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Here's the link to the full deal: http://tinyurl.com/hmeh4en

NS can make 6 diamonds ironically, though getting to game even is kind of stretching it. 1 is down 5 or 6 depending on how declarer guesses the spades.

Lots of guesses on this one. I'm wondering based on the auction, game should be risked anyways. You know with the diamond fit, that declarer is likely tapped in trump in 1, going down probably at least 3 on an average day (given declarer is more likely to have the king of clubs, which he didn't on this deal making it easy to take 10 tricks off the top). If your side has to take 11 tricks for 4 to match par, I'm thinking you might as well bid 5 at matchpoints, if I'm confident on our diamond fit.

Sorry about posting this as a poll instead of as a bidding problem– I originally was going to make it an article of sorts, with a poll on page 1 and the hand on page 2. You can't publish 2 page polls on bridgewinners, so I was lazy and just kept the article as a general poll.

Joshua, Thomas, this hand was from a BBO instant tournament– my guess is it randomly is the same deal.
March 10
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Ok thanks– was curious if there was any sort of better line than Ace first. Had this combination at a local club game– and was down one due to KJx being held by LHO. Was wondering if there was better line then leading towards the Ace– obviously with there always being a line to limit losers to 1 double dummy.
March 9
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Yep. This is just a suit combination question.
March 9
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They should have the “Sound” box checked under preempts, as well as all boxes for all weak bids they also make with the same bid. 3/4 level preempts of this method aren't alerted. If mix both sound bids and weak bids into their 4-bids, by agreement, they better explain it when asked. This is why you should always ask about agreements.
March 7
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The 2 bid by style, tends to keep west out of the auction, unless she has a long suit or values. 2 is very likely going all pass if responder doesn't make a call (which is optimistically, a 6-0 fit on average). If both opener and west are maximums, 2 predicts to be a disaster. If they aren't, there's a fighting chance 2 (since is NF as you are a passed hand) or 3 is more makable. It's a strange style of preempts that not all are familiar with. I was curious if what the typical defense most people might try against it, but it seems based on my previous poll that most people were of the party “let's just pass and not get into any more trouble”, as is typical of these kind of auctions when they occur with standard preempts. This sort of makes this poll moot.

I was curious if anyone played NF runouts in a situation like this.
March 7
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Thanks for the thoughtful response Bryan. I really appreciate the great job you've done running the competition last year, as well at the two qualifiers this year. The data you've provided from the last two surveys is very useful. We'll definitely talk to Dan and Stephanie directly about this issue at some point– despite our circumstances we recognize any big change is likely moot this year. While we're going to keep fighting to work something out now, we'd like to work together with them to make it a non-issue next year.
March 6
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North's initial double is a little light but understandable when partner passed. South should certainly bid 1NT over 1. However, passing 1 double as penalty is just insane. So North wins the blame on this one.
March 3
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment March 3
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Yes 1NT is 10-12 HCPs. 1 is used for all 13+ balanced hands, similar to Polish Club.
March 1
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0-5 HCPs, typically 5+ clubs.
March 1
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I'm glad pass is the top call. This hand is from a bidding issue with the GIB robot on BBO. I've since reported the issue. The robot still took the bid by my hand (south's) as still showing the other suits, even after multiple doubles by the opponents. Needless to say it went badly. 5x makes beautifully while the auction:

2-x-4-p-p-5-x-6-x-6-x-7-X-all pass

Does not end well (-7) :-).
Feb. 28
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment Feb. 28
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Weak
Feb. 28
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Unless you play garbage stayman, partner will recognize the pass as having more-or-less exactly what south has. Defending 3 seems like the right move (though with the 1NT opening, North gives up his ability to double, unless south finds it, since it's marginal. Alas the woes of double-dummy analysis :-) ).
Feb. 27
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I think 1NT's creative but not completely wrong. I personally would open 1, and rebid 3. 2 is normal at MPs, 2NT is dreadful without a spade stop and nothing but a minimum. Following that, the double is just insane. South's hand is pretty nicely described with 2– these other actions just imply extras and spade strength that is non-existent.

3NT would be fine with the 10+, multiple spade controls South should be showing with the double.
Feb. 27
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment Feb. 27
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responders calls are basically standard (10+ HCPs, 5+ hearts over 1). 2NT is natural, usually a balanced minimum which is 13-16 HCPs. The 16 would have to be fairly bad (think like a bad doubleton heart and a KQJ stiff or something in another suit, lack of aces, etc).
Feb. 10
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Good point! Just added it to the poll options.
Feb. 9
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Seems like a mechanical error to me. The director should be called immediately, and should find out what east meant by 3S. My guess is 3S should just be corrected to pass, and the auction go on. In the strange case where East actually meant to bid spades, naturally it should be corrected to a sufficient bid (I don't really see a reason for N/S to let E get in at a level cheaper, unless you really think 10 4th is a stopper in 3NT), and now probably doubled, unless partner says otherwise.
Feb. 4
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment Feb. 4
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2 spades seems like a perfect call given west is a past hand. And East should raise. Honestly, who is to blame for missing a 22 point game, when neither partner has opening strength?
Jan. 30
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I doubt many people, but it was a choice made before the current bid. Just covering all scenarios.
Jan. 22
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I'm curious what approach people find as best. Hopefully, people will vote according to what they think that is!
Jan. 21
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I'd prefer to just become dummy and keep the strong hand hidden. Forbidding the lead of a diamond might be more of an advantage, but we still don't know what partner raised on. Let the opponents guess and lead around to partner's strength.
Jan. 19
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