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5-1 is par? 4X-1 should be good then. They made? Unlucky.
22 hours ago
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I believe most of the comments don't actually recommend jumping to 6 after 3NT. One hopes they might find out about the two missing aces somewhere along the line, even if there is no opening hand without an ace that's particularly consistent with N's bidding.
Aug. 18
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They don't, John. I believe the idea is that your partner runs, or “takes you out” if you will.
Aug. 16
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Actually the more I look at it the more N's bids make S look sensible and sane. Oops. Maybe I've been conditioned to blame S by playing N all evening.

EDIT: No, I was mistaken. The more I look at it the more all the calls in the auction except 1 get worse.
Aug. 16
Dominic Cooke edited this comment Aug. 16
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N's grievous misbidding shouldn't stop S from dragging them into a slam of some kind, hence why I didn't mention it.
Aug. 16
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I believe the fault is for missing what looks to be a good slam in clubs. On most auctions with these hands I wouldn't find much fault in either of them - it doesn't look like an easy or obvious slam to bid.

However, on this auction I'm going to blame everything on south. They haven't shown a club fit, they haven't shown their 19 - 19! Count them! - points, they've rebid hearts while knowing that it isn't going to be the slam trump suit.

It's enough to make one think that the poll was created by North just to rub it in South's face that they were wrong. Which is not a brilliant use of this site.
Aug. 16
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As polls go… I have seen better.
Aug. 15
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Possibly another jack?
Aug. 15
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I believe he had 6 hearts to the ten, the spade king and club jack, and no singleton.
Aug. 15
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I resent the assumption that I was South here.


I was, but the point still stands.
Aug. 15
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Then get the worse opponent on lead.
Aug. 15
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I don't like 3, because you're suppressing 4-card support for your poor innocent partner.

In this case partner is about as innocent as a meanspirited scorpion, unfortunately. Double is just eww. 3NT is also eww - does S think partner is 5-6-2? Because that's the only scenario I can think of where 4 doesn't find a fit. Even 5-5-3 isn't hugely likely.
Aug. 15
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Without seeing the other hands… I'm not blaming anyone. I'm guessing there was a 3-0 split in clubs and 4 makes. But I don't think many people would object to defending 4X on those hands.
Aug. 15
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For the hand with tenaces and soft values to be declarer, while a hand with hard values ends as dummy.

Your guess is as good as mine as to how this structure achieves that.
Aug. 15
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If one bid forces you to the game level and the other doesn't, I don't see a reason why both should force to game.
Aug. 15
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I didn't quite realise how uncommon it was.
Aug. 14
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Bless its soul, one in four nights at Reading are level 5. I wouldn't be surprised if a director were unaware of that, though.
Aug. 14
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I'm sure I'm missing something because it's late at night, but why does declarer have the 9? I don't tend to lead top from 98xx - is that normal, or am I the odd one?

EDIT: Obviously my question is now answered.
Aug. 13
Dominic Cooke edited this comment Aug. 14
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Martin, don't be so harsh on the EBU. 1 and 1 can be whatever you like (except various multis, fert bids and the like) at Level 5.
Aug. 13
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At least 14 for a weak strong jump overcall.
Aug. 13
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