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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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If that's your agreement. What's 5 then? A general grand try?
Aug. 22, 2016
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I think double is values with no obvious bid. 3NT is not improbable is it? AQxx Q10xx Ax Qxx say. If partner passes, 3 is unlikely to make, and 3major won't be a disaster. But of course it could be wrong to act. That's why RHO gave us the problem.
Aug. 19, 2016
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That's ingenious. Well, good luck!

(Edit) And I can't resist adding:

You're familiar with the inverted jump overcall 1-3 meaning “I have a -stop; have you got a solid minor?”
Well here's the 6NT bid meaning “Please pass if you've got a -stop AND a solid minor….”
Aug. 19, 2016
Jonathan Mestel edited this comment Aug. 19, 2016
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Peg - if you post a two-part poll, it's inevitable that those of us who chose the call which didn't cause the later problem (in this instance) will feel smug about it! But to answer your question, yes I do think 4NT over 4 should be natural. With the 2nd hand you give you cue away - you could even bid 5, exclusion keycard. If you felt your partnership would be uncertain about 4NT, it was perhaps wise to pass, intending to raise 3NT to 4NT.
Aug. 19, 2016
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Why not suggest / along the way? x Kx KQxx A109xxx say? I'm curious what people have against 5NT as a call
Aug. 19, 2016
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I bid 3 and will remove 3NT to 4, giving partner 2 chances to bid spades. This misrepresents the high-card strength, but partner won't force us over 5.
Aug. 19, 2016
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AQ xxx AKJxx xxx ? or Ax xxxx AKQx xxx ? Obviously we might have acted differently earlier, but I don't think our pass of 3 was particularly sensible on our actual hand - were we just going to pass 3NT from partner? If not, why not rebid diamonds?

But that's not the point. To bid 6NT without a -stop is an incredible strain to put on partner - have we just bid the last making contract or are we 8 down in it? I don't what hand you're playing partner for where you make 6NT but not 7. A AQx xx AQJ10xxx?

And if he gets it wrong, and we call him “brain-dead”, he might just take offence.
Aug. 19, 2016
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