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Not worried about correct partscore. Worried about slam hands. We won't miss 6-4 fits at least.
April 14
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Also, keep in mind that A is primarily an IMPs or total points consideration. At matchpoints, it's your own vulnerability that really matters, since -200 against +1** their way is one of your biggest concerns.
April 14
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Perhaps the lesson here is as simple as: When your marriage is on the line, always go with diamonds.
April 14
ATB
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Possible, but much less likely on this auction, where you don't know the degree of support partner has, than on an auction where partner has already made a direct raise.
April 14
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If you are willing to do something else (like raise or 3NT) with 2=4=4=3, you could even agree 2-2-2-2NT = 4+ s GF.
April 14
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How easy or hard do you think it would be for East to do the right thing if declarer led a small spade from dummy at trick 2?
April 14
Christopher Monsour edited this comment April 14
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So when you say “standard” leads you mean 3rd/low against trump contracts?
April 14
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Ken Rexford has written a book based on a somewhat different split (based mainly on spade holding). And I think Marty Harris has used one based on whether opener is one-suited or two-suited.
April 13
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I open this but if you swap the majors *and change a 10 into a J* I would not open it. Four spades good. Spade shortness bad. I am much closer to passing this than I am to opening void AK10x KJxxx xxxx.
April 13
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I'd open 1 with some partners and pass with others.
April 13
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Then make sure it gets below the line so you can score a rubber….
April 13
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I think you mean it sounds like a comment from someone who is not married. :)

Be that as it may, there have certainly been some famous “all's well that ends well” situations both within and outside the bridge world.
April 13
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The other difference between L and F-N is that L was punished by the competent authority, served his sentenced, and was essentially released by a parole board, a readily-anticipated part of the process. In other words, L got the punishment that people broadly thought he deserved at the time. One may not be happy he is back, but boycotting him seems like sour grapes. On the other hand, F-N's sentence was thrown on not just on a technicality, but by a body whose competence to pass judgment is beneath contempt. Boycotting F-N is just carrying out the appropriate sentence.
April 13
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7 losers 4333 and 9 HCP hard don't seem sufficiently non-minimum to me.
April 13
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2 is a compromise that fits no actual situation. At matchpoints, one shouldn't use any forcing two-bids, and at IMPs both 2 and 2 should probably be strong and forcing (assuming your one-level bids are all natural).
April 13
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I have a good lead and it's both vul at matchpoints. Vulnerability and form of scoring might matter (though their vulnerability matters more than mine at matchpoints). It wouldn't matter to me much whether partner were not a passed hand or whether 2 were natural.

However, it would matter immensely if I were in balancing seat. I'd always show the diamonds then, not only because partner won't lead by suit but also because RHO denied a five-card major, so my diamonds stand a good chance to outrank their fit if they have one.
April 13
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2 then 2 should be a weaker invite than 2…inviting in spades only, not NT.
April 13
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If one finds one of the pair attractive it can be rewarding…
April 13
ATB
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Did North also notice that he did not involve partner by introducing his suit WHEN ASKED TO DO SO?
April 13
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IMPs is a flaw.
April 13
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