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Ben Thompson
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June 22, 2011
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about me

World International Master. Australia open team 1994, 1998, 2013, 2016. Australia mixed team 2019

WBF Executive Council 2018-

Country
Australia

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Bill Jacobs, Renee Cooper
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WE'RE DOUBLED IN 3NT
Then we just play XX for money. In your "lead the lowest ranking logical suit" maybe you have a look at your overall stopper position, but the maths makes it worth doing on general strength at IMPs. It's also good advertising
WE'RE DOUBLED IN 3NT
When it's clear what their lead is, and we bid 3NT with as at least an offer to play, we play XX specifically as doubt about our stopper. We used to play it as general doubt, but it turns out there are too many ways in which you can ...
WHAT IS THIS DOUBLE?
I've had some entertaining results against 41 doubles. I sometimes make a milquetoast simple raise with 5 trumps (typically with a balanced hand) which gets both oppos overbidding more often than you would think because they're both excited about their shortage - oops, no ruffs :) Occasionally the milquetoast catches ...
WHAT IS THIS DOUBLE?
I don't entirely agree that 3-over-3 is extras by definition (which I'm reading as "extra values"). I think it should be extra trump(s), but not extra values. If you play this way, then you need a different bid for extra values - which could be just banging out ...
Which is weaker?
I use a simple guide when you're considering taking the push to/at the 5 level: - you're not allowed to think about it unless you have at least 1 trump more than you're supposed to (on the auction to date) - you're not allowed to actually take ...
WHAT IS THIS DOUBLE?
I like to start with a small number of general "default" rules. For example: "in the absence of a specific agreement to the contrary, X at the 1/2 level is takeout" "in the absence of a specific agreement to the contrary, if they bid something artificial (doesn't need ...
WHAT IS THIS DOUBLE?
I think the value in examples is when they illustrate. Adding "because …" to the end. In your example, for example, the raise matters to me but I can't tell if it matters to you. Does it matter that the balancer didn't act over 1H (eg is 1H 1S ...
WHAT IS THIS DOUBLE?
No, that part you have to do just like takeout doubles - you pass and hope partner doubles. Otherwise your rule would have to be "X could mean anything and partner figures it out" :) But I mean more situations like: P 1H 1S 2H 3D X P (and that X is ...
WHAT IS THIS DOUBLE?
We sometimes pass the game try X for fun and profit. Not playing penalty doubles doesn't mean we don't end up playing for penalties.
WHAT IS THIS DOUBLE?
I wouldn't call that an example of a rule. I'd call it an example. I feel like there must have been some scientist who archly said "enumeration is not illumination" but since I can't find the ref, I'm just going to claim it for myself :) Here ...
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