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In some games, no quarter is given.
Dec. 14
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There is a practical point which many above do not seem to have considered. When RHO bids what you expect to be the final contract and the tray comes under the screen, if you and screenmate pass, the tray goes back and the other two, INCLUDING RHO, will pick up their bids and pass the emptied tray back. If you have any questions about the auction, you would then have to ask them missing half the bids. As a result, in the UK at least, it is very common to ask screenmate questions immediately following what everyone expects to be the final bid.
This is so much the case, that if I were the leader or the 7NT bidder and the tray was stuck on the other side I would assume that the defender was asking questions about the auction, rather than wondering about whether to double. This would certainly be the case if s/he were on lead. If not on lead, without screens one waits until partner has led so as not to pass UI, but with screens one feels more secure about asking - perhaps erroneously, as this post shows.
So I do not think the UI is quite as strong as many above assume.
Dec. 11
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Brace ourselves? I fear I'd need bridge work, but then I'm long in the tooth.
Nov. 14
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If I'd know he thought that was a 3 bid I'd have doubled too. Grossly lucky majors.
Nov. 6
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Actually, it looks like my -380 for 2Dx+1 could be worth quite a few matchpoints. RHO expects to be doubled in 3 yet bid it anyway. I am surprised so many people double - whom are you playing against? I think 2 was more likely to go down than 3 is.
Nov. 2
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I would sometimes pass 2x. Since I have the UI from the future auction that this would be wrong, I'd better do it….!?!?
Nov. 1
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I suppose it comes down to whether exasperation that oppo have been lucky again counts as “a demonstrable bridge reason.”

Do you believe declarer should always be allowed to make the contract after this silly remark by South, however he plays and however the cards lie?
Oct. 22
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Unless South had A up his sleeve and clubs were running. North has some sort of guess, and so does declarer,
Oct. 22
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Obviously S should have kept his mouth shut, whether he held Q or not. But I suspect he was annoyed by his partner's strange decision to play a 2nd spade, removing a likely losing option.
“You need something else as well!?” would be an appropriate reaction, though one best not voiced.

Suppose declarer had decided that South could work out from the hesitation that Q must be missing and was trying a “double bluff”. If declarer had finessed clubs the other way on the basis of this and gone down, is he still going to be permitted to make on appeal? That feels too generous to EW to me, unless the director establishes that South was acting deliberately.
Oct. 22
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Interesting. I think 4 is clear, and also best played forcing. We can still play 4NT, 5, 6. Are we really going to make precisely 9 tricks in NT? I would also bid 4 over a slow 3NT, but it seems from the majority view I'd be wrong to do so. 4 overstates the values. Axxx AJ9 Qxx Qxx?

(Edit) On reflection, maybe 4 is better, but I prefer either to passing 3NT.
Oct. 15
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Quite so. For example, cash your 8 side suit winners, then 5 to the 7, return to the 10 and score Q en passant by ruffing a .

I think it's possible to have a hand where one side can make 6 and the other 7.
Oct. 11
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I disagree - once partner has passed, he is not invited to bid 4 over 4 at red - 1 is constructive. With the shortage, I expect to get away with a disruptive 2, even when perhaps I shouldn't.
Aug. 30
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Surely partner's 3NT should discourage anything other than a 4 conversion? I'll pass.
Aug. 23
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This is a bit off-topic, but hearing aids have long been an (unfair?) advantage in certain Chess events.

Several years ago I was playing in the Hastings international chess tournament against ex-world-champion Tigran Petrosian, who was a little deaf. The playing hall was directly underneath a concert hall in which the Christmas Pantomime was taking place. One of the musical numbers was entitled “Stamp, Stamp, Stamp!” in which audience participation was enthusiastically encouraged.

While the rest of the participants fumed at the patter of tiny feet above, Tigran merely shrugged, turned off his hearing aid and beamed contentedly at the board..
Aug. 21
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Sarah - Most of us who play ACOL and live in Cambridge would pass this in 2nd position. If systemically forced to open it playing 4CM, 1 looks best to me. You won't exactly be surprised if LHO declares a spade contract will you?
Of course, sometimes you'll wish you'd done something else.

By the way, I wonder what they open in 3rd seat with this collection north of the Humber?

Incidentally, when playing the hand, we are all quite happy to take what we think is the best line and if it doesn't work shrug it off as bad luck. Somehow people don't think the same way about bidding - you make a call which will probably work well, but when it doesn't, you think you've misbid..not necessarily. Even though it makes you look a bit of a ninny, it may on balance be right to make a call which leaves you impossibly placed after one particular response. You just need an understanding partner….even a Cambridge one!
Aug. 9
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As I write the voting is 17 for a , 7 for a and 4 for a .

On the day, Dummy had AJxxxxxx x x AQJ, declarer KQxx AK QJxxxx x and partner x xxxx A10xx xxxx, so a diamond is necessary. As Richard points out, this would be much easier without K.
June 2
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I think he has a side suit. But if he wants to bid on, I see no reason not to. I considered 5C for the lead, but it doesn't feel right.
Oct. 12, 2017
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So you're down if he's Jx Qxx AKQxxx xx. Not very likely, I admit.
July 26, 2017
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If J loses and a 3rd trump comes back, you have to guess whether West has x or Jx(x) don't you? This is why I prefer to play spades before A.
July 26, 2017
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One evening at our club Mr X was partnering Mrs Y, and Mrs X partnering Mr Y. Both were moving pairs, and when they met, the X's sat opposite each other as did the Y's. They all looked at their hands, I think one bid was made and then Mr X noticed. Amid some hilarity, the slightly caustic director cancelled the board.
July 25, 2017
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