be especially useful when we have detailed info about pards hand.

Let's take our 10 seconds to put a reasonably bad dummy and layout together.


1)Give pard the worst shape and a minnish hand

3541 14 count

2) Assume we will get 0 club ruffs (as in they can pull two off the top and then the 3rd when they get in)

So let's give pard Kxx

3) Assume we have no play for 5 tricks

So let's give pard KJxxx

4) Akxx of D's would be a reasonable fill for pard's bidding.

This isn't close to a good dummy and you still make it home on 3-3 H's, and not 5-0 trumps or some 4-1's…what's that, like 30+%?

And we are still talking about a 14 that is 3541…
Even the 10 will bump you up.

OK 10 seconds are up…

Can you really pass?
Dec. 30, 2014
Jacob Vrooman edited this comment Dec. 30, 2014
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Different meta perspective…yours is that going through 2 to raise promises slammish values so 4 is all non-slammish game bids. Mine is that 4 shows a ‘game try’ therefore everything else goes through 2.

Have not had much experience with NMF2G so admit I do feel squeezed with the given methods & likely my meta is less compatible – in an xyz context I can run this type of hand though 2 –>2 and then just bid game & still keep the GF's ‘pure’ and have my direct 4S as a ‘game try.’
Dec. 24, 2014
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Yeah, me too…but I have a ‘makes game’ hand….not a ‘try to make game’ hand.
Dec. 22, 2014
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Not the first time I'll have gone +260
Dec. 15, 2014
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Obviously you are missing that I need to put the Q on it as west will be ruffing… and then hop q on the continuation and then play substitute trumps with playing east for 4…and then still go down.
Nov. 6, 2014
Jacob Vrooman edited this comment Nov. 6, 2014
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If pards X means a thing with a thing or another thing or other things, then I feel confident my X will cover this hand.
Oct. 31, 2014
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