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A statistic about bidding in 3rd seat
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Nothing there says whether a game was bid and/or played well.  If the winning declarers play the hands well to pull 33 instead of 29 a couple of times, it could make for a larger final margin.  

What defines good bidding?  That's probably impractical.  It might be somewhat more reasonable to point out bad bids, but even then the most you might be able to find is the most egregious.  What criteria indicate a bid was really bad?  This might illustrate;  I'll offer my personal rating, on a scale of 1 to 10, for various scenarios.  The hand:

AC TC KC KC QC QC JC AD AD KD QD AS KS QS JS TH KH KH QH JH

Scenario 1:  First hand of the game, first to bid.  
50:  4.  This is more of a support hand, but may well have the best trump suit.
52:  2.  This is a bad underbid.  
53:  8.  

Scenario 2:  early in the game.  RHO opens 52.
53:  3.  With support orientation, you need to give the meld.
54:  2.  Same underbid issue.  
55:  9.

Scenario 3:  early in the game.  Partner opens 50, RHO bids 52.
53:  1.  Partner has at least as good a hand.
54:  2   As before.
55.  9

Scenario 4:  double bidder out.  As 3, bidding is 50-52 to you.
53:  -10.  You must *assume* LHO is about to jump.  If you don't give meld, your side will only be guessing for the rest of the hand...with the game on the line.
54 and 55:  the choice here is subtle.  In double bidder out:  will partner *push*, and be optimistic that you'll have extras?  If so, then giving 30 might be problematic.  I'd rather give 30...but the 20 here might be understandable, particularly with an unfamiliar partner.

As a sidebar, giving 20 meld only might be reasonable if partner's an overbidder or weak declarer.  Bidding to play in the first 2 scenarios becomes more attractive if partner's a weak declarer.

So there's lots of complications. :Smile
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RE: A statistic about bidding in 3rd seat - ToreadorElder - 07-21-2016, 12:16 PM

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