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Strongly agree. Note that Bridge World Standard has straddled the fence on this issue. A couple of versions prior 2NT was “good 20 to 22” to allow for “22+ to 24” for 2Cthen 2NT. In more recent voting (BWS 2000 or BWS2017) there was a push to 20-21 which was resisted. As a compromise I think they went to “20 to bad/fair 22” probably to keep 1any then 2NT at 18-19 and 2C having upper limit of 24. At least thatswhat i recall.
April 28
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Steve: You should dig up some of the BW “debates” as recently as last year between Michael Rosenberg ( 1NTF) and Kit Woolsey(1NTSF). Whichever side you take, you’re bound to learn the issue!
April 27
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That’s my interpretation, and not among the options above.
April 27
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CraiG: Yes it is worth it and I love SJS, but I would personally wait for a stronger spade suit. I would want partner to envisualize (almost always) 2 of top 3 honors with length for the bid.
April 27
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What do you think the frequency of 4+ diamonds to only 3D is. I would guess at least 3:1.
April 26
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Ian: No argument, but Kit Woolsey has suggested the immediate Limit Raise with only 3 cards in his 1NT semi-forcing structure.
April 26
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I think that IN PRINCIPLE the 3H rebid should be NOT forcing, to cater to this type of situation. However, regarding the actual hand:
1. Even with the attractive spots the Jxx flaw turns me off to opening a balanced 11 count. Playing a 12-14 1NT (which I don’t) I would upgrade and open 1NT.
2. While I do actively raise 1S with 3S in some hands, I would prefer 1NT here with such a soft minimal hand. KQx AKxxx xxx(x) x(x) is a 2S raise for me.
3. North, with this type of problematic hand and such weak spades (that South would not be able to effectively revalue his hand with) should probably avoid 1S and go the 1NT forcing then 3H jump route. Missing a 4-4 with 5-3 available isn't the end of the world.If 1NT is only semi-forcing he can either try that anyway, or adopt Kit Woolsey’s suggestion of a trump shy 3H limit raise.
April 26
Leonard Helfgott edited this comment April 26
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Michael: Aw. :). As a chess player who has adapted en passant at bridge with relish, how could I resist? Maybe I switched to bridge after leaving too many pieces en prix!
April 25
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“en prise”. I think you meant en passant. I’ll let the other chess players (including Mr. Rosenberg)
Chime in on that one.
April 25
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Have you checked Bridge World Esoterica for minimal trump holding for a grand slam? It is AKJ9 oppos. 2. :)
April 25
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Richard Pavlicek’s measure of skewness might help.
April 23
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If you share common parents with your sibling, would you call that person your half-sibling? Of course not.
April 23
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Is that like “Meathead” (Rob Reiner, in “All in the Family”) hopping down the staircase on one foot because he was wearing one shoe when the house might have been on fire?
April 21
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Maybe we should ask Chthonic (see Bridge World) how “he” would defend. I’m sure we would receive a lengthy and scathing soliloquy. (I was not sure whether assigning a gender to the fictional Chthonic would please or dismay our distaff readers, but the imperious Chthonic seems a male personality to me.).
April 21
Leonard Helfgott edited this comment April 21
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I seem to recall a section from one of Michael Lawrence’s books where he recommends (in some cases), using Michaels over 1m with 4S and 5H given problems with losing spades after the 1H overcall (or landing badly in a minor after a double.) If my memory is Whack, I apologize Mr. Lawrence.
April 21
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As partner is in theory unlimited in values and may have unusual shape (5404/5440) it does seem unwise to preempt partner (with 4S) instead of letting him take control. Jumping to 4S seems to be taking Fast Arrival concepts a bit too far, even if you are a Fast arrival advocate (which I am not), IMO.
April 19
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Agreed. You simply cannot NOT bid 2H with this hand. If partner passes 2H, tough. Playing Fit jumps in comp are great, but also play 2/2 is forcing. Even 2/1 or 1/1 might be better as forcing, but 2/2 definitely, IMO.
April 19
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Not sure why 3H is “taking advantage” if East chooses to not bid more strongly. The most likely distributions for West's double are 4513, 3514 and 3523 and 2/3rds of those have only 3 spades. Partner may have been worried about a 4C response with say 4522.
If partner is more likely to have 3 spades then the 5-2 in hearts is preferred to weak 4-3 in spades.
April 19
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Richard: No argument, but if no Double would you prefer Pas, 3H or 4C?
April 19
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Yes. I flunk reading comprehension! Need to rethink completely!
April 18
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