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Anyone for going back to the old Fall schedule or moving the Reisinger to the first weekend of the tournament?
Brian, I generally like your idea, but I have a question. Why start with the Blues and end with the Reisinger, instead of doing it the other way around? Whichever of those two events ends up on the final weekend loses a little prestige, since the four Soloway finalists can ...
Would you find this play?
Paul, your partner made a very nice play that most defenders would not find. However, Ken is right that it risked giving away an overtrick if declarer had QJxxx (without the 10). When trying to maximize the number of tricks in this suit, the normal, correct way to play Ax ...
Should The Pass be Disallowed after the Pause
But Nigel, if they both thought 4NT was quantitative, then over the 5H response showing 2 Aces, isn't the normal signoff bid 5S (asking partner to bid 5NT)? In that auction, a direct 5NT follow-up (over 5H) normally asks for kings, doesn't it? Also, their 1NT range is ...
Should The Pass be Disallowed after the Pause
Ilya, many Precision pairs play that 1C is 16+ unbalanced or 17+ balanced. This pair clearly falls into that camp, because their 1NT range is 15-16.
Should The Pass be Disallowed after the Pause
South took 4NT as regular old ace-asking Blackwood, not RKC for a suit.
Should The Pass be Disallowed after the Pause
Nigel, look at South's hand. He actually DID treat 4NT as Blackwood. His 5H bid showed 2 Aces. What other meaning could 5H have here? He didn't suddenly decide to show a 3 card fragment at the 5-level. In theory, if South had extras, he could have been ...
Should The Pass be Disallowed after the Pause
Ken, I never suggested you need a way to signoff over a 5S response to Blackwood. Obviously, if partner shows 3 Aces, we can't be off 2 so we don't need to sign off short of slam. My "p.s." comment was describing what's standard after a ...
Should The Pass be Disallowed after the Pause
Ilya, by the time "South explicitly said" what you quoted, the BIT had awakened him to 4NT's real meaning, so his statement is self serving. Further, his statement is demonstrably false. We were told that their 1NT range is 15-16 HCP. South had 17. That's the dead minimum ...
Should The Pass be Disallowed after the Pause
Craig and Ken, what was "standard" among good players long ago re: how to sign off in 5NT after discovering we're off 2 Aces? Wasn't the standard signoff relay 5S, not a direct 5NT?
Should The Pass be Disallowed after the Pause
"A pause (before bidding 5NT) would make 6NT more attractive," because it would suggest we have enough Aces but "I am just a chicken." That would be true IF this partnership had firm agreements that 5NT is a signoff in this sequence, and that 4NT was Blackwood. However, as I ...
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