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Quack spades, unknown value of dia stiff, 3 small clubs.
Too many unknowns for me to say 3 is wrong.
16 hours ago
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I may be interpreting this situation wrongly.
Without the extra behavior at the table, how does anybody know anything.

I have seen insufficient bids that nobody or maybe just my partner has noticed.

I have also seen tells by partner or opps. If I call the director, am I complicating things?
18 hours ago
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Or people at other tables having an option of following or not following. Unbeknownst to you having the power to change your standing.
19 hours ago
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There are carding agreements apriori.
Then you have a hand.
Then you have an auction.
Then you have the sight of the dummy.
You're supposed to have 2 players working on this.
On this hand, I think it would be reasonable for partner to try to tell me what he thinks I need to know.
On this auction, I think attitude and count may be out.
So I hope a small heart is for clubs. A big hearts for diamonds. A middle heart can be neutral, I may need to figure out what is best.
19 hours ago
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You shouldn't even be allowed to call this a game if a competitor performs and you're going to proceed with something other than the actual performance.

This is not an irregularity that gives the laws an entitlement to do something about.

I think calling the director is technically an irregularity.
21 hours ago
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Thanks Emanuel.

Plan C.
A good auction to get to 2 and not higher.
Oct. 21
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Reward/risk.
Can the odds be higher in favor of bidding 4 than 3?
Oct. 20
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Right.

My better phrasing could have been: Indulging myself with a guess.

Still, I'm happy to get responses from OP's.
How many hearts does this hand make?
Oct. 20
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The drift I get from Emanuel is that 4 makes. Getting there after 1!N, but not after 1. Definitely be there in imps, but not necessarily in MPs.

Forcing NT vs nonforcing NT could be a large subject.
Oct. 20
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Hands like this seem problematic to me.
I would be happy to be in 2.
You can get there after 1N.
Or 1, if playing forcing NT.

It seems like 2/1 and nonforcing NT don't go that well together.
Oct. 20
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This hand was posted because partner has 3/4 spades and a pass of 1N.
Been there before and try to avoid it.
Oct. 20
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After looking at the hand, I see 3 can win the battle.
If it's played well.
The opps can start the tap with club-club.
Run you out of trump, but can't get to a 2nd club trick before you get to a 2nd spade trick. Due to 3/3 spades and the opps transportation problem.

So the people that make a convenient 3 over 3, and get luck with good play will be okay. A very interesting def vs play hand.
Oct. 19
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This might not be the best hand to classify anybody as either one.
Oct. 19
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So much of the value of my hand is towards playing in hearts, reducing the value of playing anywhere else, even NT.
Oct. 19
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All those tedious hands defending NT.
At the club you might not have even paid attention to partner's diamond spot. Let alone do the rule of eleven.
And 99%+ of the time it probably doesn't matter.
Then this hand comes up.
Partner has to be awake and you have to convince him that it is right to go for 4 diamond tricks, not 3.

I recommend the rule of 11 on both the 5 and 3.
Oct. 18
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Why should partner have anything but some bad hearts that aren't going to help us, not much in spades, possibly his only values are in clubs. Lho's could be shortness in diamonds may increase rho's length. Could we even have 2 dia losers and the rest of our small cards?

How good are our opps? Do you want to test them and see if they can't find a double?
Oct. 18
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I think unfortunately the ruling has to stand.
Not necessarily that it is right or I agree.
Both sides could be guilty.
South should not get away with not alerting 2.
Even though at the scene, West may be guilty of irresponsible assumptions.
Oct. 15
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Double fit.
Terrible urge to not pass both times.
Don't see that bidding 3 would have resolved guesswork.
Oct. 14
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Wishful thinking.

I wish that I wasn't here.

I think I am better placed somewhere else.

I think I am already badly placed in 1.

2 is an improvement?

I going to bid twice?

Bobby Wollf gave lectures at the beginning of our club games for this recurring problem.

His suggestion was 2.

Yea. Then you can ask what happened when you get back with your coffee.
Oct. 13
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I hope we're on the same page.
Partner's direct 2 didn't ask for my opinion or give us a chance at something other or lower.
My pass doesn't mean I like 2.
It's up to partner to now initiate giving me a chance at my opinion.
Oct. 12
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