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They were a minority choice but stolen bid has some big name support. My preference is for Martin, a good example of a generic defense. See Richard Pavlicek's Junkyard Defense to artificial two level openers for another example of a good GD: http://www.rpbridge.net/7g76.htm">http://www.rpbridge.net/7g76.htm
June 21
Mike Nelson edited this comment June 21
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Qxx just won't be enough to stop spades by itself, I try 3 to ask for spade stop, and partner bids 4 with his stiff spade.
June 18
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I could maybe see opening these cards 4 in third seat if the partnership plays light first seat openings, as the chance of slam opposite a passed hand would be less than the chance of a successful spade sac by opps. But in first seat, 4 is too bat-crap crazy to be considered merely insane!
June 13
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My suggested rule for partnerships anywhere short of world class experts: Pass is forcing if and only if one partner has bid or forced to game on power.
June 11
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East might have been thinking “slam invitational values”, forgetting that what he said would be interpreted as “(game) invitational values.”
June 4
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Field protection does not appear in the current lwas and never has.
June 4
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Bob thank you for easily memorized system of advances over raptor! I look forward to trying this. I agree with you that passing flat hands that would have bid a natural 1NT is a good trap for the respond on air crowd.
June 3
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North-South made reasonable guesses in a crowded auction and guessed wrong. That's why people preempt. Far less imps/mps are gained by keeping opps out of makable games/slams than by goading them into unmakable ones. I have far less sympathy for the famous disaster in an unobtructed auction.
June 1
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I remember a hand where partner passed my Precision 1 with a seven card club suit and a zero count. Of course 7 was what we were cold for. We did get one matchpoint, another pair bid the grand but misplayed it. We won the game that night … by one point.
May 18
Mike Nelson edited this comment May 18
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1M-2M-3M trump quality game try con coexistto a degree with 1-2-3 stop if you only bid 1-2-3 stop with good enough trumps that partner can't have an acceptance.
May 16
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The quality of the heart suit is important, bad splits are guaranteed. I would be more liberal on suit quality overcalling 2, as splits may be bad, but not sure to be, opener might be balanced.
May 16
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I play negative doubles for the same reason Edgar Kaplan did: to collect more penalties. The hands where opener can leave in a negative double are more frequent than than the hands where responder can swing the axe. They also help our own bidding if opener can't leave it in.
May 16
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A finesse is to us bridge players as pornography is to the US Supreme Court: we can't define it, but we know it when we see it.
April 30
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Come on you takeout voters is there no auction all all where we get to swing the axe no matter how much the opponent is begging for it?
April 29
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If 5NT is any kind of grand slam try, you should already count 13 tricks unless there is an unexpected loser.
April 27
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I've always thought this was a modified GSF saying “bid seven if your suit can play for no losers opposite a void.” Lots of suits that are fine for 3NT don't meet this, the usual criteria for opening is odds-on for no losers opposite a stiff.
April 27
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I disagree with Richard WRT rulings under the claim law that is. He would be 1000% correct under the claim law that should be.
April 26
Mike Nelson edited this comment April 26
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I love RP's charts. The statistics pretty much fit with Morehead's thinking.They also show the overall difference in expectation isn't that much fore the same number of trumps, and 10 > 9 > 8 regardless of how they split. I would suggest you learn the criteria Morehead sets out, but don't worry about murdering your score if you get it wrong, we're talking circa 0.1 tricks for 4-4 vs. 5-3.
April 25
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I would play this forcing by an unpassed hand.
April 23
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My rule: fp applies if and only if we bid or force to game on power.
April 22
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