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Bob Balderson
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June 28, 2012
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Which is standard and which is better?
One obvious advantage of 1H-2N-3S forcing and 1H-2N-3D as non-forcing spades is that you can still play 3H when opener has 6H+ and doesn't fit spades. Therefore, we play three of the other major as natural and forcing and adjust the cue bids accordingly.
How Would You Interpret This Double?
Been playing this double as TO for years for all auctions such as 1X-1Y-1N-Dbl for two reasons: 1) You can rarely base a penalty double of 1N on the strength of an average overcall (at least my partners' overcalls). 2) If you have a good hand with defense you don ...
Do you win or duck?
I don't think it's close percentage wise. Winning works when spade A is on left plus 4-4 hearts and a few other chances (such as LHO leading from QT9). Ducking only gains to 5 hearts on left and spade ace on right.
Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
Playing Std, semi-2/1, our auction was 1D-1H-4H-4S-4N... clubs not mentioned. I think without playing Precision, this one is almost impossible.
NT lead
This an extreme case - you basically have to go high (2nd from bad) or low (4th best). You have length and a poor honor (the ten). So, you need partner to win and continue or switch based on their holdings, the dummy's holding, and your partner's length in ...
Trouble with doubles - assess the blame
I'm not sure you can ever make if you play a low heart, South splits, and the play resumes as analyzed. In any case, it's not an "easy make", East must guess the hands perfectly against best defense.
Trouble with doubles - assess the blame
This hand brings attention to numerous points. First of all, the notion that because Deep Finesse says 2C can be beaten, it will be. Per one analyst: "Diamond won in dummy ♥J covered and ducked ♦Q won in dummy Two hearts with a finesse, pitching dummy's diamond Declarer can ...
Trouble with doubles - assess the blame
After a diamond lead won and the J of hearts covered and ducked and another diamond, declarer must finesse hearts and either cash the ace of clubs or only take one heart pitch. If he cashes the club ace, North rises on the first spade and plays three rounds of ...
Trouble with doubles - assess the blame
Looks like South overbid and N/S underdefended (hard to tell without diamond and club spots).
Major Suit Responses To Unbalanced 1!D
I played this for a few years and found that you need to play 1D-1H-1S as four hearts. That way, when opener has diamonds and hearts with a minimum and responder has spades and hearts with a minimum, you can find hearts. Also, we played 2H/2S responses as weak ...
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