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If declarer has A8x then you should lead small from QJxx most of the time. How can you know declarer has the 9?
Aug. 10, 2015
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Cheating - do not underestimate the legal issues.
The german doctors are taking both the DBV (German Bridge Federation) and WBF to civil courts in Germany and Switzerland, although these have been bundled into one court case in Germany.

We must be exactly sure that what we do will stand up in normal courts. This is of course no excuse for inactivity, as cheating ruins the game.

Aug. 3, 2015
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Two advantages of 5.
- you will reach the best major fit
- you will reach a slam if it is making
Disavantage - every so often you go down in 5/
July 29, 2015
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Game Forcing for me in all minor suit sequences allow me to stop in 4 of the minor if no stop found, in sequences such as
1 - 1
2 - 3
3 - 3
4
July 29, 2015
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He does not need that much - take away the K and 7 is still good
July 26, 2015
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I play 2 + positive forces to at least 4.
So this is not a positive.
July 23, 2015
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There was a sequence like this in the Bridge World many years ago. Some commentators suggested the 4 bid showed a weak hand with 4 and a 6 card minor - which I agreed with at the time.
I would never spring this without discussion on my partner, but it is the only logical explanation that I can find.
I still would not bid it on this hand, but the bid would then not be ridiculous.
June 18, 2015
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The hesitation before the 6NT could mean anything and would not influence my bid.
Partners bidding is strange - KJxxx, KQJ, Qxx, xx is possible.
It is 50% that he has K and not K. If he does not have it, it is 50% the finesse is right. I bid 7NT.
June 17, 2015
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I would not have bid 4. I would not have bid 5. So it is difficult to answer the poll.
June 12, 2015
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The question is perfectly reasonable. We do not know the motivation for the post - so you should not presume that the Flight A player wanted a top. Maybe the opps asked if 2 was allowed?
I think these discussions on Bridgewinners are valuable for all - there are so many people who claim that one cannot bid after partners hesitation.
June 8, 2015
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Hallo Michael,
what do you bid with -,KQJx, KQJx, AKJxx.
I would have thought that would be a standard 2 bid
June 3, 2015
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Solid suit without a stopper.
Something like xx,Ax,xx,AKQxxxx

With the hand with a void, I would start with 2
May 30, 2015
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I may as well show the wrong length as I have all the points
May 29, 2015
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IF we want to change things, then we as normal bridge players would have to pay to watch the best. As that is not going to happen, we have the sponsors. I for one are happy about that even though I will never receive any money from them.
May 18, 2015
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With that hand I would always balance with a double - which may or may not lead to a better result …
May 15, 2015
David Cole edited this comment May 18, 2015
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You do not quite make 5 - West has 1 and 2 tricks, and does not have to let himself get endplayed
April 29, 2015
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3 should be gameforcing - over 3 South might bid 4 - then North will not stop short of the six level
April 19, 2015
David Cole edited this comment April 22, 2015
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We do not know whether we can beat 5 - that is why we need to find out partners minor
April 17, 2015
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Note that 5 makes if the Q is with East
April 13, 2015
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I may as well mislead, as partner is not going to be winning many tricks …
April 6, 2015
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