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The very greedy might play in spades for 650.
June 23
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It sounds like you are leading a low heart from dummy after club overruff and diamond entry. Wouldn’t it be as good or better to enter with DA at T3 to lead a low heart to 10. Then as you suggest, if East has not popped K, heart Ace and if 3-2 its a claimer. This may fail to K9xx onside as well as KH offside, but seems best to me. Am I wrong?
June 22
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Wow. Was that 15 years ago? Forgot most of the details. Thanks.
June 21
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Over 2D I might consider 2H (or 2NT) with significant extra values, like 17 or so. Some partners cannot resist bidding 2D with 1=4=5=3, and 1=4=6=2 or 0=4=6=3 could lead to a 2H Moysian opposite a weak hand, or more opposite a 9 count. (But I do consider Moysians more than average)
June 21
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An ole acquaintance who's a senior international competitor and grand life master ( with about 25,000 mps) was adamant about rebidding 2H even with AKQtxx Txxx x Kx. That may be extreme to some, but his partners agree with him.
June 19
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I would think that across all player preferences, 1S-1N-2H would be made on the majority of 6-4s but not all of them. So the estimated 65:20:15 ratio might change a bit, maybe to 2/3:2/9:1/9, dont know.
June 19
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Thanks Kit. I do try to stress to certain partners to prepare your second bid to be in tempo before the first bid is made, and this example is a perfect illustration.
June 19
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Steve: Disagree. Unless I have opened a subminimim in 3D chair (and perhaps even then) I will always rebid hearts with 5-4, even 5=4=2=2, no matter how minimal. If partner has less than 3 spades, he is more likely than not to hold at least 4 heArts.
June 19
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Thanks to all for participating. While I do prefer 3D as a “mini-splinter” limit or superstrong, with 4D to be discussed, I was not playing that with this partner so unavaiable. I did take the high road (19 dummy points and no Jacks) and bid 4D, catching him with a perfecto 10 count KQ98 x AXxx JT9x and he propelled us into the optimistic but sound slam. Both blacks were 3-2 and he played it well for 980 and tie for top. (and the spade 10 was helpful!).
June 19
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Steve: Well I perhaps should have mentioned in advance that against the typical C and lower B players at the club, anything is possible. South in fact held Kxx K109xx Ax Axx and must be of the school that opening bids always double!!
June 18
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Steve: If we assume for a 1St/2nd chair opening partner has minimal drek, ie. a 5332 12 count (maybe a good 11, not playing Precision) , why on Earth should partner bid anything before hearing about your fit. I would think Pass over RHOs 2C would be instantaneous (in tempo) without possession of a side 4+ card red suit or a 6th spade, wouldn’t you?
June 18
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Bruce (and others):I agree that 2S should be nonforcing, but I personally wouldn't downgrade a 13 count THAT much. The pass has some appeal, but against the typical B/C opponents in a club game you never know what to expect. Here some game forcing action (or penalty equivalent) seems better that a nonforcing 2S.
June 17
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Alex: See my comment toNick above.
June 17
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Nick: If you don't play 2S as forcing, you are saying that with this 13hcp hand you are willing to play in 2S opposite an opening bid with 5 spades. Is that correct?
June 17
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Question for those bidding 2S. Is that 100% forcing?
June 17
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FWIW I have absolutely no knowledge or experience in these weighting and adjustment matters, being a typical average (and sometimes quite naive) player, here is my take: EW are apparently playing some variant of McCabe Adjunct (new suit after double is lead directional with tolerance, so here Xx says “run” to 2H and I will pass or correct with a very long suit of my own—-I play this and like it). If North were given that info he might pass to see what suit was intended over the 2H puppet, and NS would either play 3NT or defend 2SX. But given the explanation of “values” by East, what else could he do but run to 3C. He “could” anticipate misunderstanding and pass first, but why not bid 3C now? So his bid seems clearly influenced by MI. How much and what outcome? Weighting of scores of 2800, 2200, 690, others (2SX down 2). Above my pay grade!
June 15
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For those of you choosing the 3D splinter, is that merely a jump raise (so responder’s 3S is passable) or a game forcing splinter, and if the latter, what would 4D show?
June 15
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For me its partially a function of the level of the contract I’m in. For example, if I am in 1NT I try to find a way to create 7 winners. There are bound to be tons if losers. If I am in a small slam I try tocount -2+ winners but often if I have 11 or less winners I try to avoid the second loser as importantly (or concomitantly) with creating a 12th winner. Most 3NT seem to be “create a 9th trick while avoiding losing 5”. NT seems more winner oriented, suits sort of split between winner oriented and loser avoidance. Does this make sense to anyone else?
June 15
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So would I Nick. But we’ve both seen strange 2C openings.
June 14
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Ed: In your analysis I think you missed that in West’s 3NT, on any lead other than a spade declarer scores all 13 tricks on a black suit squeeze. Run hearts, pitching 3 spades from dummy, before the diamonds and South cannot protect both the spade ace and third round of clubs.
June 14
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