Join Bridge Winners
All comments by Brian Platnick
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Michael,

What if N passed and 3D was the final contract. After the hand, North calls the director and argues that had he known 3D was an artificial raise, he would have bid 4S. How should the director rule?

What if N passed and the auction continued 3H P 4H and now N bid 4S.

Several people on this thread have argued that N knows from looking at his hand that the explanation he received is incorrect and that West really has a heart raise. If that is the reasoning, then one could argue that N is trying for a double shot if he does anything other than bid 4S the first time. While N may strongly suspect what is going on, he doesn’t know 100% (although this hand is closer to 100% than most cases). The fact is that N is put in this situation because of Misinformation. Absent an admission, I’m inclined to let a 4S bid stand whatever N did over 3D.
March 29, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Gene,

Your comments about the committee are offensive.

I certainly don’t agree with every decision they made, but overall they did a fantastic job. My personal view is that the charts should be a bit less restrictive with respect to multi and a few other conventions. I like the idea of bright line rules even though it may sometimes cut against my bridge judgment.

The committee had a difficult task. No matter how restrictive or liberal the bidding charts, people will always complain.
March 24, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Gene,

Define “natural”

Why limit your question to natural bidding. What about artificial bidding?

What about carding agreements?

I assume your post was meant as sarcasm thus my response unnecessary. But on the Internet, it’s difficult to tell when people are joking.
March 24, 2018
Brian Platnick edited this comment March 24, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
David,

Theoretically, you have a point. As a practical matter, this doesn’t seem like an issue given how infrequently people seem to downgrade.

Of course, an unethical pair who plays 15-17 but likes to open the occasional 12 could write 14-16 on their card planning to open all 17 point hands. Thus illegally widening their NT range. Despite this concern, I agree with committee. The rules are much more clear than before making it more difficult for unethical plays to game the system.
March 24, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Ed,

Marty wrote, “An absence of bright line rules punishes honest players while allowing dishonest players to get away with secret agreements that violate the rules”

Your reply, “If people were required to self-report, that might alleviate the problem.”

Requiring dishonest people to self-report their violations would make the world a better place, but not sure it’s a good premise on which to base society or these convention charts.
March 24, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Or the theoretical unsoundness of of NOT playing a strong club system
March 22, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
3D = normal

Pass = illogical alternative

3NT = irrational alternative

Others = insane alternative
March 12, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
“Caprera plays forcing club, for decades, and as such his opinion carries weight. Beyond that I have my doubts that standard bidders grasp the nuance of the impact limited openings have on responses.”

There are certainly situations where not being well versed in a given system makes it difficult to give an informed answer. This auction, however, does not come close to falling in that category.

This thread reminds me of a hand from the local bridge club when I was in high school (before bidding boxes were common):

1H - 1S
2H - 2S
3H - 3S
Now my LHO said, “Four Hearts, AND 5 IF NECESSARY!”
Feb. 3, 2018
Brian Platnick edited this comment Feb. 4, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Unfortunately, I've had to sit across the table from the anti-matter version of you.
Jan. 16, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I can't think of a more deserving winner of this award. Congratulations Lew.
Jan. 16, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I play whatever the ACBL written defense is. Here in ACBL land, we are complete idiots who need protection from such odious conventions. Luckily the ACBL does the thinking for us and mandates that the pair playing multi provide us with a written defense. It makes it very easy. If I have a bad hand, I don't even need to look at the defense, I can just pass. With a good hand, I can first take a look, then if nothing seems to fit, I can pass (showing some values).

I don't understand how the rest of the world can cope with multi without the help of big brother.
Jan. 12, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Oren,

I didn't take your comment as derogatory. To me 1S is the “normal” majority action, dbl is the minority action, and something like 2D Michaels would be offbeat.

Great article. I'm looking forward to reading about some hands next year when you win the blue ribbon pairs, but if for some reason you don't qualify for the finals, I hope you do another article like this.
Dec. 12, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
David,

West might bid 2H instead of doubling, but that could cause problems depending on how high East/West are forced afterward. Does 2H promise a rebid? Can West pass 2S? Does bidding 2H create a force if North bids 3C?

East had a minimum opening according to the standards of a couple decades ago, but today it is a strong NT for many. East should double 3C (takeout, responsive, whatever) and hope West isn't 2443. Selling out to 3C is unlikely to be a good score and East, being the one shorter in clubs, is better placed to get them back into the auction.


As for your other question directed to Steven Mcgrahan above:

“Why bother to comment at all if you have nothing to say?”

Because that is one of the 3 primary purposes of the internet.
Dec. 12, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
David,

I agree that bidding the 5-card major is more popular than double these days. But I wouldn't classify double as “offbeat”.
Dec. 12, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I would vote for “none” if you did not include the commentary after that choice
Dec. 12, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
“Wolpert opened 1♦. Instead of overcalling 1♠, Ulman chose an offbeat takeout double.”

Oren,

Why do you consider the takeout double “offbeat”?
Dec. 12, 2017
ATB
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
When I first began to look at the hands and the auction, I thought the issue would be assigning blame for N/S bidding 4H over 3S. Then I noticed the 4S call.

And I agree 100% with Phillip about the tone of some of the comments.
Dec. 9, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
“retransfers playing Multi is asking for a mixup”

especially if partner didn't alert 3H
Nov. 22, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Even if you consider the west hand an “automatic” pull to 4S, it is likely that in their methods, West should have bid 4H as a transfer. The fact that he didn't could be argued as taking advantage of the failure to alert (assuming no screens, obviously). So the director should seriously consider rolling the hand back to 4H down 5. Looking at East's hand, he thought 3H was natural, so would pass 4H.
Nov. 22, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Drew,

Do you change the meaning of low level doubles depending on form of scoring or vulnerability?

While the subset of hands on which I would double (or choose any action) will frequently vary with vulnerability or form of scoring, the meaning I assign to a call doesn't.
Nov. 21, 2017
.

Bottom Home Top