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Precision players deal with interference over 1C all the time. Standard treatment is pass is negative (0-5), 1D is “semi-positive”, redouble is positive without a suit to bid, and higher bids are positive and natural (including, as David Burn identifies above, suits shown by the opponents, e.g., if DBL shows the majors, 1H and 1S by responder are still natural.)

Yes, 2C is a level higher, but the principles seem to be the same.
Sept. 4
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Auto splinter, but one could play it as a singleton not necessarily in spades and have 4x as the void. But the idea behind splintering is to solicit partner's cooperation. If your hand is “too big to splinter” you rebid 3S as a forcing slam try.
Sept. 4
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Should 4D deny two aces? No agreement. Nor are we clear that 4C denies a major suit ace. One of my friends wrote me privately, “Teaches you for not bidding kcb.”
Sept. 4
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Yes I know we are talking favorable vul but a concept that I use to help guide me in these “blind situations” is “How much equity do I have?”

This is an imported poker concept. If I pick up two aces, my poker hand is worth on average $20. (Yes, I play bad low stakes poker.) But I am going to bet in a way to protect my “equity”, my “expected value.” Admittedly, I have pattern, but with a 10 count I don't have equity I need to protect at the five level.
Sept. 3
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Pretty in the weeds but because you asked. Jumps to game are to play : e.g., 1D-(2C)-4H. Keycard if we have agreed trump suit - 4x+1. Five pages of follow up. My favorite is 1S-2H-3D-4D-4N kcb. If you get by that… Jumps to 4N when 3N is to play are quant. Basically, you need suit agreement to bid kcb.
Sept. 3
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Andy, if you duck the first heart, win the second, play three rounds of clubs pitching a heart, ruff a heart and play a spade off dummy, can't east duck? Declarer wins the SK, plays the fourth club pitching a diamond as east ruffs with the SA. But now declarer is locked in dummy so that west scores both the SQ and ST.

If declarer wins the first heart and plays four rounds of clubs pitching 2 hearts, I think D.B. is correct and the contract cannot be defeated.
Sept. 3
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I thought I had a spade-club squeeze but as Marty points out, I dont have 12 tricks. My bad.
Sept. 3
David Caprera edited this comment Sept. 3
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When we have a minor suit fit, bids below 3N are not controls but cards in that suit with 3N the primary target. That said, it is unlikely North has a major suit ace when he bids 4C.

I am getting the crap beat out of me for my 4N bid but I remain unconvinced that south shouldn't have bid 5C. Could be a long siesta.
Sept. 3
David Caprera edited this comment Sept. 3
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Isn't AQx, xxxx, Axxx, xx enough to want to be in slam? FYI, west was vul for his 2C call.

Ok, I will come clean. I was north and thought partner had a clear 5C call. She wasn't as clear as to what she thought I should have bid but she was damn sure I had bid too much. Funny thing but she is never happy when we voluntarily bid to six and the opponents cash two aces.
Sept. 3
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I think the trade off is between when you overcall and when you double. For us, North has a normal takeout double. The hand with shortness acts. We do not need 4 cards in the other major. We would not miss game on these cards. North would double and south would drive the hand to game.
Sept. 3
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I don't think this is in the same class of auctions such as 4S-(P)-P-(5H)-DBL, “Partner I really want to bid again unless you think we should defend.”
Sept. 3
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Most interesting. I am pretty sure that part of my problem is that I assume the opponents are rational. I remember a hand in the nationals against a decent player where, as declarer, he had locked himself off the dummy. I didn't have a count on the hand but I couldn't process what he had done. So I put him on the dummy only to see him show out and claim. You want to talk about sleeping on the couch!
Sept. 3
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So a guy has to have 1. a big ego, 2. no concept, and/ or 3. a death wish, to challenge Michael Rosenberg to a hand analysis. But, if you make “play A” and someone says, “You should have considered ”play B“, anyone who plays competitive bridge immediately reacts defensively.

At the table, I confess I ”mailed it in.“ We were 2 wins - 3 losses in a seven round swiss team. We had an ugly drive on I-25 awaiting us, we couldn't win, and I just wanted to get home. Michael never mails it in.

But, IMO, this is a very difficult hand. My ”instinct" was spade to the K. In retrospect, maybe 3 rounds of clubs is better. But after trying to do some math, I am still not sure that my play was hopeless.

The irony is, I play bridge for problems exactly like this one. I don't care a gnat's ass if I win the Colo Spgs team game. But when the opportunity presented itself, I did not give it the effort it deserved. Something I need to think about.
Sept. 2
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Let's make RHO A8x (or ATx or AT8), KQx, Jxxx, xxx. I played duck heart, win heart, CQ, spade up. RHO can't fly else they only get 2 hearts and 1 spade. I win SK and NOW play three rounds of clubs shedding a heart, ruff a heart and exit with a spade. If RHO is A8x I can also play fourth club.

Or give RHO AQ, KQx, ??xxx, Txx or some such.

I don't think spade up before cashing clubs was such a give up play. It may also avoid an extra undertrick if the hand lays badly.

I never saw the club position. It could have been 5-1 for all I know!. At the table, the spade position was AT8 opposite Qx. LHO (a decent player, 10,000+ masterpoints, no they are not synonymous) did not play the S8 when I led S9. My reason for making the post is that I wondered whether my play should change depending on LHO's play of the 8 or T coupled with the knowledge that RHO presumably started with 2 spades by her quick detach in advance of her partner's play.

In the theoretical world, I like Justin's restricted choice analysis. But in the real world of Colorado Springs where they always play the ST, I make it to be a coin flip.
Sept. 2
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Ben, we can agree to disagree but IMO overcalling 2H vul at imps on a 5332 hand, minimal values and a Q high suit may be bridge, but it isn't very good bridge.
Sept. 2
David Caprera edited this comment Sept. 2
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I tried to make it clear, that in spite of our poor performance, this was not the finals of the Bermuda Bowl. I am with Richard. If they play the 8, they don't have the 10. Just not happening in Colorado Springs on a Sunday afternoon when the second undertrick is in the balance.
Sept. 2
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David, I love the way you presented the problem. Much more important to me than determining which lunacy is “better.”

I have been reading bridge for 40+ years. I am bored by it. The Mollo's are gone (although I like Bird.) I am getting a ball cap that says, “MBWGA.” (“W” is writing.)
Sept. 1
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Danny is correct. For couch-sleepng purposes, the score doesn't matter, unless of course it does.
Sept. 1
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If defending a notrump contract I would think the lead of the partnership's power card (unblock or give count) would be normal. On the actual deal, if the defender gives declarer his CJ, he will defeat the contract one trick.
Aug. 30
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Sorry. At the table I had considered pass. But once the poll has started I don't think I should change it now.
My LHO was Kxxx, Qx, Qxxxxx, x. Would he have rebid 2D after my pass or double? Would you?
Aug. 30
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