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All comments by Nathan Finkle
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I opened 2NT
April 1, 2019
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I don't necessarily think that key card is a better conventional treatment. I just think that absent discussion, 4NT should be key card.
Feb. 5, 2019
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Why can't partner show 3s and have it be helpful to us?
Jan. 31, 2019
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Spades
Jan. 31, 2019
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Partner has 3s to bid 3, and does not have 4s (didn't bid 2). Therefore either partner has 3=5=1=4 or 3=5=0=5, but more likely 3=5=1=4 because he did not bid 4
Jan. 31, 2019
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I wonder if the voting would change at all if there was also a mixed raise available
Jan. 16, 2019
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I am surprised that no one bid 2
Jan. 10, 2019
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You’re both correct, that’s exactly what happened
June 16, 2018
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As a fellow junior, I'd like to weigh in and say that, while card-play is probably the best way to teach juniors the game while still keeping them interested, different people become hooked for different reasons. I personally found system design and conventions to be the most interesting part of the game.

I think also when teaching bidding, while sometimes bidding does seem like memorization, we should teach the reasoning behind the bidding systems too. That allows people to be able to re-derive the bidding system until it becomes natural. For example, you don't need to memorize that bidding 3NT after partner's 1NT (15-17) opening requires 10 points–you just need to know that we need 25 points for game and we only bid game directly when we have the required points for game opposite partner's minimum.
June 12, 2018
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Even if partner has xxxx Kxx xxxx xx, we have a good chance at making game. I bid 4, which does overstate my HCPs but not (my much) my playing strength.

If partner has Axxx x xxxx xxxx, we have a good chance in making slam in clubs, which is very unlikely to reach if we only bid 2. Even worse, if partner has Axxxx x xx xxxxx, the auction could go 2-2-5, and we miss the club slam.
May 13, 2018
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https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-43qdsurzjl/ My last poll had a majority bidding 4
Feb. 28, 2018
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How do you differentiate between a mild and serious slam try?
Jan. 31, 2018
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That’s not what we’d agreed at that point
Jan. 29, 2018
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What scoring? It might make a difference because opening 1NT makes getting to a club slam much more difficult, and getting there is probably more important at IMPs
Jan. 14, 2018
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I wouldn’t make a high reverse with a hand with a 5 card side suit and only 10 HCPs but I would with 12
Dec. 25, 2017
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I figured that she must not have had her bid and was surprised when she came down with that diamond holding
Dec. 20, 2017
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The funny thing is that East really did have her bid. She had a side king and AJ987xx
Dec. 13, 2017
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My question was how would you bid it?
Nov. 26, 2017
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South
Nov. 26, 2017
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