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Dec 14 2018 Progress +2.5
1 6 by NS 920 100%
castalia wrote Only @Graeme can answer this...
romey78 wrote I may be wrong and maybe @Graeme will clarify but anew suit without a jump just says I would rather be in D than Clubs - N has rebid his clubs at the lowest level showing 12-14 points so you have to tell P YOU have opening points with a jump to the 3 level then he chooses contract - 3NT would not be the clear contract to N - unless you tell him you have 12 points - I hope you enjoybSBC as much as I do - I have been a member for 18 months and have learned so much and had a lot of fun! Best regards
2 4 by NS 620 99.2%
3 3NT by NS 430 100%
4 2 by NS 90 94.5%
5 4 by EW -510 64.3%
6 4 by NS 450 100%
7 2 by NS 110 87.5%
8 NB by - 0 98.3%
9 3 by EW -140 29.1%
10 4 by NS 170 44.3%
GLSamuelson wrote Same @terrypause. I'd also like to know. @graeme?
 
Dec 13 2018 Progress -55.1
1 2 by NS 90 24.1%
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Dec 12 2018 Progress +10.7
1 4 by NS 510 75.1%
graeme wrote Quite a fun one to play. If you play the ♣A and ruff a couple of clubs early you can set up the ♣Q for a spade discard and avoid having to take a spade finesse. You'll need to play carefully to get the timing right but it can be done!
4 card majors, Strong 2 bids, Strong NT.
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GLSamuelson wrote @graeme I had a strong feeling that I should bid higher, but also stopped at 4H. Interested to know why you didn't bid higher than 4H.
tessybear wrote A query for @graeme - I felt we had slam so bid 4NT - when North showed only 1 Ace I decided not to bid 6 so left it at 5, making 13. When I saw his void in 's I wondered why he did not show 2 Ace's as that is how I play with my partner, who is an excellent bridge player. We count voids as 4 points, same as Ace's Also we play 4's as a shut off bid indicating no possibility of slam according to N's hand. A 3 bid would indicate the possibility of slam to partner. Your thoughts? Copy to @banksia, the groups bridge philosopher.
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tessybear wrote @banksia9 A query for @graeme - I felt we had slam so bid 4NT - when North showed only 1 Ace I decided not to bid 6 so left it at 5, making 13. When I saw his void in ♦'s I wondered why he did not show 2 Ace's as that is how I play with my partner, who is an excellent bridge player. We count voids as 4 points, same as Ace's Also we play 4♥'s as a shut off bid indicating no possibility of slam according to N's hand. A 3♥ bid would indicate the possibility of slam to partner. Your thoughts? Copy to @banksia, the groups bridge philosopher.
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
DexterMorrison wrote @graeme. Interesting comments. But there appear to be conflicting interpretations of the jump to 4Hs. Certainly one gives up the value of the other. Over a million hands, what say you?
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pfredrix wrote @Graeme. Is there some way to disable the bidding hints? I find them distracting and in some cases downright wrong for Standard American. (Cases in point on this hand: the hint said to pass 4H, but a distributional maximum opening pass opposite my hand strongly invites a follow up; the hint said I should follow N's Blackwood response with 5NT, but a 5NT Kings query guarantees that the partnership has all 4 Aces. Furthermore, knowing whether my partner had the Club K wouldn't have been really useful, but that may be too subtle to program.)
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banksia9 wrote Hi, @tessybear. I'm sure that @graeme will have a clear view :) Personally, I don'y agree with counting the void as an extra ace. Imagine if you held A instead of ♠A. The slam would be looking pretty wobbly. Experienced partnerships don't get into this tangle on this board. North responds 1H - 4D which shows a singleton or void in diamonds plus 4 trumps plus enough for game. Note that the splinter is a double jump shift. 1H-2D would be a shift. 1H-3D would be a jump shift 1H-4D is a double jump shift. I think that the North hand is far to good for 1H-4H. 4NT now finds 1 ace which should be ♠A. (Singleton A is generally excluded from the splinter plan) This treatment is a bit much for Sky but worth thinking about!
graeme wrote Click the hint button and they’ll switch off.
graeme wrote I’m with @banksia9 on this one. 4NT is asking for aces, not asking for aces and voids.
graeme wrote Thought about it, decided not to. If I could offer some more scientific explanation for it I would but thought about it and decided not to is the honest answer.
graeme wrote I think @JOHNkib made a pretty good answer, @pfredrix, not faulty at all. Hands go up and down in value as the state of the auction changes. A hand not worth opening can increase in value if partner bids the something that tickles your fancy.
2 3NT by NS 600 95%
3 4 by NS 450 99.5%
graeme wrote Hi @marianturner, North's hand is pretty good, for sure. But that jump to 3H does show a good hand. He could have passed after your 1H. He could have raised to 2H. He did neither of those things and, instead, jumped to 3H. Let me ask you a question in return because I think it's an interesting hand and it might help others, too. The question is, how strong do you expect North to be for a jump to 3H ?
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Dec 11 2018 Progress -8.7
1 4 by NS -200 25.8%
2 3NT by EW -460 97.7%
3 not completed
4 6 by NS 1390 87.1%
suzicoo wrote Messed up completely, just not concentrating. @graeme what is the meaning quantitive in the clue after I called 4nt..
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5 5 by NS 600 100%
6 1NT by EW -180 41.7%
7 2 by NS 110 63.2%
Chance22 wrote 2♣, 9 tricks West led K Interesting, bidding-wise. I didn't want to bid the poor 4 clubs (vs. hearts) but I followed the rules -- and now I think I understand why 2♣ was the right bid. Simple enough, I now realize. If I bid my clubs, it gives Partner a chance to bid diamonds or hearts (or stay with clubs). If I bid hearts, he's not strong enough to show me any other suit. cc @zoomer2591 @Lbeddy P.S. @Graeme, a request. Can you provide the Scores button when we are replaying? Here, for example, I started a replay in order to try a 2 bid to see what would happen. Partner bid the lesser of two evils, 2♠. So I wanted to check the scores, to see if anyone played in spades. Well, I couldn't. I would have to replay the whole hand to get another crack at the Scores button. (This happens often, of course; I just happen to be into making a request tonight. I mention this because I don't want you to think this is a rare, unimportant occurrence.)
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT.
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graeme wrote Thanks for the suggestion, @Chance22. I can understand what and why you're asking for that feature but for now there's no easy way for me to implement it. I'll keep it in mind for some future update but there's no quick fix, sorry.
8 4 by NS 450 99.9%
9 3 by NS 110 90.6%
10 4 by EW -680 28.6%
graeme wrote Click menu, top right corner of game screen, then the date that you’re after. Please let me know if you have any trouble with that.
 
Dec 10 2018 Progress +15
1 3NT by EW -460 96.7%
graeme wrote Nothing is certain in this game, but North just has to guess what to do here. West has bid spades, North guesses that it’s best not to lead spades. North is correct this time. Next time maybe he won’t be. No right or wrong, just use the clues available. You could decide to always just lead your longest suit even if the person on your right has bid the suit. Fair enough. That’ll be right sometimes, too.
2 5 by EW -400 86.4%
3 3NT by EW 100 97.7%
4 3NT by NS 630 97.7%
5 3 by NS 140 99.9%
6 5X by NS 550 100%
7 3NT by EW 100 99.6%
8 1NT by NS 120 81.6%
9 3NT by EW 100 95.2%
10 6 by NS 1430 87.2%
graeme wrote Wow! - they don't come around like that very often. As usual in difficult bidding situations, if you're not sure what to do then I believe the trick is to think of what is most likely to be the best contract and simply bid it. After partner's 3♠ bid I couldn't think of a sensible way to explore so I simply stopped exploring and took a guess at what I thought would be the best contract.
4 card majors, Strong 2 bids, Strong NT.
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banksia9 wrote Thanks for your insight, @castalia, @graeme, @meganf, @janemart. I was put off when the hint suggested 3S promised only a 4 carder. 6NT is a howler and will be defeated on a heart lead.
graeme wrote Hi @Shellseeker, click the menu - top right of game screen - then the date you're after.
graeme wrote Hi @Golfmadviv, click the menu - top right of game screen - then the date you're after.
graeme wrote Hi @Fannyadams, click the menu - top right of game screen - then the date you're after.
graeme wrote Hi @bruce1, click the menu - top right of game screen - then the date you're after.
Shellseeker wrote @graeme Thanks Graeme, I didn't scroll down far enough!
Golfmadviv wrote Thanks @graeme
Golfmadviv wrote Thanks @graeme
 
Dec 9 2018 Progress +12
1 2 by NS -100 67.3%
Baygon2014 wrote Bidding this hand is a nightmare. @graeme sitting South whether you pass or double you end up in 2 hearts. Bidding it from the North seat I passed e and got them down one. I suspect that this is one of these hands whether it does not much matter if you play precision, standard or acol - you will end up in a less than optimum contract.
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graeme wrote That’s the way it goes sometimes. The great thing about duplicate bridge, where everyone is playing with the same cards, is that everyone really is playing with the same cards. You don’t need to make your contract or defeat theirs, you just have to do as well as you can. Down 12, doubled and vulnerable is a top board of everyone else is down 13 doubled and vulnerable.
graeme wrote Your first double is a negative double showing shortage in clubs and asking partner to bid. Your 2NT is inviting to game. 2NT is always inviting to game. Hope that helps for next time.
2 1 by NS 170 99.8%
3 2 by NS 110 97.3%
kathryn wrote I wasn't able to play any hands last night as the site wouldn't load. Were you doing a little Xmas tinkering @graeme?
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graeme wrote If you happen to open the game screen at exactly the time I’m loading up something new it can go awry but giving it a few seconds and trying again should do it. If not, send us an email and we’ll take a look for you.
graeme wrote Yes, that’s an awkward one. I almost always support spades in this situation, as indeed I did on this hand. You will at least have a 7 card fit in spades whereas partner might not have any hearts. So often you can make it easier on yourself by asking what the best contract is likely to be instead of trying to find the correct bid. So, you open 1H and partner bids 2H. Nothing is certain, but what is your best trump fit most likely to be? Probably spades, I think. Therefore the sensible thing to do would be to bid spades.
graeme wrote Sorry, I meant you open 1H and partner bids 1S. What’s the best contract likely to be at that point?
kathryn wrote Still having trouble on my I-pad @Graeme. Okay on computer.
graeme wrote Right! We sort of instinctively know that 2S is the right contract but we're all busy looking around for the 'correct' bid. The correct bid is often simply the sensible contract. Nice one, @Poppingpopcorn.
graeme wrote They have 5 quick tricks if they take them, but it's not always so obvious when you're playing. East and West can only see their own cards.
4 2 by NS 140 100%
5 2 by EW -150 62.9%
graeme wrote Here’s an interesting one to defend. I led the ♠K against East’s 2♣ contract and that won the trick. At that point we know that East has the A, Q and ♣Q. How do we know that?
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ballymount wrote Please tell us more@graeme?think it might be to do with counting shape as well as W being short in harts.?
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DexterMorrison wrote @hagleyjazz. Very clever. And thanks@graeme.
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graeme wrote North passed my opening bid showing less than 6 points, @ballymount. Pretty sure he has the ♠A after my King wins, which is 4 points. He can't have much more than than that.
graeme wrote Short or 16+ points.
Chance22 wrote Fantastic, @Graeme. Thanks for pointing that out. The only thing we’re not sure of is the ♣J. I also note your answer to @ballymount about the other scenario for a takeout double. I knew we could double when we are too strong for an overcall, but this is a new wrinkle. This says, in effect, we can double when we don’t have an overcall suit if we are strong enough. OK. Fleshes it out a little more. cc @zoomer2591
ballymount wrote Thanks for that@graeme.
ballymount wrote Thanks for that@graeme.
6 3NT by NS 430 99%
graeme wrote That 2H bid is a reverse, @Damaris, which is why partner got excited. https://skybridgeclub.com/learn/reverse-bids/ A good thing to remember is that if you can open 1NT you're best to do so! You have 12-14 points and a balanced hand and your system is set to play a weak notrump. Perfect! Open 1NT, get your hand off your chest and leave the rest to partner.
7 2 by EW 200 90.4%
8 4 by NS -100 99%
9 4 by NS 450 99.2%
graeme wrote He didn’t know, he just thought the 4-3 heart fit would be better than 3NT. The 5-3 heart fit was a bonus.
TriciaCallow wrote @graeme did my Negative Double show 4s and 4s? Or just 4s? Or what?
graeme wrote Just hearts, @TriciaCallow. It's nice to have something in the other suit, too, of course, but the emphasis is on the unbid major.
10 1 by EW -80 97.3%
vals wrote Where’s the big ranking list that shows your position in the club after 10 hands ? @graeme
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graeme wrote Open the menu as before and click the date you’re after. It’s basically the same as before with the link at the top of each day instead of the bottom.
Oma115 wrote @Graeme, If you and Tina ever come to the US again to play in a tournament, I would love to watch you play. You invariably can find one more trick in the play of a hand. Many times, I wish that I could watch your play of the cards. So, please let us know about the next US tournament.
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
graeme wrote Actually, we've been wondering about some sort of get together somewhere, sometime. Play some bridge, maybe a few lessons. Not really sure where, when or if. That might be more fun than watching.
 
Dec 8 2018 Progress -19.3
1 2 by EW 50 31%
hagleyjazz wrote @graeme. Is, leaving that double in good in the long term. The rule of 10 doesn't say a double is on here
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graeme wrote I don’t even know what the rule of 10 is. I wouldn’t have left the double in with that club support.
hagleyjazz wrote @graeme. Thanks. I learnt the rule of 10 right here a couple of weks ago :-) . The number of the contact + the mumber of trumps + the nuber of trump trcks. More than 10 then double.
2 1NT by EW -150 33.1%
3 2 by NS 90 99.6%
4 3 by EW 200 61.1%
5 4 by NS 680 100%
6 3NT by EW 100 29.6%
7 1 by NS 110 62.5%
8 3NT by EW -430 86.1%
9 4 by EW -680 63.7%
10 2 by EW -170 32.3%