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The double squeeze operates only if E holds 4 or more spades, which means the single squeeze would also work, unless you think W underled A of hearts.
Jan. 23
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Both 4S and 5D are available to show stronger hands.
Jan. 1, 2018
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responder is much more likely to have just diamonds than a weak 5-5.
Sept. 4, 2017
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N is marked with at least 3 hearts-E is short, W has no 4-card major. N also has at most 1 club because of S's length. Depending on how E-W bid 4-4 in the minors, E may guarantee 5 clubs when he has heart shortness. If so, N must be void. 4H is aggressive, but not crazy.
June 25, 2017
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Responder could bid 5NT over 5H to try for 7. Opener might bid either 6H or 7D because of the Q of hearts.
June 15, 2017
Rich Rothwarf edited this comment June 15, 2017
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The ACBL Hall of Fame suffers from the same defect as the baseball Hall of Fame-an overabundance of highly qualified nominees and a limitation imposed on the voters. All the unelected nominees are arguably far more qualified than many current members of the ACBL Hall of Fame. Limiting voters to only 3 choices with 6 nominees practically insures gridlock. Either have more nominees or allow voters to choose more than half the nominees.
Feb. 17, 2017
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There's a slim chance that RHO has KX and LHO can get a ruff in some suit. If you play AQ and smother the J. there won't be a ruff, so A then Q is very slightly better.
Feb. 5, 2017
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There may be more pairs that are much stronger than the average of the field than pairs that are much weaker than the average. This will produce more very high scores than very low scores.
Jan. 21, 2017
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2D shows a diamond suit, probably 6 or more cards. You could play that Rdbl. shows willingness for overcaller to describe his hand, pass does not.
Oct. 28, 2016
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I've known Brian since trading days in Philly in the 90's. Lots of great bridge players, some great traders, some very funny people. Brian was the only one who had the trifecta.
Sept. 23, 2016
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RKC is a common convention=this situation is not so uncommon that a partnership should be guessing. It's too easy to say you're unsure when the partnership probably got it right. Declarer should state which suit he answered for.
June 6, 2016
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Leading Q loses to stiff K onside-it also loses 2 tricks quickly when second hand is void. Options are equivalent in terms of making 3 tricks, but low to 10 seems better in terms of getting 2 tricks before you lose 2.
April 24, 2016
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4NT should be RKC over 4H, but not over 4C or 4D
March 10, 2016
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If you play honor redoubles this should be an honor redouble
Feb. 23, 2016
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I think declarer has exactly 2 spades. Partner has either Q9 or 9x. I hope to set up at least one more spade, so I play a low spade.
Jan. 26, 2016
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When LHO has QJX half the time he'd play Q on the second round. When LHO has AQx, half the time RHO would have won with the J from J10. It seems right to play K of spades on the second round.
Jan. 24, 2016
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I also lead K when declarer has preempted at the 3-level or higher, because leading an unsupported A is often a good idea in that situation.
Dec. 13, 2015
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I use the same method as Adriano Rodrigues. There are rarely more than 2 crucial suits where you need to know the exact count, so you're usually dealing with 2 two-digit numbers. Even 2 three-digit numbers are relatively easy to keep track of.
Dec. 13, 2015
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It's either asking for a spade stopper for 3NT or a cue-bid angling for a club slam. If responder bids 3NT and opener bids on, it was the latter.
Nov. 30, 2015
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