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I would bid 4c last round showing both sp+ good clubs.

If partner has club strength and cards he is invited to bid 5s over 5h.

If not he is invited to lead a club.

For example: KQXXXX XXX XX QX CLUB LEAD WOULD BE NICE.

KQXXXX XXX XX QXX 5C BID WILL BE FINE UNLESS
CLUBS ARE 3-3 AND SP 2-1
Jan. 4
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Andrzej i like your advice. Here though i didn't open a discussion but the votes are a big surprise for me.

I really have to think about it.

Your advice is very intresting as quite often i do exactly what you wrote and only from time to time i succeed to develope a meaningful discussion as you describe.
Dec. 10, 2018
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3NT. If partner has a stopper 3nt will be usually fine.

In case west has AKQXXX OR AKQXXXX it will be bad (UNLES PARTNER HAS JXXX) that is very rare and i will bet against it happen.

But if honors in sp are devided between opps then it won't be easy for them.

Holding something like AQJXXXX west might lead a heart

If east doubles for sp lead i can still run.

Partner is still there if he has good long suit in hearts that will make 4h a good bet.

For example : XXX QJ10XXX X XXX

1 more thing: if partner has the right hand for 3nt he will probably not bid it if he is weak for example:

kxx xxxxx xx xxx he will bid 4h
Dec. 9, 2018
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7D. Pass was forcing and whatever side suit partner has i have what is needed for the grand. 6S won't get us more than 500 if west has any idea about the game. My guess is that he knows what he does and his 4sp aimed to shut us up sacrificing the chances of a slam in fabor of improving the chance for + 620/650. Well obviously he did not succeed here. Can both north and west have 8410 patern? I think it's very likely.

For exampe:

AQJXXXXX KQXX - X

- X AKQJXXXX AQJX

6S is -1 7d is on.
Dec. 6, 2018
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Well i am not an excellent bidder but this is a very intresting hand so …

West has hearts and east is likely to have 3+ cards in hearts so it looks like he has spades too. I'd bet he has 4 cards in sp else he might have bid 2s or 3h.

So if partner has 13-15 balanced it is a partscore hand and if he is stronger we probably belong to 3nt as partner must have some hearts too. Sometimes we even might get to 5d if partner does not have wasted values in hearts.

If so 3d is best (wheter we play lebenshole or not) and by showing some strength and good suit we pave the way to partner to bid 3nt.

If it goes pass pass 3h then i bid 3s to show my second suit. I would expect partner to bid 4d over it but sometimes he will be able to do better.

Playing in sp might be very painfull if we lose control and don't take our diamonds. 3d looks much safer. We will be able to take our diamonds and some sp tricks too.
Nov. 27, 2018
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It is very easy to tell if partner has spades or hearts. Just pass and some minutes later during the play you will know.
Nov. 27, 2018
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You are right. I didn't explain it so well.

In the example i gave east opened 3d and partner bid 3nt. I just wanted to show that with the same shape and heart cards almost all of you bid differently- PASS over 3nt but 2d over 1nt. I find it amazing but as the votes show there is a big difference between the 2 cases.
Nov. 26, 2018
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25 out of 25 bid passed. I would say that some of them passed the test and some didn't.

If it is a matter of finding the qh those who thought before passing will often see their partner's Q of hearts (Qxx) executed

I beleive in fighting balancing so it is close decision for me. That explains why i failed the test mentioned above.
Nov. 25, 2018
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Thank you for your comment Peter. One of the best ways i use to learn this game is to post hands that my view is different from others and think about it later after i see the votes and the explanations.
Nov. 25, 2018
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Suppose you bid 2d

Now imagine your spades are better KJ96
And the biding went : 3d 3nt by partner and pass. You can bid pass or 4 daimond transfer to 4h.

Here all of you (5 out of 5) bid 2d but when i gave the same shape (in previous problem i posted) and heart holding none of you bid 4d transfer to hearts over partner's 3nt bid.

Are those examples really so different that it makes 0-100 TO 100-0?
Nov. 24, 2018
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I held this hand and i bid 4d and we played in 4h.

Partner held AXX KQX Q109X AKQX so both 3nt and 4h were making but partner told me that my bid was very odd even weird and i should have passed 3nt.

I guess he might find some support for his view in your votes.

I agree that 4c is not best when holding a hand like this.

Still there are some hands partner might produce which makes 4h better than 3nt.

Partner can have a single stop in diamonds and in that case on a diamond lead we might have a problem

For example:


QXX KQX KXX (QJX) AKXX If northe opened with 6 cards suit 4h is 100% 3nt is 0%.

If hearts are not running than it is unlikely thet we can cash 9 tricks and if north gets the lead than 3nt is down maybe a lot.

Still 3nt will play very well in case partner has double stopper in diamond (but 4h might make too). The 2 moere cases i see that 3nt will play better are:

Partner might have no heart support.

For example: AX X KXXX AKQJXX We might lose 3 cards in h and Ace of diamonds


Opps gets 4 tricks especially by ruff.

For exapmle: AQX KQX KQX KXX We might lose a diamond 2 clubs and a club ruff.

Still imo partner is very likely to hold 3 cards in hearts and only one diamond stopper and if so 4h will be superior to 3nt.

So 4d does not look to me as a weird bid at all.

I don't try to convince you that it is better to bid 4d then pass. I am just trying to see someone would like to try to explain why 3nt should be ab better contract then 4h and what is wrong with my explanation.

Nice day.
Nov. 24, 2018
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On second thought your idea (last train) might be logical. Here with no diamond control and only K in sp 5 heart will usually be with control in hearts and anyway you don't expect partner to bypass 5s without a good hand so he will usually have a heart control too but if not it might be fine too.
Nov. 21, 2018
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Surely south has a club cards and probably 4 diamonds else a diamond lead might make 5d too costy and south knows that it is an easy lead.

I would bet on those presumptions but fortunately i don't have to do it. I bid 5h which imo must show sp fit and cue bid. Partner can have a hand that will make 6s but if he bids 5s i will respect his bid.

FOR EXAMPLE: AQJXXXX KXX - AXX 6sp is excelent.
Nov. 20, 2018
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There is a simple explanation to opps bidding. Both opps hold k club tight (only that one of them missorted his hand and placed the K SP in his non existing club suit…)
Nov. 20, 2018
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6h. This hand reminds me that some decades ago i partnered a very beutiful woman. I liked her a lot and so while we played bridge i accepted any move she made. Yes even with hands like described above. Unfortunately she didn't like my efforts and declined any move i made.

So for the sake of those times i will bid 6h here too.

I will leave it to you to decide if this story is real or fake but if you , my early lovely partner, see this comment i assure you that i just bid 6h for the sake of those days.
Nov. 9, 2018
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I looked for the qs in my sp suit didn't find it. I tried the club suit (both black maybe mis sort) and didn't find it too.Just to make sure I tried the red suits as well and still didn't find it so 5s.

Yes partner can have AKXXXX in sp and my forth cards might play as q but then he will not believe i have 2 more kings and bid 2d if we play that as up to 7 points as i do.

Partner might have AKJ10X and bid grand slam and would be disapointed to find me without the q. (only if he goes down…)

But this ittle lie might work. I would surely do it with XXXXX as all of us would. With 4 cards it is close unless we have agreement about it.
Oct. 28, 2018
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Actually i held xxxx in diamond but when posted this hand 32 out of 32 voted for pass. I didn't know if they had a different interpretation of 3nt or the hand was to weak to speak.

So i added QJ10X and now 2 of you chose 3nt as i did at the table with the xxxx in diamond. Now opps has about 20 points for their bid so if you have 3 mor epartner will have about 3 less. If this is the meaning of the bid is it right to bid it here and pass there?

At the 2 level after 1s 2c 2s p p some chose 2nt with that chape and xxxx in diamonds as i would. Is it the same idea or not?
Oct. 24, 2018
Itzik Ezra edited this comment Oct. 24, 2018
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Mark if you are intrested to know if we bid on after 4h 4s you can ask us to bid 7nt if we do…
Oct. 24, 2018
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I expect partner to have at most 1 sp and we can make 5c when partner has 2 aces or one ace and sp void.

3NT will need to run the clubs and 3 more tricks or double heart stopper - unlikely.

6C? might be on but usually partner will have 4 clubs and that will require a perfect hand from partner. There is no law against bidding 6c over 5 clubs with a great hand and while it would be a guess partner should know that i have a very shapy hand for my bid.
Oct. 17, 2018
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Well i have to tell you that it took me seconds to se that 6s is terrible while 6nt makes on the probable diamond lead (2sp tricks 6 hearts 1 diamond and 3 club.

SO +1460 instead of -500? ALMOST. It took me seconds AFTER I SAW DUMMY.

At the table i passed quickly and lost 3 sp tricks for -500

Yes partner should have passed 6hx but he had to stop urgently the game and didn't have time to think about it so tried 6s to stop the sp ruff without thinking about the 5-0 sp split.

After the game at the postmortem (and it took more then seconds don't believe anything you read) i saw that 6nt makes.

I think now that partner who invited me to grand (after my double of 5d !) is quite likely to have KQXJXX in hearts and 3 cards in sp (with something usefull (but not very good support if you believe west) and 4 cards clubs with AKXX or even 7 cards in hearts). 6S will go down as west told us so 6nt looks resonable.

I really hated my pass in the postmortem. Looking at your votes maybe that wasn't so simple…
Oct. 15, 2018
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