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David Morgan
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Sept. 26, 2011
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Oct. 13
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Bridge Player
about me

I was ensnared by bidding theory as a young player and still haven't escaped its clutches. Author of "The Balanced Hand Principle" and other articles in Australian, British and US magazines; book reviewer for The Bridge World; member of the IBPA (International Bridge Press Association) jury that selects the bridge book of the year.


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What's in a Name?
"Bridge, think twice" is an excellent suggestion.
How do you ask for aces?
While Bobby Goldman rightly gets credit for publicising Super Gerber, the original publication was in "Blackwood on Bidding" by Easley (1957). He called it Super Blackwood -- no surprises there! Of course, Easley's version was just for aces; the idea of keycard for a specific suit wasn't around then ...
Vugraph Malfunction?
The Rimstedt brothers had a great auction using a toy I hadn't seen before: 1-1 2-3 3NT where 1 was BAL or clubs and 3 showed a 5332 and offered a choice of contracts. 3NT did not need any misdefence to make game.
After a troublesome negative double
Poor wording on my part, Marty: I intended to convey that the spade suit quality was not good enough for a weak jump shift (3) -- which, to me, suggests a hand like AQJxxx xx xx xxx -- and that the hand's overall strength was insufficient to respond 2.
[ACBL] Open Chart Allows These Bids?
Apropos Richard's question: as someone who's not an ACBL member, it has always struck me as odd that the C and C Committee, of which Jeff Meckstroth was a member, tightened the rules on the use of 2 Multi after Meckstroth and Rodwell stopped playing it, and ...
Best bidding after 1!C strong opening
I've always thought the modern Precision approach of differentiating strength first (as DavidC, Marty and others advocate) typically leaves practitioners less well placed when the auction turns competitive than if they had shown shape first. The optimal solution seems to me to show suits then differentiate strength after the ...
Open letter to Robb Gordon
For those who are interested, the rounded frequencies are: weak notrump 60% any 18+ 30% 15-17 with 5+C 10% 4=4=1=4 1% Gets a chuckle from many numerate opponents :-)
Open letter to Robb Gordon
As someone who's been playing forcing pass and other unusual methods since the early 1980s I'm pleased to see people like Sam and Michael playing a system like this (even if I think that they have the 1 and 1 openings around the wrong way). However ...
I cheat
Paul is absolutely right that a constant state of vigilance is required. A few years ago I played in a major national event in which two of our leading national directors were playing. Both used UI from their respective partners -- and were suitably chastened when their infringements were pointed out ...
Avoid the Ruffs
Thanks for sharing more of your ideas for improving competitive bidding, Kit. My system notes treat X of a preempt then a new suit as a flexible hand but also promise extra strength. How do you show extra strength as doubler if you have such a hand? Or is this ...
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