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All comments by Bob Bertoni
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I would also be clever enough to ruff the J return, I would cash the Ace of Hearts to pitch the final spade in dummy. And then K pitching a . There is a good chance that West has 6 for the over call as HCP are few, so I think I would expect 6232/6223 from W. If they followed to both hearts, I would now play to the A/K and a low back ruffing small or over ruffing as needed. If he is out of D to overruff I think I am picking up the now.
March 20, 2015
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I would then convert his x, yes with the hand i described. (12 HCP) as partner has to have some values to x a forcing NT.
Oct. 19, 2014
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I think its a bid late to be a takeout. I am sure this is a trump stack that you were hoping partner would balance a pass (not 1NT) with a double. I had a similar auction a few years back at a Fla Sectional. I held AQT864 (easy holding to remember) spades and AQ tight D the auction went 1S on my right - I had to pass I had Twelve count but only 2D and I had openers suit and 2 unbid doubletons. It went forcing NT-P-2D on my right and lefty corrected to 2S! all passed to me and I doubled, partner squirmed a bit before coming to the decision it had to be penalty- His void in spades helped.-Declared took 4 tricks -1100. This just has to be penalty. If we can't penalize them, the opponents will have a field day at our expense quite often.
Oct. 17, 2014
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I am not sure anymore what “Standard” is, but I have a good handle at times on sub-standard :), however I am sure I don't want this to be forcing and take away partners ability to balance with 55 or 54 without being punished.
Oct. 14, 2014
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