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The Aces on Bridge: Sunday March 26th, 2023


jim2April 9th, 2023 at 2:29 pm

Re the question from “What About Bob,” as I have commented many times before, it is too bad one cannot make an opening bid that shows 4-5 in the majors …

Iain ClimieApril 9th, 2023 at 2:50 pm

Hi Jim2, Bobby,

Is there a normal upper limit on the strength of Flannery here? You really don’t want partner (not unreasonably) with (say) 1-2-7-3 and a few scattered values leaving it in a nice safe 2D when partner might have a strong hand. I assume that it would be circa 16 points as opener can readily reverse otherwise so 2D is MAYBE not needed – although that’ll be the day partner passes a 4-2-3-4 5 count when partner opens 1H and they have a well-fitting 18 count with 4-5 in the majors.



bobby wolffApril 9th, 2023 at 3:08 pm

Hi Jim2 & Iain,

Was it someone who once said?: “Flannery will get you everywhere” or did they miss spell Flattery? I always liked playing it, since much was disclosed in one bid plus the preemption advantage. Also, and likely most important, that specific 4-5 was difficult to (if you’ll excuse the words?) deal with.

And Iain, you would be the last bridge player alive to worry about what might happen if holding a bad hand plus a 7 card minor.

And to Jim2 who uses his sarcasm properly with wondering where have all the bridge (close to bird) brains doing by forgetting that Flannery is still alive, but not so well known as likely should be.

Little by little we can all grow, if in fact we can start living a couple of hundred years, instead of so short a life span. Oh well, by that restriction we then manage to better diminish our lifelong errors.

bobby wolffApril 9th, 2023 at 3:14 pm

Hi Iain,

Flannery is by definition (12-15) With more, thus legal, reverses are still alive and kicking.

Jeff SerandosApril 9th, 2023 at 5:29 pm

Hi Bobby,

I love the suggestion for bidding over the interference in answer to Forcing Auction. It seems to cover every eventuality in a compact easy-to-remember format. Given the comprehensiveness of the possible responses, my only question is the “I have nothing to say” pass. I am just wondering what kind of hand that would indicate, ie., what’s left?



bobby wolffApril 9th, 2023 at 9:18 pm

Hi Jeff,

How about Kx, AJ9xx, Kxxx, Kx? More than a minimum, but not applicable
for any of the other conventional responses.