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comment Are there hands that should be opened at the one level in first or second seat, and with a “weak two” opposite a passing partner?
@CashCow: Did you mean Pieter? I only gave one hand, and that too missing the partner's cards...
Aug
14
comment In bridge, are the two “equal vulnerabilities” basically equal?
@TomAu: The doubling is for when your side has the majority of strength and they have sacrificed at the 3 level, and at matchpoints, -140 might be as bad as -730 (they make doubled) or +100 (they go down 1), when most other tables are going +140. You double to convert the +100 into +200, beating most other tables in +140. Basically doubling has little to lose (-140 to -730 will be similar score), but a lot to gain (+100 to +200). Of course, this assumes +140 at other tables. Here is an interesting article you might like: bridgewinners.com/article/view/matchpoints-do-i-need-to-double
Aug
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comment Why is this type of hesitation considered unethical?
@Kevin: That is why they advise you to take your time at trick 1. You are entitled to do some thinking upfront. Once you gain more information mid-hand, you can always pause to think about the whole hand. Some people recommend playing a card face down in normal tempo, and doing the thinking, saying "thinking about the hand". You don't have to coffee-house, and you won't be hanged, and as a side effect, planning ahead will improve your results!
Aug
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comment Why is this type of hesitation considered unethical?
@KevinDriscoll: Nope. Falsecards don't put garbage in the pool. For instance, AKQ9x opposite xxx. You need to make 5 tricks from the suite. You play a low card to the A. RHO follows with the J. If RHO is a weak defender you finesse the 9 the next round (restricted choice), but if RHO is a good defender you should consider the play for the drop. Consider the same situation where RHO thinks for a while and follows the J. Ultimately he turns out to have a singleton J (where he had no reason to be thinking).
Aug
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answered In bridge, are the two “equal vulnerabilities” basically equal?
Aug
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comment Are there hands that should be opened at the one level in first or second seat, and with a “weak two” opposite a passing partner?
@PieterGeerkens: Sorry, I don't buy that game would be reached, especially with the auction you gave (playing some form of 2/1). But that is irrelevant. Hands which have a very low expectation of making a game (but a good expectation of making 2M) opposite a passed hand can be opened 2M (third or fourth seat), whether they are sub-minimum or stronger than minimum. I don't see any problems (at least those that I can't live with). Perhaps the example I gave is not right, but as I said, that is irrelevant. The main point is that there are 1M openers in 1st/2nd which could be opened 2M in 3rd/4th.
Aug
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comment Are there hands that should be opened at the one level in first or second seat, and with a “weak two” opposite a passing partner?
@PieterGeerkens: Say you open 1S. With xxx, xxxx, AKxxx, x, you would only get to game if responder decides to invite. Yes? Similar situation with the second hand, isn't it? Stop giving partner the perfect hands, then we can have a discussion :-) Note, the question was about opening 2S in 3rd or 4th only. In 1st and 2nd you open 1S.
Aug
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comment Are there hands that should be opened at the one level in first or second seat, and with a “weak two” opposite a passing partner?
Sure, many people would open AKJTxx, x, QJx, xxx in first/second seat, and might choose to bid 2S in third and fourth seats. Fantunes bid 2 of major on 5 (or more) cards and distributional hands, but not as a weak two.
Aug
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comment Are there times when a hand with a seven card suit is too strong for a three level pre-empt?
@TomAu: I would say good luck with that :-)
Aug
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comment Are there times when a hand with a seven card suit is too strong for a three level pre-empt?
Sorry, IMO, 3NT is a silly contract. It would be a rare hand where 3NT makes but not 4S. As to opening 1S to what end: to not miss game (a good idea at teams). You have the spade suit. If you have a game, they will need to sacrifice at the 5 level. If the suit was not spades, one could perhaps be inclined to preempt.
Aug
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comment Are there times when a hand with a seven card suit is too strong for a three level pre-empt?
@TomAu: ruds, is right. The Jacks are irrelevant when you bid 4S, and you must. Passing 3S is losing bridge (especially at teams/rubber).
Jul
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comment Why is this type of hesitation considered unethical?
Just trying to give some reason as to why it is considered unethical...
Jul
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answered Why is this type of hesitation considered unethical?
Jul
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comment Forced Response to a Convenient Minor Open
The rules (and usually bridge clubs) don't "demand" bids. The bidding system does, which players are free to ignore (likely to the detriment of the partnership). Not sure why a bridge club has a rule forcing the responder to bid something. Or is your question mainly about the bidding system which almost everyone plays in your club? (or did I misunderstand what you wrote?)
Jun
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comment How high do transfer bids (to 1NT) go?
To answer your last question, the two transfers have different names: Jacoby and Texas. There are pairs that play Jacoby but not Texas.
Apr
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comment Are there times NOT to bid 1NT with 15 high card points and a balanced hand?
I think most experts would agree with this answer.
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comment Bridge video lessons
Not a video, but worth the time: acbl.org/learn/ltpb.html