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See Steve Bloom and Frances Hinden. Preempts work, and slam is OK but not great.
24 minutes ago
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I have one partner who insists it is correct with KQ10x, while I eschew it without the 9, even with KQ10xx, I've decided that 5 pieces with the 9 or 6 pieces with KQ10xxx are minimal for the Q in most unclear circumstances. That's just a personal view.
14 hours ago
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Pitch a spade on a heart and pass the diamond 10?
14 hours ago
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I have a slight preference for Forcing by UPH and a strong preference for “semi-forcing” BPH. I think forcing by UPH requires less judgment than not and I'm unsure of many partners' judgment on this. If I had strong confidence in partner I'd probably elect semi-forcing. What do you do with 5332 and 14HCP, with 4522 and 14hcp without Flannery. I also really don't like it when partner bids 1NT with 15 hcp and some square hand “because it was forcing”.
Of course you could get Messrs. Rosenberg and Woolsey to debate this as they have done in the past.:)
14 hours ago
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Thanks Craig. This is compelling.
Sept. 24
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Patrick: You misread my statement entirely. I fully agree that we can competitively bid 3C/3D/3H to avoid letting them play 2S. That is just competing with appropriate hands hoping that you will either go plus or go less minus than the -110 of their 2S. However, when i said “3 over 3” I meant avoiding. Bidding e.g. 3S over their 3C/D/H with only an 8 card fit when they have only an 8 card fit is exactly the LOTT situation designed to be cautioned against. In fact, if you think about it at IMPS, bidding “3 over 3” only works in one of the four possible situations. If both e.g. 3any and 3S are going down, let them play 3m. If 3m is going down and 3S is unsure, take the plus. If 3m makes and 3S going down, try to beat 3m. Only when both contracts make, which usually means 17-18 trumps should you bid 3 over 3. Hasn't anyone else heard of this?
Sept. 24
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Craig: Obviously the original problem was whether to lead a high heart honor, standard being the king in U.S., or the fourth best club. Recently I led a top heart in a similar situation and partner had 5 clubs, a club lead defeating the contract. Clearly this panel does not consider this a close decision, by a ratio of ~2.5:1. I'm wondering if a simulation with appropriate assumptions would support, augment, or belie this ratio
Sept. 24
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Thanks David, as I understand it you might bid 3 over 2 of their higher suit with 8 card fit to turn -110 into -50 or -100 at matchpoints, or with extra shape ( a good excuse), but to bid 3 over their 3 with only an 8 card fit needs a VERY good excuse. Am I wrong?
Sept. 24
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Oh! I knew about LOTT, just couldn't insert the Oh! If you applied that to this situation, you would refuse to ever play a Moysian at the 2level. I guess one has to be worried about partner competing to 3S with a 5 card suit. Can't happen you say? Have you seen what people are taking second bids these days?
Sept. 24
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Double raise in competition is in black on the convention card, is it not? Isn't that enough?
Sept. 23
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What is 3C supposed 6-9 or 9-11?
Sept. 23
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LTT??
Sept. 23
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No Richard, in chess it means patience or the ability to sit on a chess position and wait until your opponent makes an error. It probably derives from your interpretation, historically speaking. Another bridge term taken directly from chess is, of course, EN PASSANT. (Didn't have Italics available). :)
Sept. 22
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IMO one of the best books on bidding ever written.
Sept. 22
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A low heart lead (!?) provided 3 heart tticks and the rest was zitzfleisch. (Chess players, did I spell that right?)
Sept. 22
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I think a more normal course would be for South to stay quiet red, and 1NT-2C-2D-2NT would be analogous.
Sept. 21
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The explanation of 2C was inserted in parenthesis via instructions, and meant either both majors or a long minor, like Modified Cappellletti but with 2C and 2D reversed. Is that called Woolsey?
Sept. 21
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Agree with Jeff. Isn't it enough that I've opened this Drek? (As someone slightly more conservative than average, I would still always open this, but it is still Drek)
Sept. 21
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Agreed. Attitude would be rare.
Sept. 21
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Invite moderately ( not too heavy, not too light, somewhat narrowly) and accept aggressively. Reason: once you have been invited to 2NT or to 3M, you are already at some risk for down 1, so you need less in the way of odds to accept. Let's assume you have been invited by 2NT and you figure odds of 9 tricks is 40%, 8 tricks is 40% and 7 tricks is 20%. Your white IMPs expectation if you accept, compared to other table passing 2NT is neutral 6*.4-5*.4-2*.2=0, so instead of the normal 45% breakpoint for a white imp game it's only 40%. For a red imp game it's around 33% ONCE ALREADY INVITED, instead of the common 38%. This is like hitting on 16 in Blackjack in some cases even though you expect to lose—you expect to lose less than by not hitting. There was a Bridge World article back in the 90's which did the math and concluded that the invite range should be much narrower than old style traditions, but once invited, accept readily.
Sept. 21
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