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Playing 1430 I can't bid 4NT. Partner could have Kx KQ10xxx QX 10xx. A 4 bid might encourage a lead directing double by the opening bidder holding A and AQ. Therefore I bid 4, which should be highly forward going. Partner with xxx AKQxx Ax 10xx can now RKCB.
Feb. 20, 2013
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The auction might go:
1NT-2-2-4(mild slam try)-4NT-1Keycard-5NT(so long as this guarantees all key cards)-7NT

But if you ask for the queen (playing 1430 this is possible), you may not get to 7.

If you think that the North hand is too strong for a mild slam try, the actual auction (Texas followed by 4) looks good, because you are missing the AK. Now South can RKCB.

South gets 100% of the blame here.
Feb. 20, 2013
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I believe partner. Therefore I bid 4NT.
Feb. 18, 2013
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I like 4 here, it's what I want led and if partner bids 4 I can bid 4.
Feb. 14, 2013
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This hand was actually quite screwy.

South had QJ1086 K98 J92 Q4

Across a full reverse (chosen by more than 90% in this poll) responder will force to game and no game makes legitimately. Especially since some Easts threw in a lead director with K532 7 AQ1087 J76.

On the other hand, if North opens 1NT (the tiny minority), South can invite game. N/S should make 2NT.

At the table, with no information about North's distribution, most Wests didn't lead a diamond from Kx against 3NT. So some pairs were +430.

In this poll I wanted to see what percentage of people would open 1NT with the stiff ace.
Feb. 13, 2013
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I checked and Bernard is correct, you can cash the second club honor early or you can cash it late.
Feb. 13, 2013
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Cool problem. Win the trump in hand and play the king of clubs. West plays the ace and you discard a diamond. West is now endplayed into giving you a trick. Then you play for a simple squeeze against West depending on what trick he gives you.
Feb. 11, 2013
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Yes, silver points started in 1990 and platinum started in 1999. Everyone was given a credit for (IIRC) 1/6 of their points they had as of 1-1-90. Gary Ansok is correct. The purpose of the silver point requirement was to increase attendance at sectional tournaments.

You can do a database query at acbl.org and it will show you what points you won and what color they were, going all the way back to 1989.
Jan. 17, 2013
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2 seems pretty normal. I don't have aces or much defense, so I would not open 1.
Jan. 14, 2013
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Or an event where the sum of the two players' age is less than 110 (or 100, or 90, etc). In Debbie's tournament I would have to play with a teenager or an elder statesman.
Jan. 14, 2013
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I don't think I would play in a 27-54 event, I'm tired of playing in four-table Howells. :)
Jan. 14, 2013
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Agreed, and would lead to people having two logins, one secret one to look at what was the most popular choice and the public one for voting.
Jan. 8, 2013
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Personally, I like your 6NT by West result. On a diamond lead it is 95%+ cold. 7, on the other hand, will fail if South has J1072 (4.78%) or if hearts split 5-1 or 6-0. (16.04%). It will also fail when North has all the clubs and hearts are not 3-3. (3.08%). Lastly, it will fail when you can't ruff out the hearts. The probability of 4-2 hearts is 48.44% and 3-1 clubs is 49.74%. Overall odds of success are much less than Jim's 70% figure.

Don't be a result merchant just because clubs were 2-2 and hearts 3-3 on this hand. You did well to get to 6NT.
Jan. 2, 2013
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I agree with Bob. We're already limited so bid 3 to further describe.
Dec. 28, 2012
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I like the conservative 3 here. At matchpoints, minor suits are minor and my spade suit is good enough to play across a singleton or even a void (assuming spades go 4-3). Even 3 might not make across Henry's worst-case hand.

Plus, even if there is a club fit, 4 or 3NT could score better, for example partner's hand could be x Kxx QJxxx Axxx. Now it makes 4 or 5 spades most of the time and only 5 clubs. On a heart lead, it should make 3 or more notrump.

If partner passes 3 and it makes 4 then you can still win matchpoints against the people who overbid to 5 or more spades and make 4.

For us to have a slam on this hand when partner bids 1NT will require Bob's perfecto hand. This violates Barry Crane's seventh commandment. :)
Dec. 27, 2012
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3 would be a game force. There's something to be said for a 2NT rebid here, as it would right-side the hand if partner has something like Kxx KQ10xxx x KQx.
Dec. 26, 2012
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Don't punish your partner for competing. Partner should have at least 3-3-3 in the other suits, and therefore you will be at your law level in clubs. You will not get rich doubling them in a part score with no trump tricks. Bid 3.
Dec. 26, 2012
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I think I like Bob's 2 here. I do not want to defend 2 and if I double there's a good chance partner will pass, whether it is takeout or not. A spade bid from me might be all that partner needs to bid 3NT. In any event, we will be in good shape whether partner bids clubs, diamonds, or notrump.
Dec. 20, 2012
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If you have the information partner will rebid hearts, why not bid 3 over 2NT, then bid 3S over 3H?
Dec. 19, 2012
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I like 5H here. Even 5H could go down, considering both majors probably are going to split badly. Partner is unlikely to hold both the KH and the QS.
Dec. 14, 2012
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