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Craig Zastera
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June 28, 2012
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Craig Zastera's bidding problem: KT3 62 4 AKQT863
Heading off to Vancouver (WA) regional, so I'll post the "real deal" now. This was my partner's hand and he bid 4. My hand was: A98-JT873-A86-92 I consider that a dead minimum for my 3 level negative double, so will pass anything partner bids (3, 4 ...
BW 2/1: 1!d-2!c-2!D
Although I would usually rebid 2 with 5+ diamonds, I answered that other rebids are possible because: (a) I might bid 2NT with balanced hands, e.g. 3=3=5=2 and good positional stoppers in both majors (b) I might jump rebid 3 with a completely solid ...
BW 2/1: After 1!d-2!c
I thought the assumption for these polls is that we are talking about "2/1 game forcing" methods. Generally, this would imply that 1-2 is included as a GF auction. This is independent of whether or not we allow some 2/1 auctions to die in 4 of ...
Delayed 3NT using lebensohl after double of weak two
Responder has a (i.e. *one* only) heart stopper, minimal GF values, and exactly four spades. Opener can leave 3NT in with either help in hearts or extra HCP values. Otherwise, he can consider pulling to 4.
BW 2/1: Jumps to 4M
On the first auction (1-2-2-??), in my view *3* would be a "picture bid" jump (good clubs and hearts, no control in spades, but OK to have a control in diamonds). 3, 4, and 4 are splinters in support of hearts (see comment ...
Help with Short-Short analysis.
why is this posted in the partnership desk forum?
BW 2/1: Splinters Into Opener's Suit
Marshall Miles advocated that 1-2-2-2 should show *exactly* two card spade support (ideally, Hx), while with three card spade support, responder bids 1-2-2-3. That would leave 1-2-2-4 available as a picture bid raise. I tried this style for ...
What’s Qxx(x) Worth?
The queen itself is distinctly negative. However, if the hand's *other* values are sufficient so that you would like your hand enough to encourage slam if the Qxx(x) were merely xxx(x), then you can still continue to pursue the higher contract.
BW 2/1: Splinters Into Opener's Suit
I could almost have voted for option 4 (sets opener's suit, good support, good side suit), but I thought that option 5 was perhaps more specific to my preferred treatment in that in addition to the above requirements, it *denies a control in the unbid suit*. Thus, I would ...
forcing?
Kind of unusual these days to play 3 as pre-emptive with (just) diamonds. Nowadays, I think most would play this as a fit jump (i.e. 3+ spades with 5+ good diamond suit and game invitational values). How does the partnership treat new suit advance of a (2 level ...
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