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you have to understand the operative scoring method of the event before you could even begin to consider Pass. If it is BAM you might give it consideration. With 30 on at rubber bridge of course you pass. But otherwise forget it.
Aug. 29, 2015
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How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways (in the fashion of my fellow Hoosier David Letterman….apologies in advance for those who may have whistle-blown these losers before me, today I am too lazy to read through all the entries above): (1) Bergen Raises (2) Lebensohl after we open/overcall 1N(3) Gambling 3N with nothing outside (4) TWO-way Drury(5) All 3-level jump responses to our 1N as showing 2-suiters(6) Completely generalized 4th-suit GF (7) Sandwich NT (8) Double-Negative and 2nd-Negative by RP after we open 2C (9) Omnibus strength-based XX after TOX of partner's opening AND NOW A DRUMROLL FOR THE ABSOLUTE ZENITH OF FATUITY ……(10) After partner's 1N opening gets penalty-doubled by RHO, responder's Pass forces a XX

A pox upon all this scurvy lot
Aug. 29, 2015
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Dear Friends – How about we actually focus on substantive issues here, at this pivotal and excruciatingly sensitive juncture in the history of our beloved sport, instead of quoting song lyrics whose relevance is at best marginal ? There are other threads on other sites for sharing one's musical tastes.
Aug. 29, 2015
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why not alcohol breaks? or calisthenics breaks? or breaks for massages? I have no sympathy for smokers or smoking and see no reason at all to accommodate addictions of any kind.
Aug. 29, 2015
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did I miss something in the presentation of the problem? where was the NT strength specified? where was the vulnerability reported?
Aug. 26, 2015
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Unless the opponents can show immediate evidence that this auction has become 100% GF as of the 3S call, they could be in a lot of trouble in committee.
Aug. 20, 2015
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I don't see that there is anything to be gained by passing at this point and a lot could be lost. It is rather close between 3N and the Double, and I am not confident that my choice of the latter would survive a simulation (one adjusted for the crucial IMP-odds calibration factor, of course). Having said that, we have a trivial slam if partner has for example Jxx K xx xxxxxxx (barring any nasty news in spades). Will we get there? That is certainly a rub, perhaps enough of a one to take some of the trade wind out of the Double sails. Nevertheless X does give us some chance at a slam, whereas 3NT does not. Meanwhile, even if we don't have a slam some suit game is going to be makeable much of the time that 3N fetches, while the converse will not necessarily be the case as often.
Aug. 19, 2015
Marshall Lewis edited this comment Aug. 19, 2015
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(a) Yes it is a sticky point as to whether the second queen should be counted as a third “high honor from AKQ”. Cogent arguments could surely be made to support either side of that profoundly learned debate.
(b) Presumably, however, the point is moot, since normally the default interpretation of such a stricture is that the bid shows “AT LEAST two top honors”, even when the initial quantitative modifier is not explicitly appended. So even if one deems that we have three top honors the requisite criteria would be fulfilled.
© I thought I was making it clear that my remarks were intended in a humorous vein. Apparently I was too deadpan. Sorry for the confusion.
March 8, 2015
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I agree with you totally that this is a 3D bid with normal agreements, but why do you think this bid would violate the stated methods? You certainly DO have “two high honors from AKQ”. They just aren't in the same suit. But that detail was not stipulated – when you have an obvious 3D opening staring you in the face, you should be willing to exploit any legal loophole or disingenuous casuistry to justify the call you know is right. :):):)
March 7, 2015
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yes, if you pass now and bid 2D later, the opponents are never going to be able to solve the problem posed by the remorseless pressure
March 7, 2015
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I am a bit surprised that none of the discussion involving the hypothetical Pass has touched on the question of whether this creates a force if the opponents run. When neither of us is a PH, the answer should clearly be yes, but things are not necessarily analogous when one of us has started with a green card. The point is that if I am not confident that my partner and I will be on the same wavelength on that issue, I'd be extremely loath to open that can of worms via a Pass at this point, as when they run (as they very often will) the continuation of the auction might find us flailing in the dark. Given that a penalty Pass is at best a marginal choice even under the optimal circumstances with regard to agreements, it simply courts danger at unsatisfactory odds. Personally I rarely mind when an iffy penalty gets away as we do not have to win the match on this board – even when my partner for some reason harbors the delusional opinion that we are outclassed in the match. :):)
March 7, 2015
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Personally I would estimate the odds on this latter parlay – i.e. the opponents would NOT run to hearts over a pass by me, but WOULD discover hearts if I bid 1N now instead – at approximately Avogadro's Number-to-one against.
March 7, 2015
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When a passed-hand partner doubles, he is hoping not only that you have a diamond stack but that you have something like an opening hand. Instead what you have is a hand that might be no better than his. The point here is that in the high-probability scenario where the opponents go to hearts, you don't bring as much defense to the faceoff as partner will probably be hoping for. Frankly I would be nervous if partner doubled them in TWO hearts following a hypothetical penalty pass by me on this round.

I will concede that at MPs you might try to avail yourself of an opportunity for a massive score by passing and letting the chips fall where they may on the next round. But at IMPs this hand simply does not induce any twitch in my wrist to roll the dice. I bid 1N and if the opponents somehow find hearts and sound happy about it, I would not object to 3C.
March 6, 2015
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In my view, 2N misrepresents this hand both qualitatively and quantitatively. This hand is not exactly terrible for NT but its primary orientation on the face of it is for a suit contract. You want to be in slam facing as little as Axxxx x xx Jxxxx, and even game after opener rebids 2N might be marginal. I also wouldn't relish a 4S bid from a trusting partner who believes he can count on a doubleton or at least a singleton high honor in support. It could of course be the right contract, but when it is we can also get there via a more leisurely itinerary.

I don't agree with numerous comments above that rebidding either rounded suit buries the other one. That certainly might turn out to be the case in a given instance, but it depends how the auction goes and what your agreements are.

I also disagree with the poster who stated that 3C is by nature suspect as to length. IMHBAICO, that is unplayable, because bids that take up a lot of room in a space-critical auction need to be delivering fairly precise information, and the message “I have no idea what to do but I have a lot of points” does not come close to fitting that description.
March 6, 2015
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irony does not always work cross-culturally I guess :)
Feb. 8, 2015
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As far as I can see, the only really significant “danger” of a 1H opener is that it will allow the opponents all the room in the world to decide how high they ought to go in Spades (or diamonds, or maybe NT). However “strong” we play our weak 2H, from the point of view of competitive dynamics it is not that different from Pass except there is no green coloring on the card in the bidding box.
Feb. 8, 2015
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Well, thanks for assisting me to realize what a bubble I apparently live in. I was under the impression that everyone who played 3N as a minor-suit preempt played it either as SHOWING a solid suit or else as DENYING one. Based on the above-mentioned “bridge logic”, it wouldn't have occurred to me that a partnership would favor a treatment that is noncommittal with regard to solidity. Love having my horizons expanded.
Feb. 7, 2015
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There is much to be said for a Heitnered sense of reality
Feb. 6, 2015
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Oops, busted.
Feb. 6, 2015
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I wouldn't have thought that the issue here was Bid versus Pass. The question is how many hearts to bid, since we are not strong enough to open 2C.
Feb. 6, 2015
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