Sunday, February 21, 2010

Updated posts

I updated last week's two posts with the results and my opinions. Hope to have some more hands this week.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Do you balance?

Teams, Unfavorable.

A 8 4 3
A K 10 2
6 4
K 7 3

Dealer opens 3 and you are in balancing position. Do you act?

Result below.

I passed and don't think it's close. Down 2 for 100. The other table bid 3N, caught a good dummy, and made it (though I believe there was misdefense). Still don't think it's close.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Do you double?

I've received feedback from 200% of my readers that there's too much crazy squeeze material. Luckily, I have several hands from a recent regional to post, and only one of them involves a squeeze.

Teams, favorable vul.

A 8 6 4
A K Q 10 9
Q 10 6

West North East South

Result below

I doubled at the table, and partner pulled to 5 with 4=2=5=2 and CK, DJ. This was particularly a success when they misdefended (cashing CA allowing me to shake a heart and cross ruff) and it made. 4♠ was slightly tricky but deserved to be made.

I think it's a little bit light on defense, but partner also knows that they've bid 4♠ at unfavorable and this should bias him towards bidding if the decision is close.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Post-heptagons from the 5th dimension

I put a draft of a new article here

Comments welcome.

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