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Robert Solick
Robert Solick
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Member Since
July 25, 2010
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July 3
Member Type
Bridge Player

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Favorite Conventions
ASAP [as simple as possible]
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
Bob Solick/ Trudy Owen
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2 over 1
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2 over 1
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Joe P.
2 over 1 GF
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2/1 GF, opening bids based on loser count
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What should east-west have done?
Agree with Ulf. Diamond suit has good texture, hand has good controls and seven losers. Trying to catch up after passing a good hand misfires as often as it succeeds at best. Passing might work on occasion but it can't be "wrong" to have bid.
“No True Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
Cornelia probably has a point - few pairs play Drury in the original style, where the bid asked about full values - two diamond response denied - rather than promising any degree of trump support.
“No True Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
A more flexible alternative is to use 2NT as a relay to three clubs to initiate a variety of other descriptions, instead of simply inquiring about diamond support. The idea goes back to Walsh: a three bid over the forced three clubs shows 4441 hands; four of a minor is ...
“No True Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
Pairs playing 2nd and 4th leads must use MUD. Using MUD does not prevent such pairs from being experts.
“No True Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
Depending upon your style for opening two clubs, the AK-in-one-suit 3 diamonds is either two covers, one cover, or none - warning partner who has a void that your 'positive response' is pure duplication of values. Only opposite a strong balanced hand would you cover two losers, and that rarely, when ...
DONT vs. Meckwell
I agree. The late Norm Featherston used a double to show any two touching suits. Since that could be passed for penalty, it required 10+ points. Two clubs showed clubs plus hearts; two diamonds showed diamonds plus spades. This could be played very aggressively. The advantage of knowing whether suits ...
Doug Fjare's bidding problem: AQT4 Q KT643 AT5
Either meaning is possible - partner may be 3=4=3=3 no preference; might also be something like 2=5=3=3 with 5-6 points. At least, it is only matchpoints, if you choose to defend. Playing for IMPs, I would pull the double and discuss bidding theory afterwards.
The Worst Convention Ever
As I use constructive raises, an immediate raise says there is at least one game try that I would accept. If there isn't, I show softer values indirectly. The immediate raise on weak cards is okay if you have some other way to bid with a mixed raise. If ...
The Worst Convention Ever
Once played with someone whose defense against forcing club was an obligatory one spade overcall of one club whenever you held three or five spades. It was fun to explain. That might have been its only positive aspect.
The Worst Convention Ever
If you play four card majors, two-way Drury is an excellent convention. It certainly could never be reasonably described as "the worst". Passed-hand bidding is an art form. Two-way is just a paintbrush.

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