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Mike Nelson
Mike Nelson
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March 29, 2011
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United States of America

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Also consider that when an opponent has a twenty count, any plus for your side is apt to score well even without the double, while doubling them into game is costly especially if they make an overtrick, even without them trapping.
Playing money bridge back in the day, my partner opened 2NT passed to me. Now my RHO was a known advocate of doubling (2NT)-P-(P) with any thirteen cards, and he practiced what he preached. So I smoothly passed a hand worth a direct raise to 6NT, and redoubled ...
2!D opening
2 should be a natural weak two (not necessarily 6-11 range!) unless you need it to fill a system hole, not just to use a shiny gadget. Precision 2 is useful [i]if your are playing Precision[/i]. Taking the short diamond hands out of the 1 ...
Need help defending against Precision 1!D
See for Kit Woolsey's ideas, useful for defending 1 = clubs or balanced as well.
Director ruling
The second hesitation is a bit of an overbid, the first is an [i]underbid[/i], IMHO.
Director ruling
Just a thought, but was North actually thinking or was he dithering? North's hand should have bid 4 over 3. Decide in a reasonable tempo and if you can't decide, guess. It will make partner's life a lot easier.
Who should have done something else
The trying for slam option is the nearest to the truth, but the North hand must drive to slam. The only question is whether to fish for the pefecto that makes 7, or just bid 6 directly. The latter is my choice but I could be persuaded the ...
Stig Holmquist's bidding problem: Kxx KQJx x AKQxx
I think Stig meant to present a 3=4=0=6 hand. He did ask about Blackwood with a void.
Butler vs Cross-IMPs
Cross-imps is a shade higher variance than Butler, but not enough different to affect any decision that isn't a pure coin toss anyway. Fundamentally, imps is imps and any difference is tiny indeed compared to the difference between imps and matchpoints. BTW, I respectfully disagree with Ian, I rather ...
Ping Hu's lead problem: 863 A86 AQ98 KJ9
You raise a good point and may well be right.

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