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For me 2 says “how good is your overcall?” and 2 says min.
If I wanted to play in 2 then I would already have bid 1.
6 hours ago
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Quite a bit more than that as it happens (they can make 9 tricks jn NT) but I would never double 1NT with a single-suited hand. I would have passed with this hand and led the 10…
7 hours ago
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I think we should send The Undertaker round.
7 hours ago
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Better than dying in pieces….

….but maybe that's just a description of MY declarer play.
10 hours ago
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My partner bid 3 over a 12-14 NT last night holding
QT4 A T64 AKJ865 (all nv).
I had passed in first seat.

Sadly I had a 3 count, 5-5 in the reds with a club void so the dreaded -200 got its usual miserable score.
10 hours ago
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Did you read page 2?
Nov. 15
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Nice article.

However, I firmly believe that opening 1m light is a mistake, often allowing the opps to find a major suit fit cheaply.
Nov. 14
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Is this a community effort or for profit?
Nov. 14
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I had a similar experience recently except that the diamonds were J-high and they had the A and J to compensate…
Nov. 13
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Standard English:
4cM, weak NT, 3 weak 2s.
With two 4-card suits open the higher ranking unless H+S.
1M-1NT nf, 5-9 hcp.
Nov. 12
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1C-(1D)-1M promising 5.
Nov. 10
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I stopped reading when I got to something I do that I'm not going to change…


I can also get quite narky when less experienced players tell me that the wisdom they have received is better than the wisdom I have accumulated.
Nov. 10
Ian Grant edited this comment Nov. 10
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Very common amongst the weaker UK players for 1NT-2 to show 11 hcp and 1NT-2NT to show 12 (1NT being 12-14).
Nov. 9
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We too play 1NT-3M as a natural passable game try and the same for 1NT-3m, though this time the game is 3NT.

This is in combination with RST, GEM and 2NT=pick-a-minor (but could be t/o to diamonds).

GEM (Grumpy Extended McKendrick): range ask or wto to clubs.
After which 3 asks for 4cM, 3NT denies.
Nov. 8
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It would be for me..
Nov. 6
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How many surrealists does it take to change a light bulb?
Nov. 5
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I'm assuming partner has ‘three quarters of bugger all’….
I'd be happy not to concede an overtricks on this hand.
Nov. 5
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Here there is also the problem caused by declarer becoming aware that they and partner were on a different page via an illegal announcement.

I think declarer did quite well in calling the TD and stating categorically that partner had got it wrong so we were in no doubt about what declarer actually held.

I think all the players behaved correctly, the TD just had a shocker.
We didn't appeal because it would not have materially affected our or the opps overall result. We might have gone up a place or two (from ninth) but not enough to get into the prizes.
Nov. 5
Ian Grant edited this comment Nov. 5
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We open balanced 9-11 counts that satisfy Ro18 1 in 1st/2nd seat along with natural 1 hands.
Nov. 5
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If partner had a diamond shortage they would have length in clubs and/or hearts so might have drummed up a bid; so I would rule out the K which may well get ruffed setting up the suit in dummy.

I'm not smart enough to see why a heart lead might be good and I can't afford to give away a club trick. So that leaves a spade as the only choice.
Nov. 5
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