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Apr
26
comment Have recent changes in bidding priorities changed the value of finesses?
@northernman: I suggest you read the FAQ for some of the stackexchange sites. I think it is ridiculous that I am being called passive aggresive. I have directly told him this is a bad question and have downvoted. How much more direct can one get? Like Tom says, appropriateness of questions is subjective (to some extent). I was not ragging on him, was just trying to figure out what the real question was. You need to be aware of the question edits and comments in context. Anyway, end of discussion for me I guess.
Apr
25
comment Have recent changes in bidding priorities changed the value of finesses?
@northernman: Sure. What constitutes a good question for the site is subjective. If you have an answer, please feel free to add it.
Apr
21
comment Have recent changes in bidding priorities changed the value of finesses?
Sorry, cannot chat. Comments here are fine.
Apr
21
comment Have recent changes in bidding priorities changed the value of finesses?
Good players do what they need to do, to make the contracts. If it involves a finesse, they take it. If it involves a swindle, they do that too. It seems like you are asking the following: "take all 22 point games and compute the number of finesses needed. Compare that to the same figure for 26 point games. Which is larger?". That is a pretty broad question... What is your motivation for this question?
Apr
21
comment Have recent changes in bidding priorities changed the value of finesses?
Your question is too vague. Sorry. I am going to vote to close.
Apr
21
comment Have recent changes in bidding priorities changed the value of finesses?
-1: Sorry. No idea what you are asking.
Mar
25
comment What is the best opening lead on this hand, and why?
@PieterGeerkens: Yeah that was a tongue-in-cheek remark from me. Anything below 20% is a virtual bottom for me.
Mar
25
comment What is the best opening lead on this hand, and why?
Since this answer is suggesting a spade lead in some cases, and talking about diamonds being top/bottom (with no clarification) I am tempted to downvote... Sorry.
Mar
23
comment What is the best opening lead on this hand, and why?
@PieterGeerkens: From what I read, it was not a top :-). Is Andy well known?
Mar
23
comment What is the best opening lead on this hand, and why?
@PieterGeerkens: I am guessing your table was one of two in 6NT (making or not). I would say not leading CA is pretty bad given the auction at MPs. I call it a fix...
Mar
23
comment What is the best opening lead on this hand, and why?
If 6NT was not bid confidently, then a diamond lead is called for (basically a passive lead, unlikely to blow away any tricks). I don't understand your top or bottom comment about the diamond lead. Also, a spade lead (from J9xxx) is very risky, irrespective of how the 6NT was bid. And about declarer having 13 tricks, you don't need to construct squeezes! Declarer could easily have 6 diamonds + 5 hearts + 2 spades.
Mar
21
comment What is the best opening lead on this hand, and why?
Does the 2D guarantee 5? In any case, I am guessing most people will lead the CA. Trying a tricky low club (hoping for KJ in dummy and Q with partner, and declarer misguessing) is too risky at MPs. I am curious to see what you are getting at :-) Hope you post your thoughts soon...
Mar
16
comment Is it legitimate/ethical to treat the same bid from different people in different ways?
@TomAu: I guess that would probably be ok (like underbidding if you know partner plays the dummy horribly etc). As long as both of you are not "in on it" it should be fine I suppose.
Mar
11
comment Is it legitimate/ethical to treat the same bid from different people in different ways?
@TomAu: I believe convention cards allow disclosure for some tendencies (like light openings, preempt style). If opponents ask, you have to reveal. If they don't ask, you might get away with it, a sad state of affairs.
Mar
8
comment Bridge: Holding both 5 card majors which should I bid first in Jacoby transfers
SAYC is standard american yellow card, and is supposed to be a system that can be used in Indys etc. Perhaps I have misunderstood the motivation for the creation of SAYC. Anyway, I do agree, it is woefully inadequate.
Mar
8
comment Bridge: Holding both 5 card majors which should I bid first in Jacoby transfers
@PieterGeerkens: Right! SAYC documentation is quite inadequate. No idea what is part of it, and what is not. Technically, SAYC is supposed to be a complete system...
Mar
2
comment Bridge: Holding both 5 card majors which should I bid first in Jacoby transfers
Well, the first paragraphs are still misleading.
Mar
1
answered Bridge: Holding both 5 card majors which should I bid first in Jacoby transfers
Mar
1
comment Bridge: Holding both 5 card majors which should I bid first in Jacoby transfers
-1: Sorry. This is quite incomplete and misleading. See my answer (posting soon, so you might not see it yet).