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Craig Zastera
Craig Zastera
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June 28, 2012
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about me

Retired software engineer (Microsoft), living in Woodinville, WA.

Have played bridge since high school (starting 1965).

One national championship (Silver Ribbon Pairs) and a couple of 2nds in under 5000 national events.

United States of America

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Checkback off by passed hand?
I would say that I almost never open a balanced 11 count (maybe some AK/A *might* be an exception) and often pass flat 12 counts (particularly 4333). So for me a PH can definitely have a (bad/flat) 12 HCPs.
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: AQT842 97 QJ4 72
3 forcing.
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: KQ76 AK7 KJ875 4
Why is this a problem given partner is a PH? We don't have enough to look for slam, particularly with AK not furnishing much "combining" value. Conversely, this hand is surely too strong for a mere invitational 3 given that 4 is good opposite, e.g. AJxx-xx-Qxx-xxxx ...
Ercan Cem's bidding problem: T932 K5432 Q2 32
We have an agreement that when our side is forced to a certain level and strain (e.g. to 4 in OP auction), and the opponents interfere below that contract, BIDDING THAT CONTRACT IMMEDIATELY is the *WEAKEST* action. Pass is considered a stronger action. On OP hand, my view ...
Checkback off by passed hand?
I was not suggesting playing different system by PH. Rather, I was suggesting using "2-way NMF" (or, just 2 checkback) by responder in all positions. This simplifies your bidding since you don't have to have different methods by PH (which would be the case if you played "system ...
David Caprera's bidding problem: Jx AJ8 QJT8x Kxx
Pass, but I would double at matchpoints with OP vulnerability.
Checkback off by passed hand?
The main problem is OP method of NMF rather than "XYZ" (or just using 2 as the checkback rebid regardless of which suit was opened). Making one of these adjustments to methods prevents needing to play in 2NT (will play 2M instead at worst). Perhaps playing "light initial action ...
Apportion the Blame
North's 4 is 100% a cue-bid in support of s. When South has shown a self-sufficient suit with his 3 jump rebid, partner DOES NOT go looking for a new strain to play in at the 4 level. Period. North's options include: * pass 3 (not ...
Forcing or not?
Forcing or not?
I play it as non-forcing and I'm sure that is how most good players around here at least play it. To force, bid 2 (NMF). The more interesting question is whether it is different when the auction goes: 1 1 2 2 (forcing??) We ...
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