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I think 3NT/5m/6m is quite common to have this kind of issue at MPs.
Jan. 15
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You should pass this double 10-15% of the time IMO.
Jan. 14
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I am sure there must be a hand where best line to make 4 goes down while best line to make 5 makes 5, but I haven't tried hard to construct it yet.
Jan. 14
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Usually Enma plays with Frankie
Jan. 11
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I think that if you feel embarrashed playing 3NT with a 4333 18 count you might be better opening 1NT on the first place. To second my thoughts I open 1NT with that hand yesterday and scored a 92% for receiving the lead in 4M :)
Jan. 8
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Partner had KJxxx Jxx Kx KQx, 2NT was losing the first 6 tricks if opponents were awake while +110 was avaialble in spades or diamonds.
Jan. 7
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Me and Jordi Sabaté play 1M-pass-1NT GF relay that would let us find that shape and strenght at 3NT if the opponents stayed silent, the problem is that East would overcall 2 and ruin everything, and of course that there is a lot more to gain with a quick 4 than a scientific approach as this hand proves.

I think 5431 hand shouldn't look for 4-4 spade fit. You are comfortable ruffing clubs on the 3-card hand, and you don't want to use AQJx to ruff. That is not to say 4 cannot be better, but the tactical advantage of putting the bidding at the 4-level inmediately is bigger that he marginal gain.
Jan. 6
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When I bid 4 I was thinking more about 6421 hands than 5431s. But bear in mind that I take 2 as more suit-oriented bid than general consensous.
Jan. 6
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Nice to see I was wrong on this one, seems like I got something to learn here.

For me East has a prototype hand for a 2NT rebid after 1-1NT. What are people using 2NT rebid for if it is not for a (43)51 hand 16-17?
Jan. 5
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I am sure I can construct a lie out where partner has 6403
Jan. 4
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On almost any board there is a non-zero chance of someone going 1100 against nothing. One day someone will open the scores of a seemingly dull +140 board and find everyone else with a telephone number.
Dec. 30, 2018
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The 5 explanation is irrelevant, as long as north can only have majors or minors 5 can't be a better spot than 5 on defence.

It would also be the first time I see someone running away from his own suit bid by partner, into a new one, at the 5-level.
Dec. 30, 2018
Gonzalo Goded edited this comment Dec. 30, 2018
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I can recall that tournament in Portugal, it was a very tough one, with around 150 pairs if you got over 60% you were getting a top5 finnish guaranteed and winner usually got 62-64 with very good money prizes (I think 2500€ for the winner). BL scored 71%-74%-72%.
Dec. 27, 2018
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If you can't attend live, I know many people who get some coaching online. From all formats I've seen (1, 2, 3, 4 or more players), Pair coaching is IMO the one that works best.
Dec. 27, 2018
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I've heard similar stories about their leads, and their methods surpassed screens.
Dec. 25, 2018
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It wouldn't look so solid if the lead was a club singleton or if declarer had A.
Dec. 25, 2018
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The other one I recall from that era involved declarer playing 4, with dummy having KQJ10xxx.

Lead was a club from what could be a singleton or doubleton, if it was doubleton (it was), the suit was 2-2 among declarer and opening leader.

Third hand won K from AK, and instead of trying to give partner a ruff or trump promotion switched to 8, to A from partner.

Partner with Axx could try to give partner a heart ruff, but didn't, he instead played his second club to A, because it was key for defence to advance A before doing the trump promotion in clubs otherwise declarer would be able to discard his lonely heart on the third club trick.
Dec. 23, 2018
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This is inaccurate because it is 15 years old, but the main fact was that after East opens 1 = opening showing 7-10 HCP (and spades I think), south declares 4 with something like:

xxx
J10xxx
Axxx
Q

AKx
AQxxx
Kx
xxx


At MPs, lead is J, putting East on Q for sure. Next trick is south playing a low club towards Q, and East won K, marking him with AK. Thus 9 HCP shown and no room for K since the 7-10 opening.

When it came to play trumps declarer playing J to Ace, and was amazed to find East's opening consisted on Q+K+K, and West had ducked A at MPs at trick 2.
Dec. 23, 2018
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I learnt from Justin Lall that best is to play 3 as aritfical here to distinguish 5-5 majors from 6-4 majors and also strong from weak hands.

I don't think you are playing this treatment, so I would assume partner has 5440, we belong in game IMO, but which game is the question. My gut feeling is 5 is best, but 3NT could be the winner depending on what we get in front.
Dec. 12, 2018
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I though 3 was an overbid already, but if your partner is able to bring this declarer plays, is it an overbid still?
Dec. 11, 2018
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