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I choose the DQ lead, looking for a ruff or a trump promotion.
July 6
Khokan Bagchi edited this comment July 6
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I don't mind
Other guys looking at my hand
That's fine
I know ‘em all pretty well

But I know somehow we must try to get this right
Better show all our cards
To the kibs, they’re alright
The kibs are alright
July 5
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A horrible situation.

The only silver lining here is that the extra C7 gives me the excuse I need to call a misdeal.
July 3
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It feels like the right cards to me, too.

We could have a good grand - give partner AKxx x AKQxx Qxx.
July 1
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Marty, I'm pretty sure that this is the first time I've seen someone suggesting that it's right to make a negative double with an eight-card suit, so you certainly can't be accused of following the crowd.

However, I'd suggest that reverse-engineering a good result through advocating weird actions isn't the best way to learn about how to deal with similar situations in future.

FWIW, I agree with a number of people here who think that 4S here is essentially preemptive, while not necessarily agreeing that 4S is the right call on this hand. This sequence is not the same as when the opponents preempt as an opening bid.
July 1
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“I somewhat prefer a Negative Double instead of starting with 4S.”

Really?

That's one of the more out-there suggestions I've read.
June 30
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Deja Vu is one of the great albums.
June 28
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Abstain.

How can we possibly make a considered decision without knowing the diamond spot?
June 26
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I think it's a very relevant consideration and I raised it above:

“I'll concede, though, that the opponents may not find the spade switch to beat the hand if they win the DK at trick one.”
June 26
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“Personally, I would win DQ and run HJ… ♦10xxx(x) is not an attractive lead, and I want the entry and pitch to check for ♥K10xx onside.”

You can pick up 4-1 hearts onside, and also stiff king in either hand by playing ace and other heart, so no need to risk HJ.
June 25
Khokan Bagchi edited this comment June 25
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The only one I can think of is where the spade honours are split, west has the HK along with three clubs and west guesses to look for a club ruff.

Very much a long shot, IMO.
June 25
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Moved upthread.
June 25
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Which layouts are those?
June 25
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If the diamond king was there at the beginning, it's going to stay there, so I think the taps aren't as big a factor as you think, although we'll have a guess to make if west wins the SJ with an honour and leads a diamond.

A club ruff seems much less of a risk than the opponents drawing trumps before you can ruff a spade.

I'm planning on making the hand against a lot of normal layouts, e.g. give west Kxxx Kxx 10xx xxx. I'll concede, though, that the opponents may not find the spade switch to beat the hand if they win the DK at trick one.
June 25
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Running the diamond doesn't look cool to me.

Seems best to win the DA and lead a low spade off the table, planning to ruff one. East can't rise to advantage with an honour and lead a trump.

As the play went at the table, declarer should cash HA at trick two and lead another one.
June 25
Khokan Bagchi edited this comment June 25
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I'd like to see the pair that would get both defences right consistently.

Declarer's play on the OP hand against the most testing defence isn't clearcut, either, as east could well hold xxx AKxx Q109x Jx.
June 24
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I don't think they're in the same ballpark, both in terms of offensive and defensive potential.
June 24
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That hand doesn't seem consistent with east's double of 3NT (whatever it meant).
June 24
Khokan Bagchi edited this comment June 24
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We might make 6S opposite e.g. AQxx x Axxxx Axx.

However, I'm still passing.
June 24
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You're right.

My example was a bit of a red herring that distracted from my main point, namely that the best play for four heart tricks also gives the best play for the contract, in my view.
June 24
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