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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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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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