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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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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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