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There are 2 methods of leading 4th best and 3rd best with wars over it. Hands like that , if you have to lead a spade may give the world some piece.
Dec. 14
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west must be kidding. I guess he has hearts but not sp and a very weak hand. We probably have 4s so 4sp must be a good bid. I am a chicken so i will bid 3sp expecting partner to support me to game. In case i am mistaken 3sp will cost less and might make it easier to find a new partner (He certainly would dump me wouldn't you?)
Dec. 14
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Yes he can. Where is the problem with that? IF he does not have A+KD He must have either black ace or both and he will not bid 7 over my 6h without both. Right or am i missing something?
Dec. 14
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What should partner do if he has clubs and diamonds and will to compete at three level only? I once bid 2nt and called it impossible nt.

If so then 3d should be even stronger and 4d is almost a command to go to 5 (+) level.

Even if you don't play impossible 2nt then 4d should show a very strong hand as 3d might commit us to 4 level so it can't be possibly right to pass it with the hand above.

I would expect partner to have 11 cards in minors something like XX - AKQXX AKXXXX .

Obviously partner has a heart void else opps would have 9 cards in sp. That leaves partner also with a possible sp trick so even A/KX - AKQXX AJ10XXX is possible. Actualy if i had to bet i would bet he has this hand.

Have you ever discussed the “impossible nt”? Is it a common convention? do you like/hate the idea?
Dec. 13
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I will try 5d denying any club control.Partner will never co-operate without the ace of clubs so any other bid should show that card and i think that any of my invitation to grand won't be accepted without that card.

The rest (ace of sp) must be left to partner's judgement. Over 5h and even over 5s i will bid 6h. The inicial diamond que bid will tell partner what to do because if he has AK of diamonds he must know that i am short in that suit and that i am not interested in strength there and if he does not have both of them then he must have the ace of sp (maybe even AQ sp) and as he did not promise that he might/probably should accept.
Dec. 13
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You certainly have a point. Still i have a serious preference to use double as takeout as much as logic permits. (if both take out and penalty has some sense).
Dec. 13
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Imo partner has majors probably 4-4 maybe 4441 short clubs or so. If he had diamnod stack i would expect him to pass and wait for my takeout double if possible.
Dec. 13
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So 5cx is -3 ? -4 ? what did east have?
Dec. 8
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What was the layout?
Dec. 6
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Pass. Most probably they have 8 cards fit. I bet that if weast has both AKH we can cash all first 7 tricks and get our QH for +800
but if east has HX in hearts we might get only +500 but then 3nt is -2.

If i am wrong we still probably get +500 and we may not have a game but also we may not find the right one. (would you bid 3nt and ghamble on heart position or 5d which might be -1 AH KH H promoting the QD?

What was the layout?
Dec. 6
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4h. The fact that i passed makes it more likely that partner is strong as else if i am broke the x might be an expensive adventure.
Dec. 6
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2s. How else would partner know what to lead against 3h/d?
Dec. 6
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5H. The reason to bid 5h rather than 5d is that east is much more likely to save in 5 clubs if he has no defence against at least 1 M suit and i will bet it is hearts. If he hold both M suits he might bid less then 5c.

FOR EXAMPLE:

QJXX X QJXX AXXX 5C is right.

QJXX QJXX X AXXX 5C is pointless.
Dec. 5
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Can you handle the truth? asks JACK NICHOLSON in “A FEW GOOD MEN” great film. His answer is:“ Unit corp god country”.

My answer to the question above is: “ 5+ cards side suit with 2/3 honnors , splinter Jacoby.”

HHXXX is best when looking for grand as hxx fit might produce source of tricks which will be lost using alternative option.


One more point to consider. sometimes 2h might get us to a better suit contract. If partner has support in heart and xx in diamonds it might sometimes be better to play in 6 hearts to guard this weak suit.
Dec. 5
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2C. partner is still there with 3c or 2h and also 2d. I will bid 3nt over 2h 2nt over 2d and pass over 3c. Bidding more than 2c might convert + score to - as partner might be short of clubs and high cards. Do you realy want to bypass 2c if partner can't bid over my 2c?

You might say that if west will bid over 2c partner won't have the choice of 2 bids with a fit. Right. still 2c might be our last + score so 2c.

What was the layout?
Dec. 5
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It may not be a great chalange to shoot a sitting duck But believe me the soup with a sitting duck is much more tasty then a soup without a duck at all.

Pass. I think east has something like AQJXXXXX OR AQJXXXX and either an ace or shape ( 7-4 shape) so 4M would face bad breaks and possible club ruff.

3NT might be on but if partner has long diamonds and if east controls this suit then it might not have a chance.

Pass will probably get x from partner and i would like to play there. East probably expected 1 loser in clubs but i think we can get 2 tricks in that suit by promotion and that might be best for us. I exept +500 in 3cx compared to a shaky game in major or nt not to mention the chance we play in the wrong game.
Dec. 5
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I bid 2H and later 3c over their 2sp and accept the inevitable -1100 as usual.
Dec. 5
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One of the clear advantages of x is that you can play in 1hx and get 100 when 4sp is -1. On second thought it is not.
Dec. 4
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The bidding looks normal so 3sp would be a normal contract. East should have 5-5 maybe 5 1 5 2 patern (with 6 cards he would bid 2s) and a strong hand still west couldn't bid 2s over my 2h. East can't have a good fitting hand and a stack in hearts because with that he would bid 4s/3nt over 3d. This hand spells misfit and we know that diamonds and sp will break bad for declarer. 3SP is very unlikely to make and we should grab the oportunity to x.

I would lead a trump.

I would not matter if declarer can discard a heart on dummy's clubs it probably won't matter if he discards a diamond or a heart.
Dec. 4
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Ok. In the tournament 12/12 opened 1sp with this hand. RAND INVITATIONAL CUP 14/11/19 EILAT. hand no. 6.
Nov. 19
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