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nice hand, nice play
19 hours ago
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All I know is that, if I were to pass partner's 2 response with, say, AKJx AKxxx AK xx, partner would have xx xxxxxx Qxxxx void. As you may surmise, I am not enamored of this method.
19 hours ago
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New suits by an unlimited hand is a common meta-agreement.
19 hours ago
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Until they ban you for life. Or until you hire a better attorney than they do.
Jan. 21
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As I said in my reply to Richard, what if he doesn't have one? 2=5=3=3 is surely a likely pattern for him, it's probably close to 40% of all the hands he is doubling on. So my matchpoint expectancy for 2NT is probably below 50% - I doubt we will make in a 4-3 fit more than 1/4 of the time, and with RHO rating to have a stiff or void somewhere it's hard to believe that finding a 4-4 minor fit will get us a plus more than 60% of the time.

Shooting out 2X just has to be better at matchpoints in the long run.
Jan. 21
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You're probably right about the diamond lead. As I said, I should just bang out trumps and be sure of stuffing declarer in hand. My thinking was that partner probably had 3 of KQ AQ AK, or both aces. Thus AA, or AQQ, or KKQ, or KQQ. In that context, a diamond lead isn't so bad; it will hit an honor most of the time. Always with AA, 5/6 of the time with AQQ, 1/3 of the time with KKQ, and 2/3 of the time with KQQ. And when it doesn't hit an honor, it may not cost.

Yes, he could have jacks somewhere, but I doubt he is doubling on KQJJ and if I catch him with KJ J K, so be it.

But the reason that I think pass is clear is that RHO rates to have a lot of shape, and I know partner doesn't have 6 or he would have just bid 3 on his own. If RHO is short in hearts, then I doubt that we can make anything. And if partner is 2=5=3=3 I surely want to defend. So the critical case is 1=5=(43), when 2NT should get us to the right strain. But even then, we may not make. Assuming that RHO has a void or singleton somewhere, declaring rates to be very wrong.

This is matchpoints, and I am sure that +200 is going to be a top. I am also fairly sure that we can beat 2, I would expect to do so at least 2/3 of the time.
Jan. 21
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Great hand!
Jan. 20
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I didn't see Richard's poll. I think pass is clear, and I did so at the table. Dummy rates to be broke, and I can just play three rounds of spades on the go to endplay declarer. But I led a diamond. This shouldn't cost, dummy had Jxx and partner Q9x, but partner forgot to put in the 9 and declarer (who was 7=3=3=0 with Q10 KJ and A10) now had an entry to dummy's A.
Jan. 20
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Great accomplishment. Congratulations!
Jan. 20
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:) On my lead problem thread, you said you wouldn't pass the double. Here's your chance, and you duck and cover!
Jan. 20
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OK bidding poll coming up.
Jan. 20
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I, too, am saddened by this decision by the ACBL. But I plan to go to Memphis, and play in major events. If I should sit down against Signor Lanzarotti, I will try to play my best, and trust to the surveillance procedures in place to protect me from the transmission of UI. And, hopefully, catch him red-handed with the evidence necessary to support a more forceful ban.

If that fails, I will still have the satisfaction of having tried my best. I am under no delusion that I have the necessary skill to actually win the events that I plan to enter. So all that he can possibly take from me is a few masterpoints and a small diminution of any placing I might have achieved.

I have been conned out of worse in my life. And I enjoy playing against the best. How else can I get better? Max Schierson has the right attitude.

I think the protesters have it wrong. They are allowing a hypothetical situation to take them away from the game that they have invested a great deal of time in.
Jan. 19
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Partner's 4 bid was last train. It didn't show anything specific. And expecting NV opponents to have remained silent after the Michaels cue and inv+ raise with TEN spades between them is really a head in the sand approach.

I think you can take it to the bank that partner has at least 3.
Jan. 19
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I had a long-time partner who vehemently held this position. His argument was that you could just sign off in hearts and they woudn't balance if they didn't have spades.

It seemed to work.
Jan. 19
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Yes, I think the right bid over 2 with this hand is 3, pointing partner in the right direction.

Clearly, after the limit raise, the cards you need are the A Q KQ, and A. Since partner will always regard with favor aces and trump honors, that means that you need to add those diamonds to his list of bucket items. The splinter does that indirectly, but uses up room. A natural 3 bid would have made the focus clearer and provided more room.
Jan. 19
Craig Biddle edited this comment Jan. 19
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Sorry, I didn't realize I had posted it yesterday. And today I saw in in my drafts queue.
Jan. 19
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He says in the OP that when 2 is majors, 3 is a game try in hearts.
Jan. 18
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I agree with Jeff. (and Kit below)
Jan. 18
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I thought like Mike at the table. I could have held Axxx Qxx Jxx KJx. Or Axxx Qxxx Kx Axx.
Jan. 18
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Yes. We play all 2M responses to 1M as peculiar hands that are otherwise hard to describe in our doubleton club and unbalanced diamond system.
Jan. 18
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