Saturday, April 08, 2006

Mind like a steel sieve

Last month I was quite proud of myself for having learned something new. I even wrote it down so I'd always remember this new thing. Now I look at it and think: Huh? Anyone? What's this? :

1W-x-p-1Z-p-2Z. 2Z is a strong raise. I don't know how it happens but really basic things get lost in the shuffle of the whole learning process.


Blogger Justin Lall said...

I think it means that in an auction like (1C)-X-(P)-1S-(P)-2S, 2S shows a good hand. Playing this way 2S is about a good 15 to 17 in support, 18-20 can X then jump raise, stronger can cue then raise. This is an intelligent way of playing.

There has been a modern trend recently to always raise with 4 trumps in this auction, so 2S would just be your minimum range 12-14ish with 4 spades. IMO this leaves too many ranges to cover without much benefit.

10:40 AM  
Blogger BadMonster said...

Thanks Justin. I think I agree with you, assuming that I understand correctly. Are we saying that we've already shown an opening hand, p has already denied invitational values, and so bidding on shows extras? Because we can pass? And is this so obvious that I should feel stupid for having to clarify this?

11:29 AM  
Blogger Justin Lall said...

Right, since you can pass 2M shows extras. No you are not stupid for having to clarify this, because as I said a significant minority play that the raise just shows a minimum and 4 trumps and says nothing else. It is a good one to clarify with your partner.

1:55 PM  

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