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Craig Zastera
Craig Zastera
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Member Since
June 28, 2012
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about me

Retired software engineer (Microsoft), living in Woodinville, WA.

Have played bridge since high school (starting 1965).

One national championship (Silver Ribbon Pairs) and a couple of 2nds in under 5000 national events.

United States of America

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Marten La Haye's bidding problem: QT954 K974 3 A85
s is hardly "their suit" since the (1) opening promised only 2 s. Many (including me) play that a direct 2 overcall of their (1) opening is natural and NF. It is also common after (1x)-P-(1Y)-2x/2y, to play both 2x and 2y as ...
John Cox's bidding problem: 85 T42 8642 AK95
I don't get the initial double at all. I'll admit that call would not even occur to me. The choice at first turn is between 3 (natural, NF) and Pass. I consider this hand to be slightly on the weak side for even 3, but might ...
Ronald Vickery's bidding problem: K954 A4 J764 AJ2
Given that I'm not going to defend (1X), the choices are a quick but blunt jump to 3NT, or starting with a double to explore alternative strains. If I double first, I likely will have to cue-bid next round as that is the only way to GF after ...
Richard Granville's bidding problem: J64 4 AJ42 Q7432
I chose pass, so the meanings of 2NT vs. 3 are not critical this time. But FWIW, I play "good/bad 2NT" on this auction, so 3 would show values while 2NT would be a "bad" hand (necessarily with s on this exact auction since other suits could ...
Jeff Ford's bidding problem: QT J 962 AKQJ764
But does it show this good a *hand*? Although many methods and agreements are possible, one reasonable set might include: redouble followed by jump to 3 shows an invitational hand with a good long suit, e.g.: xx-xx-xxx-AKQJxx Certainly, it would be good to have some way to ...
Jeff Ford's bidding problem: QT J 962 AKQJ764
No inconsistencies because I believe he is talking about 2 after first re-doubling. Forcing. But 2 directly over 1-(DBL) is not forcing.
Jack Campbell's bidding problem: T8743 J97 Q5 AKQ
This hand is a very marginal opener in 1st/2nd seat. Depends on partnership style. It does count to 22, but has a "weak quack" in each red suit. Therefore, I would not open in 1st/2nd, but I suspect many/most would. In 3rd or 4th chair, though, I ...
Bill Segraves's bidding problem: KJT8754 A6 5 QJ6
But if we can't, I may not be there at all.
Marten La Haye's bidding problem: QT954 K974 3 A85
Even after agreeing that partner's 2 is natural (and NF), this advancing hand is not easy to bid. Suppose, even, that partner had opened 1 and we had the auction 1-1-2-? without competition. It would not be clear how responder should continue. On *that ...
Bill Segraves's bidding problem: KJT8754 A6 5 QJ6
The main consideration in deciding whether to pre-empt vs. overcall 1 is whether our side can have a game. Here, the answer is obviously "yes"--we could easily have a game. Axx-xxx-xxxx-Kxx for example would be enough for 4 to be excellent and that is far from an ...
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