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You hold:  AKQXXXX XX --- KQT9
IMPs (Knockout), Both vulnerable
AKQxxxx
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KQ109
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LUCKY or GOOD?!
I picked this up in Gatlinburg in a Knockout match. 1S didn't do it justice in my mind as with any luck at all, it is a 3-loser hand. 2C was acceptable with our agreement (22+ HCP or 8+ winners) but was not without some drawbacks. Not being highly-paid pros, my partner and I, though loving competition, have decided we play the game as much for the stories we can tell as any other. I thus opened the 14 HCP hand 2C.
At the table the auction went -P-7NT!-P-P-P. Thinking quietly to myself,"It's a fine mess you've gotten us into this time.....," I awaited the opening lead.
At the other table, my opponent opened the more (overly, IMHO) conservative 1S. After a key card auction, they stopped in 6NT, after finding out they were off a K.
The lead didn't matter. Partner held xx,AKQxxx,Ax,Axx. After winning the opening lead and everyone following to a round of S's, partner claimed his Grand. As the cards lay, he had 7S's, 6H's and 5 outside winners for ~ 12NT. After playing to the first 2 tricks, declarer at the other table mused,"I probably should have bid 7 anyway - I wonder if they found it at the other table?" My partners only comment on the auction was, "I can add 17 to 22+(a GOOD 14 in reality), so I knew what to do."
I have often heard very good/expert players argue the pros/cons of opening similar hands 2C or the "more conservative option." It really doesn't matter who's or if there is a right or wrong if you enjoy the game for the stories it gives you. I await the 12 or 13 HCP hand that I open 2C - will let you know.:)

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Redouble
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Double
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1♣
1♦
1♥
1♠
1NT
2♣
2♦
2♥
2♠
2NT
3♣
3♦
3♥
3♠
3NT
4♣
4♦
4♥
4♠
4NT
5♣
5♦
5♥
5♠
5NT
6♣
6♦
6♥
6♠
6NT
7♣
7♦
7♥
7♠
7NT
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