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Unique hand!
July 29
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Home Trust visa and Roger's mastercard don't charge exchange.
June 29
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It's silly to restrict membership in this forum as the only people who will view it are those with an interest or questions about procedures. I'm currently the club manager but am giving it up at the end of the month. If there's a problem it lands in my lap whether or not I'm officially the club manager.
June 15
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I have to admit I would have bid 3C with my excellent minor suit cards and lousy spades.
June 8
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Partner overcalled opposite a passed hand vul vs not. Maybe some have AJxxx xx Kxx xxx for 1S but not me. I think this is our hand. If partner opened 1S would you sell out to 3H?
June 8
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Vs. a very short club we play double is majors, 1N is minors and 2C is natural.
June 8
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The worst one was the original Epson Worldwide Pairs. The overall prizes were nice including a new computer, which in those days (80's), which had a value of around $3,000. The matchpoints were totally slanted towards N-S and all of the high overalls went to N-S. People mused whether 65% was possible E-W. We had 73% E-W which I'm sure would have won the world in our direction. They changed the format the next year to have a N-S and E-W winner but we had to settle for a swatch.
June 4
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Looks like a hand for the Gambling GSF where you bid 5N and have a 2/3 chance partner has the ace. A pair actually played this is in the 70's in Ottawa.
June 1
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It's basically 11-15 Precision on unbalanced or 1S opening hands.
1D opening is sound, not Roth-Stone sound, but not all 11s.
June 1
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“Can't do everything” is the key. You either play the cuebid as support or denying support. If you try to do both you are very susceptible to preemptive raises. Here, where I didn't cuebid, 4C followed by 4S isn't 3+ support but a spade card or two and a strong playing hand.
May 31
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If I needed a good board I would pass.
May 30
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I play it as a solid minor with no outside ace or void. Tougher to defend than with no kings. The standard lead vs. a gambling 3N is an ace. This may set up your king as your 9th trick or at least keep the defence from being double dummy.
May 29
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Support doubles also remove one option. I open 2C lighter than most and there is usually a reverse available but on this hand I'm not worried about 4C ending the auction.
May 27
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For me the popular 2H bid is a spade raise so it's out. That leaves the club bids including double. I haven't given up on slam so I pick 4C followed by 4S over the inevitable 4H bid. No guarantee this will work but I'll give it a shot.
May 26
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I would like 4D a lot better with x AKxxx AQJxx Ax.
May 24
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I suspect we belong in diamonds when partner has Qxx _ KTxxxxx Qxx
May 24
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We play 1N-2D-2H-as 5-5 invitational and 1N-2H-2S-3H as 5-5 GF. Here I would invite.
May 24
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This hand type is covered nicely by a Tracer Bid (BW article) where 2S shows a GF 3 suiter without a 5 card major. On this hand you can get away with a 4H splinter but what if partner has KQ Axxx KJxx QJx or similar? How do you get to a nice minor suit slam? I've played this bid for many years and a frequent result is making 6 of a minor when 3N is set off the top.
May 24
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I got it going with just checking the Members numbers box and none of the options below it. Thanks all.
May 22
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He was one of the great personalities of bridge. A great card player with a terrific sense of humour.
May 21
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