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Brad: You know I’m one of the most conservative 2C bidders around, and most players I see open 2C with 2-3hcp less (frightful). I would not hesitate to open 2C with this, awkward and strong as these minor suit hands tend to be.
5 hours ago
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Partner asked for a suit and you have a 2-card discrepancy, so 3D. Having already shown this, 5C as choice of games seems obvious. 6C is just above my pay grade!
6 hours ago
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I agree with Mr. Zastera. The poor shape compensates for the 5th heart, and the rest of the hand is Drek. While I don’t strongly object to 4H, I think 3H preemptive is much the better call. Of course the actual 2H is poor.
10 hours ago
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Thank you all for participating. My actual hand was K AK9xx AJ9x KQx which is pretty minimal for one on my JSs. Had I been 1=4=4=4 with same dispersion I would have tried 2NT, but 2NT with 5H AND stiff K is a bit much for me. If others like that, fine. Certainly a concentrated 5-5 which I easily could have held, would require less hcp. As you can see, 5D requires DK onside which it was, and 4H also makes. In this club game (Last Friday) many passed 1H, so my +230 was an average board.
Oct. 15
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Henry: I think 99% for. BWS panel is an overbid. While I would respond to 1H myself, I have no problem with the Pass. As most of you mention, I do have a huge problem with partner passing a strong jumpshift. I take my jumpshifts very seriously and do not shade them ever. The old Goren and pre-Goren maxims prevail. If you are able to respond, you must fing one more bid after a jumpshift (except into 2NT), otherwise don’t resond
Oct. 15
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Michael: I think that if you could abide/tolerate a 1NT response you should choose an action other than 7NT.
Oct. 14
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Even if you would pass initially, I think bidding with 5Hcp and a working card is very reasonable, and passing (after 1NT) with TWO cover cards (when opener bids your QTxxx suit)seems beyond the pale. As I understand it the JS is a 100% gameforce. If not how does one make a 100% gameforce. See Nick France’s comment above. This is Standard, not Precision.
Oct. 14
Leonard Helfgott edited this comment Oct. 14
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Yes, just edited.
Oct. 14
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Thanks. I share your distaste for 2H.
Oct. 12
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Apparently I was misinformed.
Oct. 10
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Sgree with RR (as usual) and MH. If we consider the auction fro South’s point of view (and discounting CB’s 2NT Lebensohl treatment) North is showing extra values outside of clubs. Isn’t it more reasonable to expect 5-7 hcp in hearts and 4-6 hcp in spades (if 4=5=3=1). This argues for raising 3H to 4H with Hx.
Oct. 9
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Najdorf and Reshevsky were easily strong enough to do this, but too young, born ~1910.
Try Abraham Kupchik, 1892-1970.
Oct. 9
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I was 20-21 in 1969 and I hope I wouldn’t have considered 58 old. I did play with David S. Polland in 1967 who was born in 1908 (and GM strength) and looked older to me, but I was informed that the gentleman in question was born in 1892. If you check past winners of Marshall Chess club championship and even tougher events, you could figure it out.
Oct. 8
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“I’ll second that emotion.”
Oct. 8
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I don’t see how a 3D bid by South can be game forcing. Surely North can double with a 4=4=4=1 hand of say 11-13 hcp. Did I misinterpret something?
Oct. 7
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Thanks for posting, Rich. Harold was a truly brilliant man in many areas, and a good bridge friend. We used to trade math problems at the tournaments, and he was usually one-up on me. I will certainly miss him. RIP Harold.
Oct. 7
Leonard Helfgott edited this comment Oct. 7
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I agree that “blame” ro North is unfair. Perhaps 80-90% is just “rub of the green” and the last 10%-20% to North, but even the recommended 3H over 3D poses problems. South would surely take that as a MUCH more oriented heart hand, perhaps even 4=6=2=1 or with a very strong 5 bagger That would expect a raise on Hx, as my partners might expect, so his choice to bid 5D was not unreasonable, just unlucky IMO.
Oct. 7
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Mike: Good point the constructive value of 3D makes 3H a gamefoce, although tou might wind up in a 7 card fit when he raises to 4H on Hx, as he should.
Oct. 6
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The latter.
Oct. 6
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Yes. Showing the strong diamond fragment seems more important than rebiddind clubs, soI agree with this and especially Ed Davis’ conments above.
Oct. 6
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