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this line does fail to RHO's 5251 and 5341. Note the only singleton heart RHO can really have is the queen. if i cash the AH and don't see the queen, I believe I can continue a second heart and pick up 5341 with RHO (ruff diamond return, continue 3rd heart, if they play another diamond can pitch a club and ruff in dummy, then AC QC should make).

I don't believe this has any real drawbacks except the opponents leading a small diamond instead of from their KQJ or QJ10x or KQ10x. If LHO cashes a 3rd heart and RHO pitches a club I am fine unless RHO is 5251, but then I was never really gonna make.
June 17
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I tend to believe them in these situations, in that they usually are correctly telling us, you have a slam. would like to have a forcing pass here but I understand not. Doubling is further from hand than 5s imo. They may have overcalled a 4 card suit of course, which could be bad.
June 15
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ah ok I misunderstood, maybe your 2nd sentence should have clarified it.

At any rate, while someone could be lying, I don't think anyone has to be. If the 1H bidder was indeed psyching, this just seems like a classic example of a fielded psych to me.
June 13
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your first sentence is, imo, very strange unless it's meant to be specifically true for some reason on this hand, which I don't exactly see.
June 13
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you are correct this would make the hand if E is 2254. However if they have that shape, my suggested line also makes the hand.

I think I referenced this on page 7 when I said “if LHO is 3433 (giving RHO 2254), then you will get to see what they discard on the 4th round of clubs before deciding what to take as your last ruff”

Further, If they are 1-2-6-4 the hand isn't really makeable anyway. If they are 2-1-6-4 I believe my suggested line will still work.

Additionally, I don't see why East having a “long suit” suggests they have 4 clubs. If E were 2353 they would also have redoubled to show a single-suiter. In fact, their action probably suggests they are not 2254 if anything, since I believe they had the option to show a 2-suiter and elected not to do so. Basically my point is that E would not need a shapely hand to rdbl.
June 12
Kevin Rosenberg edited this comment June 12
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Not sure about the rules but to me this should depend on the tournament setting. In a club game, should just say 11+. Behind screens, I would give the full explanation. In between is a grey area for you to decide.
May 30
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ah I missed that. Obviously that's not quite how I'd prefer to play.
May 26
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the double isn't penalty. But I do also think upon reflection that S should have bid 2N once North passed.
May 26
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I think North should double 2H. Other stuff is less clear but it definitely feels like North undercooked it and that bid would have been an improvement.
May 26
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Not that the vul matters at all on this hand, but I just want to add that if the motivation for posting this is not wanting to try to penalize favorable opponents when you might have a red game, I think this is the BEST vul to try to go for blood on this auction. People will bid 4s on anything at favorable
May 21
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It would be very surprising for the bidding to end at 2c (And if it does, who is to say it's so wrong). Assuming it does not, it seems clear I'd like to bid 2c then spades to give the best picture of my hand
May 20
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“From your position, how could you see the card?” Oscar the owl asked the Hog.

“It could be clearly reflected in the mirror” the Hog replied.

“But there is no mirror” Peregrine the penguin objected.

“Well there used to be one!” Said the Hog, swiftly seizing the offensive, as he demanded to know when the mirror was removed, and who gave authority to its removal.
May 2
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I don't really agree that double of 3d should be penalty, and I definitely don't agree with the general rule Dave wrote above. Dave's view is correct when a major suit has been agreed. I still think on most auctions where a minor suit has been agreed and we're below 3n, double is not penalty by default. If opener has a 3325 18 count, or 4324 18 count, they may want to double.
April 30
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I think it's forcing for sure. Undiscussed, it's a bit difficult to know how many hearts it shows. I think it should be able to be bid on a strong doubleton, but assuming so is a bit risky perhaps.
April 22
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I don't understand how 1H is a “faster” way to find a heart fit than 2NT. Unless you mean it's the fastest way for you to know you have a fit? (since if partner bids 3H, it could be on a doubleton sometimes). Still, I'm not sure why that fact is particularly relevant here.
April 16
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I think there are some hands where it might be reasonable to pass over 3S, and then save over 4. Not this one, but you might be pretty confident game will make, and are content to defend 3S, while thinking you have a good save over 4. Not a tactic I'd use often, but one that might have some merit on a different hand.
April 14
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while N's bid could work, you're really trying to get a bottom. You might, on a bad day, go down too many, but also you have no idea if they're making. Crazy sacrifices at favorable are, imo, just not recommended.

S's bid is also pretty weird, especially considering they could wait to balance. I put 50:50 blame, but I think N has more to learn here than S
April 13
Kevin Rosenberg edited this comment April 13
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If double shows a doubleton spade, then east shouldn't double. This would involve having the agreement to play 2n takeout. Absent that agreement, I don't see what e can do but double, and in that case, w should really not leave it in
April 11
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If decanter is world class, then we surely aren't cashing clubs when wed have such a huge guess at t2 if they ducked. I think declared has something like aqxx axx xx q9xx. I think either major suit should be fine, but a spade felt more intuitive to me. If I play a heart, I may have to guess my pitch on the third heart, which could be a little annoying
April 3
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I'm having them ruff and underruff now, so I don't see why that case is different.

Btw, I reread the poll and realized I was supposed to answer as a defender, not a director. As a defender, I would not call the director in any of these cases, even though as a director, I would give the defense a trick in the second case.
March 16
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