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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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Thats my plan. Immediately raise to 3S the bid 5H over inexplicable 4S. It seems literally impossible (for MY 2C openers) for partner to lack first round control in either minor, but if he actually has AKQxxxx KJ QJ KJ i guess he can play 5S.
June 14
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Yes, this popped up yesterday. I chose the simplest route of transferring to spades planning to bid 4H next. (Smolen available for 5-4s and some 6-4s). Partner could now jump to 4S or cue with a monster, but actually chose 5S with A10xx A10 AKJx A10x and I had no problem bidding 6S.
June 13
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Avon, great work! Mike, thank you for clarifying the obvious connection and continuity.
June 13
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I don't remember any particular article, but the first name that popped into my mind was Philip Martin!
June 13
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Your hand is substantially weaker with much stronger hearts and nothing in the blacks. While I did grudgingly select the 3H rebid on your 10 hcp hand, I am happy to see how many voted fr 3S there, making 3S on this hand much clearer to me.
June 13
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Yes. South has ‘extra values’ (to react to a responsive double)for a mere overcall and although it seems strange, I like a 3S bid after partner's double, as opposed to rebidding this suit opposite a hand with length elsewhere. Sometimes he'll actually have 5, but even with only 4 a Moysian seems playable. If partner caters to this he can always try 4C and you should land in some game, and both 4H and 5C have some play. Regarding the 1H overcall, I would not consider either 1NT with 5CM and only Kx, nor Double with a balanced 15 hcp.
June 13
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David: Being one of the (admittedly) non-expert cardplayers responding to this poll, I have to admit to being too dumb to understand the need to violate “second hand low” here, I will volunteer to embarrass myself and be the first to comment, As partner likely has a spade honor and I can be sure of gaining a red entry later if needed. Can someone construct a scenario where it is necessary to rise with the ace?
June 7
Leonard Helfgott edited this comment June 7
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In a way, this sounds related to the disgusting and repulsive “Sominex Coup” where a player deliberating plays so incredibly slowly that opponents virtually fall asleep waiting for a play and err because of the long wait. Perhaps they shouldn’t err, but it is most irritating and revolting all the same. Now to be sure several players at my club are unbelievably slow, but not with ill intentions. However there are at least two players at my club (no names but anyone who plays there knows who I am talking about) who I believe perform this Sominex Coup intentionally. As far as the actual case above, player should be informed/educated/chastised as the director and club owner warrant. NOT a free pass!!!
June 7
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No, Nick. It was your partner on Wednesday night. :). I agree with all you say in concept, but the sades here are a bit too good for my weak 2D bids.
June 6
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