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All comments by Jannes van 't Oever
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Hi Gary,

Fair comment. My initial reaction was wonder (and frustration) how North could take such a wild guess that paid off handsomely, and I wanted to gauge what other players think of North's auction.

I see from the poll I need to recalibrate. Knowledge gained, that's all I aimed for.
Feb. 8
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There are 20something tables arranged in teams matches, all tables play the same 28 boards. You play 14 boards against one pair and then the next 14 against another.
Feb. 8
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Michael,

I asked for opinions, not a scolding. Thank you.
My approach to bidding is different than my opponents, I would like to know if I'm a bit off or whether a majority (dis)agrees with me. I'm okay with being wrong, I learn and move on.

Even if, and I stress if, the opponents have overheard this deal during the break, I have no problem with that. Stuff happens. I have a choice to report a possible infraction and that'll be the end of it for me. I didn't accuse anyone nor did I want to start a witch hunt.

Maybe you need to cut people a little bit of slack.
Feb. 8
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I agree with a jump to 6/7 .. 5 just gives them too much room. (I was sitting West myself)

Your thoughts make sense to me: +1
Feb. 8
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My thoughts exactly. Please replace eulogy with John's suggestion, or homage.
Oct. 12, 2018
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3rd and low
Sept. 11, 2018
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I think Michael means me ;)
Aug. 15, 2018
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Added details about our agreements.
May 3, 2018
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Thanks for all your comments.

My hand .. the delayed overcall was this:

5
KJ3
AT
QJ75432

3NT at the other table was down 2 so we picked up a couple. But 5 was cold (trumps splitting).
Nov. 9, 2017
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“Kees” in English sounds like “case”.

Thanks for Tom Waits. Good call
Aug. 19, 2016
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Thanks, fixed.
Aug. 19, 2016
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Actually I got the vulnerability wrong .. it should be the other way around.

Anyway, partner rates to have a 4-crd suit, 5+ about two trumps therefore shortish . The Ace lead would have been successful, as partner had:

Q
Q4
J863
KJT843

If the Ace lead reveals nothing you can still switch to .

Leading a initially means you write -990 …
July 2, 2016
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Thank you Henrik, you've clarified it quite a bit for me :-)
June 14, 2016
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My negative double would focus on the other Major, not promising the other minor. Therefore introducing a new suit on the 3-level requires extras. With a minimum 5-4 I would always rebid my Major.

East might have passed a clean 3 bid, I don't know. But the 2 -> 3 correction surely didn't make it more attractive to aim for more.
June 14, 2016
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Partner's 4 bid was:

T8632
4
AKJ742
5

You might or might not agree with it.
June 1, 2016
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It is entirely possible I have rotated the deal 90 degrees (by accident).
April 29, 2016
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I don't have full facts as it didn't happen at my table.

As West is a passed hand it is unlikely there is a forcing pass agreement.

I'm quite confident in saying the (large) majority of qualified players will play takeout doubles in all positions.

To me it looks like this: a so-so takeout double turns crystal clear when partner reveals some values by breaking tempo.
April 29, 2016
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Point wise you are strong enough for a jump to 3 but the suit is crappy.
Distribution wise you have a genuine reverse, but you are a tad light for that.

Does the 1 response lower the value of your hand enough to just rebid 2?
Feb. 9, 2016
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Partner's hand:

K5
A65
A72
AQ964

In a teams match both tables missed this slam.

I agree with Fred's comment to make a nudge. Perhaps 5 isn't too bad, no red controls but enough for a try.
Dec. 19, 2015
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Depends on what level the transfer was executed.

1NT - 2
2 - 4NT = Quantitative

1NT - 4*
4 - 4NT = Keycard

* Depends on your agreements
Oct. 18, 2015
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