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If 4NT was a good contract then partner would have bid 3 and not 4. I have no slam ambitions so 5 from me.
3 hours ago
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Even though on a (really) bad day we might just make 7 tricks?
4 hours ago
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On the other hand we might end up defending a spade contract on a hand that would otherwise have been passed out.
4 hours ago
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I don't understand ‘negative’ in this context; is it a take out double or just showing values? What is it negating?
4 hours ago
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Just making sure it isn't before we tell our students to do it..
4 hours ago
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This is a 3 opening in my system which shows a good suit and an outside entry (weaker club pre-empts are opened 2NT).
Not playing this system I don't see the urgent need to bid; if we can make game partner will be opening the bidding.
5 hours ago
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A second double for me would still be takeout; not too unhappy if partner passes. Second choice 5.
5 hours ago
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Not in mine.
18 hours ago
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Are there any defences that can't?
Nov. 19
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I prefer to bid over 1NT more often so I use a defence that doesn't need 5-4 in any suits.
Nov. 19
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There are ongoing studies in the UK including taking CAT scans of brains.
Nov. 17
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Gregory: you screwed up, accept it and move on.
Nov. 17
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I play in the Sheffield league, it's very sociable between games and in the pub afterwards.
Nov. 16
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5x was worth 10%, however this is on one of the weaker nights at my local club.


All the reason for my partner to bid imho, since she knows others won't double. Her argument is that if 5 goes off we therefore get a very good score.
It's a perpetual argument, I don't like the top/bottom approach.
Nov. 16
Ian Grant edited this comment Nov. 16
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Bingo may well do but it might be hard to tell! ;-)

Table Tennis is the only other game that I know has been shown to have mental health benefits.
Nov. 16
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Then Chess would have the same benefits and it does not.
Nov. 16
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5 is cold, declarer holds 5 8 A5 AKQJT8432 and dummy has K.

Our partner holds JT762 AK72 74 96
Nov. 16
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As it happens nothing can defeat the contract, declarer holds: 5 8 A5 AKQJT8432
Nov. 16
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One of the reasons Bridge is good for staving off mental illness is that it is a sociable game, so this puts a new spin on ‘winning at all costs’!
Nov. 16
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I'm a bit of an expert on insufficient claims, so much so that my wife has seen fit to impose some rules:

Always wait until the current trick is completed.

Never claim when it is not your lead.


Oh, and “why do you bother claiming when we always finish 20 minutes ahead of anyone else” (Swiss matches, 7/8 board rounds).
Nov. 15
Ian Grant edited this comment Nov. 15
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