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This reminds me of a John Lowenthal story.
Oct. 18, 2019
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1N has better preemptive value than 1.
Oct. 17, 2019
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Odd that you don't actually mention what your hand was.
Oct. 14, 2019
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Have you ever overcalled 1N with 5 in opener's suit?
Oct. 14, 2019
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Double is takeout but pd can pass with 4 diamonds. I cannot have 5 hearts as I would have transferred, so pf must pull 2 with a doubleton. It's possible to play 2 from here.
Oct. 12, 2019
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One of my fondest bridge memories was a regional swiss I played in with John Solodar, Harold, and Paul Kinney. All are now gone :((. We had the event won after 7 matches.

When I first met him, I found him difficult. He seemed to have an uncanny knack for getting under your skin. Ultimately I came to love being around him. He was a great player, kind of a throwback–his bidding style was very reminiscent of Roth.

Funny that Karen saw him as a ladies' man. In my experience he was just the opposite.
Oct. 8, 2019
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Remind me David, who sponsored that team? Oh, that's right, no one! (Unless now you're going to tell me Harry was paying you guys?) Can you imagine encountering such a team at a local tournament nowadays? This is how bridge has changed.
Oct. 7, 2019
Bob Heitzman edited this comment Oct. 7, 2019
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Deals like this usually belong in 1N if there is no game especially at mps. Neither opponent was sufficiently motivated to bid hearts despite the colors, so I'm less concerned about a heart lead.
Oct. 6, 2019
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Harold and David were the top pair in the NY area in the 70s and 80s. After he moved to Vegas, he was no longer as active in bridge–I guess he switched to poker. But I did see him at most of the nationals I went to. He was always very friendly and seemed to be in good health. Very sorry to hear the news.
Oct. 6, 2019
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Imo, 3 was an unlucky expert bid. My partner Al Stauber used to refer to holdings like xxx as Heitzmanian stoppers.
Sept. 25, 2019
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The colors make this a special situation. I'd bid with all of these hands. Reverse the colors and I'd pass a couple of them, especially at matchpoints. The main downside of bidding is that you catch partner with some values in a competitive auction and he commits an indiscretion at the 3-level. The upsides of bidding are too numerous to count.
Sept. 25, 2019
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Imo, 2N is natural and GF in this situation. Therefore, 3 is a slam try.
Sept. 23, 2019
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Oh. I assumed I was playing with bots, in which case 6 seems clear. With a human partner, it's a different problem.
Sept. 18, 2019
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As for heart-club freaks, I would choose between 2 initially, planning to rebid hearts, or treating it as a heart 1-suiter. I would not be trying to introduce a new strain at the 5-level.

If I double and 4 or 5 (or both) is cold, will the poison be detectable?
Sept. 9, 2019
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I'm not crazy about 4 either, but starting with double rates to put you in a weaker position over their 4 because partner won't know about your hearts.

I think it's a pure guess whether to double or bid now. (Preempting then doubling is often lightener, but in this case I will be on lead.) The spade void persuades me to bid. Having decided to bid, 5 seems like a standout. This should clue partner in as to who owns the deal if they bid 5.
Sept. 9, 2019
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I doubt if anyone plays that 2 is GF, but I still think there is a strong case for playing this situation as forcing. It seems pretty clear who is preempting and who is trying to have a constructive auction. Therefore partner's failure to double indicates interest in bidding on.
Sept. 9, 2019
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Yes.
Sept. 8, 2019
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Imo, this isn't a lead-directing double. It is a 2 overcall. If you play it as merely lead-directing, it will backfire way too often. It says you think maybe we should be competing to 3 if partner has some values and a fit. In the meantime, the opponents are hinting that clubs are not a problem in 3N.
Sept. 8, 2019
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My round-suit holdings suggest 3N at matchpoints. There is the added complication that imo this sequence doesn't promise 4 diamonds altho I suspect that is controversial. Second choice would be 3 but it is ambiguous.
Sept. 8, 2019
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The first two are easy for me. One is takeout, two is a spade overcall. However, in a very sophisticated partnership I would play what Martin suggests above for two.

As for three, I normally abhor defending 2M-doubled because the risk-rewards are so onerous, and would tend to play it as takeout. However, I can't really construct a hand that would really need a takeout double, so that argues for an exception. I guess I can construct hands that would mildly prefer double to be takeout. Maybe the answer is that playing with juniors it is penalty, but among adults it is takeout(ish)?
Sept. 8, 2019
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