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OK leaves me with three choices 1NT 4 or psych–will try 2
7 hours ago
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we can easily be close to 4 and they could make 3nt.
7 hours ago
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Thank you Ken and others for a great read–brings back a lot of memories. My late wife knew all of these people quite well especially Simon. I knew something of HG from my involvement with Sharples twins and Jack Marx–The Country Life book of HG hands was simply brilliant. HG was always considered to be a great captain and on one occasion in the Spring Foursomes the Sharples twins had endured 3 sets playing against Rixi and Fritzi. they complained they always seemed to start bidding at the three level–and they wanted a rest. HG pointed to their coats and said if you put them on you will not play for the rest of the event. That demonstrated his style :)
9 hours ago
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Yes this was alluded to in a recent poll and I agree it is often a bad idea. A trump lead on a hand I played years ago still disturbs my sleep. My trump suit was AK10xx facing xxxx and lho led a small trump to the jack. You guessed it LHO had qx–some in the UK will remember the lady who led from that–Julia Chadwick.
9 hours ago
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Not entirely one way traffic South can risk 2 over 2 and might even consider 3 when 2 gets back. North clearly should dbl and try an apt number of no-trumps over the expected heart bid. The 1NT response was a good bid :) Having said that–if he raised to 2 its a vile problem for North. North might have been right to pass throughout–it is not hard to visualise a flat zero count opposite. Think failure to bid 2 gets most of the blame from me. When the rebid is 2 you just know partner has a decent hand.
9 hours ago
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Up to you to guess but I guarantee this problem will be unique in the field. I just sit and hope the score ends in zero and not 40.
9 hours ago
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I don't like pass–but cannot think what to bid. I would pass and get my bid in later. Nothing breaks for them–maybe partner has it beaten. Double is quite a good shot as it must suggest a save. It is similar to opening say 4 and when 4 gets back to you doubling because you want to bid again.
10 hours ago
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Good point but most don't play that these days–me I have always been a pessimist in these situations. I just think most are not. Playing money bridge I could not pass quickly enough.
10 hours ago
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Ugly problem–at matchpoints I would move because I think the room will–but at imps prefer to sit. The pre-empt has worked. In these situations I recall some sage advice from the late Joe Amsbury–when you start asking what if the time has come to pass.
10 hours ago
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I agree–but will not thereafter go gently into that good night. If there is as I expect more action I will try and bid clubs next.
10 hours ago
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Interesting problem not much defence but loads of attack. If you make a lot of noise now partner will expect some defensive ability. I doubt that we know what to do if they bid say 5—my view is that we should walk the dog with this hand. I am sure that if we bid 2 it will not end there.
10 hours ago
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Richard Earlier yous said we coped with no alerts–maybe you have point abut unusual bids–an example like say 1H P 4 dbl which says lead a spade would be unusual and alertable. However there are plenty of times where there is no alert because essentially it is natural but where there are implications. For example playing 2/1 1 P 2 P 2 P 4 whereby 4 shows a minimum. Simple sequence 1NT-P £NT–here they may be playing puppet–so they know 3NT bidder may not have a 3 card major. I have never seen any of this stuff alerted. Steve is right too–it is an unholy mess. I think that most of the time during an auction alerts are pointless–it would be easy to ask declarer to point out anything the opps might need to know when leading and defending. Additionally in the absence of screens an alert can act a a memory jogger too. There really needs to be a universal agreement which is universal and makes sense to players. Steve makes the point about testing–maybe an on line questionnaire properly designed can elicit what people want and ask national bridge authorities to implement an agreed set of rules.
21 hours ago
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try x Ajx KJxx AKxxx–am I meant to pass?
Sept. 19
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVWMZwALKyA my last word on elephants
Sept. 19
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That is why he had to play the cards well–once saw him make 11 tricks when the whole field made ten–he was in six though.
Sept. 19
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The hand I gave actually happened Martin Hoffman bid 3NT then six spades over the correction.
Sept. 19
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For whatever reason partner's 4nt cannot be I misbid can it? It was obviously meant it to be rkcb –the pause might have indicated otherwise. The pass of 4NT suggests to me that it was a misinterpretation f UI–and it seems a lucky one. I would adjust the score.
Sept. 19
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r better still transfer to diamonds then bid 4 if 3 is a shortage.
Sept. 18
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I tried playing with one recently and John you are absolutely right. Also if you defend they always make the best lead. Likely got nine points and ten hearts.
Sept. 18
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Precision does give licence t open on horse hair and tram tickets.
Sept. 18
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