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Craig Zastera
Craig Zastera
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June 28, 2012
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Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: 9 T542 8752 AT32
Leonard, I think you will find that treating responder's 4m raise of opener's 3m GF Jump Shift rebid as suggesting "slam interest" is pretty standard style for most experts. Take a poll if you don't believe me. If responder wants to play in the minor but has ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: ATxxx A9xx KQx x
Would still overcall with majors reversed. There might be some 4=5 hands where I would try a funny Michaels cue-bid, but would have to be very specific before I'd try that. The four s would have to be very strong *and* the hand would have to be a ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: 9 T542 8752 AT32
4 in my view is natural and shows slam interest. Hence, this hand is too weak by quite a bit for that call. I might have voted for "would not have bid 1NT". Partnership style is relevent here. I certainly would not be critical if my partner passed my ...
Ninad More's bidding problem: 542 A3 J532 Q732
David, I think that is what you claimed in earlier post. I don't see it, any more than I would "assume" a double was "penalty" rather than take-out. My belief is that the "default" assumption is that 2NT in a competitive auction is NOT natural unless we had an ...
Enes GüLşEn's bidding problem: A 542 AT8762 AQ5
I double because I think it shows a good hand with length and encourages partner to compete (likely with 4, but other calls are possible) over their (3). If I pass, I will have to make a WAG (wild ass guess) when (3) comes back around ...
Bob Heitzman's bidding problem: A8643 QT986 QJ 8
Since 2 here (assuming it is Michaels) is beyond obvious, I do not see why the BIT suggests I should choose some other action. If anything, the BIT would arguably suggest that any *other* choice would be even more dubious than it would otherwise be.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: 973 QJ9873 42 J3
If the hand were the same except s were: :QJT9xx, I would open 2 at favorable in 2nd chair but would not consider "Pass" even then to be clearly wrong. But that missing T is just one too many flaws for me.
Sathya Bettadapura's bidding problem: 864 QJ976 J2 K95
Sad, but I do not think this proves it was "right" to stick in a overcall.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: AQ2 8 K86 AKQ974
Purists (e.g. Eric Kokish) insist that opener's 3NT rebid deliver specifically a singleton in responder's major. But I think many modern players would allow the 3NT rebid with an otherwise suitable hand containing "xx" in responder's major. Personally, I like the "singleton" requirement, although obviously that ...
Ninad More's bidding problem: 542 A3 J532 Q732
Richard, I see very little meaningful difference between these two prototype auctions: (a) (2)-DBL-(P)-2NT/3/3/3 and (b) (1)-P-(2)-DBL-(P)-2NT/3/3/3 Thus, if you would assume "Lebensohl" meaning for 2NT in ...
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