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Am I a wimp?

#1 User is offline   ahydra 

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Posted 2019-May-02, 05:37

IMPs, vul vs not, opps are reasonably solid players



Am I a wimp - should I have doubled 2H?

Edit: defence to 1NT is Landy (2C = MM), others natural, with X 15+.

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Posted 2019-May-02, 06:13

The only player with any knowledge of "who's got what" (as one of my rubber bridge partners says) is South knowing partner has 12-14 balanced. Vulnerable at IMPs I'm not getting involved. Two spades or three clubs could be on, but partner having not doubled the opening 1NT bidder hasn't got a wealth of strength in his/her hand. If partner has hearts, he/she isn't going to know to stick or twist. I'd rather lose a few IMPs than a wedge on a one board decision in a match.
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Posted 2019-May-02, 09:09

yes, auto X imo
"definitely that's what I like to play when I'm playing standard - I want to be able to bid diamonds because bidding good suits is important in bridge" - Meckstroth's opinion on weak 2 diamond
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Posted 2019-May-02, 09:35

Against a strong nt, I'd be more concerned. Against 12-14, double.
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Posted 2019-May-02, 12:04

Actually, it's more dangerous to compete in these situations versus a weak NT than a strong NT as responder can have more values. With the values more evenly distributed, the defense usually goes better, too.

If responder has a bust hand, partner would be close to having enough to double (opener 14 + your 9 + responder 2-3 = 25-26 leaving partner with 14-15). So the decision isn't as clear cut as you might believe.

But you do have some shape and decent cards.

I'd probably double nonetheless, but if we were way up, I might just pass.
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Posted 2019-May-02, 12:34

Uneasy.

Green or MPs it is an automatic X. Here, even protected by not bidding 2H immediately, we are not sure they have a fit and partner can have anything between 6 and 14 so to speak, and no 8-cd fit for me. OTOH I have a more than decent hand for balancing and we could have a very nice partial to play.

The little competitive devil whispers X to my ears. Not sure yet they would X us, it is IMP right?

So unless the opponents are very good and bold players, I X especially if I need to seize every IMP opportunity to qualify,
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Posted 2019-May-03, 02:16

double trouble. pass coward. equal choice =
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Posted 2019-May-03, 14:18

One of the largest downsides (at imps) to a weak NT is the lack of super accept. I loathe to back in after these types of auctions w/o solid intermediate values (10s and 9s) due to the small % of chance they have underbid. Not enough reward for the risk involved here.
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Posted 2019-May-04, 05:36

Thanks all. So, 4.5-2.5 in favour of double. Partner had a flat 13 count, opps could make 2H and we could make 3S (even 4 with some good card-reading). Of course, next time RHO will have some of partner's points and we go down.

I thought it was a clear X if nonvul or holding a little bit more, but vul it was a bit much. Other table opps didn't think so though, and combined with my wimpishness and partner's misdefence it cost 7 IMPs.

BTW, I could have sworn this post had a poll. Perhaps when I edited it on my phone it deleted the poll? :huh:

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