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Alvin Bluthman
Alvin Bluthman
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July 23, 2012
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What does this redouble mean?
How might different meanings for the double influence the possible choices for the redouble? Or does this matter? *When nearly everyone plays the redouble as showing three-card support for spades, it might not matter anymore. But here goes. 1. A heart raise. Possibly Rosenkrantz-ish, either promising or (Guildenstern) denying a ...
BW 2/1: Splinters
Assuming that we are addressing splinters by both opener and responder (to show support for the other partner's suit), after responder's initial two-level response (FG), I agree with the majority that the splinter need not show extra strength or even controls in the sole unbid suit. Nor need ...
How Dare The Computer Break Our Famous LTT
Aren't clubs the obvious shift? A single honor, compared to three of them in dummy? Heart five *standard; playing UD, you need a higher heart, and the seven may not be so easily read)(. Low club to East because West wants trumps returned. Spade back. Declarer draws two trumps ...
The standard meaning of this bid
I voted for stopper asking. To use 3 as a splinter raise if you would make a negative double with either four hearts or four clubs would require at least six card support for partner's diamonds as well as a strong hand in any event.
The standard meaning of this bid
Why not? 2 initially shows a strong diamond raise (Limit+ or GF as you prefer). 3 can then show a control or shortage. Not entirely impractical.
BW 2/1: Opener's 3NT Rebid
A widely used method is that 1M - 2m - 3NT shows 15-17 without support for responder's suit, and that 1M - 2m - 2NT shows either 12-14 or 18-19, with the stronger hand rebidding over 3NT (often 4NT) when slam is possible. . Although here a 2NT rebid might not show this split-range ...
Which of these auctions are Support Doubles?
As opener, with a spade-club two-suiter, I would double one spade for penalties. Responder can pull if short in spades. This, admittedly old-fashioned sequence, works because there is no guarantee that the opponents have an eight card spade fit.
Which of these auctions are Support Doubles?
To me, support doubles are off when (1) opener's LHO passes; or (2) RHPO does not bid a supporting suit. I would rather defend RHO's mistake, preferably doubled.
Can't Take a Finesse
With a difficult hand, you are entitled to take your time working through the different lines of play. This is NOT holding up the game. Your table will make back the time when a simple hand comes up. Here are additional considerations. First, if you play for 3-2 spades, and ...
BW 2/1: Opener's "High Reverse"
I fixed the typo. But you do need to worry about 4-x-y-5 hands. t

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