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Very nice!
Oct. 15
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I did it once; we lost a match on the oppo bidding a bad but making slam. Never again.
Oct. 11
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Playing 3 as four card limit or minimum GF with limited controls lets you keep 2NT up to strength. I don't mind raising to game after partner's slow call and have the TD take it away from me.
The question of whether to bid game as opener is an easy one in general.


something like Qxxx/KJx/KQx/Qxx is not worth Jacoby but is worth a GF.

With 12 HCP and four trump making a strong invite and passing partner's sign off doesn't have to be wrong.
Oct. 10
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Actually he wasn't leaving it to the reader he just missed it (and of course the spade shift might come now?).
Oct. 10
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Nice to see this thread revived. Not only do I not remember reading it before or that I had posted to it, I don't remember the convention either.
And it is a nice if controversial idea.
Oct. 9
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I think (re Tom's comment) this was a mishearing by the bulletin's scribe not a mis-statement by Rona. Our thanks to Herman de Wael who took the notes; we did not have a prepared text to work from.
Oct. 7
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Bjorn Fallenius told me how when his team were practicing at a teammates home for a European Championships one of the players involved was an hour or so late. This player (I will accept guesses but pm me) eventually turned up late and said ‘I’m very sorry; family business'. Being Swedes and unfailingly polite they all accepted the excuse without asking any more.
It turned out this was indeed the birth of one of his children. So we have proof he wouldn't miss the birth; but practice (see Alan Iverson) was more important than family after that.
Oct. 1
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By the way I agree. I thought the line was best because you could decide what to do later on in the hand – but also because anyone can take a finesse but a trump squeeze is not an everyday occurrence.
(My impression that non-simultaneous double squeezes tend to work in similar ways on both players —that is just a feel thing. Such different pressure on RHO before LHO is rather fun.)
Sept. 18
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cashing the A and then A before playing a trump rates to remove the exit card from a player with a singleton club. Opening leader can still easily have a singleton club and not lead it.
Sept. 17
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Not surprisingly, Michael Rosenberg has it exactly right. Note that RHO will (because he is human) pitch a small spade from his five-card suit on the fourth trump, and if he had 4-1-5-3 he would doubtless discard a diamond on the fourth club. Either way you have an inferential count and it is that which should drive your discards from hand.
We all know how in positional double squeezes you have a menace against RHO and discard it after it has done its part to bring him down to a vulnerable holding in another suit.
In this example the fourth spade serves the same purpose but to my mind far less obviously. Pitching it in mid hand and changing tack to catch LHO in a completely different sort of squeeze is really elegant to my mind, because so unexpected.
Sept. 16
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There is a scene in Big Bang Theory where Leonard is if I recall saying Meemaw has taken up bridge.

Found it. https://the-big-bang-theory.com/quotes/season/4/3/newest/

Sheldon: You know, when my grandfather died, and Meemaw was alone, my mom arranged for her to visit a center three times a week where she could socialize with other lonely people. It's very nice. They discuss current events, play bridge, get a hot meal.
Leonard: That sounds lovely.
Sheldon: It is if you like bridge. Do you like bridge, Leonard?
Leonard: Sheldon, I'm just not dating someone right now. I don't need to go to a senior center.
Sheldon: Meemaw resisted at first, but now she loves it.
Leonard: Fine. If I don't meet someone soon, you can put me in a home.
Sheldon: It's not a home. It's a senior center. We'd never put Meemaw in a home!
Sept. 16
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Haven't we all at some point when asked for an explanation of whether the ‘eg 3’ was encouraging or discouraging answered in a spirit of levity ‘It depends on whether the 3 is a big or small card’.
After all declarer isn't entitled to know we have the two. I know I've answered an ask about ‘it shows the majors’ with ‘both of them’. I've never yet been asked which suits the majors are…would I have to answer that?
Sept. 16
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I'm delighted with this range of comments, since it indicates that the theme of this deal is very well hidden. I'll post more later.
Sept. 16
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No the J is consistent with KJ but their discards will be honest.
Sept. 16
Barry Rigal edited this comment Sept. 16
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Or she might just need more help and you are too arrogant or supercilious to help her.
Sept. 16
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Agree with the comments upthread. I often do the same thing and realize indirectly I'm confusing my opponents unnecessarily.
Sept. 16
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Strongly disagree with Kieran re his point two.
With D+S and a hand planning to move over a weak action from partner I like 1-1-1-1NT-2NT or 1-1-1-2-3 or even 1-1-1-2-2NT

I know that isn't winning tactics in the clubs when they seem to misdefend every hand…but I still would rather bid my 5-4 16-17 counts than open 1NT. Sue me.
Sept. 14
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I'm in the ‘serious 5’ category.
Had no suit been agreed by your side (partner doubled not raised clubs) then NT would just be diamonds as a side suit. I have had one deal in my life where agreed clubs and needed to play 6 – but that was a uestion of protecting a king so it was played partner's way up.
Sept. 13
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The hocus pocus hands suffer a little on careful examination.
Maybe my memory is at fault but I remember thinking that the following review was in point:

https://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/06/17/good-original/
Sept. 12
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At Honors (I'd guess 2009 or so) I held a 10-1-1-1 and the spades were missing AKQ. I overcalled 1NT at favorable over 1 and my partner wouldn't let me play spades below the six level.
5 was making; strangely I've never played with that client since then…
Sept. 10
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