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Kit Woolsey
Kit Woolsey
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July 29, 2010
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about me

Kit Woolsey is a world-class bridge and backgammon player, analyst, and writer. His most recent major victory was winning the Cavendish Invitational Pairs in 2011. He was elected to the ACBL Hall of Fame in 2005 and lives in Kensington, CA.

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ACBL Ranking
Kit - Sally
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High level methods
Yes, giving up the natural 4NT is a tradeoff. But how often do you want that? It is right only when there are exactly 10 tricks in notrump and exactly 10 tricks in diamonds. That is rare, and even rarer that you can confidently predict this to be the case ...
High level methods
4 is needed as natural. We are allowed to belong in hearts. 4 is RKC for diamonds. This is the cheapest available artificial bid above 4 of partner's suit, which makes it the RKC call in my agreements. 4NT is a slam try in diamonds. It is ...
Defensive problem (mid-game)
All the evidence points to declarer's shape being 4-3-3-3. If declarer has AK65 Qxx AJx Kxx, it is necessary to return a spade to establish partner's spades. If I do anything else, declarer can set up his ninth trick in hearts. The problem with the above construction is ...
Garbage Stayman
Versus a 10-12 NT, it is extremely rare that opener is going to have a business redouble opposite a non-forcing Stayman call along with responder being able to sit. I think a reopening double of 2, which commits you to the 3-level, is a lot more dangerous. 6 tricks ...
Garbage Stayman
I don't understand that. If adopting that approach, isn't it better for 2S to be invitational with 4 spades, so opener can pass and play in 2S with an appropriate minimum?
Garbage Stayman
What is the logic which says that West would have been expected to lead a diamond from a 6-card suit?
Garbage Stayman
If opener had bid 2, then 2 by responder would show 4 spades (and likely a 5-card minor), so opener would know to get out of spades if opener has a doubleton. The logic is that with 5 spades and fewer than 4 hearts, responder would simply have ...
Garbage Stayman
Mark, I agree that I wasn't clear. I was referring to pairs who do play normal Stayman and transfers. Many such pairs play 2 followed by 2 as a light invite. This means that when they have the garbage Stayman hand, they may wind up in a ...
Garbage Stayman
It doesn't look attractive to me. I don't want to give the opponents complete control of the hand, and that's what winning the ace of clubs does.
Garbage Stayman
No, opener cannot pass the 2 call. 2 is normal Stayman, but is assumed to deny GF values. 2 is Game-forcing Stayman 2 is to play, as is 2. We don't have a way to invite with a 5-card major, unless willing to commit ...

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