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When I was a kid, I was taught that “aces and spaces” were good for trump contracts and soft honors (“quacks” in modern lingo) were good for NT. Does not South have soft honors up the wazoo?
April 4, 2017
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I think Drew meant for North's 2nd bid to be a forcing 2NT “game try”.
April 4, 2017
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There IS a bid in the arsenal which caters specifically to minors…
March 31, 2017
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Say South with 0 or 2 tricks on defense passes. North with 0 tricks on defense does what?
March 17, 2017
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Sure, but 3 should imply 5 or more of ‘em, and deny 3 hearts, so he knows he’s in the best fit available.
March 16, 2017
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Wouldn't Partner like to know that you have no fewer than three great cards?
March 16, 2017
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On which holdings exactly is Partner endplayed? 2524? 2515 with a hand good enough to not use Michaels?
March 16, 2017
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Couldn't the OP auction therefore be “take out of and NOT ” ?
March 16, 2017
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Is that true? I thought the auction (1)-P-(1)-P-(2)-X showed a hand that didn't have a takeout of clubs, but does have a takeout of clubs and hearts. Usually implying 4-4 or 4-5 in / and less than 3.
March 15, 2017
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Sure it can. Standard is that (1)-X-(2)-X is takeout for the minors.
March 15, 2017
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I think I would've bid 3 or passed the first time.
March 15, 2017
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Can I say “all of the first three” choices?
March 13, 2017
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On paper it's a 3-loser, and we can bet the K is onside, but how many times exactly do we think we're going to be able to take that finesse? And how many times do we think we're going to be able to ruff those low clubs given that LHO rates to have a couple of spades also?
March 10, 2017
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Playing Precision, the 2 bid is kind of a waste of bidding space because the hands are so rare. But, when they do come up, you nearly always get an excellent result because the meaning of the bid is so narrowly defined. The shuffler gave you a chance to use it, so use it.
March 10, 2017
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True, it can. But I find it easier to remember 2 then 3 is invitational 5-5, 2 then 4 is game 5-5 with no ambition, and then we can use 2 then 2 as slam going 5-5 which leaves lots of room. I suppose this leaves me in trouble if my partner opens 1NT with 9 cards in the minors, but there are worse things in life than agreeing to actually have a balanced hand to open 1NT.
March 9, 2017
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I play it as invitational with 5-5 in the majors, because like, why wouldn't it be? Evidently I am in the minority here.
March 8, 2017
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I Pass, but if it were the semi-finals, I'd bid 3.
March 7, 2017
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I'd bid 2 even in my local club game.
March 7, 2017
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I hate 1NT but I hate everything else (1, X, and Pass come to mind) even more.
March 7, 2017
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If you ruff with the K, don't you have a heart loser to go with the diamond you just lost?
March 6, 2017
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