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“King of hearts, heart ruff with eight looks better.”

It's irrelevant which spot you ruff with since, if west is 7222, they can overruff and lead a third round of clubs for east to ruff.
47 minutes ago
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Furthermore, if declarer's hand is

AQJxxx
x
Jx
KQxx

they've chosen a very peculiar line - the normal line is to cash SA and play on diamonds.
6 hours ago
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Swap the DK for a small one and I'd double, as I'm only planning to make one bid. On the actual hand, I can double clubs for takeout later, if I overcall 1S.
6 hours ago
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Give declarer AQJxxx x xxx Kxx and you've most likely blown the hand by hopping HA with your example when declarer plays normally.

The point is that it's not clear that playing the HA is percentage, even less so when it is doubleton.
6 hours ago
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West is less likely to grab the HA with Ax than Axx.
10 hours ago
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An SJS, at least how I played them, promises 4-card support if we support. Hence 2S followed by 3H shows a 5422 shape (3C and 3D show 5413 and 5431, respectively). Hands with 3-card support go via another route - 3H forcing makes a lot of sense, here.
15 hours ago
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Given that west grabbed the HA, I'd play west for a 1-3-2-7 shape. Hence, cash DK and DQ (pitching a club) and ruff a diamond. Then HQ to HK and ruff a red card. Now exit a low spade from hand.
17 hours ago
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If partner bids 5H over 5D, I now bid 5NT (GSF).
July 22
Khokan Bagchi edited this comment July 22
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Did whip play well? If so, it seems unfair. Maybe devo had it right: whippet good!!
July 22
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I'd open 2H playing Acol Twos. However, it might be too hard to describe this hand if we start with 2C, if partner doesn't respond with the expected 2D.
July 20
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Yes.
July 13
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Furthermore, the answer would depend upon the leader's opening lead agreements (e.g. MUD, top etc.).
July 13
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I was thinking along the same lines, but couldn't reach a conclusion.

I wonder if DD solvers, like Deep Finesse, could be programmed to also compute a percentage line, e.g., a two-way finesse isn't chalked up as a 100% line.
July 13
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If the analysis recommends a clearly inferior line, it seems sloppy to me.
July 13
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Rubber or misere, the 9 from J9xxx is quite some lead. I'd pay out to anyone who made it, while scoring up my slam the 99 other times.

A clearly sloppy analysis by Reese.
July 11
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See Paul Barden's comment above. As long as east holds the SJ, as indicated by the lead, the squeeze seems obvious.
July 11
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The hand is AQ Kxxxx Kxx Jxx opposite 108x AJxxx Ax AK9.

The lead is the S9, which declarer finesses, with east returning a spade.

Reese recommends drawing trumps and ruffing the last spade and diamond, which reveals that east started with six spades and therefore can't hold QTx(x) of clubs.
July 11
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I'm not sure we're talking about the same hand, as declarer lost the spade finesse at trick one.
July 11
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Nice hand!
July 11
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West's failure to raise spades on the first hand, even in such a psyche-prone situation is extraordinary. However, it does seem to illustrate just how different things were in those days.

Reese's analysis of the hand seems a bit contrived to me. Although I rate him as the best writer ever, I reckon he got some analyses very wrong, a glaring example being the first hand from “Play Bridge with Reese”, IMO.
July 11
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