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Kit, one of the options was “responder can pass 3”. So, since you agree responder can do that, it's not GF for the purposes of this poll.
It's clearly GF on opener. So we agree bridgewise, but not semantically.
June 12
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What would Simon Cowell have said?
May 20
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Very different to over a precision club.
Opener has described his main distributional feature, so your risk of being penalised is much higher. Also, it's much more likely that partner will end up on lead (there's a known 5M on his right), so doubling to get a club lead makes far the most sense.
May 15
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In a tournament of this length, players get tired.
Brad had to choose whether GH had made a small error, giving him the spade count, or GH had made a 3 level overcall on a 5 card suit on a 4225 shape where he could presumably have doubled 2C to show clubs AND followed T from 2 AND south made a false lead, AND south failed to raise clubs on 4. I don't think this is a real guess as you put it. Not to disrespect Brad Moss, who has shown over the years what a great player he is, but here I think he made an error.
May 11
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Let's go for the trick one Merrimac coup.
April 19
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Wasn't sure I could give multiple versions of double. I wanted split out x intending to pass and x intending to move. What does “flagged” mean?
April 19
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Maybe - I wasn't told the pips.
April 19
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So this implies X and move over 4H is the long run winner when partner has 4H.
After 4m, we'll wish we'd passed, as 5m is going off a decent amount, but we might bid some good diamond slams after 4D4S.
Once you factor in that on this particular hand declarer will benefit from the double dummy analysis, I guess the conclusion is pass and X intending to move are both fine options, other plans are worse.
April 19
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Lighter X - pull to 7N
April 19
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I get your logic. Did you factor in the possibility of a reopening X after pass?
Secondly, if we are always moving, can we assess based on 5H opposite no keycard X and 6H opposite 1?
April 19
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Double dummy sim dangerous here; the play may be quite complicated, and declarer will benefit more than the defense from knowing the layout.
If we X and hear 4C I guess 5C is percentage.
If we hear 4D, we cue and get to slam opposite 2 KQxxx in Ds and a heart card.
If we hear 4H, I suppose RKC to slam opposite 1 key is the only practical advance if we choose not to pass.
Under those assumptions, can a set of sims suggest something?
April 19
Jon Cooke edited this comment April 19
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Partner held X KJxx KQxxxx xx.
At one table it was opened and 7H was bid.
At the other (3S) 3N all pass.
The pre-emptor was 7105 and was going 3 off.
April 19
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Thanks everyone - mind you I missed a trick because I wanted the two options in X. I bet if I'd posted with open options, we'd have had fewer passes! It's more attractive to pass if you think of it:)
April 19
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It's crazy over red suits.
I used to play pp3c X as pen/3D as t/o , but only against players on “the list”.
April 19
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Do people not like these lists of hands? I find them useful to see what will happen opposite various of my options. I constrained to 6 or 45, so it's true 5440s slipped in accidentally. There's usually a few hands in a naive simulation that aren't really consistent with the auction: if you feel that's the thing to pick up on, then I guess the simulation has no value for you.
April 19
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Here's some hands for partner.

Semi-Psyching 3C and then bidding 3N unless you hear 3S is another interesting option if you don't want to ty 2H - it does a decent job on most the hands below.

T65.J7.AQJT65.K7.
T.JT87.AKJ94.Q53.
4.KT64.AJT94.K76.
6.J74.KQJ953.A87.
7.A765.KJ943.A73.
765.AT5.AKJT63.J.
76.J97.AKQT64.K8.
2.AKT6.QT654.A43.
43.6.AKQJ963.K75.
5.KJ9.AJ6532.KQ7.
4.A76.AJT954.KJ3.
3.AKT8.J9532.A83.
T3.KJ64.AKJ63.K7.
53.K54.KQT9643.K.
864.JT8.AKQJ42.8.
.AK85.JT953.KQ73.
5.AK84.AJ9632.76.
T52.KJ.AQJT965.6.
April 19
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i don't object to X with this shape, but this is extra clubby, and partner might end up on lead.
April 19
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Once I thought of pass, 3N seems a bit illogical to me - its upside is 3 imps collecting only 300 passing with 3N making. it might go off, it's very unlikely partner does anything other than pass it, so you won't get to any good slams.

I thought X was more interesting: bid some slams via 4D4S and make some 4H contracts with 3N going down when LHO has decent diamonds.
April 19
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Sure. I think over 4H, 4N would be RKC.
Over 4m, a cue shows a slam try, 4N is natural?
If I double, one reasonable plan, avoiding the 4m4N lack of understanding would be: over X 4C bid 5C and after X 4D cue 4S to give partner a chance to do something other than 5D.
April 19
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I just hope they come back.
April 18
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