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Nigel Kearney
Nigel Kearney
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Oct. 2, 2010
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about me

Live in Wellington, New Zealand. Don't play much bridge these days due to work and family commitments. In the past have represented NZ several times including a silver medal in the 1995 Junior World Championships in Bali. 

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Is the Best Defense Double Dummy?
Not when you hold this hand. But if you had the king of diamonds instead of the ace, partner's queen might be important. For example, you would need to play a diamond when declarer has AKQ10xxx Qxx Ax x but not when he has AKQxxxx Qxx AQ x.
Is the Best Defense Double Dummy?
Since partner didn't raise diamonds I would place declarer with something like AKQxxxx Q10xx Kx -. Even that gives partner 10x KJxx Qxx xxxx which some people might raise with. It looks best to exit with a trump and wait for our tricks.
What's this double (#206)
Opener wants to defend unless responder has a singleton spade. Don't know whether that is 'penalty' or 'co-operative penalty'.
Common Game #12 7-15-19
Yes. 3 says you prefer 4 to 3NT when partner has a six card heart suit. 3 says you prefer 4 to 3NT when partner has a doubleton spade. The exact limits of what you might hold in those suits depends on your entire hand.
What do you do about this curious explanation
Very likely it will turn out the double suggests opening values or better and says nothing in particular about shape. You should not expect redress if you pass and that ends the auction. If they are the sort of people who might someday learn to explain their methods better then ...
Common Game #12 7-15-19
Definitely 3 not 3NT. The number of hands where 3NT is right and partner cannot either bid it or punt with 3 is smaller than you think. Then over East's 3, West can cue bid 4 and it should not be hard from there.
Bidding Question
1. First choice pass. Second choice 3NT. Third choice 4. Would never even consider double with a singleton heart. If North passes, either 3 or double with South is fine. 2. Over 4 I would bid 4 with South then pass 5 from North.
Low-level Penalty
Seems to me using negative doubles you can still penalize them and have a better chance of landing in your best suit when you don't.
Chess Cheating Scandal
Yes. Someone should ask how many people they have filmed in the toilet who turned out not to be cheating.
Zero-max imps (new scoring method)
It's fairly common that slams that are bad single dummy and would not be bid or made with normal play, turn out to have some double dummy line that works. This can happen for any contract but is more significant for slams and is going to mean big minuses ...

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