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I meant to declarer the T indicated the K, so it's percentage to squeeze West. I couldn't blame East because I selected to lead a as East at the table.
July 17
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The T as SP indicated the K, didn't it?

I knew leading wouldn't cater all cases. Isn't it interesting, that a normal lead by a simple mind like mine works but an expert defense may fail?
July 17
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Interesting P didn't switch to J at trick 2, nor led J at opening from AJTxxx, . Then East had no option but leading a spade when getting in with heart.
July 17
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P has 3 hearts. If not, he would have probably led from his 4 cards spade. The T is for suit preference because P knows I would figure out the heart shape.

Should I cash a third heart to confirm the heart position? It works unless declarer has A and 7 clubs. So the best is to lead a spade now. However, I chose to lead a diamond in the poll.

Edit: Just noticed this was redundant to what Barry said above.
July 15
Kurt Zhang edited this comment July 15
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“5♣ is a ♣ control denying a ♠ or ♥ control.”

Normally this is true, but in this case, it's impossible that opener doesn't have or control. So 5 can logically bid as shortness. I don't know if this makes sense.
July 12
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Same question here. Our bidding was

1H 1S
3D 4D
4S 5D

P knew my 4S was cue, but she had nothing else to say. I think 4S cue was a bad choice, because it doesn't solve my problem even P cue 5C back. It's probably better to cue 5C to show a singleton.
July 12
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“Not really getting that because if partner doesn't have SJ, he will now be squeezed in blacks,”

Michael, can't declarer's hand be AJxx Kxx AKxx KQ?
July 11
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I am new to Texas and played once the bracketed Swiss. It's not enjoyable because there are dozens of teams in front of you even you win a lower bracket. Next time I would rather play open pairs if not entering Bracket 1. Why can't Bracket 1 be allowed as an open Swiss?
July 10
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Would West foresee the upcoming major suits squeeze? A spade to 10, west would play high with a single honor. So if west doesn't raise, I would play East for both honors.
July 10
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When 4S gets doubled, the defense would almost 100% start with a trump lead.
July 8
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If the club finesse loses, lead the Q from dummy.
July 3
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David said very well. This article is not only entertaining but also educational. It motivates us average players by showing how challenging the game is and that even a top player still has room to improve. It only increased my respect for Zia when reading these problems.
July 3
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Depends on what East discards on the second trump. If East is 1=3=5=4 with the K, he has to discard a diamond. A simple squeeze in the minors would work. If East is 1=4=4=4, he would discard a heart, then Stefan's line works.
June 30
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David, West led from an unbid long suit. Yes, his opening lead was a restricted choice. But what's wrong to treat all clubs as known unless defense is false-carding?
June 23
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No agreement on 5D-5H. Partner knows my 5D is not for K asking. He will read it as “P do you have any further feature useful for a grand slam?” What feature is so important to show at 5-level if it's not shortness?
June 20
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Yes, opener may have only 5 spades. I had thought 6 was default if there was no further shape information.

I like the 6 treatment, though I have a tiny fear. Partner knows I am not asking for the Q, so he knows I am asking for doubleton clubs. Would he picture my hand as Axxx AK AK Kxxxx and fire to 7S directly?
June 20
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It's new partnership, no discussion about 3D. From North's point of view, a heart game is out of question, the only question is whether there is a heart slam. 3H is not forcing. Between 3C and 3D, 3D serves a good help suit which might help partner in a future point to decide slam go or not.
June 17
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You didn't say what clubs they played. I would win the diamond in dummy, what card N plays? The general plan is a club to hand, 3 rounds of spades and discarding 3 hearts in dummy. Depending on what they return, my chance is either make 4 spades, 2 diamonds, 3 clubs, or 3 spades, 1 heart, 1 diamond, 4 clubs.
March 30
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A, K, Q, to K, what happens?
March 29
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If I can trust the opening lead showed 4+ spades, I would cash 3 rounds of spades and lead a heart to J. It it is lost, any card East returns would give me a trick. I will then explore the distributions of hearts and clubs before deciding how to play diamonds.
March 17
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