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The first auction depends on their system - I wouldn't bother playing it as natural against Acol, but I do against 5cm systems.
21 hours ago
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Michael, I may play against too many juniors, but (if playing this as penalty) I would be thinking about the difference between 100 and 300, or even 150 and 500. Those aren't insignificant at teams either.
21 hours ago
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Knowing my partners, the 5 is top from the doubleton 54.

Assuming it isn't… declarer presumably has two diamonds left, and one of them is the 4. Leading the ten or eight gives a chance of blocking the suit if p isn't paying attention. So either the three or the two. Hopefully p will continue diamonds when he gets in no matter which I play, so I guess it shouldn't matter.

Edit: As always, I welcome the many reasons I'm probably wrong.
Oct. 17
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As I'm sure you can see, I was assessing! I could just as easily have nodded and gone on with my life after the bid worked out, rather than thinking about how poor a choice it was and posting a poll on here.
Oct. 16
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It's bbo speedball - pass is always forcing.
Oct. 16
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Hum, you're certainly right in principle - the EBU's alerting regulations considers takeout there the default meaning. Apologies for the sass!

Nonetheless, it's obviously the defence E is playing. W can at least be hoped to be playing the same defence, and the benefit of the doubt is supposed to go to the non-offending side.
Oct. 15
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It'd be deeply unlucky to face a jump to 2NT on the auction so far.
Oct. 15
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Double of an artificial bid showing the suit? Doesn't seem controversial to me Michael.
Oct. 15
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Allegedly the hand is this one: http://db.worldbridge.org/repository/tourn/suzhou.18/microsite/Asp/BoardAcross.asp?qboard=004.16..1533

In which case W's 5-card support also comes with a singleton in S's second suit. 3 seems like the least he could do.

I'd still be bidding it on the hand given in the article, however.
Oct. 15
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Strong club, multi 2 overcall, 2 pass or correct, double showing a spade suit, 3 showing hearts and clubs, 3… eh, could be anything tbh, 3 natural.


Ignore the cards, the shapes are accurate.
Oct. 15
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Could be a clearer article, Michael. But it looks like your partner made a bid which you knew was artificial, and where you were fairly confident of the meaning, and you failed to alert.

Your screenmate believed your description of the bid as one that's unambiguously agreed as natural, and therefore believed his partner's double was takeout of spades when it was actually showing spades, and so couldn't tell his partner about the 5-card support.

No legs to stand on, my man. Ruling looks as accurate as can be. Alert if it's undiscussed and could be artificial; when they ask, explain it as “undiscussed but…” and make it clear that you and your partner both only know one way of playing over the multi.
Oct. 15
Dominic Cooke edited this comment Oct. 15
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Oh I suppose it also matters how much p likes to support on three cards. If he's someone who would definitely support first time around with this sort of hand, I'm obviously less likely to go for it.
Oct. 11
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I'm going to go with… maybe? It looks like in this partnership there's a wide range of holdings available for 3 - whether I want to be in 5 opposite the weakest of them depends on how weak they're going to be.

Is 3 going to be bid on a small doubleton, or would opener find a different bid? It feels like this is a place where 3 should be a default rebid, and opener won't be worse than honour doubleton or 3 small. In those cases I probably am fine with being in 5.
Oct. 11
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I'm not a habitual supporter on 3 cards without shortage, but there's no doubt it's an option.

4 rather than 3 seems like a vaguely normal bid.

But over 3, what do people think of 5? Good idea? Not? I think it's pretty normal to play it as a slam invite asking about opener's heart holding, and S certainly has reasons to bid 7 over it.
Oct. 11
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Reese and Schapiro were just ahead of the crowd. No one is shocked by T-walsh nowadays.
Oct. 11
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That's their life choice if they don't make director calls. If they haven't had a director t their table yet that means their opponents haven't called on them yet either; hardly an exploitative scenario.
Oct. 9
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Certainly 0% W.

Call it 90% E, 10% to sad luck.

E's 4NT bid looks worse to me than the 7H bid; 7H could lead to a better result than 6H if it can make, while it seems very unlikely the E being the one to bid blackwood can help matters.
Oct. 8
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Seems like there's a fairly massive “other” missing - I don't mind. If it's bridge, it's bridge.
Oct. 4
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Auction-wise, I'm not sure about the bidding after 3. Not cueing voids, especially in partner's suit, is fine - but after partner sits you down in 4, you should probably stand up and say “no pard, my hand is massive”.

Opening 1 on a hand like this feels weird. I know many people do open the major when 5-6 major-minor, but on a hand like this? I dislike the choice between passing and bidding at the 5-level if 4 gets round to me, especially since p won't know which of my suits is the longer.

I'd welcome replies that view things differently, as always.
Oct. 3
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N's bid is wrong, S hasn't looked at his hand. The latter is a greater sin.
Oct. 3
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