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Even more than 10 tricks are possible if lho has the spade KJ tight and the CQ is singleton or doubleton in either hand.
Nov. 8, 2015
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Win diamond in hand, S8 to SQ, playing lho for SK with spades 3-2 or stiff jack with East. I'm hoping this contract makes easily and that 4S has no play. If the spade KJ is onsides doubleton, we might tie the 4S bidders with 10 tricks in each contract.
Nov. 8, 2015
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Tom, DQ was supposed to be CQ. Thanks for helping me see what I had written!
Nov. 7, 2015
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I do open light distributional hands, but I would not open any of those balanced hands. (I was taught from day 1 to open 3 quick tricks, but I've changed over the years.)
Nov. 6, 2015
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SJ, HA, then Hx to HK. CQ (oops! Corrected because DQ was a typo.)
Nov. 6, 2015
Jane Eason edited this comment Nov. 7, 2015
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I'm assuming IMPs. Win SK, duck a heart, win heart return (I assume lho follows), lead C10, and when it holds, duck a diamond. I think the CK is off sides since rho failed to return a spade. Who wins the diamond and what comes next?
Nov. 6, 2015
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I would try 3NT.

(Edited because my previous comment was stupid….lol.)
Nov. 6, 2015
Jane Eason edited this comment Nov. 6, 2015
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Director calls for such infractions create ill will and drive players away.
Oct. 16, 2015
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David, was this pair playing McCabe Adjunct? Opener seems confused about something beyond a standard sequence.


1. He should never volunteer information about his partner's bid. His unsolicited comment gave his partner UI.

2. If asked, he should state his agreement or the fact that this area is undiscussed. Even then, he should not state how he plans to “take” a bid. Such a statement is not only misleading, it contains unauthorized info.

(I learned years ago that we were supposed to give the meaning our our bidds and to give any history of the bid, such as how often partner forgets etc. Would one of you knowlegible posters please say if that is still the case?)


Oct. 10, 2015
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Sad.

In spite of the fact that the hand was misplayed and misdefended, South is sure West has no more hearts.

Inexperienced players often think players must have exactly what they've been taught a certain bid means. And if a player has anything else, he's guilty of breaking the rules. So, if South thinks East guarantees 8 hearts for his 4H bid, he is sure at trick one that West has no more hearts.

When West points out that South has a heart loser, South says, “Oops”, because he thinks West is claiming he can lead a heart—the only way the defence could score a trick. But he is savvy enough to ask if West actually has a heart, and when the response is no, he claims again.

Based on these facts, how can the director think South plans to do something other than pitch the heart loser on a club?

South's play and claim suggest he knows dummy's clubs are high and that he knows his heart is a loser.

But even if he doesn't know all that, since East has shown out of clubs and West has no more hearts, when South leads a club toward dummy, he sees a low club from West. South plays a low one from dummy, winning.

It's also obvious that South knows the CJ is good, so surely he is allowed to cash that card and pitch his heart loser, rather than ruff a known winner to preserve a known loser.
Oct. 10, 2015
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Martin Henneberger,

I wrote this from memory, about a situation that occurred a couple of months ago. And only after folks zeroed in on the announcement/alert part, did I realize that I was unsure whether South had announced or alerted. And that really made no difference to my question about the ruling.

I do remember thinking that South had revealed info that I hadn't asked for. But at the time it was also obvious to me that South, who is a good and ethical player, was trying to be helpful by explaining her convention.

I merely wondered if you folks thought the director had made the right ruling as to North's change of call from 2S to 2NT.

And I wanted you to know that, IMO, North had more info than he should have had, albeit from an unintentional source. But he is also a good player and he was not going to bid less than 5D on the hand he held, no matter what the ruling was.

I don't remember the hand, but I think I made a bad opening lead and I do remember now that I misdefended late in the hand. My bad defense had nothing to do with the rule itself. And North deserved the match points he got from bidding 5D.
Oct. 9, 2015
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Dan, this occurred in a regionally rated A/X Pairs event. I only mentioned what we do at our club because it means that I was not 100% sure whether the bid was announced or alerted, and I was not trying to call South to task. What she did made no difference as to my interest in this ruling.
Oct. 9, 2015
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No damage to us, here, Kevin. I was only interested in the ruling from an intellectual perspective.
Oct. 9, 2015
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I forgot to mention. This ruling was made in a regional A/X Pairs.
Oct. 8, 2015
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Thanks, everyone, for your input.

South may have alerted, rather than announced, the transfer. That part is hazy, as it wasn't important to me. I wasn't trying to say that South did anything wrong there. At our club, those xfers are fairly standard, and we announce them.

I was definitely interested in the fact that North heard the full explanation of his bid before mentioning that he had made a mechanical error. The delay seemed significant to me, as, had I been in his shoes, I would have reacted immediately on hearing that I had bid something other than what I had intended. But the director said that North might not have looked at his bid until after he heard the explanation.

As I said earlier, I was not looking for redress once I realized there was no damage. I simply had never heard that North must be believed in a situation such as this one.

Oct. 8, 2015
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Better +200 than -200.
Oct. 8, 2015
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Pd has 10-12 hcpts, and I have 15 hcpts, plus a half-way decent 5-card suit. Is that not good enough to bid game? (I'm asking because so many bid 3D. I don't play xfers with wk NTs, but if you do play xfers, shouldn't 2NT be Lebensohl and 3D a re-xfer?)
Oct. 8, 2015
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One partner expects me to sign off after any ambiguous response. And he bids on with 3 or 4 keys. I haven't heard of answering the queen ask if one bids on, but it certainly is a good way to play.
Oct. 6, 2015
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I hope it's okay to add this: I like upside down attitude and I like upside down count when count is needed on an opponent's lead.

But I have trouble reading upside down count after leading the K from AKx/AKxx/AKxxx and having dummy hit with qxxx or Jxxx, a situation where third hand gives count in my partnerships.
Oct. 6, 2015
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If we all liked the same thing, there would only be one way to skin a cat or to evaluate a bridge hand.
Oct. 5, 2015
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