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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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LOL! I know what you mean.
But without this minimum requirement on suit quality, no one will ever consider 3NT.
May 19
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This is getting a little side tracked, but it is an interesting issue.

Suppose North opened 1NT and you are South holding QJTxxxx x xxx Qx,
would you (1) transfer to 2S then bid 3S to invite or (2) texas transfer to 4S?

Not going to debate with anyone, just saying what I would do.
I will not be so pessimistic to stop below game with 7 spades leading with QJT, a singleton and side Queen facing a strong NT. No matter red or white.

I think I just read a comment that bridge bidding is never 100%, it is about %.
My own feeling is this hand has a good chance to make 4S facing a lot of strong NT hands.
May 19
Yu Chang edited this comment May 20
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@Nicholas - I am not lying, leading from KJT2 is very different from leading from KQJ2. That was not a fair comparison.

I am with Niko on this one, I had the same thoughts at the table. North is more likely to have diamond length/strength, I will need help from partner anyway. If partner has either Ae or Queen, leading 2 is just fine. Yordan's example is a good one how you could waste J/T on first lead.

Even if the bidding was 1NT 3NT, I would still lead 2 from KJT2.
I will lead J or T from interior sequence only if I lead from 5-card suit KJT32.
May 19
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I have added another post to give those who are interested in this more details about what actually happened. Hope you find that useful. Thanks.

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/atb-partner-opened-3s-what-spade-support-is-needed-to-bid-3nt/
May 19
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Please see Niko's comment above, which I quoted below:

“You need help in diamonds anyway and opponents' diamond values are expected with declarer, not dummy.”
May 19
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good point.
the only agreement is standard lead, 4th best and BOSTON.
without discussing this in detail, I decided to lead 4th best which promises an honor.
lead J or 10 would/could be mistaken to be top of sequence.
May 19
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I have just edited the post to add preempt style, assume KQTxxxx or better.
Sorry I did not include this info earlier.
May 19
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I could not agree more with all the comments so far.
I wanted to collect more objective opinions to show my partner after getting very frustrated in trying to persuade him.
May 19
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I am not Sathya, but I will share my thoughts (again) anyway.

In problem section, most people just vote on the right panel and be done with it.
I submitted 2 first-lead problem. This one here and the other in the problem section. I have learnt so much here (thanks to all those who care to share their opinion on bridge issues, instead of forum policy issues). As expected, I did not get much from the other one in the problem section.

Eugene had already clarified the policy a couple times. He is the administrator and he has the right the run the forum in the way he wants to. I am grateful to his support but if he has a different approach and deletes/moves this thread, I will respect his decision with no hard feeling at all.

This is my last attempt to entertain this off-track discussion. I am here to talk about bridge, therefore has little interest to continue further.

I will also apologize to all those who felt I had wasted too much bandwidth and dragged this longer than needed.
March 8, 2016
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Sathya,

Thanks for your support. I am just glad Kit and everyone cared enough to share their mind on the bridge issue.

About Mr. K, his actions were all fine, including the public execution.
I will just say neither the action or the choice of wording will be reciprocated from this end.

Hope to team with you again some time in the future.
March 7, 2016
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Nikos, Sorry! My bad. I hope there is a way to change your vote. (I do not know if that is possible.)
March 7, 2016
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Eugene,

First of all, thanks for your support.

At least for myself, I usually do not read those rotating vote problems unless I run out something interesting to read. And I had never felt I learned much from those.

I submitted two at the same time for a comparison. The other one is here. I am sure you remember this hand too.

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/lead-problem-959/

I actually think it was more interesting but it is getting less votes and no discussion at all.

But in this article, I have learned a lot more (from both your private message and Kit's detailed explanation).

March 7, 2016
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Kit, Thank you for the answer. This is more than I have wished to get. What I liked most is your explanation on the difference between having Diamond Ace or Diamond King.
March 7, 2016
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I have submitted two lead problems. This one as an article while the other one as a regular lead problem.

Guess what?
This one gets more votes, more replies to explain their decision.
But the other gets only one reply pointing out a mistake in bidding and no discussion.

BW should probably consider a way to strong encouraging the voters to reply and explain their choice.

Also, a lead voting question gives you 13 choices. However, some of them are basically the same depends on what convention you use. For example, 4th best and attitude lead 5th best, ace or king from akx.

These are my reasons to make this as an article.
Whether it is good enough justification, each of us can make the call.
If BW moves this, I will not be offended.
If some reader chooses not to vote or reply, that is not an issue to me.

Since the outcome from these two lead problems I posted had given me the expected feedback I was looking for.
March 7, 2016
Yu Chang edited this comment March 7, 2016
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Yet another proof younger people has better memory. Eugene remembers my own hand better than I do. :-)
Just fixed it as suggested. Thanks.
March 7, 2016
Yu Chang edited this comment March 7, 2016
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Thanks. Fixed now.
March 7, 2016
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Paul and Steve, Thanks. Points from both of you are well taken.

If the director asked West how the alert was done, he did not take what he said into consideration. The words from people he knew (NS) weighted more. Whether that was right thing to do is a very subjective call.

The important thing is, my partner and I know how to handle this from now on.

Feb. 23, 2016
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Ray, Thanks for the good info.

North passed and did not double. I got mixed up while rushing with the original post. Sorry about that. I hope my later follow-up cleared it up.
I do not know how to correct this in the original post, but I will look into how to do that.

I have ~720 points, I will probably become Bronze LM within another month.
However, I do not mean to argue with you. I feel the issue is not that simple.
Without the discussion in this thread and the knowledge I have collected, I am not sure I will be able to handle it properly even after I get a few hundred more points.
I do not how others learn this, but it would take an incident like this for me to learn.



Feb. 23, 2016
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