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I purposely left out the E/W hands because I am more interested in the general defensive approach here, rather than what I (or pard) should have done on this hand.

West had a 0=5=3=5 12 count but (like me) couldn’t quite find a bid.
April 19
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In no way am I suggesting that the bid shouldn’t be allowed. And I am certainly not naive enough to believe I can’t get fixed. Perhaps my word choice could have been better.
April 19
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“2NT is not Ogust, 3♦ is.”
My bad.
April 18
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By partnership standards, I was a point or two short of a 2NT overcall. I had chances to act - directly and in pass out - but had my reasons not to at the table.
April 18
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Well, it worked against us - this time. But something I’d like to prevent from happening again - thus this discussion.
April 18
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My thought was double of 3S would be penalty (if I couldn’t double 2S for takeout, why would my double of 3S be takeout?), but Partner and I hadn’t discussed. And, as I mentioned above, since it was a team game, I thought it too risky.
April 18
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I was close to a 2NT overcall, but only had 14 points. I was also very close to doubling 3S, but this was a team game and it seemed too risky.
April 18
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When I was first given this hand, I said I would lead a heart. But as I thought more about it, I think a spade is better. Give declarer K-J-x in spades, and partner a minor suit entry, and you should have an easy set.

It is probably a harder problem at match points.

I don't have the actual hands, but declarer did have that spade holding and I think a low spade was the only way to beat it.
April 7, 2017
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They would transfer, certainly. And with that example hand, 2 might even be a struggle.

But change that J to the A, and 4 looks pretty good.
Aug. 16, 2015
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Bidding a help suit 3. If I get a return try in , I'll bid game. If I get 3 or 3, I'll give up on game.
Aug. 14, 2015
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Jack - Yes, this was the other hand in the post you reference (http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/experiences-with-cheating/?cj=205579).

I had planned to do a couple of different polls to better understand the LAs and UI with regard to this issue, and your post reminded me of the hand.

(Aside: I was quite put off by your “wicked LOL” reference in your other comment. The women who hesitated is significantly less experienced than you are, and had an issue primarily because they did not have the agreement that accepting the transfer over the double showed 3 spades. There is always more than one side of a story, and one should be careful about putting comments in print that might be interpreted as insults.)
Aug. 14, 2015
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Well, partner can probably provide some spade tricks, no?
Aug. 12, 2015
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Congratulations Darin (and the others on the team I haven't met)!

And congratulations also to my friends from D17 for getting to the finals!
Aug. 11, 2015
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This seems like it would make a good letter to the editor of Bridge Bulletin.

I've really enjoyed many of your recent posts, Peg. Thanks!
Aug. 9, 2015
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I like that treatment Josh.

So a 4=3=5=1 15 count should double?

What about a 3=3=6=1?

I should probably post opener's hand in another poll
Aug. 7, 2015
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@Nikos: I would probably tend to play the 2 (and then 3) bidder for one or two of those cards.

@Ben: Do you play that double the only way opener can show extras?
Aug. 6, 2015
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Funny how your perspective changes after reading other comments and looking at the problem again… I apologize - I thought there was more information available than there is at this point in the play. (But I was looking at a hand record at the time…)
I edited the problem to not cash the club A, as I do agree that makes more sense.
June 21, 2015
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Thanks Steve.
I agree with you that 1N by North here might show a bit over 14.
Also agree (in retrospect) that the actual North hand is probably a point or two light for the double.
June 16, 2015
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SPOILER: North hand shown bolow…

Two additional questions that I would love to have comments on:
1) How should North bid with the following hand?

5
AKJT
QJT74
QT2

2) How would you bid the South hand in the OP if diamonds and clubs are reversed?
June 16, 2015
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Our D17 flight B GNT final was played as an 8 team full round robin, 7 matches of 7 boards each. Because the boards were pre-duplicated, we actually played each of the other teams in a 4 board round robin before the break, then a 3 board RR after. The final was scored as a VP swiss.

I can't say whether or not this format affected the final results, but it certainly allowed the teams that were behind in multiple matches to take more chances than those who felt like they were more in contention. I think Henry is probably right that it's generally a bad idea.


btw - Congrats to fellow BW contributor Greg Herman for helping his team win this event.
June 2, 2014
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