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Of course, but I think +1 is more likely than -2, and you make it much harder for opponents. On the actual hand, par is 4 but we'll play 5x-1. I think you would find a majority bid 5 if you ask them.
Sept. 1, 2016
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AQJ10x xx xxx 10xx will raise a delicate club bid? These are hardly magic cards but you're favourite for 13tricks. You have the best hand at the table, and partner has made a vulnerable overcall - I think you trust non-vul opponents too much. 5 and then double 5, feels normal to me.
Sept. 1, 2016
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5 is decidedly agressive? How surprised would you be to make two overtricks? As for 6, maybe he thought partner's pass was encouraging?
Sept. 1, 2016
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I see no point arguing with the poster about their agreement, unless it's to complain she didn't specify it in the OP. She did state that had we doubled 6 it would be the same problem, so implicitly the double is not Lightner, whether we think it should be or not.
Partner has values outside diamonds. Heart tricks might disappear or require establishing. A might get ruffed. I lead a .
Aug. 31, 2016
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You're a light sleeper!! You must have missed out several pre-Utopian stages. For example, in England, at one time 1NT-2C had to be alerted whatever it meant…it made sense at the time.
Aug. 31, 2016
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Very neat. Especially the ways other orders of playing AKQ and K fail. Thanks.
Aug. 29, 2016
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So you're hoping for 800 rather than the 680 you expect from bidding? Fair enough.
Aug. 29, 2016
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I don't think that quite works. When you lead a 2nd club up East plays the Q. I don't think you can “endplay West” as you say, because you can't remove his and exit cards in time - When East gets it he plays a .
I don't see how to do it yet…
Aug. 29, 2016
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I am but mad when I sit North and West. When my seat is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.
Aug. 28, 2016
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I have no idea where I'm heading, but I'll try 4 over 3. Maybe he won't bid 4. I will treat partner's suggestion that 3 was forcing as UI, if only for reasons of Causality.
Aug. 28, 2016
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Sorry, I don't follow - maybe I wasn't clear. A, A, K, and declarer leads K, which you win.

Is it obvious to you he doesn't hold AQx KQJxxx Kxx x? If you play a , two clubs go away, and arguably partner has defended perfectly?
Aug. 28, 2016
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Do you agree partner's pass is forcing? What sort of hand do you think he has?
Aug. 28, 2016
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1 and then 3 for me. While hands with two voids may not make good bidding problems, they make for excellent stories, and I look forward to this one.
Aug. 28, 2016
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Oh, this hand. Having passed, 4 looks reasonable, intending 4 over 4.
Aug. 28, 2016
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Just a thought - if South had followed with 6 on the first round, as he probably should, would you not have had a guess which minor to play when next in? Then partner's 8 could prove costly.
Aug. 28, 2016
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I think a stiff club should be a bit stronger; we are inviting partner to pass with 4 clubs, after all.
I didn't think it was clear whether to pass or bid on the given sequence. That's why I posted it.
Aug. 28, 2016
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I don't think anyone good enough to be 15IMPs up against us is going to bid 7 unfavourable, missing 3 key cards. Of course, this complacent attitude might be why I'm 15IMPs down.
Aug. 28, 2016
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I was. I was expecting criticism from the passers, not from a bidder….
Aug. 28, 2016
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I find this confusing. All my instincts and common sense tell me I should double, but when I construct hands for partner consistent with Pass, Cue, Forcing pass after I signed off with 4, it's usually right to bid. As a last resort, I shall trust partner to have his calls.
Aug. 28, 2016
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Thanks for participating. On the night, partner held the not ideal Qxxx Jxxx xxx xx. Even though South has both minor aces, 2 makes on a -guess.
Aug. 28, 2016
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