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NS are pathetic.
6 hours ago
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3 rebid could have been passed, although I suspect the poster was being overly terse when describing his agreements. Likely the 2 bid forced to game. If E now bid 3 over 2, W can take off like a rocket.
12 hours ago
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Isn't a 2 overcall following a BIT rather questionable ethically?
March 21
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4 is to play. No matter how many diamonds you have, there is no reason partner can't have 10 certain winners with hearts trump. You are not invited to the party.
March 20
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Congratulations Alex!
March 20
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Since nobody had anything, I'm not surprised that the hand was passed out.
March 19
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Yes, definitely a triumph for T-Walsh.
March 19
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Yes
March 19
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I suppose it depends on the speed of the lead. I am not sure that W rates to be anywhere near that strong to overcall a strong 1 opening. Since ducking in both hands is death when W was dealt Kx xx KJ10 KJxxxx, I don't think there is all that much vig in letting the J win the first trick.
March 18
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I suspect that partner is stronger than an absolute signoff but not strong enough to force to game. He may also have an aberrant pattern. Were I the director, I would forbid S from biding any game.
March 18
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Yes, I would have bid 3NT directly, but it seems that I have hit the jackpot with 3. Double clearly shows maximal defense, what could I have but this?
March 18
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How can you endplay West on the 2nd hand when he still has a spade?
March 18
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Is this MP or IMPs?

If W has stiff J, you are losing 2 tricks whatever you do; ruffs are irrelevant.

If W has J8 or J10 doubleton, you are losing one trick whatever you do, and there are no ruffs out.

If W has J108, ducking in dummy and winning the ace picks up the whole suit, less a possible ruff.

If W has led from KJ10, ducking in dummy and winning in hand is as good as anything.

Conclusion: ducking in dummy and winning in hand dominates any other play. I will of course play a heart at trick 2. I think that makes me gin, since if the next 3 tricks are A won by LHO, K, 10-Q-ruff, and E now plays a spade, I hop ace, draw the last trump, and claim.
March 18
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And how do you show GF minor one-suiters?
March 14
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OK weaken the hand a little, give partner KQx xxxxx void Jxxxx. Now what's he supposed to bid over 2?

Also, Dave, 4 is cold even against 4-1 spades as long as the K comes down singleton or doubleton (a 52% chamce). Just ruff the lead, cash A and, if necessary, ruff a diamond. Then play a spade to the ace and run diamonds.
March 14
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yes
March 13
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On 2, if the lead is 4th best, then E surely has the stiff J or Q left; he would have played the 9 from 96 and W would have led the Q from QJ97. So I hop A and play a low spade. E probably won't want to cash his K here, but instead will likely play a heart which I will duck to the J. W, if he has the K, does best to win and play another threatening to strand me in dummy, but I overtake, cash my 3, and take the spade finesse for a peculiar but satisfying 9 tricks.
March 13
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On 1, you're doomed here if diamonds are 3-1; West is then surely 4=3=3=3 since he would not lead low from Kx on this auction and he can't have a doubleton heart because that gives East 1=5=1=6 and he would have tried to play 2. And you can't afford to use the A to lead a heart up. If you win it now to play a heart, West will hop, cash his spade honor, and play a club, tapping you out. So he will get 1 1 and 3.

So you might as well just play low on the 8. West can win and give you a ruff-sluff, but you just ruff in dummy and start on diamonds. West will make 3 and the A but that's all. Or West can exit passively, but you will then cash the AK, draw trump, and claim 2 2 ruffs, A, and 5.
March 13
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multiple 4 on the first deal
March 13
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Rainbow also works - extremes are SP, intermediates are used for attitude. Nothing helps when partner plays the middle spot, or one of the two middle spots.
March 12
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