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All comments by Leonard Helfgott
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An alternative if you are going to be aggressive is to Stayman, yhen bid 3NT without a 4-4 fit, or make a balanced slam invite heart raise (4D?) if you do. Not my choice, just another option.
April 10
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Steve: Good plan but you reversed decl and dummy, dummy South was one with Qxx
April 10
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Note that if you play all the hearts you may have. Entry problems after low club to queen
April 10
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Regarding spits, offence was missing all of J, 10,9,8. The 5 spots werr all 2-7. I do not recall which side held the 7.
April 10
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Most players I know (including your partners Brett) tend to “go with the flow” and open 1NT when at all feasible ESPECIALLY at bottom of range. Not saying your style is wrong if partner is on same page, but Joe Grue told me he NEVER downgrades. I do think that inviting with flat spotless 15 is too aggressive. The pair in question are both slavish pointcounters, so perhaps South was hoping for a super 17 that many would upgrade.?
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April 10
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15-17 I think
April 8
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Besides the normal 1S loser I think you'd need 3-3 diamonds or club ace onside. Sounds about even without heart lead. Someone can do the math.
April 7
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We play a BWS type opening where only a small minority of balanced 11s are opened and almost all balanced 12s are opened, which I view as “normal” nowadays. Without the heart Jack in the East hand, I would probably open based on major suit and quick tricks, but no lighter.
April 7
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Yehudit: None of the over the counter non-prescription supplements have actually ben shown to improve mental or bridge performance although in the long run they very well might. What is your view about taking these supplements for hopeful medical reasons with the sidebar hope that it could maintain/sharpen or even improve bridge performance?
April 6
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“Caffeine is bad for you, but it's a lot better than falling asleep at the wheel.” I completely disagree. Moderate amounts of coffee/caffeine have been recommended by leading physicians to help with or slow the progression of several medical conditions. Everyone is different but up to 4 cups (or so) a day seems OK. 15 cups a day, not good. Like Yehudit and many others I need my coffee.
April 6
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Thanks guys. What would be the absolute worst case for the as of now unanimous SK lead? Declarer has AJT and dummy has 9xxx. Don’t believe it? Check Board 23 of yesterday’s Common Game.
April 4
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Don’t know what’s included in nootropic drugs, but I have been taking an over the counter supplement DMAE (dimethyl aminoethanol bitartrate) for 25 years.
Don’t know whether it helps or not, but it was on the short list of life extending free radical scavengers by a famous gerontologist (Dr. Roy Walford, now deceased) and I don’t intend to stop.
Don’t think I’d take an unnecessary prescription drug at this time though.
April 3
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Even for those who vow to “never” raise with 3. No options here.
April 2
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I’m with Kieran. The 5 card heart suit provides a “source of tricks” which may be enough to create 5 tricks altogether and makes this a close and arguable lead issue. With only a 4 card suit you don’t have enough of a trick creation suit and may as well prefer a spade. IMO.
April 2
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Yeah Dave: Amazing how many people lead 10 (0/2 higher) from QJT or 9 from JT9. Most who play 0/2 higher have “J denies” on the card next to it.
April 2
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Mike: I never said that 3D was exclusively a cuebid, instead it MIGHT be a cuebid, or as others suggest, values in suit, sometimes to flag spade weakness (Jxxx Qx AKJx Axx) and/or temporize for next round. So we agree there. I would be the very first person in line to show a good third suit to avoid stepping into 3NT with a worthless 4th suit. In fact I agree with most of your comments, especially Gerber. And while I do appreciate and use Loser Count as a tool, I am not quite the 100% advocate that your are (and I’m sure I’ll shortly receive tons of flak for this comment. ).
March 30
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Nice one. I’ve been waiting about 15 years to pull that one—-and I’m still waiting!
March 30
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A priori this is probably not quite an upgrade with the heart “flaw”. Once partner shows hearts and suit orientation, the South hand now seems MUCH better than a 1NT max, hence 3D being much better than 3NT. Mike, I agree that North could have taken another bid, like 4C, but after that it could get murky regarding when South cooperates and when he indeed tries to signoff again in 4NT. Aftr 4C and another cue, is it 100% clear to all when 4N is to play or forwardgoing or RKC. And as frightful as it sounds some play that 4C is ALWAYS Gerber (really!) I should add that my friend North, a notoriously fearful player, thought long and hard before passing 3NT, which implies that it was objectively better to bid. The South player tends to point count religiously, IMO.
March 30
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Richard and Mike: I was asked to opine on this auction by one of my partners, a talented mentee. I have to say that I agree with Richard 100% in every respect. Yes, game before slam is a good maxim, but North should not be perpetrating lead directing explorations with say 2=4=2=5 10 counts at matchpoints. His actions indicate either some slam interest or a hand so skewed that 5C might be preferably to 3NT (very rare). Yes North has a beautiful hand (and has pretty much shown it) but South's 3NT (instead of 3D) is enuf of a buzzkill to resign him to just taking a plus. We all agree that 3D was the call, not 3NT.
March 29
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Would 3C by South have been 100% forcing? What about 3C after 2S then 2NT? If South has shown 15-17 ( implied that actual hand has slightly underbid) then how can you possibly expect North to bid again. If 3NT shows 18-19 circa 1947 then perhaps North should try 4NT or a natural club rebid. But once South fails to raise clubs in a forcing manner, its a big problem.
March 29
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