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@Khokan, surely it's not that unlikely for declarer to have either a heart void or KJ. I think cashing the A is too costly. Let partner read declarer's trick one tell if he needs to know whether another club will live.
April 7
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I think it's equally tough if it's trick 3 and you still don't know count in any suit.
April 7
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It's matchpoints and my call may end the auction. I'll raise the major….
April 7
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I think partner is asking for spade keys. If he wanted to tell me had 2335 or 2434 18-19 he had an easy 4 bid that left 4 in view.
April 7
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2 was already insufficient on the previous round.
April 7
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It's quite playable in a 4-3. And partner will expect better clubs for 5. He will infer clubs from 4.
April 7
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If declarer has Q, losing to it is just as bad as having a high club ruffed… either way declarer has no more side suit losers.
April 7
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I know…that's why I said “flavor” rather than “meaning”.
April 7
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At IMPs pushing them to play well at the 5 level for -650 has no downside. At matchpoints it can be the whole board (vs. -620).
April 7
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Suppose the lead had been the Q and East held AKxxx. Should which honor he overtakes with have a count flavor?
April 7
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Of course at matchpoints partner should be far less inclined to sac, so the main relevant issue at matchpoints is YOUR OWN vulnerability. Are you volunteering to turn a -140 into a -100 or a -200?
April 7
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It's perfectly obvious he meant three-days / six-sessions.
April 7
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My point is that the Reisinger gets a low table count because of the people who care about winning a national title, only the very very best would choose to play in it rather than the concurrent open Swiss which has a much larger luck factor. Of course, you get a handful of teams that just want the experience of playing against that field, but you can count those on one hand. So, in the case of the Reisinger, field size is pretty irrelevant to the difficulty of the event. If they cancelled the open Swiss and 100 teams entered, it wouldn't be that much harder for the best teams than with the 40 or so they currently get. (It might become a very difficult event for the directors to manage, but that's a different story.)
April 7
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With East's hand, I'd be happy to open multi favorable in 1st chair at favorable, but not in 2nd, for this reason. Also, at matchpoints in 2nd favorable I'd open 1 if playing Precision because I know partner is going to be counting his spades in 4th seat (and very inclined to pass a deal in since we open light in 1st/2nd) and if we want to go plus on our partscore deals instead of passing the hand in I need to be aggressive in 2nd chair with five spades. But I'd pass at IMPs where the difference between a passout and a small plus is small, and where it's more important for partner to be able to trust I have my promised values.
April 7
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Partner didn't show out. He followed to the first club.
April 7
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When RHO bids over 4, 5 isn't very invitational at all. Pass-and-pull is the invite. (If you don't think this is a forcing pass situation, then 5 definitely isn't a slam invite.) Or bidding a new suit.
April 7
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#1 assumes that a female pro can't get a male sponsor. I would think a male sponsor would find it advantageous to be able to play in the mixed pairs with a regular partner.
April 6
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Jeff, if the Reisinger only got 29 tables you wouldn't count it?
April 6
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Let me guess….Your partner bid something other than 3, and you are wondering whether you need to take away his driver's license, because he is obviously vision-impaired.
April 6
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I would have bid 2NT last round. But if I doubled it must have been so I could show the other two suits over a diamond bid by partner, so 4 would seem to be the only consistent action.
April 6
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