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All comments by Jordan Lampe
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Why can't you start 2, and if you get 3 back, go to 3NT suggesting that spades may not be the best spot?
June 10
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What is a “long trail bid” (the 3 bid in the declarer play diagram on page 4)?
June 7
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Right, LHO believes declarer has 15-17, and if Pard has the A then declarer must have the J so leading a spade just sets up two tricks for declarer.
June 5
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Qx is a pretty good holding opposite a partner who has a lot of spades and slam interest.
June 5
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No, South had a very light 55 minors hand (-/xxx/AQJxx/JT9xx if I recall correctly) which overcalled 2NT at the other table and got NS to 5 making +640 (vs our -140 for defending 3), when the opponents didn't cash their two heart winners in time. In the postmortem, someone suggested North has a call over 3 and my thoughts were GTFO but I had to make sure.
June 4
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Presumably the reason for it is because you've opened some random 3154 hand 1 and partner responds 1 and it makes for a lot smoother bidding to just raise 2 than to go through 2 and try to recover (even worse with shapes like 3145 or 3451).

But once you realize Opener is making 3 card raises, Responder, who hates playing Moyseians (especially with 4 weak trumps), wants to know whether we have a 7 or an 8 card fit. Or maybe Responder has 5 trumps and is interested in a ruffing slam so needs to know if the fit is 8 or 9 cards.
June 2
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Or X as t/o and 4NT as penalty.
June 2
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I don't know what the rules are in either location, but when I play in the New York area, everyone rapidly scoops up their bidding cards as soon as, sometimes before the last Pass. When I visited Japan, everyone left their cards on the table until the opening lead. I prefer the Japan way.
May 30
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I presume the biggest improvement is no longer having to use Adobe Flash, which seems to be on its way out.
May 24
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If I wasn't going to pass 3NT, I shouldn't have bid 3 the last time.
May 20
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If I couldn't bid 3 the first time, why can I bid it now?
May 20
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May 7
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2 transfer to hearts and then /don't/ raise spades at your next opportunity.
May 7
ATB
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It's a joke! ha ha!
April 29
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Sorry for being dense, but what does “the auction period” mean?
April 29
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I propose the following meta-rule to cover these situations: “First run side suit winners, Then give up side suit losers, Finally play trumps” where the plays in each sub-step can be ordered in the method most favorable to the defense. For NT contracts it would be “First run winners, Then give up losers”.
April 25
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A tactical bid is when I do it. A psyche is when you do it.
April 21
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We aren't doubled yet so it's only 50 a trick.
April 18
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I actually did bid 2 at the table, but all the people I showed this hand to chose to bid 2 first. So … I don't know? The auction goes the same way over 2 (that is (1)-X-2-2-?.)
April 17
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