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One would think setting four spades involves getting a couple of diamond ruffs. Leading a black suit doesn't seem to get us immediately toward that goal.
an hour ago
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It seems like partner was not from the US.
May 19
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To get to a grand I need to find out about the ace and king of clubs and the spade ace or the ace king queen of spades and the club ace. My plan is to bid two clubs encouraging partner to raise clubs so I can key card in clubs. If partner doesn't raise clubs I plan to support spades and follow up with roman key card in spades. If I don't have what I need I bid 6NT otherwise I bid 7NT. If someone doubles thinking clubs are splitting poorly for me I plan to redouble.

I don't see how bidding two diamonds makes it easier for me to find out what I need to know.
May 18
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Given that LHO didn't open and RHO might have opened light it is unlikely LHO is going to find a double.
May 18
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If both West and North showed extra values then East should be almost broke. Also, East will have a difficult time declaring by mainly playing out of one hand.
May 18
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Unless you peeked at partner's hand, bidding on trying to improve the contract is just trying to be randomly right.
May 18
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It is not certain five diamonds shows the diamond ace. He could have king and queen of diamonds. But, I have to try again and see if he gets the message.

In the older days this hand would be easy to bid. A jump of three spades after two diamonds would have shown solid spades and ask partner to bid his cheapest ace.
May 16
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I don't have to bend over backwards to come in at thie position. After the jump preempt by RHO and LHO not opening or my not opening partner can already infer I have some cards.
May 16
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Imps, Swiss Teams, but does it really matter?
May 14
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Actually, it was in March 2019
May 14
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A heart was led at the table.
May 14
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Certainly, one would bid three hearts with:

S xx H AKJxxx D KQx C Ax

The actual hand:

S Kxx H AKJxxx D KQx C A

is one trick better.
May 13
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With long hearts East is either:
1. Is showing a strong hand interested in game.
2. Is showing a good competitive hand interested in pushing the opponents up a level where they might be set.
If bidding three hearts shows intention one where partner raises to to four hears on Q10xx then how does East show intention two?
May 13
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I give up on finding slam. I don't think I can find the right cards from partner to reasonably bid a slam. The game I really want to play in is four hearts. Bidding anything less than four hearts is just giving the opponents and easier chance to find a cheap sacrifice over a making heart game.
May 12
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Partner is a passed hand. He is less likely to hang you. The vulnerability is favorable. The opponents are less likely to double you. I can indicate a good lead. Holding the over tricks is just as likely to score a good board as much as bidding a making 7NT contract most of the rest of the field didn't find. Really, if one decides to enter a pairs event shouldn't one try to win it?
May 12
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Making a game does still pay a bonus. I really can't see how East can attach any blame on the puny hand when he has a mountain and bids his hand like a mouse. From the bidding where the missing aces are going to be on sides, East's hand is far bigger than his 20 hcp. As a practical matter, I probably would have just gambled and blasted out four hearts. It doesn't take much from partner to make four hearts.

But if you really want to put partner on the rack and apply some pressure on him, bidding just three hearts is the way to go. Going on the bidding principle, “the more you bid the more you have” East can show a bigger hand by doubling first and then bid three hearts instead of just bidding three hearts. After all, opposite four small hearts with no hcp I would be willing to play four hearts. With less support, four hearts has a play with the expected spade lead opposite many bits and pieces where he might not raise a direct three hearts to four hearts. Please note, if one expects West to raise three hearts to four hearts then who gets the blame when East's hand is:

S xx H AKJ9xx D KQx C Ax

and four hearts is not where you want to be?
May 12
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Pass, I need to make a case that I didn't peek at partner's hand.
May 11
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One would think with the example you give, your partner might bid two hearts over the double rather than one heart. Also, RHO's jump to three spades suggest distribution in the form of spade length and shortness somewhere. One would think with diamond shortness bidding three spades is more attractive. Finally, give partner say:

S – H Kxxxx D Axxx C xxxx

if you don't bid four diamonds the partnership is never going to get to five diamonds for a nice pick up.
May 11
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From the bidding it seems partner has a spade void and something in diamonds. Surely with something as little as:

S – H xxxxx D Axxx C xxxx

or something equivalent, five diamonds is a cheap sacrifice or a lucky make against four spades.
May 10
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How quick is “quick”?
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