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I play instant tourneys on BBO, and I can't imagine how anyone would or could cheat with that format, as nobody else is playing the same tourney at the same time. At least that's my assumption. The tourneys are fun, but the robots are less good and more random than in the other tourneys.
Sept. 7, 2015
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No, Rod. If I open 1C/1D and rho balances with x, my first thought is that lho has trapped. Therefore, I like to play that xx shows 3 only clubs or diamonds and support for the other suits. I would normally pass with 4 or more. But if I had opened with four small clubs or diamonds and 3 in every other suit, I would also xx. My thinking is that partner can make a better decision as to whether or not to run from a minor doubled if he knows I have a short or really bad suit.
Sept. 7, 2015
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I also play that a raise of the 4th suit guarantees 4 cards in the suit.
Sept. 7, 2015
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I play a “funny” jump to the 4-level in a minor is a splinter—like here, where 3D shows support and is 100% game forcing, 4D is a splinter. 1C-1D-1S-4C is another way to splinter in pd's opening bid suit. And any jump reverse is a splinter. 1C-1S-3D or 1C-1S-4D. The first would be a splinter with a highly invitational-to-game hand. The second is obviously game forcing.

I'm not familiar with the term “default bid.”
Sept. 7, 2015
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I prefer xx as run in this situation.
Sept. 7, 2015
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I voted for 4D, which I intended as a splinter. Would you all play 4D as a splinter in support of clubs? If not, I should change my vote to 4C.
Sept. 7, 2015
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Here's hoping declarer plays dummy's HJ, pd. ruffs, and the HA and HK are split. I picture declarer with 1 or 2 clubs, 3-3, 4-3 or 4-4 in the majors, and 4-5 diamonds. And I'm guessing dummy to have 4 clubs and probably 3 diamonds.
Sept. 6, 2015
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Partner is not only willing to play 6S opposite my worst hand, he is making an obvious grand slam try in a competitive auction where we might push for a small slam, but never for a grand. Therefore, I'll bid the grand and expect to claim at trick one.

Adding this after reading that if we had bid 5S on the previous round, pd would have bid 6H. If I had bid 5S on the previous round, I would sign off in 6S over partner's 6H bid.
Sept. 6, 2015
Jane Eason edited this comment Sept. 6, 2015
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I would bid a mundane 1H. My husband would bid 4H. In fact, the last time he held a similar hand, he opened the bidding at the four level. I remember not liking the result, but the opponent at the other table made the same call for a push.
Sept. 6, 2015
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I think partner has 3-4-4-2, 4-4-4-1, 2-4-5-2, 3-4-5-1. If balanced, he has 18-19. If unbalanced, he has around 17 hcpts.
Sept. 5, 2015
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If I am playing standard signals,the DQ denies the king and suggests card/s in the higher suit. The DK asks for a continuation and suggests card/s in the higher suit. Middle diamond is continue, with no suit preference message. Low diamond would mean do-not continue, with no suit-preference message attached. However, with no suit-preference for the higher suit, partner will consider shifting to the lower suit or trumps.
Sept. 5, 2015
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In my partnerships, double followed by a new suit bid or a raise of a suit shows extra values. But doubler counts his hand in support of the expected fit, and promises 16 or more support points.
Sept. 4, 2015
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I would not have doubled 2H, no matter what double is. To me, when the opponents have bid three suits naturally, double is penalty, showing a trap for declarer's first suit with his second suit being my second suit. But here, the opps can have a 5-4 fit and partner is known to be broke. I don't get why double should be a delayed take out double for clubs, diamonds and spades when the auction says two of those suits are breaking 5-something.
Sept. 4, 2015
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Darn! I planned for partner to have the DJ or the D10 and dummy the AJ9.
Sept. 4, 2015
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Cheaters should be banned forever. Period. And if they sue, fight the suit. Don't settle.
Sept. 3, 2015
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I prefer playing partner's double as penalty or at least penalty oriented and 2C for take out, but I currently have no such agreement.
Aug. 24, 2015
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If 2H were a take out double of a weak 2H opener, I'd pass instead of bidding 3C.
Aug. 24, 2015
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Declarer thought his lho would have bid with 12 hcpts and he, therefore, placed the DK with his rho. Isn't that what we are supposed to do? (Holding the heart AKQ and the DK would give his lho 12 hcpts, plus whatever he might hold in the black suits. And that player would have assumed his DK to be well positioned.)

Declarer didn't say the king would be singleton with rho. And I don't think he made a bad play. I think he used good reasoning to make a thoughtful play. Lho's shape could be 4-4-1-4, 4-4-2-3 etc, and he would have made a take out double.

I also think that someone who says something about not taking a finesse is probably justifying his play, in case it's wrong—not that he knows something on the board. He just doesn't want to look stupid if the king is onsides.

He shouldn't have said anything. And defender should not have said anything when his king fell under the ace.

If I am the only one who thinks this play is okay, I must be missing something.
Aug. 24, 2015
Jane Eason edited this comment Aug. 24, 2015
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I have no problem passing with this hand because I'm aggressive as responder and hate being hung for pushing to game. Without the BIT, Bill passes uncomfortably.
Aug. 23, 2015
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I would not overcall, vul, even at match points, with a 9-loser hand and a suit headed by such slow honors.
Aug. 23, 2015
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