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Craig Zastera
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June 28, 2012
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Lackwood and the minors
You will find an extensive discussion of "LackWood" in Fred Gitelman's series of articles "Improving 2/1". This 3-part series can be found in various places on the Internet. For example: http://www.bridgeguys.com/pdf/GitelmanImprove21.pdf The stuff on "Last Train" and "LackWood" is in part 2 ...
Craig Zastera's bidding problem: K9876 T AK53 A43
I get tired of the criticisms of accurate bidding on the basis of "information leakage." I am sure there are situations where an opaque bid may gain through a poor opening lead (or even an error in later defense). But in general good bidding is about describing your hand in ...
John Moschella's bidding problem: Q7 T QTxxx KTxxx
I definitely would have bid at least 6 the first time.
Bid these hands to the right strain in 2/1
I too think the North hand is a marginal opener. It does pass the "rule of 22" (barely) but includes weakish holdings in both majors (and no defensive tricks outside the long suit). Thus, I think there is a lot to be said for passing the North hand.
What does this 3!D bid mean?
Michael, I think the points you make are valid which is probably why playing NF new suit advances (or at least some of them NF) is probably the more common approach now-adays. But there are advantages in playing them forcing when (a) advancer is not a PH and (b) opening ...
Craig Zastera's bidding problem: K9876 T AK53 A43
Steve, But if you believe this is "so very close" (presumably between PASS and 3NT?), then doesn't that make the "3rd option" the most appealing? The 3rd option would be 3. This neither commits us to game nor to 2NT while simultaneously bidding out our pattern so that ...
Shawn Drenning's bidding problem: 98 A986 KQ7 KQT4
Let's assume we have 4 available as "reverse Baze" to agree s and indicate (some) slam interest but with no shortness. If partner rebids 4 (artificial "Last Train"), we bid 4 and likely stop there (if partner goes on on his own, see below). If partner ...
What does this 3!D bid mean?
I think what I wrote is directly relevent to OP auction. If West's immediate 2 advance were forcing, then his immediate 3 jump advance would be a fit-jump. So if he had 6 s and no fit, he would presumably bid 2 whether it were ...
What does this 3!D bid mean?
Mike, I think you've got this exactly backwards. Playing the 2 advance as forcing is actually a boon here because in that case a jump-shift advance to 3 is 100% unambiguosly a "fit jump." It is those who play that 2 advance as NF who (probably ...
Bid these hands to the right strain in 2/1
6 is poor. After they take their A at trick 1 (I think a lead will be obvious on any reasonable auction), to make 6 you need to bring in the suit without loss. The percentage play in the suit is a 1st round finesse ...
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