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I have recently switched to forcing at this vulnerability with my regular partner. I was dead set against the idea for many years, but the advantage of a forcing pass here is huge. You can pass with the given hand and suggest 5H, which is just perfect on this hand.
Aug. 17, 2017
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I was the declarer at the other table. Trick 1 went K, ruff, 4, 5. With the 2 and 3 missing, the position was not that clear to Lindqvist. He found the right defense after long thought.
Aug. 12, 2017
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Congrats!
July 30, 2017
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Hi Jeff,

Congrats for the Vanderbilt!

Do you and Eric change strategy for the few times you guys play
matchpoints/board a match ?

With a 1453 or 1435 shape over 1D-1S, would you be more tempted
to bid 1NT at matchpoints ?

Thanks,

Fred
March 29, 2017
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Both plays have the exact same probability of being successful
Feb. 5, 2017
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With 8 of them, it's an absolute guess. With a 7 card suit, A then Q would be a better percentage play.
Feb. 5, 2017
Fred Pollack edited this comment Feb. 5, 2017
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Let's say I hold Axxxx x Axxx Axx. My RHO opens 2C. Do I bid?
Of course not. If my RHO holds x AKQJ10xxxxx x x, we could easily have a game. A 1NT or 2NT opening can be psyched, but a 2C opening can't be. To me, opening 2C with x AKQJ10xxxxx x x is a psyche and therefore, should be illegal. 2C should always show substantial defense and controls.
Dec. 20, 2016
Fred Pollack edited this comment Dec. 20, 2016
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I would but unfortunately 7C makes!
Dec. 18, 2016
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Just my opinion.
Dec. 18, 2016
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2C promises defense which makes the hand AKQJ10xxxxx x x x unsuitable for the bid.
Dec. 18, 2016
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I agree that the ACBL rules do not prohibit opening 2C on hands like this. Allowing 2C on hands like AKQJ10xxxxx x x x is simply wrong. When you open 2C, you should be able to defeat the opponent's slam. Any strong player opening 2C with AKQJ10xxxxx x x x is absolutely trying to deceive. For an average player, I realize this is probably not the case.
Dec. 18, 2016
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It should be absolutely illegal to open 2C with a hand like this.
Dec. 18, 2016
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Nancy: I was asked to analyze 6 hands in French for the Thursday game.
Nov. 4, 2016
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After the likely 1S by North and 2H by East, South should cuebid 3H to show his support and at least a limit raise. North is likely to accept since he hopes to ruff some hearts in dummy.

East must lead a trump to defeat the contract. North will not be able to ruff a H in dummy and he can't build a second diamond trick.

The trump lead has become an essential tool for defenders in today's modern game. People bid aggressively and frequently, they need to score many trump tricks to make their contract. A trump lead can limit the ruffs.
Nov. 4, 2016
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I don't think Sontag's tempo at trick 1 is relevant. Experts are trained to play in tempo on defense in this exact situation. Of course, fatigue can play a role but the UI here is clear. Zatorski was in a tough position at trick 2. If I was in his shoes, I would be thinking this: if I play a H (at trick 2 or 3), could I justify this to a committee? If I play a H now, will they call the director? His long hesitation does not seem to indicate that he was thinking deeply about the defense since he did not think about the uppercut nor did he cash the 2nd diamond (an obvious play at this level). I don't think Patchmann intended to send UI and I really think Zatorski tried hard not to use it but somehow felt like he could justify his heart play. Still, the end result is that the Reisigner winner was decided on a board with UI.
Dec. 10, 2015
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