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red at imps, and experience says to stretch a bit on this sort of auction as well (one opp has most of the strength, and on lead)
June 22, 2018
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I sympathize with Peg. I have sort of the same approach, but I'd still overcall here on the basis that I don't have a bad hand, and I don't have a bad suit. Basically my requirements are a little less stringent (nonvul, I wouldn't sympathize as much with passing these sort of hands)
June 22, 2018
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I think Michal's principle in choosing not to “upgrade” at MPs doesn't stem from a lack of understanding of this, but seems to imply a desire to stay with the field in the bidding. I sympathize with this somewhat, as I prefer not to lose random swings in the bidding, I do try to generally adopt a style where if it's close, I try to go with the field.

To this end, the term “upgrade” refers specifically to a HCP upgrade because it reflects the mindset of the majority of other players in the field.

That being said, imo the first hand is a clear “upgrade”, and anyways I'm not sure opening 1NT is staying with the field, but I assume this was Michal's intention.
June 22, 2018
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ok
June 22, 2018
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I bid 3h. I play this shows 3 card support with mild extras at least. 3154 bids 2n and 2254 with no spade stopper bids 3s
June 22, 2018
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close between pass, 4NT, and 4d. 4d is a bit misleading, but 6d rates to be the best slam (and 5d may even be the best game). However 6d could fail on a club ruff if partner lacks the ace. Partner may be able to determine the right slam even over 4N, though. I think any of those options are reasonable, probably I prefer 4N to 4d just because 4d is quite misleading. I'd still personally just pass 3N, but of course may miss slam.
June 21, 2018
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I think some unsolicited cards should never be allowed to be corrected regardless of the speed. Also, unsolicited cards to the right play should nearly always be penalized.

This isn't likely to be either of those cases. If the correction was before E showed their card, then I'd allow it. Once E shows their card, it becomes awkward. I feel bad for dummy if they genuinely just misheard something, but it doesn't feel like that is the case either. It feels like dummy deserved to lose the trick, and although I don't love E's action of immediately putting their card down even though they knew declarer hadn't called (if they did this), I don't think I can give declarer this trick.
June 17, 2018
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I'm assuming this is Australia. Having been here for 4-5 months, I can attest that is not a possible hand even for the conservative players probably.
June 17, 2018
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good catch. Though as I said, and Richard implied with his AQJxx comment, hands with the JH and KC are somewhat unlikely for declarer.
June 17, 2018
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i put declarer on a 5323 or maybe 5422 (since I would assume partner doesn't have 4 hearts b/c of 2s p/c?). In either case, they probably have a useful pitch, and in either case, I should probably try hearts, either to cash the suit or get partner in. I see nothing better than a low heart.

If declarer has AQxxx Jxx xx Kxx I'm not sure what we're meant to do (also this is approaching an opening hand, so my feeling is partner has either a higher spade honor, or one of the round cards). If declarer does fly King, hopefully I can figure out what to do when I win the diamond later.

THe only losing case is the hand AQxxx Jxxx 2-2 (with no 10H), but note that Aqxxx 10xxx xx Kx is a winning case for a low heart, so even that shape isn't clear.
June 17, 2018
Kevin Rosenberg edited this comment June 17, 2018
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I disagree with dad here. What you're saying is that in effect, Brad's agreement is best in practice, therefore it's ideal. “Ideal in practice” is more or less an oxymoron, since in an ideal case, we could have extensive agreements without any struggles to remember or interpret them.
June 12, 2018
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why do you think EW have such an agreement?
June 12, 2018
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Terry, I think this misses the point, which is to avoid situations where a team is stuck in a bracket where they don't belong.

First of all, I did mention that I was mostly wasn't talking about bigger regionals.

Second, even in the cases where there really are too many teams that qualify for bracket 1, then probably bracket 2 will be fairly strong, and being in bracket 2 will not be ridiculous. Again, this would only apply to a KO where there are 16 teams. In a swiss, just let anyone enter imo.
May 30, 2018
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I seriously don't see why people can't just play up to any bracket they want. I don't mind some 3 ways in the first or second round if it means solving this problem.

For bigger regionals, if more than 16 teams want to play in a bracket (the top bracket probably), then there has to some way of choosing I suppose. Still, this isn't too common. I've seen a lot of 3 ways in early rounds at fairly large regionals I've attended, which means that there often aren't 16 teams entered.

The above is for KO's. For a swiss, I think it's not worth having the RR element. Just run a swiss with however many teams enter - ideally the number would be even, but besides that, I think round robin swisses should not be prioritized over allowing people to play in the event they want.
May 30, 2018
Kevin Rosenberg edited this comment May 30, 2018
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my hand is worth an invite. We should have a fit in spades.

Other option is 3C hoping to be able to bid 3S next.
May 30, 2018
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I think any number of reasonable auctions, including this one, might end in 3c. No real blame, and as others point out 5c isn't cold. 3N probably better.

I do think 3C shows an offensive minimum. I don't see this as such a bad description of the west hand. Pass implies a defensive minimum, which doesn't seem like a better description to me. I mean take away the QH, and this is a textbook 3C bid, and we could still be having the same ATB about how 3N is pretty good. Should West bid on opposite an offensive minimum? Not clear to me.
May 27, 2018
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I think the Lall team has a legitimate complaint with Kit's commentary if you go back and read it. Commentator's jinx in full effect.
May 20, 2018
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cool hand. After the spade switch there were possibilities for a memory squeeze using the heart spots, but I didn't see this play out at any table.
May 17, 2018
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right there are lots of lines where you may make 12 tricks as well, so you could play for those. If we assume RHO is 4-3 in the reds, then we could play for spades 2-2 since this allows for a double squeezed with hearts as the communication (RHO must guard clubs, LHO must guard diamonds). On the other hand if RHO does have 3 spades, we only make 10 if RHO has a club honor. It seems pretty reasonable to take a guaranteed 11, or to try for 12.

I suppose if we guess spades right any way there is a compound squeeze if we guess the shape (unblock the KC< ruff a diamond, run trump, but again this requires guessing spades, as well as the shape, though the latter won't be too hard)
May 16, 2018
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hand 1 - many ways to make. Phil's is fine above.

hand 2 - I don't see any reason to play trumps at all. RHO likely doesn't have 6 hearts, and is marked with 3 diamonds. So I ruff a diamond, AH, ruff a heart, cash 2 clubs ending in the dummy, and lead my 4th diamond, presumably being allowed to ruff small. (I may lose to RHO ruffing in with a stiff spade, but probably not). Now I exit with my club and claim.

hand 3 - Of course in a vacuum this is a restricted choice situation, and yes the hand is all about guessing spades. But if LHO is really a reasonably strong player with Jx spade, they would almost certainly return a club after winning the QD, especially after having thought about it. They would know this would likely give me lots of problems even if I do have the TS (whereas if I do have that card, returning the JS would just allow me to instantly claim). I play for spades 3-3.

It's worth adding that the safety play in diamonds sort of destroyed our communication. It may not affect our ability to make 4 exactly, but I think I prefer just ducking a diamond right away at trick 3 once RHO doesnt play an honor. They may even have the QJ
May 16, 2018
Kevin Rosenberg edited this comment May 16, 2018
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