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… but if Opener bids a Splinter (e.g. 1-1-4) then his fragment suit ( in this case) is our natural lead, thus in that situation:
- PASS: you can lead it
- DBL: lead something else
Nov. 16, 2014
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I have a simple rule whether our game bid establishes a force or not: when it can be based purely on distributional values then our pass is not forcing.
Examples:

1 - (1/2) - 4 - (4) - PASS: not forcing (vulnerability does not affect), because 4 may be a shape-only bid.

1 - (1) - 2 - (2) - 4 - (4) - PASS: not forcing either, because opener can have a light, shapely hand. If (s)he had had a serious game bid and wanted to establish a forcing situation then (s)he would have bid something else.
Nov. 14, 2014
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Nov. 14, 2014
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Henry, you were right, I must say. Any idiot can execute a squeeze accidentally, without even noticing what happened, the best way to show that you are doing it wittingly is claiming :)
Nov. 13, 2014
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Nov. 13, 2014
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1N is better than the other two (slight underbid)
2 is a bit worse (clubs are weak for this one to my taste)
2 is the worst by far (huge overbid)

There is another possibility however: had we thought one bid ahead, we might have opened 1NT, at least announcing our strength correctly. Now we have to lie a bit about shape and strength too, 1NT would have been a lie about shape only.

Of course I rarely have this problem because I prefer playing strong club (with 2 = 6+ suit, thus we open 1, then rebid 2 then 2 on 2, almost like David does)
Nov. 7, 2014
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Nov. 7, 2014
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I like relay systems and nice complete systems in general. 25 years ago I also had this idea that 2N-3N should be transfer to clubs but rejected it very soon. If there is one thing that can be screwed up, this is surely the one.
Oct. 21, 2014
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25 years ago we played like this:
2: 5+ , 4, game try
2: 5+ , game try (can be passed)

In a previous serious partnership we played INV+ Smolen on level 2, i.e.
2: INV+ hand, 5+ (does not promise if INV)
2: INV+ hand, 5+ (does not promise if INV)

The way we play it now:
2: 5 game try in (near) balanced hand or any 4441 GF or 5+ m GF with shortness in the other minor, or weak hand with 5 and 4+. Opener must bid 2, now 2N = 5 INV, 3m = GF, 4+ suit, short in the other minor (length can be asked), 3M: GF 4441 or 5m440, short in the other major

2: 5 game try (does not promise ), (we can stop lower than starting wit xfer)

In my newest experimental NT structure:
2: GF relay (opener's full shape can be explored)
2: 5, INV (we can stop lower than starting wit xfer)

Anyway, I've been playing second transfers after Jacoby for 27 years.
Oct. 13, 2014
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Oct. 13, 2014
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it might be tempting to protect my black kings with 1N, but this hand is simply too strong for a 15-17 NT
Sept. 26, 2014
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I suppose partner has club control and asked for the trump queen (her pass would deny club control). Thus I show my Q and the K (my cheapest one).
Sept. 25, 2014
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Sept. 21, 2014
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Sept. 21, 2014
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In the European teams championship topic there was a discussion about qualifying into the Bermuda Bowl, how tough it is in Europe and in the USA, how many North-American teams should enter the Bermuda Bowl, etc.
Now (in a major NABC) no pure North-American team reached the semifinals. Your opinion?
July 27, 2014
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Poland, Monaco, Norway, Italy, Bulgaria, France (in this order) if I have to pick 6 of them. (or The Netherlands… or … Israel… not easy)

In the odd-numbered years there is an EC which is open to all
See: http://www.eurobridge.org/european-open-bridge-championships.aspx
Non-european friends, you are welcome there. The MAHAFFEY team (including Meckwell) won it in 2011.
June 20, 2014
Csaba Czimer edited this comment June 20, 2014
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We play this 3NT as a solid suit with something outside, your parntner's hand mathces the type.
However, 3NT with the actual hand may wrong-side NT, thus I agree with you that 3 may be a more sensible bid here.

On 3NT we play 4 ORKC (optional RKC) in diamonds. (patner bids step 1 with a relative bad hand or shows number of keycards with a good one). On step 1 my step 1 is RKC. Later hopefully I'll learn about the heart king too.

On the other hand, with *your* actual hand partner's 3N was a good (or at least a lucky) choice, you just had to check for keycards and the K of hearts and not worry about his suit quality
May 11, 2014
Csaba Czimer edited this comment May 11, 2014
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April 25, 2014
Csaba Czimer edited this comment April 25, 2014
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My 3 least favourite are (I played all of them, but almost always scored badly when they occured):

1. Kokish: 2-2-2 as either or very srong NT. Partner always had hearts and I could never raise him (in various ways) as we played Kokish. In short: it gives up a lot of heart raise in favour of the never occuring very strong BAL hands.

2. DBL as a strong hand (16+ or similar) vs a strong club opening. Therotically it looked good (which is the hand that does not want to take away space? - a strong one), but somehow we always scored a zero (or some minus IMPs).

3. Paying takeout doubles over (1N)-X-(2y). When we played it they always rescued somehow. Even worse combined with forcing pass, I was just not smart enough playing this way. Works for other people though :)


And some another popular ones, which are not that bad, I just simply don't prefer them:

4. Multi-Landy vs NT. You can rarely compete on a convenient level when you would like to. The problem is not there when you bid according to the convention's scheme, it's those hands when you pass, however you could have bid playing something better.

5. Gambling. With no side stopper: places the contract in the wrong hand. With 1 or 2 stopper: partner cannot decide whether let it in or not.

6. Step responses to strong 2 opening showing controls. They sometimes can be great, but most of the time just take away your own bidding space.

And one more thing, which is not bad, rather not good enough: playing natural responses on your strong club opening. Don't you want the strong hand to declare more frequently?
April 21, 2014
Csaba Czimer edited this comment April 21, 2014
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I strongly disagree. About natural NT: if you are not long in the unbid suits, and you have stoppers in their suits then your hand is excellent for defence. I think “never bid sandwich NT with any hand” is still better than playing it natural wich equals “please double me”.

If they try to steal the contract, you will have one more turn as their 1 of a suit is forcing.

And of course (IMHO) a 2-suiter is even better.
It's just my opinion. I know excellent players who agree with you.
April 21, 2014
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Avon, what do you bid on 1-(4)-p-(p) or 1-(1/2/3)-p-(4) or in any other situation when your next call is on 4?

I think it's OK to open the minor with 6m-5, because you can bid your spades at any level but you may encounter serious problems when you open 1m with 6m-5.
March 15, 2014
Csaba Czimer edited this comment March 15, 2014
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1 - 1 16+ // 8-12, BAL or 4+
1 - 1N relay // 8-12 Balanced
2 - 2 relay // 4
2 - 2N relay // 4
3 - 3 relay // lower doubleton, i.e. 3=4=2=4
4 - 4 slam try in // lower range
4 - 5 RKC // 1 keycard
5 - 5 spiral scan // has Q, but no K
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about the swing: unfortunately there is not enough space to ask for partner's J (and abolutely no way to learn about the 9), thus I can't manage it

with the K:

4 - 5 slam try in // upper range, 2KC + Q, but no K
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Feb. 4, 2014
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Feb. 4, 2014
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3 is GF thus my pass would be forcing. I have too many in their suits and shortness in partner's suit, thus I double to discourage further bidding. I do not think pass / double inversion applies without discussing it.
Feb. 4, 2014
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well… at the second time I do not know that he made it again :)
From the third time I definitely know something that my opponents do not. Perhaps when in doubt I won't raise on 3-cards support.

Time frame? I mean 3rd time I remember :-). If I don't then I do not have extra information :-)
Jan. 9, 2014
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(moved)
Jan. 9, 2014
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Jan. 9, 2014
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