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I wish I had your wisdom. At least, we learn from our mistakes.
Oct. 27, 2016
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@Yu, how are you going to discover whether your p has K via blackwood? An immediate blackwood call seems to inhibit a constructive grand slam bid.
Oct. 16, 2016
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I think I'd bid 2 instead of the X. After landing in a few 3-3 fits, I've learned to curtail my doubles without 4 of the other major….or a solid 3cM
Oct. 16, 2016
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My broken 8 card minor ALWAYS includes AKx…so it has not been a problem…but thanks for the info…..I will look that up too!
Oct. 5, 2016
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Thanks folks
Oct. 5, 2016
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@gene, I was tempted to say common knowledge…for whist players….but I think you summed it better!
Oct. 5, 2016
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That's not exactly true Rich….now is it? Or does it mean one had to be a member of the club only?
Oct. 5, 2016
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Nice article! It is comforting to think of bridge as a family affair….too bad every family has that black sheep :).
Sept. 28, 2016
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I dunno! I will say that my personal experience is that I play both Friday and Saturday at our sectionals and only rarely play on Sunday at those sectionals. Why? It is much easier to get a partner with whom I think I am competitive (regardless of the real facts) than it is to get a team, with which I think I am competitive. Perhaps my circumstances, as an outsider, are different. I do know that I would rather not play than play on a team that I believed had no chance at being competitive.

When I do go away to sectionals, I generally have a team. Unfortunately, I must then depend on the schedule to determine whether I play. If the team game is scheduled to finish later the 6:00 pm on Sunday…then again, I am not playing. YMMV.
Sept. 28, 2016
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:) ROFL
Sept. 26, 2016
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LOL
Sept. 25, 2016
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As I see it, that's one of the biggest problems with bridge…..the “old methods” are not memoralized to the new comers–and there are too many of them to discuss them all. Your thoughts echo my p's and I, with little bridge history, have to learn the hard way…drip by drip.
Sept. 25, 2016
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I did pass….7 was a lay down.
Sept. 25, 2016
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@Buddy….thanks for the astute observation. Yes, p is permitted (actually encouraged) to show his longest suit following a 2-2-X- bid. Thus if I bid 3…with 4, p is asked to bid his longest suit. We would not miss a fit if p held 4.

I am not worried about a 1 bid being passed out as much as I was concerned about an intervening bid screwing with the auction. It has been my experience that opponents are less likely to interfere over a 2 opener. Maybe I should worry less about interference and be concerned more about sufficiently communicating with my partner?
Sept. 4, 2016
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@Peg, my p has to have 10+ HCP and 2 of the top 3 honors for a 2 bid. But if he held the hand you said…and bid 2…my 3 bid would not be forcing…and with the hand you describe my p would pass my 3 bid (he is reasonable…I am the wild one!). But I see your point, and I appreciate it. Thanks for the comment!
Sept. 4, 2016
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I voted 2 because: (1) it is forcing; (2) it asked p if he holds 2; (3) it does not deny 3. I want to know more about p's hand before committing to something else. It would be so easy to bid 2…but why do so when I don't know p's hand? If p does not hold 2+, he will find another bid and I will support his .
Sept. 4, 2016
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Hmmmm….I held this hand in an open pairs regional event. I opened 2, under the assumption that I only had a 4 loser hand and thus, 2 was appropriate; now I must find that book to review what is an appropriate 2 opener. The companion hand was: AKQJ5, J96. Q6, Q93. The bidding at our table, with opponents being silent throughout, went: 2-2 (10+ HCP plus 2/3 top honors in )-3(suit) -3(solid suit)-3NT(minimum for 2 opener with long solid )-7NT. Of course 7NT makes. 1 other pair bid 7NT. The majority were in 6NT. I'm not complaining about a 90% game….just wondering if my thinking/assumptions are off on this one.

My p said that he understood my 2 to show 22+ with AKQJTxx(x) of . He assumed that opponents could hold no aces with my 2 opener. The opponents, which included one of my regular partner said: geez, you have to stop going off the rails. My p said, I would never figure you to be so weak. Geez, was I really that weak? Is a 2 opener really a stretch? If so, let me know…I want to adjust my thinking, if warranted.
Sept. 4, 2016
Sabrina Miles edited this comment Sept. 4, 2016
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It is tempting to bid 3 (unusual over unusual – lower limit) since it somewhat adequately descries the hand. But given opps bidding, my hand seems to suggest a game here. The query is whether to show the or support the . Since 3 is forcing, that would seem to be the better decision. However, knowing that we have a fit….and that the opponents are not likely to bid over 4 (whereas a 4 bid is rather easy bid over 3) I like the 4 bid. I doubt that opponents are going to sacrifice in 5 now – whereas I am rather certain they would had I bid 3..followed by 4…3…4…5.

Of course, if I know my opponents, it is much easier to bid the hand.
Aug. 27, 2016
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From my perspective, 5 did not deny 1 or 2 round control. However, I would not go so far as to state that it must include a control; it is merely descriptive of E's holdings. Of significance here, I think, is E's original overcall. Few would preempt a preempt. Thus, even if E held 100 honors in , he still must have additional honors outside of the suit for his overcall. From W perspective, those honors are unlikely to be or (albeit they could be) thus it seems more than prudent for W to bid the slam.
Aug. 18, 2016
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@Adam, some might make the same observation about golfers. Yet I doubt anyone would argue that golf is not a sport.
Aug. 18, 2016
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