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Not the shortest board, but the fastest claim. A few decades ago, i opened 1NT. We had a sequence ending in 7NT. After the last pass, partner faced dummy and said, “Lead.” There were around 15 or so sure tricks based on my stated controls.
4 hours ago
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Is 1 forcing? If not, south has already distorted the bidding.
July 23
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On board 29, how did 3 make?
July 23
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The relevance is that your description of 2 seems wrong. If 2 is a limit raise, then it should be something like 9-11. In which case 2 is a normal single raise. If your treatments are different, then an alert is needed as they are unusual and unexpected.
July 17
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Most people play Drury as a limit raise, so a simple raise would be just that - a simple single raise just like you would do if you were not a passed hand. Given that, I would think that since it guarantees 4+ trump support, an alert is in order.

BTW, what would 2 show? That information is really needed to properly answer the question.
July 17
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If hearts are good for five tricks, the queen of clubs is irrelevant
July 16
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The bidding is correct. My partner judged that hearts was better. I wasn't about to overrule as he knew my hand and I didn't know his. 20-20 hindsight is easy.
July 16
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Finally someone sees the cause of the dilemma. (I didn't mention it in the OP since I didn't want to influence the vote.). NT will make only 12 tricks. So making 12 tricks at hearts beats anyone not in slam, but loses to anyone in 6NT.

In a typical club game I would be content with making 12 tricks. But this is not your typical game. The field is strong (which is probably an understatement), so I expected most of the field would be in slam. That points toward wanting to make them all. I wonder how many of those who voted for the finesse had that in mind, or if they just finessed based on just this hand alone.

FWIW, I finessed, and of course diamonds were 5-1. Surprisingly, making 6 was worth about 67%, not the below average I expected.
July 16
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Match points. I thought that was clear when I mentioned the field strength. Plus there is no issue if imps.
West cannot be void, so I don't know why you mentioned it. But a singleton with east is something to consider.

But I think you are missing the real consideration (which I'll leave unstated for now).
July 15
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I don't recall if they were playing 3rd or 4th leads. They are strong players, good enough to not give me any help with their signals. The only thing I really know is that west probably has no more hearts or spades (though I wouldn't absolutely rule out west having the spade ten left). West played the 6 10 on the next two clubs.
July 15
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Do you have the hands right? It looks like a few honors are missing from the diagram.
June 26
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Around 45 years ago, Truscott reported a hand where declarer took 13 tricks, off all four aces. (In trumps.)

The play went something like: west led a heart, east played the heart ace and immediately banged down the ace of diamonds. Or so he thought. He got them backwards. When the dust settled, one ace was buried by the revoke, one was discarded as a penalty card, and two were transferred (old rules).
June 22
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First I'd look to see whether Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, or John Scarne were in the vicinity…….
June 21
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I tell my partners that if it sounds like it might be a splinter, it is. That has worked so far.
June 21
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Usually the bridgemates show a blank for the names of the bumper pair, but the correct number. That was the case here. (I joked earlier that I was actually Lamont Cranston.)
June 21
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Director stopped play. Ed and Alex, I think you are right that play should have been continued, though the “unbumped” N/S would not have any score recorded.

FWIW, I don't think this board affected the results appreciably.
June 20
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Director acknowledged that he was at fault for not letting N/S know.

I blame my previous opponents for taking too long to play a tough hand so we didn't get there on time. :)
June 20
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Serious infraction, needs to be banned for a few tournaments.

Yes, E/W should be banned for creating a big brouhaha over a less-than-trivial matter.
June 5
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But partner does know his own distribution. Stop bidding his hand, too.
May 27
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So what. It's a 75% (approx) slam, so you should bid it, at any scoring or vul. Sometimes the percentage action doesn't work.
May 27
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