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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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But part of your gain is I think an illusion. If North is 2-3 in the majors with K you won't make either, because he returns a club when in with K and you can't unscramble the tricks.

It's educational that the lead makes you back the uneven -break. I wouldn't have put so much weight on that. I live and learn.
Aug. 26, 2016
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Once Q holds you have 12 top tricks if you draw trumps. Cashing A was a slight risk (what if North ruffs and leads a club?)
So you cash a 2nd trump, find they're 3-2 and switch back to diamonds for the overtrick (now a ruff of A or overruff doesn't hurt you).
As per the discussion above, it isn't obvious whether one or two rounds of trumps before the -finesse is best.
Aug. 26, 2016
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But why cash only one trump? Are you so sure the lead isn't from xxx 10xxx Kxxx xx say? He heard partner not double 5. Your line I think then suffers an overruff.
Aug. 26, 2016
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Against that, we make 13 automatically by finessing a early, as I think we should. Unfortunately I think we have to cash two trumps first, in case Q loses and a comes back. We might then fail if are 4-3 and trumps 4-1.
Aug. 26, 2016
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Throw a spade from 10xxxx? Where DO you play? Even the intergalactic magnetic field is stronger than that…
Aug. 26, 2016
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Well, I consider there to be insufficient reason for the auction to have alerted us to partner's misunderstanding; with clearly agreed, 5 can just be the best available slam try. With the UI, therefore, passing is in my view completely unsupportable and worthy of a procedural penalty.
As I understand it, when informed of the UI, Josh modified his comment to “I guess I couldn't pass”.
Aug. 25, 2016
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I also chose 3; for me 2 could be 4-4.
At pairs you can also bid this hand 1-2;3-4;4-4;5-P
They'll likely lead from K.
Aug. 25, 2016
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I am more than a little surprised that anyone thinks passing 5 is an ethical choice.
Aug. 25, 2016
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I'd have bid 4 last time, but don't hate 3NT - there could easily be the same number of tricks in NT. Now I'll bid 6 to offer choice of slam. Presumably the 5NT and 6 bidders feel the same, but the former suggests 6 more than I want to, and the latter sounds more like the final contract.
Aug. 25, 2016
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Love all at pairs, you have to tie me down to stop me acting. My criterion is “Am I happier stretching to bid now than I would be if it goes 1 P 1NT P P ?” It's much easier for them to take 300 from you if you pass first time round. At any other vul, I'd be more restrained.
Aug. 25, 2016
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And (desperately dredging his memory for possibly relevant examples) don't forget Polish groups!
Aug. 23, 2016
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“I do not believe that it is possible to have a fraction of a group”

At the risk of being (more than usually) boring, there is actually a mathematical construct called a “semigroup.” A possibly relevant example would be a set of teams and a binary operation between any two of them in which “the best team wins”.

One reason why this would not technically be a “group”, is that a match between England and Norway could not be won by Poland.
Aug. 23, 2016
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Even at IMPs it's not at all clear to play that way - you'll be -700 a lot of the time.
Aug. 22, 2016
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