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Maybe the best spot is 2 doubled. South makes a negative double, passed out. Whatever major South leads will work out well. Even a trump lead will lead to a plus.
April 18, 2013
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I don't understand 3 strong over 2NT. If they were strong they could have bid 2 over 1. I would treat 3 as a “I have diamonds, are you sure you want to bid 3NT?” type of bid. I think a 3 bid just tells the defense to lead clubs. I like a 3NT bid here.
April 15, 2013
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I'm not sure if 1-2-2 is forcing in SAYC, which is probably the reason for the 3 bid.

It sounds to me like South was advance cuebidding a club control, so asking for key cards seems reasonable here. With a 10-count South would have just bid 4 over 3.

Seven (spades or notrump) could be on. It has a pretty good play across Eric's example hand.
April 12, 2013
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I have no club stopper, so 3NT is out.
I have insufficient diamond support for 3.
I did not bid 2 over 2, so therefore I should not be 6-4 in the majors.
That leaves 3. I should have 5422 or 5413 for this call.

If 3 here shows 6-4 in the majors, then what would 1-2-2-something-3 show? A heart stopper?
April 4, 2013
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I'm doubling. They have made the last guess, and if it worked, GG.
April 2, 2013
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Thank you for the recognition.
March 26, 2013
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Opening 2 might have worked.
March 22, 2013
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I might have overcalled 1 for the lead.
March 22, 2013
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My hand was A843 2 A53 AKQ43, which I think was what I showed with the 3 bid. Partner passed and I made 4. Spades were guessable for one loser but I misguessed and lost two spades and a heart.
March 19, 2013
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Some people don't like the modern-style 1NT opener with this hand. But really a singleton king is no worse than a small doubleton.

Good luck in the NAOP next week, Anant!
March 15, 2013
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I was thinking play a diamond to the ace at trick 2, not a club. If RHO ruffs, he ruffs air and it should be easy from there. If he follows suit, win the ace then play a small heart, intending to play the jack, ruff a club and then the second heart finesse. When the king pops, win and play a second heart, claiming if they are 2-2. If not, draw the last trump and duck a diamond. Ruff the club return, test diamonds, claim if they split, or play for spade-diamond squeeze.
March 13, 2013
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I'm actually surprised by the 95%/5% vote, and I'm a little confused by Henry's comment that he would be more conservative at teams.

I thought that this hand would want to bid 3NT automatically at teams but be a little more conservative at pairs.

The 1NT opener was:
Q5 Q72 A852 AK93

I was actually fairly lucky to make 2NT. Spades split 4-4, diamonds were guessable and I guessed correctly. The Q did not drop, but diamonds went 3-3.
March 11, 2013
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I vote 50/50 blame for playing Flannery. :)

From West's viewpoint, there could be a huge number of total tricks on this hand (depending on how many diamonds East has) and both 5 and 5 of a red suit could make.

5 +600 should score well, I don't see N/S leading a spade on the go.
March 6, 2013
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Right, what you really want is a spade lead. If you blast slam without RKCB, West has less information to go on and might lead one for you.
March 4, 2013
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I'm guessing Forrester was counting winners instead of getting rid of losers.

If three rounds of hearts live, you have three hearts, two diamonds, and two clubs, for seven winners outside of trump. Then the AK of spades and three minor suit ruffs in hand makes five trump winners, for a total of twelve.

I personally would have played the same failing line as Henry, ruff the third heart with the 8 then ace of spades and spade finesse.
March 4, 2013
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If only dummy had the 6 of diamonds instead of the three!
March 4, 2013
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3 is non forcing, right? So why would he jump to game after you bid 3? His hand must have improved after you bid spades instead of hearts. Still, he would need a perfecto for slam. I'm passing.
Feb. 26, 2013
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Both sides have eight or nine trumps, so it's close. But bridge is a bidder's game, so I'm bidding. :)
Feb. 22, 2013
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I like pass here. Partner will strive to double back in, which I can pass or bid something. If East bids 2 and it comes back around to me, I can double.

I don't see how you can make a negative double here without the explicit agreement that it shows two places to play and not both majors.
Feb. 20, 2013
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:)
Feb. 20, 2013
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