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Hamman was right (again).
Nov. 16
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If the East hand isn't a XX, what is redouble? “I forgot to raise to three?” and “We are not making 2” are not good alternate meanings.

After XX, it will be pretty random playing for penalties. West has no reason to bid 3 or to play for penalties with only three trumps and two jacks outside hearts.
Nov. 15
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Uncertainty is certainly more certain than certainty. Therefore, 3 is the normal waiting, punt bid. It generally works out best if the cheapest suit is a punt and we do not require any artificiality to achieve that here.

As far as methods are concerned, I prefer 4 be invitational RKC in diamonds. We have agreed diamonds and this is very useful.

3 needs to be the 3451/3460/3361 etc hands. One normally does not have a 5-3 spade fit on this sequences. I prefer 2 with five rather than the diamond raise.

If you will open 1 on 5/6 red hands and then reverse with less than normal strength because of good texture, then 4 should be forcing 5/6 and 4 is NF 5/6.

Over the later, responder bids 4 with 3-card support leaving opener to cue (void possible) or RKC if 1-1. Lacking 3-card heart support responder bids 4 (no slam interest in diamonds, 4NT is now RKC anyway. Otherwise responds KC in diamonds starting at 4NT. Over the former, partner passes, corrects, bids 4 RKC in diamonds and 4NT RKC in hearts since he has not limited his hand.

There will be some hands with shape that still might want to punt with 3 as they might need more help from partner to decide about slam or COG since that is important at MP.
Nov. 15
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There is no diamond-spade squeeze if clubs are not 3-3.

If declarer fails to set up an 11th trick in clubs, he will have only ten winners to cash. So nobody will be squeezed. Either defender can hold four spades two diamonds in the six card ending. (Assuming you cashed high diamond honor to start.)

The percentage play is AK and another diamond.
Nov. 10
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I guess that means the devil made me do it.
Nov. 9
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People remember anomalies. I would be surprised if there were more than a couple 3-card M openings by the French pair in that event.

I cannot speak to French canape, but in Roman the “hard” hands will be one-suited in clubs or a “medium” one-suited in a major. Opener might need to start his prepared rebid by opening a 3-card suit. The preference is towards the lowest 3-card suit. For example:

AJxxx / AQx / Qxx / Kx

This hand cannot bid 1 and rebid 2 because that would be limited. Therefore, we start with a 3-card suit. The preference would be diamonds, and open 1. A sequence like 1-2; 2 does not promise extras, but it does not deny.

If the hand was 5323 shape, opener cannot start 1 (balanced, no 5CM or very strong). So opener would now start 1.

In the 1957 Bermuda Bowl, Belladonna/Avarelli started a canape on a 3-card suit five times by my count. Three times it was 1, only twice was it a major. (110+ boards for B/A)

1 on AK4 / QJ3 / 7 K97654
1 on A / 96 / Q82 / AKQ10943
1 on KJ4 / AK / 1084 / Q10976
1 on A107 / 62 / K96 / AJ1082
1 on KQ8 / 85 / KJ / AK10854

The score on these boards was 1W - 3L - 1D.

At the end of the day, whether a 3-card M opening has edge is not going to be demonstrated by two examples. The 1 opening was a slam bonus swing, the 1 opening was -190. In any event, all systems have difficult hands that do not fit well for the system. Players are willing to have an occasional toughie if they believe that the rest of the system produces enough vig.

In the case of canape, that approach has a longer run than even the Italian Blue Team. The French won with canape in 1956 on one side of the Blue Team. The French won in 1960, the first bridge Olympiad in the middle of the Blue Team. (Italy 6th). And when the USA won on the other side in the ‘70s, Hamman & Wolff were playing canape.
Nov. 9
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Both these definitions are given for “boxing the compass”. The definition David Burn references is very likely the source for “boxed card”.
Nov. 8
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I use to remember :)
Nov. 8
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If 2 would have not been a hand like this then 2 would mean they are playing inferior methods.
Nov. 6
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1) Not much of a chance getting really tapped with Jxxx-

2) If I passed, bid 2 over the reopening double, but had values to hit 2, I cannot have 3.

3) “Legit-vul-vs-not2”?! It must have been awhile since you played at the club, Richard :)
Nov. 5
ATB
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It might be West's fault if he forgot they were playing Fishbein.

The only advantage to Fishbein is preventing partner from bidding 3 natural with obvious takeout doubles. How does X not work out? If partner bids 3x (not Lebensohl) you have an easy 3 cue. If partner has a spade stop and hearts he can show that as well.

I would not have bid 2 over 1. It will be worse for your side overcalling instead of doubling when the auction starts at a higher level.
Nov. 5
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My calculation, from the late 1970s, had suddenly scheduled for 2022. It looks like if I was wrong, it will not be by much.
Nov. 5
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Dear Peg,

If you rely on fellow humans for your sanity, you are already insane.

At the club - and most tourneys these days are just club games - I chalk this up to North not being smart enough to know what a XX is. In the real world, North redoubles and that sends the same message.

When I need to vent, I make a sarcastic comment to North and South along those lines. “Learn to play real bridge and XX. That way, you don't have to do a poor acting job and your partner does not need to pretend he did not see it.”
Nov. 4
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Well, against some club players you could bid 3 and then double East when he bids four :)

More seriously, West passed 2 and East did not XX or try to obstruct over X with a direct 3. (Though always remember, “club player”) No one was selling out to 2. It seems your side can make 2 or 3, so at MP you cannot settle for +100 vs +110. It is for those ten lousy points that you will record -670 on your scorecard. But at least you play bridge like a matchpoint maven.

Two spades is better than 3. Your club suit sucks and you will not be happy ruffing diamonds in dummy with cards you will need to draw trumps if partner hits with just three clubs. Play for eight tricks and the same +110 as nine tricks in clubs.
Nov. 2
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I am so sorry to hear the sad news, Clive. My sympathies to you and your family for your loss. It appears that you and wife have lost a son, the bridge community a fine contributor and humanity lost one of the good guys.
Nov. 1
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I tried looking up stats as well, but he was not listed. However, there were multiple references for his being with the B.D. This included Bobby Wolff in his book.

And lets face it, with a name like Moonlight Graham, you have to list him even if he never had an AB
Oct. 27
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Sorry about that. I checked my history searches and I actually typed “Frey” in the search. I do these things at like 2-4am and sometimes I am blurry-eyed. So when I was compiling the data for a bio I did not notice it was a composite effort :(

I had heard the background stories before, so it did not occur to me that I had goofed.
Oct. 26
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Apologies for the inexactness of the line. If dummy had a club (in exchange for a major suit card) the slam is making on A.
Oct. 26
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Like maybe a life :)
Oct. 26
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Thank you, Martin.
Oct. 26
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