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Can I go back in time and bid 2 at my first opportunity?
Sept. 27, 2018
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Then how do you distinguish scrambling for a playable fit from a spade slam try here?
Sept. 27, 2018
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Looking at my own hand, it seems like a spade lead or a diamond lead would be most likely to give me an extra trick and a heart lead or a club lead just goes to a suit I have under control. If I bar hearts, I'm almost certainly getting a club. If I bar clubs, I may or may not get a heart. So I'd bar clubs. But that's just me.
Sept. 26, 2018
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Do I see dummy when I make my decision, or only my own hand?
Sept. 26, 2018
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I don't know at which point “the occasional psych” turns into “partnership agreement”.

If we can say “EW actions are normal” with a straight face, then I personally am going to have a hard time arguing that E's call is a “psych”. And I'm also going to have a hard time arguing that this particular auction is so rare that we have no partnership understanding about it.

Your mileage may vary!
Sept. 25, 2018
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DISALLOWED

6. Opening one bids which by partnership agreement could show fewer than 8 HCP. (Not applicable to a psych.)
Sept. 25, 2018
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Around the second time East makes that bid, East is in a state of sin. according to ACBL regulations. We know that is the partnership agreement, by the way, because West knows “partner … may be weaker”.
Sept. 25, 2018
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high , what else?
Sept. 24, 2018
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I … shouldn't I make a plan /before/ I decide where to win the first trick? Isn't the only thing about this hand whether I have two or three trump losers? So, sure play the A first and then play on trumps.
Sept. 17, 2018
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I appreciate the advice, but I am a bit confused by it. Which features of U. vs. U. would vary from partnership to partnership relevant to this auction?
Sept. 14, 2018
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You have 2NT to show the minors here, so …
Sept. 12, 2018
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I bid 3 with that hand. Either partner passes or corrects to 3. If the latter, I raise to 4 or make a slam try or whatever I feel like.
Sept. 7, 2018
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Pass or Correct like always. I mean, I don't understand; if you want to play 2-(3)-X as some kind of “please tell me what your major is so I can bid it to the right level” … I mean, what is Partner going to do with the wrong major if not bid it at the 3 level? So don't I get to exactly the same place after exactly the same number of calls with pass-or-correct?
Sept. 7, 2018
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After my partner preempts, my doubles are always penalty full stop.
Sept. 7, 2018
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But my double seems to imply I expected to beat this contract by many tricks, so go for the extra undertricks.
Sept. 6, 2018
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If you play, for example, that Opener's double here shows 2 and 3+ of each other suit, then Pass implies 3+ and Responder is in a good position to make a penalty double or competitive move in both cases. The problem is, as pointed out above, that Responder might have just wanted to push the opponents up a level and has no desire to play 4m – even knowing Opener has 3 card support – nor
to defend 3-x. The other problem is when Opener called 1NT on some 5422 shape.
Sept. 6, 2018
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Why do I need exclusion? 4 can't possibly be a void so my RKC call tells me what I need to know.
Sept. 5, 2018
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With long clubs and no high cards, why didn't Responder just Pass over 2?
Sept. 5, 2018
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Good point. I get so used to slow-shows that I forget it's an option to play fast-shows (even though there's a line on the convention card explicitly for us to fill out)
Sept. 5, 2018
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