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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
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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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Ed,
Speaking figuratively, not making threats.
April 17
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I hear you, David. You think it's a good idea to upset two young kids at the start of their bridge experience, because they didn't realise that saying “another diamond” in a position where everyone would play the top one could cause a problem. Then you want to get precious about “rules is rules”, and construct strawmen out of what other people think about that.
I think it's revolting behaviour.
April 17
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They looked about 8 and 10 to me.
April 17
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Eyes might help here.
April 17
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