An ominous hand
Posted 2012-February-13, 09:15
I don't have enough data to come to any conclusions, and I certainly cannot claim that I know what is best. Usually when people say that they know without a doubt that one style is better than another, I think that they don't know what they are talking about. In clee's case I know that he (1) likes to make strong statements, (2) has played a lot of bridge in recent years, and (3) has been doing very well. I will certainly take his opinion seriously.
Posted 2012-February-13, 09:32
Posted 2015-March-31, 17:52
You are easily within strength to open 1N, and opening 1N has tons of additional upside. You could make it impossible for them to find their fit, convince them not to bid game, convince them not to compete once it goes, say, 1N (2H) X P 3D, when a standard auction might go 1D 1H X 2H 3D 3H.
People will tell you things like opening 1N is matchpointitis or "too unilateral" or "misdescriptive/anti-partnership", but honestly those are just meaningless buzzwords and they just have not seen how amazing it is to open 1N on a hand like this. You have almost the perfect hand too, 6 solid and very little outside. I would consider it automatic to open 1N with Jx Txx AKQJxx Qx, and I would even do it with xx Txx AKQJxx Qx but that is more controversial.
Now that jdonn is back can we get roger to return? This was one of the greatest/funniest CLEE moments ever.