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I like Mads' line, except if trumps are 5-0 I draw trump, then run the clubs. Either the spade is onside or maybe a spade-diamond squeeze.

The chance of 4-3 clubs is higher than the 50% spade finese.
May 25, 2017
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How about Doop?

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/18245/doop
May 22, 2017
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I think a more interesting poll would be what to do last round to keep them from bidding 7.
May 19, 2017
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You're already a trick behind the field by playing the T, so you might as well try to get it back by playing a diamond to the K and finessing the J.
May 17, 2017
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Context is important. If one opponent has preempted, that would make the other opponent more likely to have four or five of your suit.

Having sufficent entries can also be a factor. You would never play the king first if you don't have another entry back to that hand.

IMO the correct answer is “It depends.”
May 14, 2017
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Responder only wanted to know aces as he had xx of clubs and was holding the king of hearts. Responder was AKQxxx KTxx x xx.
May 14, 2017
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Dummy had 6=4=1=2, declarer 3=5=1=4. But I see your point.
May 14, 2017
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The companion hand was not going to save with x xx AKQxxxx Kxx. 7 is very cheap.
May 14, 2017
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I'd like to be in 6NT by North. It's cold on a spade or diamond lead, any 3-2 spades, 4-1 spades with a stiff honor, and other bad spade splits if guessed.
May 11, 2017
Daniel Jackson edited this comment May 11, 2017
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I was actually wondering about that too, what's the easy way to score -700?
May 9, 2017
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None of the above. Lack of discussion of negative doubles.
May 9, 2017
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I think so too, it was just an idea.
May 9, 2017
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Playing KA and AK right after the J has another advantage in that if both follow you can claim without spending any more time or effort on the hand. Remember, East discarded a spade. The easiest squeeze would be the triple, if East had five spades, three or more diamonds, and the K. So I still think the best line is A, J (East shows out, discarding a spade), K, A, A, K, and hearts.
May 8, 2017
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You definitely want to play to make at the cost of making 7.

Most likely I would play the K after the A.

There might be a dummy reversal available: A, K, A (J drops), A, Q, ruff with 6, K, ruff with 7, Q, ruff with 8, A. Now you make if spades were 4-1 as they ruff in and you have the K9 for the last two tricks. You would make if LHO was something like 4=4=3=2 or 3=4=3=3. This line may not be as good. The trump spots make this possible.

EDIT: Once a spade honor drops, I think all you need is for West to have two clubs. West might have led a singleton club, so I think the chance of success of the dummy reversal is higher than I thought it was initially.
May 8, 2017
Daniel Jackson edited this comment May 8, 2017
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After RHO shows out of hearts at trick 2, I would play KA and AK, then run the hearts. East's discard let me know who has the spade length. If diamonds are 4-1 I might decide to play for the simple on East, otherwise probably the simple.
May 8, 2017
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I think it's close.

There's no guarantee of making game even with this great hand if partner is busted.

If both 3NT and 2SXX are down one you lose 150.
If both contracts make you gain about 240?
May 5, 2017
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I would play like Steve above, but if I had to play it as a squeeze, I would have threats R: K, L: 6 B: 6.

Craig explained the play better than I could.
May 2, 2017
Daniel Jackson edited this comment May 2, 2017
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Heart ace. If all follow, Q, AK. I can afford for them to ruff that because now I give up a diamond, ruff a diamond, and make 4, losing a diamond ruff, a diamond, and a club. All I need is 3-1 or better trumps and 4-1 or better diamonds.

If hearts are 4-0, I would have to reconsider.
April 29, 2017
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LHO led an unsupported ace on the go instead of the K.
LHO overcalled 2 with his shaky club suit instead of doubling.
LHO has already shown up with A A KQ and might have overcalled 1NT with the K.

These clues lead me to duck the diamond.
April 29, 2017
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If 4NT could be construed as natural, I would just bid 7 and be done with it. I don't think the 5 cuebid will get any useful information from your student.
April 28, 2017
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