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All comments by Jonathan Mestel
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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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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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