Join Bridge Winners
All comments by Christopher Monsour
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Would they really open 1 whenever they are worried about missing game opposite a passed hand? I've generally found it more efficient to make 1 a sounder bid in 3rd and 4th, so that I actually get to use the full response structure and not just a 1 response 9 times out of 10.
Oct. 3, 2016
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I thought the monkey was the associate who would be assigned to work on your case at the below-mentioned law firm of Dewey, Effem, & Howe.
Oct. 3, 2016
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
That's a hell of a sampling variability, since long-run diamonds clearly rate to be trumps more often than clubs!
Oct. 3, 2016
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
What a knotty thread…
Oct. 3, 2016
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I suspect Chrome only thinks Welland is a word because it's the name of one of the busiest cold-water canals in the world.
Oct. 3, 2016
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Nat, you're missing an understanding of when you want insurance. In a national semifinals, you only want to take insurance when you already have a significant lead. Then you want to protect that lead by not losing 10 IMPs on one hand. Now, if Kit had been playing against the average BW poster, then taking insurance would be right (to protect the 40 IMP lead he will earn on the other boards).

While I would open this 1 rather than 1NT, that's a matter of system. After the auction as developed through 3, Kit is very convincing that 3NT is the right call in most possible states of the match.
Oct. 3, 2016
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I would open 1 because I want partner to be able to raise. But then I like to play 1 in Precision as 9+-16. With 9 I need a lot of shape, with 10 I need shape, and with 16 I ONLY open 1 with 5332 (else 1). With 17 and a five-card major, I upgrade and call it 18-20. That way 1-1-1NT denies a five-card major (and regular Stayman applies) but 1-1-1-1-1NT (Kokish 1) can contain a five-card major (and puppet Stayman applies).
Oct. 3, 2016
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
This also wrong-sides 3NT when you have a club preempt. And you'll want to play 3NT more frequently opposite a club preempt than opposite 5-5 minors.
Oct. 3, 2016
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I should add that I've always been curious whether it would make sense to use 2NT as “super-raptor”–roughly 9-13 or maybe a little stronger with four hearts and six+ in a minor. But as I haven't tried it yet, I can't recommend it.
Sept. 30, 2016
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I prefer minors for a few reasons: (1) As long as you make the range strong enough–I usually do 9-13 in the first two seats, but 10-14 or even 11-15 could be reasonable if you like sounder openings–you take some pressure off your 1 opening; (2) You don't have to guess what go do with such hands when you pass or open 1 and the bidding gets back to you at 3 or 3, or even higher; and (3) 2NT as a minor-suit preempt gives the opponents too many extra bids compared to the natural preempt, and may fail to indicate the killing lead to partner. I much prefer to play “Ogust” over 3 and 3 openings, if your preempts are wide-ranging such that you are frequently worried about whether 3NT is playable. (Next step asks, primarily about the quality of opener's suit, but over 3 you'll need also to use the second step to ask about majors. I won't bore you with how this can be done.)
Sept. 30, 2016
Christopher Monsour edited this comment Sept. 30, 2016
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Seems to me that either 4 was taken as natural and forcing, in which case 5 is a suggestion of a place to play, or 4 was RKC for clubs, in which case 5 is two keycards and a void.
And, no, I don't know how to recover when I have four-card support for the suit I splintered in and a splinter in support for the suit I splinter-raised.
Sept. 27, 2016
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Why would 4 still be Gerber after responder has splintered in support of clubs? :)
Sept. 27, 2016
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Why should 4 be a slam try in diamonds? Don't you want to be able to show diamond support without excluding playing in hearts?
Sept. 27, 2016
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Since partner's 3NT rebid shows very rebiddable spades, my 4NT is RKC for spades. I would just jump to 6, but if partner shows 3 keycards, I will bid 5NT to invite grand. Partner could have AKQxxxx xx Ax Kx, after all, and presumably he needs about that much to blast over 5NT. If he simply shows a specific king, I'll sign off in 6.
Sept. 27, 2016
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
If depends a lot on whether partner will subsequently believe it when you signal odd count in hearts during the defense.
Sept. 27, 2016
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
The reasons are not mutually exclusive…
Sept. 27, 2016
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Now, if you like light distributional doubles, you should overcall 2 *and then double 2 on the way out*.
Sept. 27, 2016
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
In fact, I would think it would be a very short list of names of BW contributors who would ever consider a light double of an opening bid of *one* of a suit when holding an unbid *six-card major*.
Sept. 27, 2016
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
And specifically on bids of theirs that would have already happened, and thus no chicken-or-egg problem.
Sept. 27, 2016
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I find that the main benefit of using 1M-2M-3M as a game try is to avoid the treatment lovingly known as 1 - 2 - 3 - Down One.
Sept. 27, 2016
.

Bottom Home Top