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All comments by Leonard Helfgott
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I'm a simpleton on these. It looks like you have to set up dummy's diamonds or you Have too many black losers. I'm not sure if playing any high hearts initially is right, (I think not) but assuming you did play HA I'dd go after diamonds with K and a ruff.
If the diamonds are 3-2 maybe trying a second heart before the ruff??
If everything is 4-1 then you are going down, maybe bid time.But I'm only an A player and there are tons of experts out there who can weigh the possibilities.
April 17
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Is it clear that 6S is such a great contract? Probably over 50% with best play, but not by much.
April 14
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With all the bizarro and unsound actions players condone now when white vs Red at matchpoints, I’m surprised there was so much resistance. And even with the modal vote to pass all three, the majority voted to bid on one or more of these hands.
April 14
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Alvin: This is over 1D, not 1M. Isn't the important thing to show this shape with 5 hearts, so partner will almost always select hearts first with 3, unless a 5-5 fit in clubs.
April 14
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Really, Phil? More abused than Blackwood? I did guess right that there would be NO votes for 1) only, just included option expecting someone to complain if excluded. I thought there would be more action at favorable Vuln. Hope you are having fun, Amy.:)
April 14
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Craig: Ix that the standard for advancing partner's 1NT overcall? Most I know play “Front of Card.”
April 14
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I agree with all the above. Unfortunately many players either don't think at all of showing another suit (just passing or bidding 3H) or don't wish to “show the opponents” what they have. Of course, aside from actually playing in diamonds if 3D is passable, it helps partner defend more effectively if they push to 3S and on occasion paves the way for an otherwise hard to bid 4H game with a double fit. As Ercan said, NOT bidding 3D is an error, IMO.
April 14
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Really? White vs. Red? What are you waiting for. I could see 2H but for the horrid 5332 shape. The last time I asked a pro if he would overcall with white 8 count and a weaker suit, he said “are you kidding?”
April 13
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There seems to be 3 general rules of thought here:
1) Open 1NT if at all possible, no matter how terribly flawed it is.
2) Avoid opening 1NT unless hand is such a NT perfecto it screams in your face”please open 1NT with me.”
3) Starting with the possibility of opening 1NT, count up and weigh the “flaws” against it and make a judgmental decision. Flaws are different for everyone.
April 13
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Happy wife, happy life.
April 13
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After 1D-1H this is probably worth a 3D call on the diamond quality. Just because a hand is 1NT(15-17) strength (it is, imo) doesn't mean it should auto open 1NT.
April 13
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You should offer 2 softer options (prefer 1D but 1NT ok, and vv)
April 13
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While I quite prefer 1D, partly because of strong suit and partly 2-2 majors, I can live with 1NT and would not take much issue here. Give me Ax QTx AJTxxx Kx and I go for 1NT.
April 13
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Opposite a west who would have very sound values for a 3C call East has a decent hand, just not quite enough in clubs to raise. HOWEVER, if East were a passed hand I like to play that 3 level advances by passed hand show fit/ tolerance for partner ( relates to a “fit showing jump”). The a 3H call by East would promise club tolerance and enough values for West to run back to 4C with 0 or 1 hearts, and sit or raise otherwise. Not perfect, but for those who play “fit umps” by advancer, this has appeal.
April 13
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Either my memory fails me or Dennis has changed.:)
April 12
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2D doesn't say anything about spade length (2 or 3). 2H has more the implication of a 3Rd spade, and a true 3 suiter, IMO.
April 12
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With a little modification this hand would be a perfect Vondracek theme. That is, give declare the spade 10 and dummy only 3 hearts and 4S makes while the stronger 5-3 fit in hearts does not. Picked that up from an old George Sturgess Coffin text.
April 12
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That’s a great philosophy. Thanks, I’ll pass that along!
April 12
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I think what Craig might be saying is that in matchpoints you are facing a 50% criteria decision. For White Imps if your invite is one below game, like 2N vs 3N or 3M vs 4M, you get 6:5 odds, so 45%.
April 11
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Yes, I misinterpreted at first. Ducking as West would be normal.
April 11
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