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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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New Zealand

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nigel_k
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Introduction to Symmetric Relay
Roy Kerr designed Symmetric Relay as a way of describing hand shapes, but there was also a full system. It was a more traditional strong club system with five card majors, 2 and 2 were single suiters, and the 1 opening was 11-15 unbalanced and two or ...
6S or Not?
I would start with Jacoby. Significant extra strength plus a void means I don't want to consume all that space when it won't do enough to put partner in a position to take over. I would not bid 2 because it's too hard to get the ...
BBO Team games
Also, don't do what I have done (sadly more than once) and try to enter the players at the two tables in the positions they will be when actually playing. You have to put one whole team as N, S, E and W at the first table and the ...
Pick your poison
I rebid 2 and have methods over that to deal with various hand types, one of which is a 3 rebid that also has three card support for responder's major. Without that, I guess 3 (which is the poll option I chose).
USBF Invitational 1: My adventures on BBO part 2
I think double is probably a net loser, but not crazy. They have bid a game on minimal values and trumps are breaking badly. Five IMP swings add up and the cases where double turns 100 into 300 seldom get written up.
Direct Cue Over Weak 2S (Poll)
If I was in the US and an expert partner did this, I would expect stopper ask. Otherwise I would expect Michaels which is also what I prefer.
Precision 1D Followups
It was a one round force only. Not sure whether it can have a major with longer clubs but let's assume it can.
How do you Interpret the Cue-bids in these auctions?
First and third are strong and set trumps. The second one sounds like the 2NT bidder wants to declare NT when partner has a stopper, so a spade holding such as Qx. That's the only reason for doing it that I can think of.
Ogust followup
I chose the last two and it probably doesn't matter what my hand is. Usually I would take a look at it though.
Weak two?
I think it's fine at any vulnerability when the values are in your suit and you have good intermediates. Something more like KJxxxx xx Qxx xx might be a pass when vulnerable if your style is not particularly aggressive.
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