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Apr
26
comment Have recent changes in bidding priorities changed the value of finesses?
@northernman: Aryabhata has a particular view of what kinds of questions are appropriate for the site. I don't agree with it, but he's entitled to his opinion. He and I have been through this before.
Apr
24
comment when south makes a bid and west 'doubles', does this mean west could become the declarer?
@Jefromi: Ok, put the more relevant material in the (new) first two paragraphs.
Apr
24
comment when south makes a bid and west 'doubles', does this mean west could become the declarer?
Not a bad question for a beginner. I hope that the answers and comments helped you to learn more about the game.
Apr
21
comment Have recent changes in bidding priorities changed the value of finesses?
Let us continue this discussion in chat.
Apr
21
comment Have recent changes in bidding priorities changed the value of finesses?
I have replaced the opinion based portions with more objective language.
Apr
21
comment Have recent changes in bidding priorities changed the value of finesses?
@Aryabhata: If a finesse is is 50-50, are you more likely to play one when you have 22 points and an (otherwise) 40% chance of making your contract, or when you have 26 points and a 70% chance of making your contract? So if competitive bidding systems put you in more 22 point contracts than before, wouldn't you use the finesse more?
Apr
18
comment Can one use alternate evaluation methods, e.g. “K&R” to defend actions that appear to violate your convention card?
I just looked at the example hand and I'm fine with opening one spade with it. To me, AKxxxx is worth at least AKQxx. And I think most people would open 1S with something like AKQxx Kxxx T xxx. Yes it's only 10 hcp but AK, side K is better quality than Axxx Kxx Qxx Jxx. And the sixth spade and singleton easily make up the difference to 13.
Apr
17
comment Have recent changes in bidding priorities changed the value of finesses?
My theory is that players who bid lighter games have fewer chances of squeezes,endplays, and combination plays but I could be wrong of course. To a large extent, that's what the question is about; do light bidders need to rely on finesses, and do finesses give them a good fallback position by "averaging up" results? Thanks for answering, though.
Apr
15
comment In bridge, what are the proper followups to a Jacoby transfer?
@tsuma534:That's good enough for me. This was one person's "experience." Admittedly, it's an unusual bidding convention but it worked for them.
Apr
2
comment Opening bid in first seat
@SevenSidedDie: I think the OP knows that his bidding system is, shall we say, "unconventional" but was wondering if it might be appropriate or at least acceptable in an informal "home" game with players that shared his mind set.
Apr
2
comment Opening bid in first seat
@PieterGeerkens: Thanks for your help.
Apr
2
comment Opening bid in first seat
@PieterGeerkens: Amplified my statements, following your suggestions.
Mar
22
comment What is the best opening lead on this hand, and why?
@Alexander Woo: The ten of clubs is not a "small" club. It will either "pass" dummy's king to partner's queen, or more likely, set up a second club trick if the king covers. I also advocated leading the ace of clubs only if opponents' bidding styles made it likely that partner would have a diamond honor; otherwise my preference was for the ten of clubs over the ace, or any other lead because of the foregoing.
Mar
22
comment What is the best opening lead on this hand, and why?
Suppose you lead a diamond and hit partner's honor. If partner leads back a spade (black suit) instead of a club, you might lose your ace of clubs. Wouldn't be safer to take the ace of clubs for sure and hope that partner has the setting trick? My second choice is the ten of clubs, 1) because partner could just as easily have a club honor as a diamond honor and 2) if he has a diamond honor, he might be able to lead back a club through declarer's honor to my A-9.
Mar
22
comment What is the formula of rank difference to handicap stones?
@FlorinAndrei: I'd say so, yes.
Mar
21
comment What is the best opening lead on this hand, and why?
You lead a diamond through dummy and hope to set up partner's presumed "red" queen? Then why not lead the ace of clubs and look at dummy?
Mar
21
comment What is the best opening lead on this hand, and why?
@PieterGeerkens: "Check." Hope that "Happy Days Are Here Again" for you, soon.
Mar
20
comment What is the best opening lead on this hand, and why?
I have retracted most of my earlier comments about the bidding (except a brief summary of high card points), because of all the confusion.
Mar
18
comment Do Get Out of Jail Free cards “have value”?
@Matt: In essence, the house rule gives people $50 just for drawing the card (rather than removing it from the game). Like "bank error in your favor, $200." The rest of the answer gives the nuances for when the house rule doesn't apply.
Mar
11
comment Is it legitimate/ethical to treat the same bid from different people in different ways?
I was referring to a situation in a club where three different people have different tendencies, I adjust my bids (within a point or two) to those tendencies, without telling my partner. That is, I don't tell A that I know he opens light, so I have an extra point when he responds, or C that I know he opens heavy, so I'll raise him with five points instead of six.