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answered Chess: Efficient training for recreational players
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answered Are there restrictions on pawn promotion if two pawns are on the same column?
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answered What's the name of the move where the player swaps King and Rook/Castle in Chess? Why is this move important?
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answered Chess: Move 2 pawns as first move
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answered What card should I play when my partner has bid nil and I can't follow suit in Spades?
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comment What card should I play when my partner has bid nil and I can't follow suit in Spades?
I hate blind nil and prefer to play with a no blind nil rule.
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answered Leading from the wrong (nondummy) hand in bridge
Oct
13
comment Why is the strong 1NT so prevalent in Bridge?
Good point because when I play 5cM with strong NT and partner opens 1m and I have 17 points and support for the minor I am desperate to know partner's strength and whether he really has the minor or not.
Oct
13
comment Why is the strong 1NT so prevalent in Bridge?
They have to double it first. And if the strength of the opponents is equally divided it is quite likely neither of them "have" the double
Oct
13
awarded  Yearling
Oct
13
answered Do you need more to “pre-empt” with a major, than a minor suit?
Sep
29
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?
@Aryabhata yes that is probably what I meant.
Sep
23
comment What happens when a deal is passed out in Duplicate Bridge Tournaments?
At matchpoints a 1 would be no different to a 0 though. The lowest plus you can get is +50 for taking the opps 1 down non-vulnerable.
Sep
22
awarded  Commentator
Sep
22
comment Can you raise a one bid with only two “filler” honors in a suit?
I grant you there are times I'd like to see QJ there rather than xxx. If you open 1NT I transfer 2H you bid 2S and that ends the auction. I have K109xx and nothing else outside of worth. Spades need to be trumps or they hold up the ace and we don't make the tricks there. Your 1NT opening hopefully contains quick tricks outside and I'd rather see QJ for 4 likely spade tricks than xxx although at least you'll have the entries.
Sep
22
comment Can you raise a one bid with only two “filler” honors in a suit?
They're always going to take at least 3 tricks in that suit, whether they're trumps or not, unless they are blocked or simply fail to lead them. If it's no trumps we're going to take forever setting up that suit, if we have quick tricks outside, which are essentially stoppers.
Sep
22
comment Can you raise a one bid with only two “filler” honors in a suit?
KQJx opposite xxx, normal 4-2 break and having to use those beautiful trumps possibly for ruffing... I'd rather not. AKxx maybe, at least then I can ruff twice with small trumps and guarantee to also make ace/king, and possibly can draw 2 rounds too so only the long hand can ruff with what are winners anyway
Sep
19
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?
@Aryabhata with your first hand, if spades are 3-1 and diamonds 3-2 we probably defeat 5C by 1 trick. If they are non-vulnerable that's only 100 to us. If we buy this in a part-score we beat that!
Sep
19
comment Why Is Two Clubs the Preferred “Strong Two” In Bridge?
Not sure the advantage of him having 2S as the strong bid isn't being able to use 2C as a pre-empt or as a bid showing good clubs, forcing the opponents to start higher at the times they are more likely to outbid you.
Sep
19
comment Can you raise a one bid with only two “filler” honors in a suit?
However that is not my only concern. It lies to partner. When partner has pre-empted the decisions are all mine. When partner opened with 1 it's still a joint decision.