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Fortunately, bridge players are selfish, since this bridge organization would be in their self-interest.
7 hours ago
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It only was a “loser” because it didn't play the ace first. The whole suit could have been run with no ruffs. In my book, that makes it a winner. The card played to that trick could have won a trick if declarer wanted it to without ruffing anything.
13 hours ago
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I suppose I should be clear about the interest: The robot had to unblock two diamond spots AND ruff a winner in order to score it.
17 hours ago
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If you use 2NT as a puppet to 3 after Stayman (and you should, invites don't need to happen) you can show a lot of hand types, including mild fitted slam tries, choice of games, minor signoffs and quantitative NT raises.
18 hours ago
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I'm taking my family to Universal soon, so have to rewatch all these…
18 hours ago
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“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.”
19 hours ago
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I suppose North could splinter after Stayman, but I wouldn't.
20 hours ago
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Using 3 to cover both forcing diamond rebids and forcing heart raises and strong hands without a stopper is a tall order to untangle. It is not a great situation.

If you're going to play such a low bottom 2/1 in comp, it is probably best to just use the next step in response as all mins, and everything else as forcing.
Jan. 27
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For those bashing Chris on this thread; I think you have no idea of the hard work he has volunteered in order to improve the situation. He is one of the primary voices of reason on the C&C committee and I, for one, am grateful he is there.
Jan. 27
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Did 2 promise a rebid?
Jan. 27
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JTxx of spades and an outside control is a fitted submin, easily enough to continue over a strong jump shift, even if played as not completely forcing. Give me xxx xxxxxx x xxx and I'll pass 2 and hope for the best.
Jan. 26
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K isn't an option on this type of poll
Jan. 26
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Perhaps, but there is a class of hands where we belong in the weaker fit (Vondracek hands) For example:
AKxxx (xxx) KQJxx. If they lead the wrong red suit, then we belong in spades.

and
AKxxx (Kxx) KQxxx, we can only sometimes handle 4-1 spades with clubs trump, but can easily handle 4-1 clubs with spades trump.
Jan. 24
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Our spade length and medium strength hand make it probable that we can buy it in 2. We should only go higher than that if we thing we're favorites to make.
Jan. 23
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2 aces and 2 queens though… Or maybe the J in addition. Not that I know the hand or anything (I didn't know the hand when I wrote my initial comment)
Jan. 22
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When a decision is close; look for spots and useful jacks. This hand has neither black Jack nor ten. An otherwise excellent slam (with spots) might become just a decent one because we can't handle bad breaks. And Slam might not be good at all if partner needed us to have a working Q.
Jan. 22
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Also, when it is clear the other side is going to win the contract, you should stick in 1-bids to help direct the defense or clarify important information.
Jan. 22
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After playing a bunch of hands of Hool with the wife and kids (who do not play bridge) we started moving in a bridge-like direction with agreements about what showing specific distributional information means, which is a step toward understanding bidding.
I told them
1) with a bad hand (fewer than 10 HCP), start by naming a 2 or 3 card suit
2) with 3 suits of 4+" length, start with your singleton or void, then follow with HCP
3) with no singletons or 6-card suits and 14-18 HCP, give your general distribution first
4) With a very strong hand (20+) start by naming your HCP
5) with a good hand (10+) that doesn't qualify for any of the above, start by naming a 4 or 5 card suit, long major first

These generally translate to
1) Pass
2) DBL
3) 1NT
4) 2C/2N
5) 1-suit

As responder, you can have rules too.

I thought it interesting perhaps to see what sort of rules they'd come up with on their own, but my kids were struggling, so I helped.
Jan. 22
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A psyche must be a gross distortion. 1 HCP and 1 Card is not a gross distortion.
Jan. 21
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@Jeff, I saw the hand and thought, “It is completely obvious this was meant as a natural bid by the bidder, an attempt to arrive at a making 3NT.”
Jan. 21
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