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Counterpoint – it's really great to have these analyses, and huge thanks to the experts for providing them!
Feb. 6, 2018
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I should add that 2 would be a signoff/minimum the way we play it.
Oct. 11, 2013
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I don't understand the point of this ancedote. Are you implying that a middling club player was intentionally hesistating rather than having to legimately think about her bid?

Also, for the record, I wouldn't have answered your question either, regardless of the tone.
Sept. 17, 2013
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Got it – thanks for the examples.
Aug. 22, 2012
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“For example, with AQTxx, leading the Ace gives you a much better chance of getting the suit going with the loss of only one trick.”
Can you explain this further? I'm not following at first glance.
Aug. 22, 2012
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3NT doesn't seem all that crazy. If partner has the expected 3 spades, she is odds on to have either the A, K, or Q. But yeah, this is why you bid 3 the first time around.
Aug. 14, 2012
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The Learn To Play Bridge software is, by far, the best tool out there for newcomers. It's simple, engaging, and comprehensive. Oh yeah, and free.
May 7, 2012
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“…three exhausting hours of ulcer-producing, home-wrecking, ego-shattering tension.”

Plus ça change…
Sept. 27, 2011
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Way to go Kranyaks! Laurie is a true competitor.
March 14, 2011
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This series is really, really excellent. Looking forward to the next one. I would also love it if these were made available in a podcast format, if there's any chance of that.
Feb. 7, 2011
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Negro Leaguers do not have their own section of the baseball Hall of Fame. There is no distinction between Negro League players elected to the Hall of Fame and other players.
Jan. 19, 2011
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To everyone who voted 3 – what do you think is the better bid?
Dec. 28, 2010
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Thanks Steve, you're right. I was thinking that partner would take the size of the 3rd card as suit preference to return after a ruff. But this is an uppercut situation, so that doesn't apply. I got it now.
Nov. 16, 2010
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Wait a second… if partner thinks you have 5 spades on the bidding, wouldn't he ruff the *3rd* spade rather than the 4th, thinking declarer has a doubleton?
Nov. 15, 2010
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Excellent article – as an improving player myself, I agree with all of these recommendations.

Now I just need to find the discipline to use my Bridge Baron iPhone app to practice counting, rather than just kill 5 minutes waiting in line at Chipotle…
Nov. 15, 2010
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March Madness in October! Let's hope I do better at this than I did in my office NCAA tournament pool…
Oct. 6, 2010
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Steve – what you say makes a LOTT of sense. (sorry, that was too easy)

What is odd that is at my table, I don't think the opps bid past 2H. I was really surprised to see that they had 10 hearts between the two hands. (Or maybe I shouldn't be surprised, since we won this round by about 35 IMPs.) At the other table with the same result, I'm guessing the opps did bid 5S over 5H.
Oct. 6, 2010
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Partner did get overenthusiastic. She held:
AKQJ106
xx
Qx
AQx

which IMO isn't exactly a slam-going hand (2 quick losers in *two* suits). Although even with my weak hand, 5S only needs a working club finesse to make. Interestingly, 5S down one was the contract at the other table as well, though I don't know what the bidding was.
Oct. 5, 2010
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Wow, your P reversed into a *two*-card suit! That's a new one. I'm not sure how I would bid it either, though. Maybe just a jump to 5C after the 1C opening to show a ton of playing tricks, hoping you will bid 6 with a control or two. The reverse is misleading both in terms of P's heart holding as well as HCP.

P's jump to 6C seems kind of dangerous, as opps bidding shows a good possibility that you have xx vs xx in diamonds. But it's a reasonable try (obviously, considering it makes on this hand).
Sept. 24, 2010
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I would pass. My guess is that partner has a strong self-sufficient club suit, and just reversed into a 3-card heart suit just to create a game force and hear more information. Partner could have something like:

Axx
Axx
AKQJxxx
which isn't quite a 2C opener (for me at least). Your support of hearts is a huge help, and Blackwood/cuebids won't be useful, so partner just bids the slam.

I'm basing this on the conjecture that nobody in their right mind would whip out some crazy artificial (void-showing?) 6-level bid in a pickup partnership at a tournament. Please tell me that's not what happened.
Sept. 23, 2010
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