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Dec
6
asked Are there viable alternatives to a “three level pre-empt” with a good seven card suit?
Dec
6
revised Is“ third seat, favorable vulnerabilty” the only appropriate time to pre-empt with “any seven” of a suit?
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Dec
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revised Is“ third seat, favorable vulnerabilty” the only appropriate time to pre-empt with “any seven” of a suit?
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Dec
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comment Is“ third seat, favorable vulnerabilty” the only appropriate time to pre-empt with “any seven” of a suit?
Strangely enough, I would rather defend than preempt with your KJTxxxx-xx-KTx. The two reasons are your side honors, and the K-J, K-T tenaces that are hard to overcome. This hand should prevent most slams, but it is vulnerable on offense to "offside" cards. You have 7 hcps (8 counting the T/s), not much below the average of 10. I "like" 1100 point penalties only when I see a slam for the opponents, here I don't.
Dec
6
comment Is“ third seat, favorable vulnerabilty” the only appropriate time to pre-empt with “any seven” of a suit?
Thank you for a long and informative answer. But with a hand like x-KJTxxxx-xx-KTx, my inclination is to open a weak two with it. And save "weak three" for "no defense." Put another way, open 1 with 12-13 points, open 2 with 6-7 (and distribution), open 3 with 0, 1, 2, 3, etc. FWIW, I consider "single face card hands" in the same category as 8765432, which was just an extreme case. Maybe I need to revisit the distribution of weak hands.
Dec
5
comment Is“ third seat, favorable vulnerabilty” the only appropriate time to pre-empt with “any seven” of a suit?
@PieterGeerkens: 1) How is partner stacked in other suits if I'm doing this in third position because s/he passed initially? 2) To the extent that partner has tricks on defense, s/he reduces my penalty on offense. I can make up a scenario that s/he has "three queens" for defense that are worthless for offense, but that's rare.
Dec
5
revised Is“ third seat, favorable vulnerabilty” the only appropriate time to pre-empt with “any seven” of a suit?
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Dec
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asked Is“ third seat, favorable vulnerabilty” the only appropriate time to pre-empt with “any seven” of a suit?
Dec
1
answered How to capture unoccupied enemy-controlled territories?
Nov
29
accepted In Diplomacy, is it good strategy to have a primary alliance with a country on the opposite of the board?
Nov
29
accepted How do people build a Magic deck once they have a general starting point?
Nov
28
comment If you decide to play for “top or bottom” in duplicate, are you supposed to consult with partner?
Let us continue this discussion in chat.
Nov
27
comment If you decide to play for “top or bottom” in duplicate, are you supposed to consult with partner?
@PieterGeerkens: Thanks for your help. I do not expect to make the bad anti-queen plays that you mentioned, because that is irrational even in rubber (my "home") game, but I might end up making safety plays in duplicate because they are rational in rubber. Just not in duplicate. And when I talk about these behaviors, I'm thinking in terms of "one time, on my worst night." I wouldn't do this systematically like Cohen and Katz.
Nov
27
comment If you decide to play for “top or bottom” in duplicate, are you supposed to consult with partner?
@PieterGeerkens: Then "playing for top or bottom" is like a "psych" situation, where partner can't be in on the secret, right?
Nov
27
accepted Does it make sense for a defender to occasionally adopt a slightly inferior line in order to “mix up” the play?
Nov
27
comment If you decide to play for “top or bottom” in duplicate, are you supposed to consult with partner?
So the essence of cheating is making technically inferior plays, and getting superior results, because the Bayesian information set has been illegally altered, right? And if I or Alexander made these "top or bottom" plays without illegal signals, we wouldn't necessarily be considered cheaters, but would run the risk of being tagged as inferior players.
Nov
26
revised In duplicate, is it ethical to base your play on other people's body language?
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Nov
26
asked If you decide to play for “top or bottom” in duplicate, are you supposed to consult with partner?
Nov
26
comment In duplicate, is it ethical to base your play on other people's body language?
@AlexanderWoo: So then the ethical thing to do is to inform the tournament director as soon as you realize that you inadvertently have an 'unfair advantage," right?
Nov
26
comment In duplicate, is it ethical to base your play on other people's body language?
@PieterGeerkens: If there was no tangible evidence of cheating, how would you establish that the declarer who made the safety play was or wasn't in a "top or bottom mode" as he was claiming? By his play on other late hands?