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Club deuce to encourage. Some, above, say your attitude will be obvious after trick one, but I don't agree. Your holding in the suit led is only one factor in whether you wish to encourage or not.
Feb. 23
Phillip Martin edited this comment Feb. 24
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As I understand your question, it is, “Partner showed the K when he discarded the 4. Is the play of the J suit preference, saying, ‘I lied about that K’?” My agreement is that the second card in the suit led is count. Even though count isn't useful here, I avoid ad hoc exceptions. So it wouldn't even occur to me that partner's card meant anything other than “I have an even number of clubs remaining.” If your agreement is that the second card in the suit led is suit preference (an agreement I don't care for), then I, too, would be confused. It seems partner made a mistake with one play or the other.
Feb. 22
Phillip Martin edited this comment Feb. 22
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"Responder may pass this, make a forcing bid or, failing either of the alternatives, himself decide the final contract.“ This is true, but it leaves open for discussion what constitutes a ”forcing bid." I have played a quite old-fashioned version of Acol, and my agreement was that, after opener's jump to 2NT, any bid by responder creates a game force. The only way he can stop below game is to pass 2NT. Responder's jump to 2NT, however, was another matter. Opener's rebid in a previously bid suit was now to play. The reason for this was simply frequency. When responder has 11-12 HCP, opener quite often may wish to correct 2NT to a safer partscore. This is possible but less likely when opener shows a strong hand. Far more likely is that responder will be uncertain as to the right strain for game or even have slam interest. So it is useful for him to have forcing exploratory bids available.
Feb. 19
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I agree with those who say this should be takeout of clubs not spades. But even if I had, in a weak moment, agreed to play it as takeout of spades, it still shows at least some interest in playing in diamonds from our side. So it is quite likely that responder's 2 call is an error, and advancer needs to be able to express that opinion.
Feb. 15
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I play 3 asks for a diamond stopper. But it doesn't ask for a heart stopper and a spade stopper as well.
Feb. 14
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What I miss most about bridge in the 70s is being able to think clearly.
Feb. 13
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It's not forcing, but you shouldn't pass with a stiff heart. If partner's hearts were good enough to play opposite a singleton, he would not start with a take-out double, which suggests a flexible hand.
Feb. 10
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Why won't he expect this hand? 3, in essence, says, I think I can make 3 opposite a doubleton club and about a trick and a half in high cards. How bad a description is that of this hand?
Feb. 9
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Yes to both. To me an attitude signal is about the hand as a whole–not just the heart suit. In this case, encouraging simply means that, based on my hand, a heart continuation looks like a better idea than a club shift.
Feb. 9
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It's not fear that partner might have a penalty pass that tempts me to re-open. It's fear that we can make something.
Feb. 8
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Where are the accidental double postings when you need them?
Feb. 8
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“Don't preempt over a preempt” doesn't mean “preempting over a preempt is a poor strategy.” It means “jumps over preempts are defined as showing strength rather than length and weakness.” This is not the hand partner will expect for 5.
Feb. 8
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You have a reason. You are the one with short diamonds.
Feb. 8
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Partner was intending to pass 2. My first thought was to bid 2, but I think redouble is better. Partner will know I'm 3325, and it gives him a chance to pass if West has made a foolish double.
Feb. 8
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Yes, I could have KJ10 tight. I hope partner has enough clues to conclude I don't. But, in any event, I don't understand why declarer's holding the heart king means my attitude is known. Even if declarer played the heart king out of turn, I would still think the heart deuce was encouraging.
Feb. 8
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The story is true but even John couldn't remember the deal. Alan constructed the one in his column.
Feb. 8
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Wow! This sounds dangerous to me. My card means one thing when I play it, but its meaning changes once declarer follows suit–assuming that I knew what card he was going to follow suit with, that partner knows that I know, and that I know that partner knows that I know. I would rather the meaning of my card depend only on what happens before I play it.
Feb. 8
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I play high to request a club shift. Normally one plays the highest card you can afford to discourage. But honors often are merely descriptive, showing a sequence in case partner cares. In this situation, if I play the jack, partner might reasonably decide I have JTxx and underlead to get a diamond ruff. Discouraging with the 10 avoids giving him that option.
Feb. 8
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That's not “other.” The weird agreement is stipulated, so “other” means you would do something other than pass or transfer.
Feb. 8
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The weirdest auction John ever threw at me? The first one that springs to mind is 1C-1H-P-P/X-P-4D. Although I'm sure there must have been weirder ones I've managed to suppress.
Feb. 7
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