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Doug Bennion
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Aug. 15, 2011
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Creator of Bridge Buff, an early bridge-playing program, and Visual Deal, an early deal-generator.

Author several Bridge World articles. Try out Jammer 2D!

Author Scramble Stayman! Don't settle for 1NT!

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Brexit Question
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Don't torture yourself
4333 with all suits stopped, is actually a great holding because it avoids 'xx' which is the weak spot with 4432 and 5332 hands.
Would you have this three bid auction?
I'd blast. I'd be nervous about partner raising spades, then 'correcting' 7 to 7. Also might partner not raise spades with xxx, so how much further ahead are you? Simming it against a random AQxxx(x) of hearts, where responder might have a stray Q or ...
Unusual Pairings and names.
In the early 1970's the Boston Bruins (NHL) had 4 defenceman Bob(by) Orr, Carol Vadnais, Ted Green, Dallas Smith; hence Bob and Carol and Ted and Dallas.
Grade this call
I was simply interested in which kind of fits would arise when overcaller is 1-5-2-5 and opener has 5+ spades (and no longer suit). Partner of overcaller first checks for the minor with 2NT, then if his clubs are longer than his hearts he plays in clubs, else in hearts ...
Hand evaluation question
Now that's a winner at 86% or so. But it's also a 'better hand' than the generic 21-22.
Hand evaluation question
I did the same but working with 21-22 HCP (which the posting now says). Opposite a generic balanced hand, 6 makes 49%. When balanced hand has 2 hearts, 6 makes 41%. When it has 3 hearts, it makes 52%. Interestingly, when it has 4 hearts, the success rate ...
Martian Standard Defense to Big Club
We used to extend the CRASH principle to any level either position. That is, (1) 2 would show RAnk, but even bigger (5+/5+ say), (1) 2 a bigger Color, (1) P (1) 2NT a bigger SHape, etc.
Tell me why I'm wrong
Less generously, if overcaller is 5+ hearts with 11+ HCP, 2 is off close to three quarters of the time.
Tell me why I'm wrong
For sure, although expert play is usually very close to DD play. I might have added that at matchpoints, 2 beats 3 72%, ties 19%, and loses 9%. Half the time responder will be playing 3 in a 4-3 fit.

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