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Michael Murphy
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Member Since
July 6, 2012
Last Seen
Dec. 12, 2019
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Bridge Player
about me

Looking to learn more and have fun. My questions usually are not rhetorical.

Rob Brady taught me most of the smart things I know about bridge and much more that I have forgotten.

Estate planning lawyer in Fairfax, VA.

United States of America

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Favorite Conventions
2/1, xyz, walsh, kickback; 3d even/Low odd in suits
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Non Life Master
Michael Murphy 2/1
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Michael Murphy + Joe Veal
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Vanilla 2/1 agreements
2/1 with Jacoby/Texas transfers; forcing NT; weak jumps
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minor slam ace asking!
For pick-up partnerships normal RKC is fine and avoids confusion; after a session or two adding Kickback seems best. I think Kickback (=Redwood), is best because it has an advantage over Minorwood in that more often we will want to bid 4m naturally, often suggesting that partner bid Kickback. It ...
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Feature request: show final (and, if practical, current) scores of the matches when looking at my bracket. All other major Fantasy Vanderbilt bracket providers do this.
Michael Murphy's bidding problem: AT9 A76 A8 A8754
I'm certainly open to playing a different structure over 1m 2m in the future and welcome the suggestions. However, I don't think having the initial rebid show stoppers is actually bad once you are used to it. Using our present system, Sam & I both agreed that my hand ...
Michael Murphy's bidding problem: AT9 A76 A8 A8754
I held the other hand, it was balanced junk, and 3NT was the right spot (4NT is very hard to defeat single dummy, as is 5, but 3NT is cold). I think pass over 3NT is right, but we should not be there in the first place. Instead of ...
Michael Murphy's bidding problem: AT9 A76 A8 A8754
Thanks for all the replies. Our current methods are singularly oriented towards ensuring opponents don't have a running suit against our 3NT (as 1m 2m denies 4cM). If we are missing a control and bypass 3NT, the minor game is indicated, and slam becomes possible on lower HCP hands ...
Michael Murphy's bidding problem: AT9 A76 A8 A8754
What shall we bid instead? 3NT directly?
Play 3N
My worry about cashing AK is that the entire universe of hands where it benefits are where N has precisely the honors {AQ + Q + Q} or {Q + Q + Q}. If N would have bid with the first set of honors, N must hold ...
Play 3N
My vote for the finesse was influenced by a cursory analysis of the bidding and opening lead. We don't have clear information, but we may have some inferences: With JTxxx (or even AJTxxx) and no outside entry, S may have found a different lead. S rates to have ...
Yuan Shen's lead problem: K5 AT942 JT QJ97
If partnership style permits JTxxxx or worse, I do not lead K. Otherwise, it seems the best bet to beat this. If partner has QJTxxx and no entries, or otherwise discourages , I may be able to switch after trick one with little harm done.

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