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Partner's hand: 10xx Qx xx KJ9xxx
Jan. 4
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A slam try is a good idea ONLY if there is a fit.
So we need to have an agreement about 3: is it a 2 card fit or it is an automatic bid by opener?
If there is no agreement and i am afraid that 3 is automatic, then i bid 3NT.
(Facing 21 with xx i dont think 6NT is a great idea anyway)
Then i expect from my partner with maximum and fit to cue bid at the 4 level and not bid 4 straight away.
These hands, and some unbalanced hands like:
KJxxx, x, AJ10xx, xx have great bidding problems if partner just accepts the transfer automaticaly.
I prefer to accept the transfer only with 3(4)c support and bid 3NT with doubleton.
Then, the bidding is much easier.
Nov. 23, 2016
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so after ypur double … partner has to bid something:)
let's see!
http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-py1xi8h8x9/
Nov. 15, 2016
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We use 2way game tries:
2nt (next step) = long gt,
3/3/3 = short gt
3: pre
Sept. 21, 2016
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I just answered to this question:
Double of 4♣ green Vs red suggests long club suit - possible sacrifice.
There is no special agreement on pass.
July 7, 2016
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Double of 4 green Vs red suggests long club suit - possible sacrifice.
There is no special agreement on pass.
July 7, 2016
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Passing will drive you to a plus score…else you will be playing 4-1 (or more). The best result would have been 3* but no way to get this one now.
I wonder, if you open 2-(3)-dbl*(positive hand…7+hcps or so) - (pass)/? Now what would you bid?
Also, using kokish relays how would you bid after: 2-2/2-2/3? Isn't it GF? I think that this hand has too many losers for this bid.
I find it a very difficult hand to analyse.
A student of mine brought it at the advanced class for discussion and i promised to give him a nice analysis at the next lesson.
I still havent't decided what to tell him!
Jan. 11, 2016
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As there was no proper questioning and a possible misundersanding, we decided not to appeal.
My partner told the director that when we moved for the next round (during rounds most people get outside to smoke) in order to play at this table, South was standing alone listening to the discussion taking place at the previous table.
The director asked South from this table if he said anything (South was playing with his wife and likes to comment all the boards). South relied that he did not shout at his wife, because he played that hand.
The next day, new evidence appeared!
The EW that played this board one round before us, said that they were laughing with this board because:
North (wife) South (husband)
pass 1NT
2 2 (sleeping)
3NT 4 (ouppps i have 4)
ALL PASS, just made.
The wife said “you didnt see your hearts?”
Then the husband said to West: Why you didnt double me with 11hcps and 5 trumps? Didnt you realise that i was going to play at a 4-3 fit?
West responded: “You see? I bid conservatively in order to get to the finals! I didnt double you with… KQx, Qxxxx and an Ace!”
East saw South from the other table staring at their table and said: “Shhhhhh! Dont ”speak“ the cards!!!”
Then they moved to the next table!
We phoned the director the next day, to tell him the story. He said that … “ok, the tables are too close”, but “i can do nothing about it”.
Now it is an etchics matter.
What do you do, if you listen at a board (all the cards) before you play it?

I appreciate your opinion and thank you for your comments!
Jan. 26, 2015
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@ Niram: “The only thing that is hard to beleive is that this pair having played together for 10 years has never encountered a 4-4 major hand in response to stayman enquiry”
I agree… see next comment to decide who is the lucky one!
Jan. 26, 2015
Christina Syrakopoulou edited this comment Jan. 26, 2015
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If they wanted to cheat, they could just bid 1NT - 3NT, No Stayman, no 3 rounds of auction! (i used to play chess before bridge… 100% bridge for me)
Jan. 26, 2015
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It is clear that NS is not cheating. This is not the point!
Jan. 26, 2015
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The same South a few rounds defore that, bid 2 Stayman with xxx, Jxxx, xxx, Jxx. So if he likes to bid the stronger major, why use Stayman with this hand?
So, i have to admit that i was just unlucky in this hand…?
Jan. 26, 2015
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I noticed that, after i played the hand.
3NT+2 with any lead.
But the question is: How did a good pair (master players) fail to reach a 4-4 Major fit after 1NT opening when the trump break is 5-0?
Does South's bid looks “suspicious” to you?
Jan. 26, 2015
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@Kit: Unfortunately i did not write down any questions… In Greece we dont do that (!)
We dont even have a piece of paper for these situations!
I asked if 2 promises a 4card major, the answer was yes.
I asked “What to you mean 3 is natural? 5/4? or fit?”, the answer is “natural, there is no agreement”. As nobody in Greece answers 2 with 4-4, it didnt occur to me that this was the case.
The same player in the same tournament, bid 2 Stayman with:
xxx, Jxxx, xxx, Jxx and then passed 2.
So it is obvious that with both majors, they use the usual 2 response.
After i read your 1st answer i knew i did a huge mistake not to call the director immediately (he was called later - see part 2)…
Jan. 26, 2015
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So, having KQx, Qxxxx, xx, Axx while partner failed to double 2 (he could double with KJxxx/QJxxx(x) and no more just to avoid a disastrous lead), what would you lead?
Do you expect baddish spades… and something like Κ10x(x)?
Jan. 26, 2015
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@ David: I suppose that Kit volunteers to explain before the lead… and also he never fails to have an agreement or convention card when he is playing at a National event :)
Also… are there any slam aspirations with a passed hand?

@ Michael: I think when a Stayman bid is followed by a second auction which can be done without 4 card major (i.e. 2 and then 2NT while 1NT-2NT is a transfer), the players have to alert “maybe no 4 card major” or sometimes… “no 4c major”, in depends on the sequence.
In this bidding there is no such alert. So yes, North promises 4cards in .
The problem with this behavior is that when a new player faces an old(er) (and wise) one, he is afraid to ask more and more questions when he does not get any answers.
The bigger problem is when the director is called, asks for the cc card, there is no cc, but nothing is done about it!
Jan. 26, 2015
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That's the point! You are playing with screens and South does not explain more than … “Natural”. Do you call the director? I didn't think it was important to call him , (obviously i was wrong). The problem is when you finally realise what happened (I will tell u in part 2), can you ask for adjustment?
Jan. 26, 2015
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1. &. 2. 2 is Stayman with 4c major (there is no alert indicating something special). You ask for further explanation and the answer is ‘natural’, so BBO style. Now you have to figure out! (That's why I am asking)
Jan. 26, 2015
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Well…2 was Stayman :)
Jan. 26, 2015
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I will reveal South's hand:
AK
A3
K74
KJ8763
Jan. 3, 2014
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