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Max, Thank you very much for the good words. You are one of the players I respect too.
19 hours ago
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Hi, Ray, I have said the following a few times:

I want to make it very clear that not only I did not want to create UI, I was trying to avoid it.

If that is not clear enough. My pause was to avoid making it look like a penalty double.
My pause was try to make it look like normal tempo. And it was within 5-10 sec.
Nov. 22
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@Max, The thing is, I thought I paused a moment to be within normal tempo. I admit I might be a little too self conscious and waited a little too long. But I still did not think that was out of normal range.

Your example of leading a singleton was good.
Nov. 21
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@James, No harm feeling at all. I did not think you were but thanks for clarifying it.
Nov. 21
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Thanks to everyone who had answered and helped.

I want to make it clear that I wanted to double for penalty as soon as the opponent made the bid. My hand was Q98x T KQx ATxxx, partner had already bid 1H and 2D, so I will have a easy first lead of heart singleton 10. I expect to get spade Queen, a heart ruff, Club Ace and a Diamond trick. Partner who bid 1H and 2D should get 1-2 or even more tricks. On their side, they can get 5 spades but not many tricks on the side suits.
200 would worth a top in matchpoint.

But I thought an instant double would be unethical, so I paused for a moment.

I want to make it very clear that not only I did not want to create UI, I was trying to avoid it.

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People questioned why I got annoyed?

I was annoyed because the director call was made a few seconds AFTER my partner pulled the double by bidding 3C.

Does the opponent think she can make 2S and my pause was to consider whether to compete?
But I made a call and we are moving forward!

Does she think I paused because it was for penalty? But it was taken out ALREADY.

At that time, I felt we got put in a no win situation. If we got good score, director could adjust it. If we get bad score, we stay with the bad score. For example, if 2S would make, can the director adjust to -110 for us?

This is why I have determined that I will have a different action against this player who would use director calls to her advantage. I hope a similar situation will happen and I will just double without thinking and see what happens. If she calls the directer because I doubled too quickly, at least I have what happened before in record here.

I am not saying what she did was wrong, learning how to play against opponents who makes director call whenever possible is helping me to compete in higher level games too. So that is actually a good thing for me.
Nov. 21
Yu Chang edited this comment Nov. 21
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@Reha, I had already explained that my partner had 0553 shape and would always pull even if the double is for penalty. Our agreement is the double would be cooperate double, he would pass with a less distributive hand.
There is no way I am going to be annoyed by my partner's correct action.

And I tried to avoid a director call by pausing before making the double. Again, I had explained that I think an instant double would be UI showing that is for penalty.

I got annoyed because my good intention backfired on myself. I will just go ahead and put the red card on the table instantly next time I play against this world class player.
Nov. 21
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@Paul, you are correct. I was trying to avoid UI, not to create UI.
@james, There is no honor to cheat. Sorry for the confusion. I tried to fix that sentence but it is too late now.
Nov. 21
Yu Chang edited this comment Nov. 21
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@Ray I do not wait for 10 seconds (I knew what ACBL asks) after skip bid.
I waited for about 5. That is still within the range of my normal tempo.
My pause was to avoid double instantly to show everyone in the world that I am doing a penalty double.

@Yu (It feels funny to me to call someone else Yu :-).
My wait was not long at all. It was within the range of my normal tempo.
Like I said to Ray above, it was only to make anyone know this is penalty.
Also, the opponent did not call director right away, it was done after my partner had bid 3C.
Nov. 17
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Thanks to everyone who had come here to help.
Knowing the law better will help me to decide how to behave next time.
Read below on what went through my mind at the table …

My hand was S Q98x H 10 D KQx C Axxxx.

The double was meant for penalty, but the best way to describe it is cooperate-penalty.
I have good defense value and a very good first lead.
But partner could bid something if his hand is not suitable for defense.

I knew double in a split second would raise some eyebrows (or even unethical).
That was why I waited awhile (very deliberately), the duration
was comparable to after someone did a skip bid.

My partner had 0553 shape and converted the double to 3C.
Our opponent called the director after 3C bid card was placed on the table.
Both my partner and I were pretty pissed with the director call
since neither of us felt it was break in tempo.
I was even more annoyed since I felt I should have just bid X without waiting.

2SX would have gone down just 1, so we went from a near-top 200 to average- 110.
Nov. 17
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Sorry, it was match point.
I will fix this when I figure out how to do it.
Sept. 18
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I am in ACBL. A lot of players leave the stop card on the table for 5-10 sec after they make the bid.

I agree with some of the comments that leaving the card on the table is a distraction.
July 4
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Here is the actual hand.

{handviewer d=w&v=n&w=sj8hqt86dq73ca963&n=skq6ha743djt6ct87&e=s975432h2dk8542c4&s=sathkj95da9ckqj52&a=ppp1cp1h3n?}

Sorry for the poor formatting, I do not know if there is a better way to do this.

———KQ6
———A743
———JT6
———T87
J8—————-975432
QT86————-2
Q73————–K8542
A963————-4
———AT
———KJ95
———A9
———KQJ52

After first lead of club and a ruff, North still has to lose 2 hearts for down 1.
4H by south seems to be a good bid but even with 10 points in North, it was defeated.

4SX would go down 3 for 500.
4DX could lose trump control and go down more.

Interesting things are:
- If you do not agree with the 3NT bid, put me in your camp.
- If East was 6-6, there would be no club ruff since East is either void in H of has no club to lead.
South has both Aces in other 2 suits, so West cannot get in to lead club back.
- Let us assume East is 6-6 by exchanging a diamond and a club between EW.
Take away spade queen or club 10, the contract is not makable.

I know the result does not justify the action but would seeing the actual hand and the “expected” very bad distribution change your mind from bidding 4H to Pass or Double?

BTW, I think it makes a lot of sense to use 4D bid as “power 4H call”.
May 27
Yu Chang edited this comment May 27
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Thanks for the detailed reply.

This reminds me that we usually pass with 6-7 flat hand.
XX usually shows 8+ balanced or 6-7 shapely hand such as 4441, or a hand with very bad 5-card suit.
May 27
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This is an interesting method. Thanks for sharing.

Using traditional approach, after RHO's 1S, I would think 3C is blocking.
May 27
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Dave, since transfers are forcing bids, we play them with no upper limit.
We do not XX with 12+ single suit hand.

and you are right in that XX could have 5 card minor, such as 5332 bad 5-card suit hands.
May 27
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@Max You stated the reason why I posted this. l am happy to alert but just want to make sure there is not going to be someone telling me XX should not be alerted in a real game.

@Steve yes, we do alert the transfer bids. There is no question that they are different from what people would assume.
May 27
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OK, I will bite, what is that called?

And do not forget the 8, I feel KQJT85 is quite a bit better than KQJT65.
May 26
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Kit, Thanks!

I did not want to make such a strong point but I am happy to hear you said this.

All three other players had bid, my bid must be based on shape (Month's point above), so I expect partner to proceed with this in mind.
I would have bid 3C if our side was NV.
Even at red against white, I still think 5C has a chance facing a good hand.
May 26
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Respectably I disagree with you, there was no confusion to 2 lead.
It was simple standard lead of 4th best, leading small promises an honor and I want a lead back.

There was no agreement to use Jack denies with this partner, Leading Jack will be confusing, since it can easily be mistaken to be top of a sequence of JTx.
May 19
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Not really!
Declarer with cover diamond return with 8, after East winning the second diamond trick with 10, he cannot get back to West to play Diamond again.
Defense can only get 3 diamonds and 1 heart.

But this is matchpoint, 3NT make 3 is still better than 4S make 4 for defense.
May 19
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