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Ovunc; if you held the south hand and watched the actual bidding sequence unfold, how many spades would you expect partner to hold? And just forget the fact that he made a seemingly stupid double originally; most people would have overcalled 2 for sure.
March 29, 2013
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This really happened. The story is true.
March 29, 2013
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I think the TD got this one right. It seems clear that NS had no experience defending Multi, but that doesn't make a difference to the ruling.

Holding 10 hcp vs a partner who doubled 2, pass isn't a logical alternative IMO.

If you had given a correct explanation of your partners 2 bid, it wouldn't be much problem for south to figure out that north would be a huge favourite to hold 5+ s and a singleton heart. Thus, bidding 3 (or even 4) seems clear.

Playing an (in ACBL) unusual convention, the onus on your side to explain your bids properly is even more important than normally.
March 29, 2013
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I ruff and give partner a club ruff.
March 27, 2013
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I have a great story, although it's not a true finesse.

A teammate on my 2nd division team in our national league, Lars Eide, many years ago became declarer in a 3NT contract after LHO opened 1. Dummy had the singleton 4 and Lars had a 7-card heart suit in hand. After the lead he looked at eight certain tricks and no real play for the ninth trick. However, when he lead the 2 from hand to the second trick, LHO gave count with the three, dummy winning the trick with the four! Contract made.
March 20, 2013
Harald Berre Skjæran edited this comment March 20, 2013
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I agree with what you say about having standard agreements and not assuming attitude or count in many situations.

However, when both partners know playing for a ruff/uppercut/promotion is an alternative, laying down an ace asks for attitude; partner discourages if he wants you to return the suit he's known to be void in, encourages if he doesn't want that. Regardless of his holding in the suit you casper the ace.

If you innstead play the king, you ask for count. Thus you know if you can cash another trick before playing for the ruff/uppercut/promotion.

I really think this is expert standard.
March 20, 2013
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This is standard practice among top players over here. I'd expect most top players I might sit down with or againsr to assume partner would be on the same page without discussion.
March 20, 2013
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I'd have played the A, not K. Partner would then discourage with a possible trump promotion, else encourage whatever his holding. Playing the king asks for count.

With partner showing an Odd nummer of diamonds, I'd expect him to have five, declarer having three small along with two small spades is really unthinkable.

I'll thus return a small spade now, hoping for a promotion.
March 16, 2013
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Barry Rigal also thinks it's natural. To me it's clear that it's natural. And I don't play short suit game tries.

The hand type where it is most probable that you'll be loking for slam with after a 1-level opening and a single raise is a 2-suiter, not a 3-suiter. That's a hand type where honors in your two suitable and side aces in partners hand is helpful.

I strongly prefer to get this message across with one bid. And not go through a help suit game try and make a slam try thereafter. And it's very easy for partner to evaluate his honors this way.
March 16, 2013
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Why 4, if we can make it, pard most probably will raise to game himself.
March 15, 2013
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A little underweigth for a double last round. But I'd still have doubled.

Now I show a good raise to 4.
March 15, 2013
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Natural slam try, strong (4 losers) 2-suiter.
March 14, 2013
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If partner has the K he'll cash it, whatever I play. If not, I want him to continue hearts, before a heart trick dissapears on diamonds. Thus I follow with an encouraging 4.
March 12, 2013
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Would never open 1 and show a 5-card suit. 1NT is clear IMO. Easy raise to 4 now, 3NT isn't an option to me.
March 12, 2013
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You're first poll alternative seem to tell us that the hearts do ideer break 4-1. With that knowledge, what's the point of asking how we'll play the hand?

If I play a heart honor at trick three, and RHO follows, I take the hearts, return to the club queen and cash the A. I have all the tricks if clubs behave or if the opponent with 5+ clubs is squeezed, holding the A or QJ.
March 10, 2013
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For me it's absolutely forcing. And I play far less forcing passes than many do. Here there's no doubt for me. You might play differently, though.

Btw, if 3 doesn't make this pass forcing, bidding 5NT seems pretty far out to me….

I do however agree that 5NT is a very good alternative I failed to consider.
March 8, 2013
Harald Berre Skjæran edited this comment March 8, 2013
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It's not Brown Sticker. I don't understand the second poll alternative.
March 8, 2013
Harald Berre Skjæran edited this comment March 8, 2013
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I'm happy with letting them play 1NT, which might Even fail, as I believe they'll score more playing in clubs (or defending).
March 7, 2013
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I'm making a forcing pass, hard to find anything better.
March 7, 2013
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What's the range for the 1NT bid?
March 6, 2013
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