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It feels right to open this 4S but I am never sure when to open 1 and when to open 4. Does anyone have any guidelines please?
March 16
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Instead of 3H south can double maybe?
March 13
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Dummy (N) Qxx

Declarer (S) Jxx

Firstly assume split honours. If East has length, lead the Queen. East may duck. If West has length, lead the Jack. West might duck. We are hoping for the short hand to have Kx or Ax. If the hand with length rises, then next time we lead a small one from the same hand. Perhaps they rose because they have both of them. If opening leader didn’t lead AKx assume they don’t have it. Play the other one for AKx or Kxx or Axx. Lead honour from dummy.

We are also assuming we are having a lucky day.
March 13
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East was sleeping. North’s shape is most likely 2344 or 3244 so a heart lead is reasonable. But in mid game when west switches to king spades and small spade clearly east should wake up and give east spade ruff.
March 12
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On a spade lead and continuation three diamonds goes off. Unfortunately our Bots weren’t up to the task. Letting us subside in 2D was too kind.
March 12
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In competitive auctions I think it’s okay to raise without showing extras. So perhaps East could bid 3 clubs and then I can bid 3 diamonds without partner thinking I have a whole lot more. What are others agreements?
March 12
Helena Dawson edited this comment March 12
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I whole heartedly agree
March 12
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I suspect Helgemo was concentrating on another hand judging by his recent antics.
March 5
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After a jump to 2NT, we play transfers. 3NT was choice of contract 4D was a cue for spades just in case partner was interested.
March 5
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At our table it went 1S;3S all pass. North needs to do some envisioning. Possibly the worst hand for south would be same hand but with 3 small diamonds and it still makes 4S. So north must bid 4S. The scary bid is south's 3S! Perhaps too much?
Feb. 26
Helena Dawson edited this comment Feb. 26
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Well said Liz. Great result Sophie. You are AWESOME!
Feb. 19
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Well done Therese!
Feb. 18
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Should I have doubled first or do people agree with 4H?
Feb. 9
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I concur. If partner is a passed hand how high do you venture?
Feb. 6
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At our table westie bid 2S and Eastie raised to 3S.So I just bid 4H.
Feb. 5
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I opened 2H showing Hearts and minor 5,5 and Helene bid 2NT asking for minor. Bidding went 2H;2NT;3D;3S (what's this? cue agreeing diamonds?);3NT (not sure where we're going);4D (setting diamonds);4H;4NT;5C (1 or 4);5H (do you have king of H?) 6D (yes and nothing else to say).

It's not easy to untangle things with the north hand but I don't know how I'm supposed to deduce that we are playing in hearts and not diamonds. I'm also interested to know what others did on this hand. We got a club lead and went one off.
Feb. 5
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At both other tables south only bid 3H which gives east west plenty of manoeuvring room to look for the slam. West will expect south to have a good heart suit at this vulnerability which means East must have cards in spades. Over 3H West will bid 4H and after East's signoff, West can bid 5C. East could still be missing 2 Aces so not so easy to find, especially with the conservative to slam philosophy.
Feb. 5
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If the Kx is offside then neither finessing to 10 OR queen will work. The only relevant case is where there is Jx offside so in 4 cases playing to Q then cashing A is better than playing to 10 then cashing Ace.
Feb. 3
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I also doubled and my partner bid 3NT! A good one to discuss further re partnership agreement. When to double and when to bid 1NT? How to respond to either?
Jan. 30
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Playing the man not the game eh? I've felt a few times during these BBO matches against the advanced robots that I'd like my money back!
Jan. 30
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