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Mar
12
comment In bridge, are “sequences” more valuable than non-sequences of similar point count?
@Aryabhata, I agree suit length is more important, so this is mainly a consideration for borderline cases. In fact, honor holdings like the ones we're discussing can result in a 1-trick adjustment of the law of total tricks precisely because they differ on offense and defense.
Mar
11
comment In bridge, are “sequences” more valuable than non-sequences of similar point count?
I find the distinction arises most often when choosing between offense and defense -- e.g., do I bid 3 spades in a competitive auction or do I let the opponents have it at 3 hearts? It does affect overcalls too, but overcalls can also serve to direct leads if you end up on defense, so for me the distinction is less important there.
Jul
13
comment Is it right to refrain from making a takeout double in borderline situations?
@TomAu: If your partner has that hand and you get passed out in 1S, your opponents are missing an easy 3NT. Big win for you, except maybe at unfavorable vulnerability. 1S doubled is a bit worse, but that's rare, and even then you might end up winning. This is not to say you can't find hands where double leads to a worse outcome -- again, it's a matter of percentages.
Jul
12
comment Is it right to refrain from making a takeout double in borderline situations?
It's not all about game. Part scores matter too, and are much more likely when RHO opens and you have 12 high card. Also, by passing there is a good chance you are giving up finding a heart fit. You can survive in spades, which for me is enough for a double. But as I said, it is in part a matter of style.