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All comments by Leonard Helfgott
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And I thought I was the only antediluvian in the crowd. While you might not be able to avoid the very poor 6D, an immediate SJS gets to show the big HD hand immediately, e.g. 1D-2H-3C-3D (support was reason for SJS here) and admittedly it is hard to land in NT. But it seems just as hard after 1D-1H-2C-2S-3C-3D. In thos latter case onf could argue that 3S with Qx woyld be an ask, with South bidding 3NT wrongsided. I still very much like the Soloway Jump.
June 29
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Agree. Sounds like the old rubric about “the best result possible” vs.“The best possible result”
June 29
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I posed this problem to see the proclivities of those who “always” double with <3 hearts vs. those who show the second long suit. I think more would vote for the second suit if substantially weaker ( AQxxx xx KQxxx x) and more would opt for the double (intending to pull 3C to 3D). This appeared to straddle the fence. Don’t know, but that’s my guess, please opine.
June 29
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Daves comment is critical for every partnership. At Imps, especially Red, you have to agree as to who is “real” and who is aggressive. Accepting with all or almost all 16-17s seems to be common and sensible (you don't want to be stranded in 2NT too often), a useful guide.
June 29
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Richard Pavlicek has tables that provide relevant statistics. And Gordon Bower and others also provide supporting statistics. In general, I strongly agree with Mr. Zastera’s simulation statistics.
Balanced 8 counts, especially 4333’s, just arent that good unless they have tons of spot cards. One correction to a comment above—4333s do NOT play as well as 4432s. They are just slightly LESS likely to go down 1 in the partial. Thomas Andrews Fantasia website provides more info on this.
June 29
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Nick: As you know this hand popped up last night. I posted it because I wanted to see how many, as my opponent, overcalled 2H. I would never consider Pass with this hand, for no matter how dismal a view you take of Jacks, most experts recommend doubling with 1=4=4=4 and a 10 count, and this certainly is more attractive than that.
June 27
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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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