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I've never held 9-card support for my partner's 4-card 1 opening, but I have held 8-card support for my partner's 5-card 1 overcall.
Sept. 17
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It's true that leading the Q on the first round loses to KTxx on your left; it's worth mentioning that it also loses to singleton K on your right.
Sept. 15
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Another I one I thought of:
Sitting NS in a team game with 7-board matches, at the table with 3 boards. Getting through our three boards, and sending them to the other table, getting three back….and then, on getting through those three boards, having to send the caddy to get the last one.

(Let it be said that when I'm at the 4-board table, I always send the fourth board over myself.)
Sept. 14
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I once had opponents bid:
1D-1S;
2N-4C;
4S-P

Before his opening lead, my partner asked if there were any artificial bids. Declarer replied “No”. She got quite flustered at the idea that 4C ace-asking would be considered artificial.
Sept. 14
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When I am declaring and dummy plays a card before I call it. I don't care if you hold AK tight or even a singleton, I'm trying to concentrate and I find it distracting.
Sept. 13
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I want to see if I can get a 4 control bid out of partner. 3 might sound like a stopper ask now, but hopefully if 4 is natural and forcing now, it still will be if I pull partner's 3N to it.
Sept. 10
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I see no reason not to finish showing my pattern.
Aug. 30
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I'm 110% sure that arithmetic is not my strong suit.
Aug. 28
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I thought that I was right – well I would, wouldn't I? – but I was genuinely surprised at how lopsided the vote has been.
Aug. 28
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Let's just say that North didn't think it was perfectly obvious.
Aug. 28
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Our agreement is what I think is the more logical way to play, which is that the cheaper cue bid shows the fourth suit and the dearer cue bid is a raise of opener's suit. Opener's counter cue bid (3 here) is defined as game force without clear direction, but other continuations – with or without further interference – are murky territory.
Aug. 28
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The full deal was:


JT9
T84
J5
AT752
853 AQ6
Q9652 KJ7
9872 AK3
9 J864
K742
A3
QT64
KQ3

So the J leaders win, and so do the K leaders, assuming that they then find a shift to the J – once you see the dummy, partner is marked with 5 hearts on the bidding, so that shouldn't be too hard.

On the bidding, a club seems to me like the worst suit to lead: you're leading from a 4-card suit into likely length with declarer. Far too likely to blow a trick at matchpoints.
Aug. 22
David Goldfarb edited this comment Aug. 22
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I've read that one criterion for opening 2 is if you can picture partner with a 4-3-3-3 Yarborough and have game be cold. (You do get to have the 4-bagger fit you.) On this hand, if partner has a 4-3-3-3 Yarborough, slam is, if not quite cold, about 90%. So this hand just has too much playing strength to open at the 1-level.

On the actual auction, after 1-2; 3-3N, I'm going to shoot out 6. Partner should be able to figure out what I have, and with the hand we're given for her, find a 7NT bid. Admittedly this doesn't get us to a suit grand opposite the A but not the A, but you can't have everything.
July 23
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Sabine Auken makes a similar point in her book I Love This Game. (Excellent book, btw.)
July 22
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Maybe even Masterpoints®?
July 21
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It's not.
July 19
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My partner's hand was Jxxx Kxx 9x AK9x, and even 3S was uncomfortably high. He felt my 3 was an overbid: I felt that my hand was worth a limit raise even if the Q was a low card, and certainly was worth a limit raise with it. (Non-adjusted losing trick count calls my hand a game force. Of course, non-adjusted losing trick count passes his hand.)
July 14
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I felt I was about a queen short of either of those calls.
July 7
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The hand I held was 654 QT4 J53 KJT7, so NS should be competing in clubs. The question is how – I like the idea of bidding 2C over 1NT, actually.
July 4
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I don't understand your question. Responder did double on the first round.
July 2
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