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“The first double is a lead director”

A little bit off topic but imo favorable unpassed hand a natural bid is more important than lead direct.

If east X suggest bidding 4S over 4H than its likely that west will be able to bid 5S instead of 4S making life significantly harder.

Also I think that the best lead directing are short suits like KQT,KQ9,AQT but its dangerous to make a lead directing at the 3 level on a 3 carder if the opps know how to use their XX. Making a lead directing X agaisnt a suit contract with a lenghty suit like KQxxx is often helping offense more than defense.

I would play X of 5S suggest sacrificing.
37 minutes ago
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South got UI because north called the director. For my partnerships bidding 2S after we denied 4M tend to show 31?? type of hands where we dont want to risk a dsip/takeout double. So 2S is indeed natural but it show 3 cards.

South does have a hand where its tempting to bid 3S but passing with a flat hand is surely LA.
Sept. 21
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opener hand was
AQJxx
A
xx
Axxxx

game make even if clubs are 3-1 and trumps are 4-1, you just need to be careful and play clubs instead of trumps and discard rather than ruff if they try to tap you in hearts.

Opener tought that responder was 2??3 or 2??4 not good enough for a false preference.
Sept. 21
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1Nt isnt forcing, if opener bid 2C on a 3carder its because hes going to be 15+ 6??3 and he wont pass 3C anyway.
Sept. 21
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K is onside but Q is offside but show up double squeeze = 20%

Ax
8

x

KJx

x
Sept. 16
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Sept. 16
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If we assume are 5-1 and that east got JT than we have these odds.

both onside 30%
only Q onside =26%

Q onside but 4-3, 3%

west that are Kxx/Kx = 25%
Sept. 16
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You already loss a so you cannot afford to lose a to get a trick.
Because of the 1st trick east is likely longer in . EAst have the K is more likely than west having Kx/Kxx in
Sept. 16
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Sept. 16
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I simply do exactly as a play of the hand problems from an old book where the contract is ridiculous, so I know I would never be in this contract but it doesnt stop me to do my best to find the best line.
Sept. 15
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Sept. 15
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Passing and X is fine, most of the time the bidding will comeback in 2.

I think a delayed 3M got to show 4+long club and X of 3H show the same but stronger.

I prefer to simply bid X or at least bid 3S rather than 3H because Im 100% certain that my partner will not play me for 5S/5m and I prefer to show defensive values rather than only offensive values. But its no big deal either way.

3rd part look like an easy pass, partner could have 3S and singleton club.
Sept. 14
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If we decide to play ace and rely on finesse we wont be able to take double finesse so its not as clear as i tought.

A, low to K, finesse, to A repeat club finesse play a 3rd club and hope for 3-4 or probably better to just cash 2 round of trumps. Even if trumps are 3-1 we still have some hope to have only one loser.

Starting with J is also quite likely to induce a cover.
Sept. 13
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Sept. 13
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All thing being equal, for ex Kxx(x) & Kxx(x) I think west would prefer to lead a instead of a . Also because west didnt lead a D East is marked with a D honnor so we can handle with only one ruff. So IMO west underleading a J more likely than underleading a K furthermore if the K is onside playing the Qs become a quasi-nullo play.

It cannot be right to take the Q finesse rather than the finesse since the finesse got better or equal odds than the Q finesse.

Another way to see this if you think the finesse is onside you need to play the A if you think its offside you need to let it run to the T deciding on what to do based on the guess of the is more important than guessing the .

I expect expert two to be stronger than expert one.
Sept. 13
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Sept. 13
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Agree 100%, quite often I have a borderline hand and dont really know what to do so I do my last train bid, quite often partner hand is also unclear about what to do so all Ive manged is to do some puck passing or some blame transfers. Im ok with it because when he does know what to do we are gaining enough that I feel we are well ahead of those who dont play last train.
Sept. 13
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I mean that

4D–(P)–P–(4S)
??
here instead of simply bidding 5 you should X. Double in this spot can only be im planning to bid 5 but I double just in case you have a penalty double.

We play the same way after

4–(4M)–P–(P)
X

but its less clear since some may want a lightner X, I think lightner X vs game are very dangerous since you dont have the same risk reward ratio than when you lightner X a slam.
Sept. 12
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Sept. 12
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just to be sure by inv I mean I have a hand worthy enough to bid 5 but im doubling in case you have a trump stack or you think 5mX will be a bloodbath worse than 4Sx making.
Sept. 12
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A preemptor who X 4M when hes on lead should be invite to sac in a 2nd suit no ?
Sept. 12
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If you ruff a at t3 and east got 2/3 and 4 you should ruff a before ruffing the last club. But I agree that if east got 2S+2C or one you will not make it.

Ok i made a mistke we indeed need to ruff 2 and 2 so yeah line1 is not very good.
Sept. 11
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Sept. 11
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close between 5D or 4D followed by 5
Sept. 11
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the odds lho got only 2 and 1-3 look higher than the odds we have a 40-04 break that we can negotiate with an early ruff. I like line 3 because a singleton club look unfrequent (RHO passing 1S with 7 NV). My K getting ruff exactly at t3 by east is smaller than the cases where LHO overruff the 3rd round of .
Sept. 11
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Sept. 11
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In std a GF hand is under double and cue so 3H isnt forcing.

However Im starting to work on a method where the cue is either art GF or somethign else with min values for a double and bid. If we simply play cue can be x-fer we get.

(1S)—X—(P)—2D
(P)—??

2H = normal
2S = marginal xfer to 2Nt (19-20pts) or art GF
2NT= 21-22
3Y = NF

(1H)—X—(P)—2D
(P)—??

2H = marginal xfer to 2S (18-19) pts or art GF
2S = 20-21
rest is nf

(1H)—X—(P)—1
(P)—??

1NT/2m = normal
2 = marginal raise to 2S or any GF can be 3 or 4 card support
2 = good raise to 2
rest is NF

the problem in std with cue is GF is that its underused and responder rebid is often more annoying than constructive.
Sept. 11
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I like to play that opener X is choose between 5S and pass. Maybe its not what is best at MP but that how I play it in imps.

So passing 5C suggest defending or as I prefer to explain suggest that we dont make 5S. Playing htat style responder must double more often.
Sept. 9
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