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Oct. 17
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I held 765432 just the other day.

And a fond memory is leading from Q654ew in Stockholm some 12-15 years ago vs NT, to see dummy show up with AT8, and the opening trick went 8, 9, K. Seeing just one side entry in my hand was, of course, a big disappointment, but after unexpectedly getting on lead with my ace intact I laid down the Q. As expected declarer ducked in dummy and almost fell off the chair when partner followe with the jack.
Oct. 13
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You can, AFAIK, avoid checking the lead card against the hand record until after the result has been entered. (Actually, I think the Bridgemates shouldn’t have theboption to check this at all.)

Anyway, at one European Teams Championships a few years ago, I noticed that one player from a mutual neighbour country of ours, always entered the lead as the deuce of clubs on all hands he operated the Bridgemates.
Oct. 5
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Agreed. I don’t remember our auctiob; it’s like 35 years ago. But it was more crowded, I think.
Oct. 5
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With my junior partner ages ago, we played inverted minors where 4cM was allowed.

However, it’s quite problematic if there’s (heavy) intervention.

We once had an auction starting 1 (p) 2, where our opponents entered, bidding and supporting hearts. I made a slam try in clubs, and after parner cuebid 4, I decided to pass this, as the bidding strongly suggested that he held four spades. Good for us, as 4 was our last making spot.
Oct. 4
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I play this with my regular partner. We play standard count and UD attitude. (Std count and UP attitude are standard defensive methods in Norway.)
Oct. 4
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Richard, read the post again and try to figure out how declarer would play from trick two with the correct explanation. I'd rule 4+1 for both sides. I agree that south totally lapsed later in the play. But that's immaterial for my ruling.
Oct. 3
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I played a modernised version of Culbertson’s 4-5 NT conventions for several years from 1984.

Our basic prinsiples were that you needed a KC for any cuebid (exception; being responder to a strong 1 opener, you could make a free CB; the 2nd promised a KC).

4NT in a cuebid sequence showed 3KC or 2KC + the trump queen (a strong opener showed 4).
5NT promised possesion of all KC and the trump queen.
Sept. 29
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The alternatives were Poland, Italy and Netherlands. I'd definitely have picked England in that position.
Sept. 24
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Normally I’d abstain on a bidding poll with no vulnerability given. This one was clear anyway.
Sept. 23
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If North has a normal overcall in their methods, how can south bid 3NT with his hand?

Btw, north isn’t close to an overcall, IMO.
Sept. 20
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Mostly they’re known internationally as Helgeness.
Sept. 19
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It's Helness, not Hellness.
Sept. 19
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CET it's 4 am, 7:30 am and 10:10 am. Just updated the times on our federation website. Thanks David.
Sept. 16
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Hopefully, mine would too, Martin.

My comment was purely hypotheical.
Sept. 14
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Agree on that, although you’d look pretty stupid if east showed up with the queen. Maybe they’d lead a higher spot from four small…
Sept. 13
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Where’s the unlike button when you really need it???
Sept. 13
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If I polled this and didn’t get a unanimous vote for south passing 4, after carefully explaining the UI laws to the pollees, I’d make a note of players never to poll again.
Sept. 13
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I think Steve means responer could be short in clubs, not opener.
Sept. 13
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It just shows clubs, probably 6-5,and is intended to help partner judge over 5. Since we really don't know who's hand it is, we're not in a FP situation here, IMO. Both hands can double 5 to show extra strength. With the given west hand, I'd bid over 5.
Sept. 12
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