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An explanation of the bids would be a great help to understand why N can bid 7 over S 6.
Jan. 16, 2017
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In fact I do not treat 5-4 same as 4-3-3-3. I downgrade 4-3-3-3 and upgrade a decent 5crd. For my analysis I use more or less Danny Kleinmans point count and add 1 point for a 5crd with 4+ hcp. For a separate analysis of different distributions I would need far more boards.
Jan. 15, 2017
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Knowing that delayed support is always 3 certainly can be an advantage. On these hands the grand is good because N has extra trumps. With 5314 you need trumps and to behave.
Jan. 15, 2017
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I did an analysis of 2.200 boards (4.400 hand pairs) played in our club last year. I found 613 hands qualifying for a SNT. Of those there were 78 with 8-9 points opposite the SNT. Now I compared passing with 8, blasting with 9 to inviting with 8-9. Non-vulerable the gain for pass/blast was 104 IMPs, vulnerable 134. I just took the # of DD-tricks in NT, but did not evaluate M-fits.
Jan. 14, 2017
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1-2 IMO it is important to show a potential source of tricks before supporting
3-4 are max 1 loser opposite a small singleton, cue
4-4N -cue denies A, K or Q in , 4N D.I. = control in all suits, asks extras
5-7 now N can show singleton , now S knows enough (I think) to bid 7.
Jan. 13, 2017
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Great to know about a -void. Now I know 35% of my high cards are wasted.
Jan. 13, 2017
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“The key to the grand is North's singleton diamond and extra trumps, allowing a long diamond to be established and reached even with a club lead.” S knows this because of N 5-bid???
Jan. 13, 2017
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Some of you suggest to use 3N as shortness ask. I agree that this is better then serious/non-serious in some situations. It is also true that 3N as cog is better in other situations. Our agreement is that any time we have established an 8+crd-fit 3N without a jump is non-serious. Once we have reached a stage where our misunderstandings are very rare, I am going to discuss alternatives.
Jan. 12, 2017
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Non-serious.
Jan. 11, 2017
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Nice idea, but it would be even better to have 1N-2; 2-2M as invitational only. Plenty of room for the FGs and I like being able to stop in 2M if there is only a 5-2-fit. I'm not even sure if you need to put (all) 4-4M-hands in 2.
Jan. 10, 2017
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3N was beaten although there was no lead and Kit is a much better player then I am. Plus, don't forget the bad scores because you play in 2N in stead of 1N.
Jan. 9, 2017
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Of course. There is a story about Edgar Kaplan where his partner has a very strong hand. After a number of forcing bids Edgar becomes dummy and his partner asks “zero points partner?” Edgar replies “worse then that” and puts a 4-3-3-3-yarborough on the table. This evaluetes to -0.5 K&R.
Jan. 8, 2017
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I estimate at least 100.000 in my first bridge life (70-78) plus 8.000 in my second bridge life so far (12-?). It is highly unlikely that I will live long enough to reach a higher category.
Jan. 8, 2017
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N has 10.1 K&R, 10+ DK and 10 “my points”
S has 13.5 K&R,, 13+ Dk and 13+ “my points”
I would have quietly played 1N.
Jan. 7, 2017
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Patrick, being in a silly contract sometimes doesn't mean you are silly. Furthermore I don't claim that I am never in a silly contract. I am sure that even Edgar Kaplan sometimes had to play a silly contract, even it probably wasn't as often as you and I.
Jan. 6, 2017
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I think it was Edgar Kaplan who advocated that you don't have to always find the best part scores but must avoid the silly ones. I always try to apply this principle in my system design.
Jan. 6, 2017
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I've played WNT (10-12 or 12-14) for most of my bridge life. Being seriously hurt by a double is rare. The worst scores come from 1N-2 vul. at matchpoints, not doubled of course!
Double gives responder the opportunity to bid 2m on 5, which is not possible without the double or to use our runaway system.
Double gives responder the opportunity to redouble. Now THEY have to try and get out unscattered. Difficult if doubler is balanced and doesn't have a sophisticated runaway system.
BTW their best runaway system is to trust the redouble and use ours.
Jan. 6, 2017
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I had to abstain. Though our double is intended as penalty, it is independent of the range of the opening bid. We expect to beat 1N if we have a solid opening with a good suit to lead. With less then 8 points pard is expected to bid 2 as p/c or bid a long suit of his own.
Jan. 6, 2017
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Michael: I agree to X with 5-4 and not enough to force game. I would then raise 2 to 3 (or even 4).
Patrick: I do understand your problem, but how can you not force to game if you force pard to make 10 tricks in if she has no -fit unless you are strong enough for a fit-jump.
I rephrase: I see a good reason why 2 should NOT be FG.
Jan. 5, 2017
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1) Bidding 2 and later support shows high cards, 3 shows distribution.
2) I see no reason why 2 should be FG
3) Bid 2, then 3 with invite and long
Question: how good is your parachute for 4?
Jan. 5, 2017
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