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Using Vanderbilt inquiries,
2NT - 3D
3H (do not super accept) - 4C (Aces?)
4NT (3) - 5C (kings?)
5S (2) - 5NT (which ones ?)
6D (same rank) - 7H !

{6C=same color, 6H=opp color or rank}
Do not use Vanderbilt with only 5H. Use Newell's bids.
Dec. 14, 2018
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RR: Your long strong S suit and Qxx clubs will allow at least a
game in nt, clubs or spades even if pard is void in spades.
Jan. 30, 2018
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A Soloway 2s (strong hand with 6+) perfectly describes north's hand.

South bids 3, north bids 3 (4SF), south bids 3 and so on to 6.

I have just started using Soloway and it makes these hands so much
easier to bid.
Jan. 30, 2018
Jim Wiitala edited this comment Jan. 30, 2018
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If 2 by north is strong (6+) then south can reverse to 3.
Now north can bid 3 suggesting slam. South clarifies the
situation by bidding 3 (no heart stopper and 2). North
can now BW and go to 6.
Jan. 27, 2018
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2 showing 18-19 hcp and notrump distribution.

Responses transfer most contracts to the strong hand.
3 is puppet stayman. 3 and 3 are transfers and 3 demands 3nt.

Of course, 2 may be passed as are 2 or 2 responses. 2nt is like Baron
where you bid 4 card suits up the line. Opener may bid any 5 card suit.

Other responses can be used like in Carousel.
Jan. 26, 2018
Jim Wiitala edited this comment Jan. 26, 2018
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No one mentioned whether either play was clearly logical from
declarers holding. For example, declarer would usually not play the Ace from dummy if he held the stiff K. I witnessed a high level match where the declarer actually called for the “wrong” card and was allowed
to change it because the director said a player of that caliber would not have made that play!
In other sports such as football, many penalties are called based on the referee's judgement of the
INTENTION of the player committing the infraction.
Feb. 19, 2015
Jim Wiitala edited this comment Feb. 19, 2015
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My previous comments about pros ruining the gamed will be edited.
April 21, 2013
Jim Wiitala edited this comment April 22, 2013
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An old fashioned 1N by East works well as the hand should make either 1-3N or 2H.
April 20, 2013
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I abstained because I would bid 1d/1c. You can handle any subsequent bids.
Most opponents reopen with a dbl if it goes 1c-1d-p-p like you expect. Now you can bid 2c to describe your hand. If partner is so rude as to bid 2h, you can bid 3c.
Nov. 16, 2012
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Unless you can right side the contract your hand is probably only worth 8 pts.

So why not 2NT? If partner bids 3C with 4 3 1 5, rebid 3D and raise partners M response to 4. If he bids 3M over 2NT (5-4 Majors) raise to 4.

With a bal min he may pass 2NT that might be the last make-able contract.
Sept. 26, 2012
Jim Wiitala edited this comment Sept. 26, 2012
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I doubt that there was ever a game played with human referees where every call (or non-call) was absolutely correct. Even the “regulars”
have made game changing miscalls. So why must this one be singled
out as “cheapening” the game? Ironically, Seattle lost a play-off game
to Pittsburgh due to the non-call of the downed quarterback crawling
to a first down to keep possession and set up a win.in the final minute.

Has a commissioner ever changed the winner of any other game due
to a miscall by regulars?

All sports using human referees suffer from some errors. Do baseball
fans demand a change in the outcome of a game when the home plate
umpire makes an obvious bad call at a key time?

Too bad you wrong-side betters lost your money. No one mentioned ruffing the passer on the same play. It was still a great game for those
of us more interested in the overall play.
Sept. 25, 2012
Jim Wiitala edited this comment Sept. 26, 2012
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The silence of RHO is deafening. He may have short H's and long S's and is welcoming your entrance.

Partner most likely has a H stack or 12- blah pts without good S's. If he can punish LHO by passing your dbl then
he also likely has enough to use Hamman's rule.

So, 3 D's allows all choices except a penalty dbl pass.
Sept. 10, 2012
Jim Wiitala edited this comment Sept. 10, 2012
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I agree with your reasoning. Partner also knows
declarer has a spade stopper. The only question
is are they set to run diamonds or clubs? Partner
must be looking at a diamond stopper to dbl so declarer most likely has solid club suit.

All that is left to lead is hearts.
Aug. 20, 2012
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2S best describes my hand as I show a good suit in 1st or 2nd position. This also has a premptive value.
Aug. 17, 2012
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I agree with your latter comments.
If you open 3H partner will not expect the side strength and will either miss game or misdefend. If you open 1H, partner will still be looking for your 2 def tricks.
Aug. 16, 2012
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I like the idea of playing the 9C first and ruffing it. Now play the AH and a H if an honor comes down on the A. This holds
the losers to 2C and a H. If no H honor drops on the A then crossruff the hand.
Aug. 9, 2012
Jim Wiitala edited this comment Aug. 9, 2012
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4H. Expect to lose a S, D, and a C.
Aug. 6, 2012
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All of these discussions discuss the problems of time in “normal” bridge play. But why is there no enforced time limitation in international and other high level events?
Every time I watch one of these tournaments, I get disgusted with the amount of time taken for each bid and play. Even
I could figure out the miraculous plays written up given as
much time.
If bridge is a timed event, it should always have the same
standards in all competition.
Aug. 5, 2012
Jim Wiitala edited this comment Aug. 5, 2012
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You have 8 losers. Partner has only promised 7.
Invite so partner can choose to go on if he has some
xtra values.
Aug. 5, 2012
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This hand is a good example of why you should play Rusinow
leads. The A denies the K and the K lead promises the A.
Aug. 5, 2012
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