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Bob, my former partner, calls those kind of DBL's “Vanity Doubles”
Nov. 13, 2015
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Are you saying that without the double of 5, West might have lead a diamond or a club? East does not appear to have any reasonable expectation of winning or ruffing a .
Nov. 13, 2015
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West did not open a weak 2, he made a two level overcall of 1 on 9 HCP and 1-1-6-5 or 1-1-7-4 distribution.
Nov. 13, 2015
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West does not make a sequence lead in 's or 's. He might have lead either the A or the A if he had them. Instead he chooses the 4, likely a singleton, hoping East has a heart honor that will win, if declarer ducks in dummy. If East wins the first trick, West might expect to ruff a heart return. West needs about 10 points for the 2 overcall, and East needs K, A, and A for his double.
That leaves West with x 4 KQJxxx and QJxxx. This being the case I would play the 8 from dummy and let it ride. If both defenders follow then a to the A then run the hearts.

If West held stiff K or Kx, it is less likely he would look for a heart ruff, preferring to score a natural trump trick.
Nov. 13, 2015
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I don't understand how you went down 2.
–Never mind
Nov. 11, 2015
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Looks like this line is good for nine tricks as the cards lie, via 5 's 2 's and 2 's.
Nov. 11, 2015
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Why do you think 6 is the right contract? A heart to A and a club back through the AQ and you're down 1.
Nov. 11, 2015
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Can you name the competent authorities, and tell us what a proper trial might look like. Haven't those authorities for the most part abdicated their responsibilities? As I understand the current process, hours of video are available for review and people can draw their own conclusions. How many hours have you watched? How many hours are you willing to watch?
Nov. 10, 2015
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That information was not listed among our assets. Maybe we could ask the six-fingered man.
Nov. 8, 2015
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Based on bidding and opening lead I think a likely hand for West is
KJx AQxx QJ10xx x
If you win K in hand on trick 1, you still cannot pick up the spades because you can't get back to your hand to repeat the spade finesse. After losing the first spade trick to the J, you can pick up the remaining spades without a problem.

Any hand West has that does not include the K is a very marginal 1 opening. I think you really want West on lead at trick 3 so your holding cannot be attacked.
Nov. 8, 2015
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With no prior discussion, how should the 2NT opener interpret the meaning of 3?
Nov. 8, 2015
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You have 10HCP, with some upgrades (2 points) and some downgrades (2 points). It should be enough for game, but not quite enough for slam. Bid 3NT. If the singleton spade makes you uncomfortable and 3 might be Stayman then bid 3.
Nov. 7, 2015
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I think the play for 10+ tricks is a very low percentage. If the diamonds are 4-4, then you get two and the defenders get two, to go with the A and one spade trick and you still make. Are we eventually going to see the complete layout?
Nov. 7, 2015
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Win the A and lead a low spade to the 8. You only have one sure entry to your hand in the K, and you might have to lose at least one spade to have enough tricks to make the contract. If you must lose 2 spade tricks, then you need the clubs to be 3-3 or the A to be onside.
Nov. 7, 2015
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In the days before computers and spreadsheets, Brooks Hughes was able to focus like a laser on match pointing the travelers and producing the score for a 12-13 table game in under half an hour. It was totally awesome to watch.
Nov. 7, 2015
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The reverse accurately describes the red suited hand.
Nov. 5, 2015
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6 making 7 was a top for 10.5 MP
Nov. 5, 2015
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I wondered about that as well. Why would somebody open 2 with a 7 card suit non-vulnerable? Lack of confidence? A practice preempt?
Nov. 5, 2015
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We got 1 MP on the hand for beating the NS pair that let East play 3 down 1. At least it wasn't a bottom. Other NS pairs were in 5 or 6 making 6 and 7.
Nov. 5, 2015
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This was a first time partnership and I don't feel bad about the result or the tone of the conversation. I certainly don't fault my partner for trying to send the correct message. Certainly I'll know better next time. I appreciate that the replies were matter of fact and to the point.
Nov. 5, 2015
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