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Jim Wiitala
Jim Wiitala
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 9, 2011
Last Seen
March 13, 2019
Member Type
Bridge Player
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Vociferously berating my partner after 2 terrible rounds, not speaking thereafter, then winning the event.
Regular Bridge Partners
, Chris Class, Vern Nunally, Frank Brown
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Sequim, WA
Favorite Tournaments
Seaside, Oregon Regional
Favorite Conventions
Support dbl
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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Missed Grand
Using Vanderbilt inquiries, 2NT - 3D 3H (do not super accept) - 4C (Aces?) 4NT (3) - 5C (kings?) 5S (2) - 5NT (which ones ?) 6D (same rank) - 7H ! {6C=same color, 6H=opp color or rank} Do not use Vanderbilt with only 5H. Use Newell's bids.
YBTJ: Who's more to blame for missing slam here?
RR: Your long strong S suit and Qxx clubs will allow at least a game in nt, clubs or spades even if pard is void in spades.
YBTJ: Who's more to blame for missing slam here?
A Soloway 2s (strong hand with 6+) perfectly describes north's hand. South bids 3, north bids 3 (4SF), south bids 3 and so on to 6. I have just started using Soloway and it makes these hands so much easier to bid.
YBTJ: Who's more to blame for missing slam here?
If 2 by north is strong (6+) then south can reverse to 3. Now north can bid 3 suggesting slam. South clarifies the situation by bidding 3 (no heart stopper and 2). North can now BW and go to 6.
Best Use of 2 Diamond Opening
2 showing 18-19 hcp and notrump distribution. Responses transfer most contracts to the strong hand. 3 is puppet stayman. 3 and 3 are transfers and 3 demands 3nt. Of course, 2 may be passed as are 2 or 2 responses. 2nt is ...
Dummy's LHO mishears "8" or "ace"
No one mentioned whether either play was clearly logical from declarers holding. For example, declarer would usually not play the Ace from dummy if he held the stiff K. I witnessed a high level match where the declarer actually called for the "wrong" card and was allowed to change it ...
Why aren't you playing in the USBC?
My previous comments about pros ruining the gamed will be edited.
Subsequent Action
An old fashioned 1N by East works well as the hand should make either 1-3N or 2H.
Henry Bethe's bidding problem: AKQ --- AK65 AKT732
I abstained because I would bid 1d/1c. You can handle any subsequent bids. Most opponents reopen with a dbl if it goes 1c-1d-p-p like you expect. Now you can bid 2c to describe your hand. If partner is so rude as to bid 2h, you can bid 3c.
Jeff Ford's bidding problem: T864 QT96 AQ Q73
Unless you can right side the contract your hand is probably only worth 8 pts. So why not 2NT? If partner bids 3C with 4 3 1 5, rebid 3D and raise partners M response to 4. If he bids 3M over 2NT (5-4 Majors) raise to 4. With a ...

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