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Double was explained immediately as 5-7, with no question made.
June 14, 2018
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South apparently did not know what Double showed. But he also did not know what to do immediately, so he decided that X would get things started.
June 14, 2018
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The alert was made, then without a direct question, was explained immediately as 5-7. So the explanation was offered without a question made.
June 14, 2018
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North played the contract, not South. Along the way, North took a diamond finesse to the queen. Seeing the jack told him to then hook the 10. At least that is what I think happened. There was some confusion due to the director call.
June 14, 2018
John D'Errico edited this comment June 14, 2018
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What was the pointless question?

We try very hard not to ask questions at all until after the bidding, unless there is a need to do so. In this case, since South has doubled partner's bid, it might be pertinent to know if double was penalty or takeout, or if South was showing a range.

But in fact, the Double was explained gratuitously, with NO question directly asked, as 5-7. After that, no questions were asked at all. It seemed clear they were not on the same page, so there was nothing to be gained by asking a question.
June 14, 2018
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South did not know X was specifically 5-7. South said privately afterwards that since he did not know how to show the hand directly in their system. So he decided to start with a double. It was then alerted, and immediately described as 5-7.
June 14, 2018
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The X was alerted, and immediately explained as 5-7.
June 14, 2018
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“There is no holding where the first finesse loses where a 2nd finesse will avoid the loss of a 2nd trick.”

RHO must cover on the second round. Now you see the split, and can stop drawing trumps, to play for a trump coup position in the end game.
June 10, 2018
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You missed this one too:

With a stiff honor offside, you initially appear to lose two tricks either way. You lose one trick on the first hook, because with H832, RHO should never cover on the first found. Then that pesky RHO is awake on the second round, so they cover to ensure their 8 will take a second trump trick.

This presumes that you do not have the option of playing for a trump coup later on, when you see the poor break. So stop drawing trumps after the second round, while you remain with K7 over 83 on your right. You will need to get two ruffs in hand along the way to shorten your trumps, then arrange to be in dummy in the end game to lead through RHO.
June 10, 2018
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Don't forget that you will lose two tricks to QJx offside with the double hook, whereas you lose only 1 trick there by cashing the AK.
June 10, 2018
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None of the choices they did make were overtly terrible. On a different hand, they all might have worked better. I'd say that both North and South took the actions that MIGHT have found them in a making game on a better day. They both acted optimistically.

If anything, that was the problem. They would have been happier had one played the role of designated pessimist.
June 7, 2018
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Is the mis-spelling of Norway as Noway any hint of your personal predictions? I'd think that team might at least have some chance. :)
June 5, 2018
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I've added two new poll options just now.
May 29, 2018
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Clearly the problem is shared by all the “B” activities, Bridge, Barbershop harmony, Bowling, Baseball, …

But who would ever have known that the choice of what letter a name starts with might be the kiss of death? Yes, I sometimes whistfully wonder if a different name had been chosen long ago, if things would now be different?
May 21, 2018
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Max & company really impressed me, so that the next time we see them we won't be thinking underdog anymore.
May 15, 2018
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I assume you mean an immediate jump to 4♢? That might be an interesting idea. But I hate to have the system force us unilaterally past 3NT on a semi-balanced hand. Could responder be 2443 in shape, and the place to play this contract is in 3NT? It is so hard to get there after 4♢.

If the scoring is IMPs, you might not feel so bad at heading for a ♢ contract. But 5♢==death at matchpoints.
May 9, 2018
John D'Errico edited this comment May 9, 2018
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Or, would 4 of the minor then be minorwood? Bidding can be so confusing somedays. :)
May 8, 2018
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5♣ is not GF with the indicated minor? :p Ok, if partner takes it out to 4 of the minor, you can always pass and hope they don't call the director.
May 8, 2018
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As I recall, EHAA has none. Certainly playable. At least one local pair around here plays it still, and does well enough. At pairs, such a system can offer some advantages due to a high variance.
May 8, 2018
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Of course, this question was after dummy came down. And it was asked by declarer. So waking partner (dummy) is not an issue. Dummy can sleep as much as they want, as long as they turn the cards as requested.
May 7, 2018
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