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9-11 :)

In principle a limit raise, but some hands not quite of limit raise strength would have to raise too.

I wouldn't raise on a random 8-count.
Dec. 17, 2013
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3 would be nonforcing, X for takeout. I'll double although it could work out badly.
Dec. 16, 2013
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Bidding all the way from 4 to 4 was surely bad by north, he could at least pass to show that his hand is not dead. The 4th trump is a strong asset.

I would have given it one more try as south.
Dec. 16, 2013
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2N is natural for me as well. The 5-5s can double, it's ok. The 2N-hands with potential for 3N can't do anything, if 2N is not natural.
Dec. 16, 2013
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Genau, they could be in big trouble. We can whack hearts ourselves and maybe partner can whack clubs.

As it happens, it will probably go 3-p-p then. I will try 3.
Dec. 16, 2013
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I play as Yuan suggests:

2NT+3D = weak
3D = invitational
4D = one-suiter forcing/slammy
2NT+4D = 4M and longer diamonds, forcing
Nov. 21, 2013
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LHO has 13 empty spaces, RHO has 12 empty spaces. Odds are 13:12 in favour of the drop. Other things being equal.
Nov. 18, 2013
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a) is bad, if K is offside (50%) with K onside (2/3) and clubs 3-3 (40%). Total 13% or a little more.

b) is bad if K is offside (1/3) with K onside (50%) and west NOT 4-3-5-1/5-3-4-1 = the only distributions we cant handle with a spade finesse (almost 100% since he would lead a club with that). Total 16% or a little less.

So plan a seems better than plan b.

But just barely. The even distribution so far means that clubs 3-3 may have gone up a little from the a priori 40%*.

(*40%, not 36%, since we are only caring about club distributions with divided honours, so 3-3 is like a normal 2-2.)
Nov. 16, 2013
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I don't get it.

What exactly does it mean that the player has to bid “normally”? What are his obligations? At what point do his bids become illegal?

I know the answer when it comes to UI from partner, but not here.

I'm not sure this is all thought through. As Kit says, the players are put in an unfair position. It is better to be quick to cancel the board at this table.
Oct. 29, 2013
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How would north know to ask for values in spades and not in diamonds or clubs?
Oct. 20, 2013
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It was a push at 6= in our match.

Our opponents bid 1-2-4(splinter)-4-4-4-4NT-5-6.

Maybe not a textbook splinter hand, but it got the job done.
(In their system a 3 raise would be nonforcing)

Teammates bid it with an artificial system.
Oct. 8, 2013
Michael Askgaard edited this comment Oct. 8, 2013
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DBL is not for penalties, and partner's 4NT if he is say 5044 (given no michaels or spade jump) or 5m (if too weak to bid michaels with 55) will be most unwelcome.
Oct. 7, 2013
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It is all sympathetic, and who could say they are opposed to full disclosure, but I don't see what exactly you are suggesting in practice.

Or what grounds you have for awarding an adjusted score as you stated.
Oct. 7, 2013
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NF-competitive in my partnership. But a discussion is probably necessary.
Oct. 7, 2013
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I don't understand the bidding. Abstain.
Oct. 7, 2013
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I think you got decieved by Sartaj's cute article, Aviv.

Sartaj and Tony don't have an agreement that pass asks for a certain lead, in fact they pass in principle every hand.

Rather they have a bridge philosophy - in the context of not playing lightner, because they find lightner bad - that the percentage lead against a grand slam is trying to give a ruff.

All players have bridge philosophies about leads, some without realizing it.

I have a bridge philosophy that trump leads against grand slams are mucho overrated, and I am thus less likely to make a trump lead than some other players.

That doesn't make my partner's pass to the opponents' grand slam bid alertable either.
Oct. 7, 2013
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Both plans assume Q onside.

J gives us two chances for the last trick (either minor) while 9 is all-in on 9 onside.
Sept. 29, 2013
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Well only among certain strangers, if you get to know him better, he can speak as smoothly as anybody.

Every Peter in bridge I have met has the potential of developing a stutter or its contrast, ADHD-hyper activity.

It really is a matter of raising him properly.
Aug. 25, 2013
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A friend of mine picked up his cards, sorted them and then led the king of diamonds before the bidding had even started…

It had been pretty late the evening before, obviously :)
Aug. 20, 2013
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Time for online registration.

Will also boost the pre-tournament interest for the event.

This year the “Who will win the spingold”-thread on BW died after only 6-7 posts, because noone knew what teams will be playing.

Says it all.

It's 2013.
Aug. 5, 2013
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