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Hand 25 was a good result for E/W because 3H goes down a lot.

The auction might go:
West North East South
- - - Pass
Pass 1C 1H 1S
3H* ?

If north passes with his minimum, 3H will probably take only 6 tricks for -300. If North competes to 3S on law-level reasoning, they take 10 tricks.

This is an unusual hand in that there are 18 total trumps but only 16 total tricks.
Sept. 26, 2011
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Actually I disagree with all three hands. On hand 1 I would open a club and reverse. The reverse with 16 HCP and poor clubs is IMO a lesser lie than opening 1NT with singleton 10. On hand 2 I don't see a rebid problem after I open 1H. If they bid 1NT forcing I bid 2C. I raise spades and clubs. WTP? On the third hand I would seriously consider 1NT.

Also IMO this whole rebid problem is a good reason to open 14-16 1NT. That way you're okay with opening 1C on the first hand and rebidding 2NT over the expected 1S response. If in fact you have 17 HCP with a singleton you can reverse with confidence.
Aug. 23, 2011
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I don't think Eugene's analysis took into account what Peg said. What if they redouble and get to a making suit game? There's no reason why the NT opener cannot have five of a major.

Since I am on lead, I am passing at both pairs and teams.
Aug. 20, 2011
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That would be a testing defense. In that case you have to be a good guesser. But you may not be able to take a quick diamond finesse if the hearts are 4-0.

If West did indeed start with J10x of clubs he should keep a spade, three diamonds and a club. Even then you can guess right if he started with the ace of spades doubleton like Charles said.
July 27, 2011
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I like Warren's strip-squeeze line better than trying to pin the singleton 9 or 10 by leading the jack of diamonds.

It may be sufficient just to win the king of clubs and run hearts (finessing if they are 4-0) without finessing the diamond. Win the CK and run hearts, discarding four spades and a club. Both dummy and hand come down to five cards; three diamonds and two clubs. West has to do the same, so ace of clubs and a club will endplay him.

A problem exists in this line where West started with J10x and East Qxx. But that would be a risky holding for West to lead from.

Interesting hand.
July 26, 2011
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I disagree with the inferences. Maybe your counterpart just wanted to see if 4S would be a good sacrifice. Maybe the contract was a trick-one claimer.

RHO could have anything including a weakish 4-6 in the red suits and just wanted to compete.

Plus what Burke said.

In any event, I would not double with no trump trick and 1.5 tricks on defense.
July 25, 2011
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I open this hand 1C any seat any vulnerability. I want a club lead and I don't have any rebid problems. I bid what I have, not what I might have or what the opponents might have.
July 21, 2011
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Since the thread got necro'ed I guess I can write that IMO Henry said it all. You bid 1 when you want partner to upgrade his spades and 2 when you want partner to upgrade his clubs. In this case, bid 1.

It is unlikely partner will raise 1 to 2 with only 3 card support. Partner would have either a 4-card minor or a 1NT rebid. And you do not have a problem if partner rebids hearts, a minor, or 1NT.
July 20, 2011
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