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All comments by Brett Kunin
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Partner is making a take-out bid of 4s (most of us reserve 4n for a 2-suited t/o). Accordingly, you are looking at only one defensive trick, and I agree with Leo that you can't afford to miss a game at unfavorable vulnerability, particularly when the opps could very well be taking an “advanced save”.
July 31, 2014
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In the second day of a national event, I would expect that a reasonable percentage of players, with 5 minutes left on the clock, would agree to play the second board, based on the fact that a traffic issue caused lateness. In any event, I think that the “offended” pair deserves a “thumbs up” for their action, and suggest that (perhaps) such good sportsmanship should be recognized by your reporting it for publication in the NABC Daily Bulletin.
July 30, 2014
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I agree that this is a vul game I DEFINITELY want to be in at imps. Sometimes, the bridge gods are just unkind.
July 29, 2014
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If an ACBL director actually said that, it is completely unacceptable. What occurred and the comment should be reported to the official at the ACBL in Horn Lake responsible for all directors, Jeff Johnston.
July 29, 2014
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Intimidation should never be tolerated. It takes a very small person to feel bigger at others' expense, and ZTP penalties are warranted. Actually, after butchering a very straight-forward hand, the declarer should volunteer to play in a lower flighted game.
July 27, 2014
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Agreed - because of this auction, the opener “transferred” the last guess to themselves, rather than the opps
July 25, 2014
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I abstained in the voting, as I would have made a negative double, to show some values - in addition, the hand could play very well in a 4/3 diamond fit. Once I show values, Partner is well equipped to place the contract, and I need not guess whether to bid 4s in the given auction.
July 22, 2014
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I prefer a Modified Guaba Rescue over a weak NT. After 1n-x,
xx shows a 5+ card suit, 2c/2d/2h are touching suits, with 2s showing 4s and 5 clubs (2n is for partnership discussion, but I prefer a weak distribution 2-suiter). Over 1n-p-p-x, partner is required to xx - partner passes to play 1nxx, 2c and 2d show non-touching suits and 2s shows 5 spades and 4 clubs (2h is for partnership discussion - I prefer 4s and 4c distribution).
July 22, 2014
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Perhaps I am missing the point, but with less than adequate values you would pass, and bid 4h with 4 and a reasonable hand, shouldn't a double be responsive, showing both minors - why do you need an artificial 3n?
July 21, 2014
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Tom: look again at the 15 point hand - at any form of LTC, it is 8 losers, not seven - any “upgrade” for the 3 bullets is negated by the sterile shape. (the only plus is the 4/3/3/3 hand is that all the points are in 3 suits). Therefore, in the given auction, I agree with Yuan, and NOT invite. If the auction had gone 1n-2c-2h-3h, I think the decision whether to bid game is close – The aces are a plus, but you would not know about the double fit. At mp's and non-vul at imps, I would pass 3h, but bid game vul at imps.
July 19, 2014
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I am not enamored of the 1nt bid with such a good club suit. In addition, Tom, Kit implies (without criticism, as is his style)that 2h should should a better hand (i.e, a hand no worse than 5.5 losers -change the q-c to the A-c, or the J-h to K-h, and it would be ok - heart suit is just way too ragged with only 5 pieces)
July 16, 2014
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In any event, have a great time !!!!
July 16, 2014
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For those of us who subscribe to the Law of Total Tricks, and use a “Bergen-like” system, one can distinguish several hand types: (1) show both a 4-card limit raise and 4-card constructive raise over the dbl.; (2) use a “Jordan 2nt” to be SPECIFICALLY a 3-card l/r (this also “chews up” the opps bidding room; and (3) use whatever other method is preferable to the partnership (I, myself prefer Cappeletti trfs., and the “impossible transfer bid” of 2h) to show a constructive 3-card raise, reserving the raise to 2s to be less than constructive. BROMAD bids of 2c and 2d give up the possibility of natural bidding, while giving the opponents to much room to maneuver, and gauge the correct fit and level to which to compete.
July 14, 2014
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Great line by Mr. Ward: “maybe if I were to fake a seizure”
July 7, 2014
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I think Jay's analysis is cogent - the only one I would Texas on is the 7/1/3/2 hand - therefore, I also agree that on the the 7/2/2/2 hand I would invite. I probably would invite at imps., ONLY if vul., with the 6-1-3-3 hand
July 2, 2014
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At mp's, whether I open this hand depends on partnership agreement. At imps, with a 7-loser hand and both majors, it is losing bridge not to open.
July 2, 2014
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Many people play dopi/ropi in this sequences. Your hypothetical should have included whether your partnership had this agreement. By default, since not stated, one must assume that you do NOT have this agreement.
July 2, 2014
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I would also pass. With so much distribution, you will always have an opportunity to show this hand, and elicit partner's input whether to save.
July 2, 2014
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I agree with Nick and Martin. Your “system”, limit implying no fit, and 2n as a limit raise or better, makes it extremely difficult for partner to describe his hand. A simple xx to show 10+ is always superior, and 2n should be some form of limit raise (and not more). Given the constraints you have placed on the bidding system, I must abstain from voting.
June 29, 2014
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Agreed - shape is flat, and no redeeming features to invite a game opposite a typical 13 point, at best seven-loser hand
(and the hand could be significantly worse: e.g., any 4x3 12 pointer, or a 8-loser hand with only 2 hearts),
June 25, 2014
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