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3 days ago the bidding went:

1S 2C 3C 5C
5S 6C P P
6S

Opener was Qxxxxxxx AKxx x -
If now West had bid 7C North would have had a nasty lead problem with
KJTx JTxx Qxxx x

So a 5H (or 6H) call by opener would have been better than 5S + 6S.
14 hours ago
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“Even in the expert games that Rosenberg frequents surely you might assume that RHO has the ACE.”

Yes, I agree completely, even if I once saw Peter Bertheau lead low from the spade ace vs Iceland in 6NT in the europeans 2010.
Obviously declarer did not think it was from the ace and he went down as almost all declarers did with a different lead.
No one else led from the ace in 6NT as one can imagine.

http://db.eurobridge.org/Repository/competitions/10Ostend/asp/BoardAcross.asp?qboard=014.22..821
Oct. 13
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That hand occured in the BB 1983. Played at one table and passed out at the other.
Oct. 11
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Not in Sweden.
Everybody (99,9%) playes Upside Down count. :)
(And this East didn't know anything about signals. Beginners class)
Sept. 11
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I held a class once. Wrote comments about the boards and on one I wrote all declarers will take six trumptricks.
Trumps were:

Txx
AK87xx

One declarer led small from dummy and east (a beginner) played a slow 9.
On the ace, the queen came from West.
Declarer entered dummy and passed the ten to the jack.
That was a good lesson for both me and declarer.
Sept. 11
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Just like in the book where declarer had a small one.
Sept. 11
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I wonder if East have read the Victor Mollo chapter in ‘Tops and Bottoms’? Maybe a tricky East would play LOW when we lead the heart king from dummy even if he has the ace?
Sept. 11
Jan Lagerman edited this comment Sept. 11
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David: This was not a systemic response. Funnily the match started with laughter about North knowing EWs system best, as he is a regular partner to them.
John: Yes, 1NT in Sweden is NF. Forcing (or semi forcing) NT I can not remember have played against in 20 years! When I first came to US for bridge in 2009 I did not know what peaople meant when they said semi forcing. It was a new expression for me.
Sept. 3
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There is also a question of frequency. If the phone number comes in 5 times more often no one would overcall, and ofc vice verse. Im not sure which comes more often with this handtype, but that is perhaps what this is all about.
Sept. 3
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“…it is time to reach for the bucket.”

I love the english language. So many nice expressions.

A world champion friend of mine told me “Overcalling two hearts should render you to the burning pits in hell”. :)

Personally I think “about equal” should be plenty more “could have happened to myself”. When such a disaster as NS had comes up on the screen, action becomes a lot more clearcut in peoples mind.
Had South overcalled 2H and heard the dreaded P P X I think a lot more would criticise the overcall.
As if North had doubled, hearing P 2H Dbl.

Those who gave either south or north 100% should rethink. Giving either more blame is ofc fine, but 100% is not IMO. :/
Sept. 1
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20% When East, the opener, has 5S 4D and the opening hand?
My estimation is that it is a lot better than 20%, but I have been wrong before.
Aug. 30
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The 4c support was not systemic. West found a good moment for his action.
Aug. 27
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Far to dramatic. :)
Aug. 27
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1NT was NF.
Aug. 27
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And the range of 1NT was?
Aug. 18
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I wonder if John Lowenthal would lead a trump. Im testing his idea.
Aug. 16
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Or when opps come in and you can not play a forcing pass (can you?) as you could if the balanced hand is 22-24.
Aug. 13
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That is what Gawrys did in the final set in Chennai with Txxx T J9xxxx Jx.
He did play Muppet (I think) and the reply was 3H (no major) so he closed his eyes and bid 3NT.
Kluk had AQx in diamonds and luckily for Poland, the king was singleton. :(

http://db.worldbridge.org/repository/tourn/chennai.15/Microsite/Asp/BoardAcrossKO.asp?qboard=029.08.FF.1134&qphase=FF
Aug. 13
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No shortage?
So 3145 with a good hand, must pass or bid on?
Aug. 12
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Thx a lot Ed!
Aug. 10
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