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I remember when 2rounds later they were in 6h and RHO was thinking to bid 7h which was an easy make.
May 24, 2018
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It is not a steppingstone.
In a Steppingstone you have your tricks, but due to a blocked suit you can not take them.
But when you cash the squeeze card, the opponent who controls the blocked suit must release a winner. Now you cash a winner in the blocked suit and step on the opponent over to the stranded winner in the other hand.
May 22, 2018
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This weekend Sweden Danmark Germany and Netherlands played a friendly team tournament held each year.
The most spectacular deal IMO was when Peter Fredin held:

AKT7x
T72
x
QJ8x

In third seat he opened 1sp
Next said DBL
Partner bid 2sp
RHO passed
Peter passed
LHO doubled a second time
Partner passed
RHO leaped to 3NT

P P 1sp Dbl
2sp P P Dbl
P 3NT ?

Vul vs Nonvul what would you do?

Peter thought that RHO who has some cards has no 5c suit or he would have bid last round.
He probably has QJxx of spades.
So they wont make 3NT.
So the Red card came up and he collected 1100!!!
Vs nonvulnerable enemies!!

Declarer could have saved a trick or two in the play, but who would play a third hand opener to double with 10hcp?

Partner was xxx Kxx AT8x T9x
LHO: 9 Axxx KJxx AKxx
RHO: QJ8x QJx Qxxx xx

With a low club led the result was 5 down.
Now this is another Fredin double to remember.
May 22, 2018
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Isn't it just a ‘simple’ strip squeeze.
May 21, 2018
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If they do, we would call for you Ed, and then I assume even you will have a problem how to solve it.
May 10, 2018
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The hand itself is hard to belive. I have never seen anything like it live at the table.
I suppose one should open 2C and then bid clubs and diamonds naturally followed by 5NT or something obscure before bidding 7NT in hope some naive opponent doubles.
May 10, 2018
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I vaguely remember the deal. It was not from Lille 1998. It was from the same contest in Geneva 1990 won by Garozzo.
I do belive one could see that one suit (diamonds) was 5-1 and the trick in clubs was to try make sure West (opening leader) was not getting in 2 times to set up his suit.

With clubs 3-3 the lead had to come from dummy to increase the chances to hold West out of play two times.
Leading them from hand would allow East some unblocking to make sure West could come in 2 times.

I recall there was a good (very good) article in BW on this theme.
One deal was played by Forquet in a BB I think.

After 1Sp (2C) 2SP Forquet reached 4S.
The club suit was xx in dummy and Txx in hand and he had to ruff a club in dummy.
So he entered dummy to lead a low club towards Txx to prevent East from coming in 2 times (to lead trumps).

Clubs was AQJxx K9x I think, so leading them from dummy was a must.
The deal is also in Forquets book.
May 2, 2018
Jan Lagerman edited this comment May 2, 2018
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Frances: “d) An experienced expert never bids 2H slowly.”

How about nonexperienced experts? :)
April 29, 2018
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Or someone has KQx in clubs.
Or the guardsqueeze.
April 28, 2018
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Can dummy ever be a she?
April 27, 2018
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Chris: “and if E bids 4D then 7D should be gotten to”
Do you want to be in 7D with theese hands?
April 24, 2018
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JP: How many bid the slam?
April 24, 2018
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So south butchered it when he let go his second small club.
I will tell him tomorrow as I don't think he reads BW.
I missed that one myself so thx for pointing it out.
April 19, 2018
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Hope is the last thing that leaves us. :)
March 24, 2018
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Why would he not? How can we know without seeing his hand? (I refer to a hypothetical hand rather than the actual west hand)
If I have 5c support to an overcall I would EXPECT further bidding by opps rather than a pass. At least I would think it is quite likely.
That is what FS jumps are for in my book. To ease up and simplify competetive bidding. The first prioroty is not to find slams, even if that ofc is not impossible.
March 19, 2018
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Ofc. But only if you get the chance to bid 4C. If opener bids 4C first you can not. If partner bids 4Sp, either over 4C or without 4C, you need to raise the biddig to the 5lvl to get the message through.
I fully agree that the 3H + 4C plan is great if know you will be able to do it. Else I'm not so sure that plan is better than the direct splinter.
March 18, 2018
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Ofc looking at the handrecord.
But I was just looking at the bidding. 3H FS does not create a force, nor does it in my book invite slam. 4C splinter does.
Bidding FS on slam hands might work, but in case of further bidding it does not reveal your intentions at a convinient lvl.
March 17, 2018
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All who blame the splinter, what would you do after 1C 1S P 3H; 5C Dbl P ?
March 17, 2018
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Two way.
If south is strong, it shows spades (long) and to weak to overcall.
If south is weak, it shows 4 spades and unsuitable for T/O.
March 16, 2018
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When I played with Peter Bertheau against Bobby 2009 something similar happened. It was my first ever bridge game in US in von Zedtwits pairs in Washington.

We had a ‘once in a year’ defence against 1NT.
A day or two later I met Bobby in a hotel corridor when he said: -“Really nice defence you guys played the other day. I reported it to Barry Rigal. Hope you do not mind”
It came up in the bulletin the next day.
March 12, 2018
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