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Hi Diego, your description implies that we are vulnerable but the problem says no one vulnerable, just checking which one it is?
May 25
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I enjoyed this article immensely. It did a great job of clarifying some things about a topic that was already difficult. In particular, I thought your ‘literary’ approach was much more effectively than a ‘formulaic’ approach would have been. Well done.

Please keep writing, Lauritz!
May 5
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'6H is a very reasonable contract, and the Nan family is so difficult that it has to hurt people.'

Sure :)

Great hand btw!
April 13
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Like others, I think a more interesting topic is ‘what do experts play that non-experts often do not’.

From my experience playing at the top level, Adam Parrish's post above is seriously on topic. I agree with most of his post. Kickback isn't close to universal and has issues, while Mulberry “WOODIE” is good but definitely niche (although it is for sure something that experts do and non-experts don't). But his post hits the spot.

My big one….

-Preempts - yeah, we all play them. Look at what lots of experts preempt on these days though. Let's just say your grandma would pass.

In my neck of the woods…

-Almost everyone plays some high-tech stuff over a 2NT natural opening. Common is 2NT-4x ‘two-under slam-try transfers’. Also 2NT-3S puppet to 3NT for minor hands (with 2NT-3NT natural) is not uncommon.

Here's some things which have been suggested through the thread which I disagree with:

-Two-way NMF: play transfers after 1NT rebid, like Frances said. In 10 years more people will be playing transfers than two-way NMF. You heard it here first
-Wolff signoff: many experts play transfers or other artificial structures over 2NT rebids.
-Kokish: in my view, controversial. Yes, it has upsides. Many ignore the downsides. Ask Bart Bramley about this one!
-Support redoubles: don't you people like to penalise your opponents? Play XX as blood (next double penalty), 1NT art support double, pass with weak NT, thank me later
-Transfer Leb instead of Leb - hell yeah!
April 10
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It wouldn't be totally crazy to play 2NT lebensohl here, would it? Give up a small edge on the way to a 3-level partscore, gain something in the game department…
March 23
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Results:

Partner's hand is
AKQ
K87
AKQ75
A5

You can make slam in many denominations, the safest of which is 6NT. 2-3 will get you there.

I bid 3 and pass 3NT for +520 and lose 10. I learnt something :)
March 17
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Nice one Nick! Well played
March 17
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That's Gus Hansen, a famous poker player (and bridge aficionado). Definitely not Lotan Fisher.
March 14
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Patrick,

Why are you making excuses for this behaviour? You say in your first sentence that the comment was unethical, but you still run with this irrelevant story as though it in any way lessens the offence. Can you imagine yourself or any of your friends ever doing something like this at the bridge table?

It's a distraction. What are you trying to accomplish in this thread - not just with this post, but all the stuff you posted above?
March 14
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Lol why are we talking about what the lead was, this incident is an utter disgrace and anyone seeking to sweep it under the rug has an agenda or a bias. It's that simple.

I have never seen anything like this while playing high level tournaments. It's truly staggering.
March 14
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Zero.
March 1
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From bidding practice an hour ago :)
Feb. 20
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Pass with this unappealing heart holding, but would not be at all surprised to see a preemptive 2 or 3 work. The obvious danger with 2 is that partner might take you seriously… but it does have the possibility of shutting out the 1 response.
Feb. 14
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Partly bad luck, but I think West should overcall, especially at the colours. I would lead the unlucky club as well.
Feb. 13
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Hi Ben, sorry to tell you but I usually play 3NT as a heart splinter and 4H as natural over 1S :)
Feb. 11
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Yes, yes, artificial
Feb. 10
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2/1 GF…
Feb. 10
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Passing doesn't work well. Partner has a 3514 18-count with some aces and kings, but when they lead their AK dummy is ruffing and declarer will lose either 1 or 2 tricks in total (partner has bare K which might take a trick).

Either 5 or 5 will save the day, 5 working better on this layout (but clearly unbiddable with this hand). 5 will drift a few off but no one has enough to double.
Feb. 9
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Swap 1NT-2NT (probably diamonds for you?) and 1NT-3 (puppet) so that 1NT-2NT asks for 5-card majors and 1NT-3 is a transfer to diamonds. You lose the super-accept in diamonds but we do this with full awareness of the trade-off.

Now after 1NT-2NT:
3 shows no five-card major
3 as opener's rebid doesn't exist (you can play it as 4-5 majors or some exotic holding if you desire)
3M shows 5-card suit

After 1NT-2NT-3 no major, responder's 3 shows 5-3 in the majors either way (and opener shows three-card majors up the line). Responder's 3M shows four oM as per usual puppet.

That's what I play and it seems to get the job done, albeit with occasional auctions where opener's shape is very well known to the defenders.
Jan. 26
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No winning lead at the table (unlike most of my problems where the wrong decision costs points). This time dummy had a club void and a spade suit - if you cash the A you hold it to 12 tricks, any other lead is 13.
Jan. 22
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