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Thx.
Dec. 1
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Curious of full deal. Can you share the layout?
Dec. 1
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Matchpoints, vulnerable, short spades, stiff K, no aces. Good D but anemic H. No, I would not open this hand even in my aggressive strong 1C system.
Nov. 11
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The aim here isn't finding a slam, it's finding a way to avoid the 5-level. Goal is to declare in 4. Let's gather information to guide us if that's not possible.
Nov. 5
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How is this even a problem? Isn't it standard everywhere that remaining suit at 4-level sets the last bid, neither promising nor denying a control? 4C here sets H and take it from there.
Nov. 1
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I would have bid 3 previous round.
Oct. 12
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I'd rather give up the game than pass here…
Oct. 8
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The argument for doubling isn't that I want to defend 1NT and hope to beat it a bunch. It's that we hope partner has some shape (5+ suit) and bids at the 2-level. I'm willing to bet that someone bids (in imps).
Oct. 8
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I think it's best to play 3 as nonforcing, we must be able to get our suits in there when everybody is bidding.
Oct. 8
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I think 2 should show 6 over 2 but that looks like a minority view.
Oct. 8
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This is from Wuhan, partner with KJ8764/AK5/A82/9 had a problem over 3 and some missed 6. 10 Tables in 6, 5 in 3NT, 9 in 4, 1 accident 7 X-1.
Oct. 8
Ulf Nilsson edited this comment Oct. 8
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2 for the lead?
Oct. 3
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Nigel Dutton published a book around 2000. Don't know if still available somewhere.
Sept. 23
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Eric, I don't understand your reference to “diplomatic immunity”. I don't need to make any arguments because this isn't a debate and I don't care. You can have the “win” :-)
Sept. 14
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I am curious why everyone (ok, might be an exaggeration) attribute so much value to passed/unpassed status. It's true that certain shapely hands are no longer possible when partner didn't open a weak 2 or a preemptive 3 (etc) here but when it comes to strength it would be very unlikely to find partner with a opening hand when RHO has (11)12+ and I have 14.

I often see comments to that effect, “when partner is passed…” when deciding to enter the auction or not (or how) and I often find myself disagreeing with how big a factor that really is. In certain situations it's definitely plays a big part but not as often as most think, IMO.
Sept. 13
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Eric, I don't expect to convince anybody. And you are correct, why would my view be worth anything? I may however cause some players to reflect and notice from now on which worked best on every similar deal they encounter. Many long held beliefs never get challenged because they just pass by and whatever bad result are attributed to ‘random’ effects.

When the exact same action was chosen at the other table(s) it's not even visible that another choice might have been better (or worse for that matter).

There are reasons why 2 may work out better here but I sense that spending time on listing and explaining those isn't gonna get me anywhere :-).
Sept. 13
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My belief has long been that bidding your long suit with 5431-pattern (as opposed to X) gets you the best at the table results. I've not had any reason to change that belief over 25+ years. As can be seen here that's a minority view with several theorethical reasons for choosing X instead.

Nice to see that at least one World Champion share my view.

https://www.bridgebase.com/tools/handviewer.html?bbo=y&linurl=https://www.bridgebase.com/tools/vugraph_linfetch.php?id=64777

Board 15.
Sept. 13
Ulf Nilsson edited this comment Sept. 13
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Edited now in problem.
Sept. 13
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I managed to get the vul wrong I see now. It's opposite, white vs red. Comment if that changes anything.
Sept. 13
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I would not expect such a good hand for 1, as stated above.
Sept. 12
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