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I would upgrade since the 5th card is worth a trick quite often but the weaker you are the less you can count on it.

a 19 count kq7xx facing a stiff J can usually enjoy the lenght.
June 2
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“undiscussed” was probably just a bit lazy or narrow explanation or their partnership agreement.

Me and many partner probaly didnt discuss this particular auction but we probably did discuss

1- cuebid delayed or not is stayman (in all case or with some exceptions)
2- using 2nt as a way to show or deny stopper.
3- fast or slow denies
4- we play leb over a weak 2 as over 1nt or not

I think the opps are entitled to this even if a particular auction isnt clear.

Im not saying I disagree with the ruling just that as south I would probably ask further explanation knowing that undiscussed is is often just a lazy explanation. As west I would never simply write undiscussed here, if I have a reason to tried 2NT followed by 3H instead of 3H direct than me and my partner have some background knowledge that opps deserve. Maybe west tough that this was obvious and it was south job to ask for further explanation maybe they were late idk.

Maybe they play that style after 1NT opening but its not clear if they play this way over a weak 2.

Maybe they play xfer leb but play reg leb in some case and obviously they didnt discussed that much.

Anyone who think this is awm probably didnt read appeals book/resume lately.
May 17
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Like in many poker tournaments its quite likely that there is going to be side games that are tougher and more interesting than the main events.
May 8
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Googling ignoramus + ignorami led me to “Take a Wok on the Wild Side”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=979g01GPmOw (I assure you no need to listen)
April 14
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I think hands 2&3 are the ones where the 3 bid may bring you significant imps in the long run.

With hand 1 and 4 my partnership bid 2NT wich we play as scrambling by a hand that have showned weakness.
April 14
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If we are purely preemptive (0-5 hcp) its often quite easy and safe for advancer to X 3 anyway.

Not only the 5-8 hcp is more frequent but its often enough values that its getting dangerous for advancer to act over 3 compared to X 3 as responsive.
March 30
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I believe that raising to 3m should be a mixed raise and 3m-1 or 2Nt the premptive. Even if they are more likely to desire to compete when we are weak than mix I find that bidding 3m direct frequently cannot be wrong.
March 30
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at these color and VS decent opps 3S doesnt go -2 too often.
March 26
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If east is able to avoid stayman with 1444 than passing 3 is probably LA.

I personnaly think 3C is best played as forward going since I think reaching the best game give more imps benefits than improving a partscore. I would need to see east hand but its unlikely I would bid 3Nt with singleton and 4.
March 18
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I think asking why its important that north show his 2 suiters first (instead of showing strenght) is a more important question than asking who should bid 4.
Here north is willing to get to 4S everytime he know that south got 3 card support, michaels is perfect for this task.
March 7
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or at least X 3 to show that hes got
March 7
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4531 look like the most likely shape.
Considering that with that slam is going to be close to 50% but partner could have a better shape I dont consider pass to be LA.

However the level of the players matter a lot so director should ask the player why did they bid 5 & possibly 6 he might learn something useful.

With weaker players its quite hard to guess what the BIT means.
March 4
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Agree with Steve, I would play high-high to show A/K but would do highlow with Q and no club card.
Feb. 4
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I like to play that 2D followed by 2S show 15-17 could be 6?3? if the are not good enough for a 3S rebid. But I doubt that what opener play.
Jan. 30
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many open 1Nt with those hand but for me 2D could be 6?3?, but after 4H opener look to have a singleton . With 6133 he would rebid 2 rather than 2 so its almost a sure thing that opener got 10 cards in the pointed suits.
Jan. 30
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I think south should make a false preference with 2 sure cover but I guess passing 2D isnt a bad mistake, when he doesnt make the false pref hes going to have crappy hand or 5 and not good enough to raise to 3D, so either way north should think 4H is very likely to make. Add an ace to

xx
xxx
Jxxxx
xxx

and you want to be in 4.
Jan. 30
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Pass double inversion allow you to have 2 ways to bid 3nt

pass= penalty or half a stop or not usual bid.
Opener is expected to X unless hes got a hand that would pull a pen double.

X= dsip, allow opener to convert, bid 3Nt with a stop or pull.

bid directly real suit (normal natural bid, no interest in 3Sx)

pass and bid a suit = cuebid or unusual bid.

For ex im my reg partnership we play minorwood so without intervention 4 would be rkc, so 4 directly = rkc delayed 4 not rkc.
Jan. 28
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Jan. 28
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“The computational horizon tends to be much closer with hidden information”

Go is extremely complex so the computationnal horizon come very quickly.

IMO hidden information is mostly in favor of the computer not the otherway around, for example backgammon is the toughest to compute depth brute force because of dice on everyturn yet im quasi-sure the skill difference (per move played, not per game) between AI vs human is higher in backagammon than in GO or chess. I think its going to be worse for bridge.

Alpha zero the lastest version of alpha go (that can also do chess) is said to calculate very few moves ply-depth compared to Stockfish a very popular open source chess AI but the estimation is a lot better and different in nature.

The comments from the GO community for the match between Lee Sedol and Alpha-go was that in tactical situation the human pro did very well, its just that the computer played great positionnal moves that are counter intuitive for humans and a sharper different style of endgame thsi imo is a sign of a great edge when it come to evaluation rather than the brute force compute.

“Except you never need to used a mixed strategy in a game with no hidden information, but it is (almost certainly) a requirement in a game with hidden information.” Another edge for the computer.
Jan. 25
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“This differs from their previous wins at the game Go, as it is a game with lots of hidden information.”

Its counter intuitive but there is no difference between a game that is far beyond the computationnal horizon and a hidden information game.

A clockwork universe where you can get all the data will still need to be weakly solved with stastical heuristic because you are so far beyond the computationnal horizon. Hidden information and noncomputationnal information are just equivalent.
Jan. 25
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Jan. 25
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4- I prefer 5H direct to be slammish and a delayed 5H to be “competitive” mostly because its how we play it when its scrambling.

5- slightly prefer pass but its very close.

Agree with the rest.
Jan. 9
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Jan. 9
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