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This surely must be a campaign to make BridgeWinners dull and boring.
6 hours ago
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Play 4, it's easier.
April 22
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If/when 2 is alerted, asking then doubling is highly unethical. Just double without asking and hope partner understands it's the same as doubling any other artificial bid such as Stayman, etc.
April 22
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My hypothetical audience always knows when I'm joking.
Thanks for the info about the hand.
April 19
Michael Beyrouti edited this comment April 19
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The first thing commentator could say: “I would ruff the heart lead since declarer doesn't know yet whether to discard a club or a diamond from hand.”
Second comment: Don't ask about their leads, it won't tell you anything. Just gauge your opponents… what's their caliber. If West is a debutant, assume he woodenly led “4th best”. For all I know, that lead could be a singleton (if West is an expert).
Third comment: Declarer has to be quick on her feet here because she wants to catch her opponents off-guard. After giving it a brief moment's thought, she should win the lead (discarding a spade from hand) and immediately play the diamond 10 at trick two, even before unblocking the clubs. It's highly unlikely they will take their king. See Debbie Rosenberg's recent BW article on a nice duck by William Zhu from Kx.
With this trick in the bag, declarer should sit back, relax and think about how she wants to proceed from there. There are many possibilities. One is to test hearts, bla, bla, bla…
Paul Gipson: This is a very interesting and challenging hand. The final contract is a reasonable one. Did it happen in real life? Did declarer make it? Is there a “best” single-dummy line?
April 18
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Good question.
No good answer.
April 16
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Good point DB. But… 5 (Josephine) might fetch a Pass when opener holds only one top honor… in which case responder wants to be in 6. This isn't a good example of “an ideal GSF” after all! Nor of Josephine. This East hand, beautiful as it is, cannot be sure of slam, big or small, unless West shows at least one top honor. Not easy.
April 16
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Yeah, I know that was what Kryptic Kit was alluding to. I would pass with 5-3-3-2 but I would hate to pass with 5-5-2-1. I realize this is a potential misfit situation and I should pass asap. But what happened to good old “let the weak hand determine the trump suit”? I am trying to improve the contract because:
a. I feel my hand won't contribute much in a 2 contract,
b. When opener rebids his own minor suit that doesn't preclude him from having 4 hearts; or 3 hearts; or 2 spades. Yes that's what I'm aiming for: a 2 contract on a 5-2 fit. I am in deep trouble only when opener has only 1 spade and only 2 hearts. Partner will have to play 3. I feel the probabilities are in favor of me trying.

I do not think my arguments will sit well with Kit. But I want to hear it from the horse's mouth, or yours.
April 15
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Kit Woolsey: I did not understand your statement. What should responder do with a weak hand and 5-5-2-1 shape? Or even 5-4-2-2.
April 15
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Thank you Debbie for sharing with us this suckling duck! (Prepared by Chef Will Zhu)
April 14
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In my system, 1M opening is always 4 cards, not longer, canape style for unbalanced hands.
2M openings (limited) show 5+ cards.
1 and 1 artificial and forcing.
Full description here: http://mb-bridge-bidding-system.blogspot.mx/
(maybe .mx should be .ca; I'm currently in Mexico)
Feb. 7
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In David Burn's table, I do not understand why or how when opener has 6 or 7 or 8 spades the probability that next hand has 2 spades increases rather than decreases compared to the case where opener has only 5 spades.
Jan. 30
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Yes, to show strength.
Jan. 25
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Option 1 and Option 5 are essentially the same. You do not want to wait to have 4 cards in hearts to double. And one should always double with a very strong hand. One cannot/should not double with a minimum opener.
Would you double, for take out, with 15-17 and a singleton heart? What's the point? If partner has the goods, he was going to bid anyway without the double. If he doesn't have what it takes to bid, then whatever he does bid (because of the double) you will either be penalized or outgunned: they have nine hearts. So, with 15-16 and a singleton heart I would either bid my suit or keep quiet. With more, I would double. Is this penalty or take out? It doesn't matter; it simply shows a strong hand and partner will DSI.
Jan. 24
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4 lead?
Jan. 6
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After voting for a club lead, I regretted it… even though I see Sylvia Shi's endorsement above. Craig Biddle threw me off track by the way he phrased the problem. This is not a lead double. This is a rare but true penalty double. Partner knows they won't make it, no matter what I lead. Partner knows that declarer won't come to 13 tricks without going thru diamonds - from the auction. So partner has… the A! But I won't lead a diamond just in case I'm all wet. I'll lead a club just in case Sylvia is right…
Jan. 1
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“other”
Dec. 27, 2017
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Isn't it the case that the inverted minor usually denies a 4-card major? But that's an aside.
While it's true that North can see a diamond slam the minute his partner opens 1 I would not suppress the major, even and especially when it is 4 cards only. Why?
Because the potential for a grand slam on a 4-4 fit is real with the diamond suit providing the discards whereas, in diamonds, the limit could be 6 since there are no discards on the 4-4 spade suit.
To me the issue on this hand is not so much whether to raise diamonds or show the spades; the issue is how to reach the grand after a 1 response.
In the absence of any opposition bidding we should be able to reach 7. However, on the actual OP hand, with so much preempting in hearts, I'd fear bad breaks especially in the spade suit. So I'd settle for a grand in diamonds (no bad break possible) - if we can reach it. I'd follow exactly the path North took and it is up to South to bid 7D as someone pointed out above.
Merry Christmas!
Dec. 25, 2017
Michael Beyrouti edited this comment Dec. 25, 2017
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4?!?
Dec. 24, 2017
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Perhaps we should replace the word “comparable” with “consistent with” (the withdrawn call).
Dec. 24, 2017
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