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We managed 400 against 1NT.
If I'd shown both Majors as North and partner showed equal length, I'd not take off - it could be a 4-2 fit or a 4-3 fit.

I was happy enough to get them down in 100s.
Oct. 10
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If I had been sitting East, I would pass 3H X (auto) - it's IMPs, take the plus score, regardless of this vulnerability.

I know a lot of my partners would bid 3NT, worrying about the vul.

I think passing 2H X is a lot more challenging to choose as your action but not surprised that the boys got that right.
Oct. 10
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Candice and I are happy to continue with Board 4.
We will do 15th October (not giving Candice a choice?) before the Spring Nationals, but will not do 22nd October when the SNWT is on. Then back on deck.
This week - just later in the week…
Oct. 10
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I guess robots don't understand Multi 2D opening bids (given they don't understand alerts either).
Sept. 22
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Agree.
Sept. 22
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Yes - when you open that sort of hand because you have game in your hand, but lack ‘real’ HCP, jumping to 4H next shows the hand.
Last time I did so, Candice had the 18 or 20 count opposite so the grand slam was easy.
We play that the jump shows the weak hand with the long suit.

By the way, why did you plan to rebid 3H over 2D? Can 3H be passed? I'd rather rebid 4H over 2D - once again showing game in your hand but no slam interest because you didn't go through the Kokish ‘path’.
Sept. 19
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I did board 11.
Sept. 11
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It was indeed a fun hand to play.
Tundal went down because he ruffed once with the S10, then drew the trump with his Ace, leaving only the trump 4-2 in his hand - which were inadequate when East proved to have 4 trumps and they were higher than his!
Sept. 11
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Did anyone rebid 1NT on the South hand?
Then it is much more difficult to reach 6C - I think.

I suspect you'll subside in a spade contract then.

(We couldn't rebid 1NT, because our 1NT opening bid is 14-16 HCP. So where one might ‘lie’ with 14 HCP, we simply can't lie with 15 HCP! Therefore
1D 1S
2C was automatic
Sept. 11
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Will think about it.
I tried the ‘strong’ option hand and didn't like that (though it did work out well once or twice).

I think when 4th suit is hearts, being able to raise is very important so that you can find the 4-4 fit. That only applies when responder has bid 1S - so is limited in its occurrence.
I've seen too many hands play in 3NT where there's a 4-4 fit in hearts (which is the 4th suit, so tough to find).

I can definitely see the merit when 4th suit is not hearts though.
Sept. 11
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Nice auction with the transfer responses.

Our auction started
1C 1H
1NT (normal enough)

We have a natty addition to our 2-way checkback. It hasn't come up for ages, but it's so ‘obvious’ that it is easy to remember even after a long break:
2C (2-way checkback)
2D 3NT

The 3NT rebid here shows a 5-3-3-2 and choice of game.

It has implications for using 2D (GF checkback), in that showing a 5-card suit having used 2D now means you have more distribution (or slam interest).

Same essential meaning to the auction and same outcome.
Sept. 11
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(This was the ‘interesting’ hand I was going to post - but it's now yours, Viv, for a few weeks.)
Sept. 11
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We had a different auction, given that we don't use Bergen raises as passed hand.
We can play Splinters, but this hand isn't quite good enough (though a passed hand), so instead we use a jump to show the non-GF Splinter hand.
Over 1S, we jump to 2NT (with 3C as an ask for the shortage).
Over 1H, we jump to 2S (with 2NT being a FSJ for spades), and 2NT asks for the shortage.

So our auction went:
P 1H
2S 2NT
3H (spade splinter - now my hand was MUCH better)
4NT (who needs cue bids)
5D (0 key cards)
6H

Unfortunately for me, the robot led a trump - definitely the best lead. His buddy robot won the HA but now switched - I think a trump back makes life impossible without the diamond finesse working. It returned a diamond. I won the DA now.
SA - spade ruff - C to the CJ (now needed) - CA - spade ruff - CK (ditching the diamond loser) - diamond ruff - spade ruff - and 3 top trumps left.

I like having a NF splinter structure available as passed hands.
I'm not keen on Bergen because you can get too high if you've opened light.
Sept. 11
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Until today, I've always had a moderately interesting hand.
I shall now post an interesting hand!
Sept. 11
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Candice is also away, but I'll still post Board 4/20.
Sept. 10
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I think we probably need volunteers for
Board 1
Board 2
Board 3
Board 6
Board 11
Board 13
for the next couple of weeks.

I'm happy to do one extra - any other offers?
Sept. 10
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I think we probably need volunteers for
Board 1
Board 2
Board 3
Board 6
Board 11
Board 13
for the next couple of weeks.

I'm happy to do one extra - any other offers?
Sept. 10
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Nice auction.
Many years ago, I played that the raise of 4th suit showed extra values. For some years, I have played that the raise of 4th suit shows 4 card support - those a 0-4-5-4 or 1-4-4-4.


We had the same auction to 3H, then I simply set clubs and so we also reached 6C.
Same line as Weinstein, so 12 tricks.

The real issue is what South rebids over the 1S response…
That's the make-or-break for reaching 6C v reaching 3NT.
Sept. 10
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Yes - good luck to Australia and to your USA team too Kate.
Sept. 9
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If the auction went:
1H 1NT
2S 3C
then West can bid 4D to show their hand shape and super values for Majors, since the 3C is natural but should also indicate concern about the diamond suit.

Now 6C becomes very biddable.
Sept. 6
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