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If I had doubled 1, it goes (P)-P-(1)-dbl-(P)-2-(3)-P-(P)-and partner would need to decide to double and I would pick 3 and play it there. Partner may choose some other call on that auction.

Bottom line is that my choice to pass then dbl resulted in us landing in comfortable 2 contract and getting a cold top.
Nov. 16, 2018
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Wrong on needing incorrect opening lead; the hand is cold for 8 tricks in nt; always makes exactly 9 tricks in ( K lead to bare ace; back to ace, cash , ruff first 4 tricks)
Nov. 16, 2018
Leo Lasota edited this comment Nov. 16, 2018
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Partner chose 3 with this hand, and the auction continued:

1-(2)-3-(4)-5-(P)-P-(dbl)-All Pass.

I went down 2 for -500 and a zero on the hand.

I held:

AKJ10
void
J98xxx
98x

There were 2 hands that I held 9 HCP, with 64 shape, spot cards and all of my points in my suits so I opened.

I bid one more with a void on this hand, as I had 6 and a strong playing strength hand.

I would prefer that partner started with dbl to announce a good 9+ HCP and defense for at least 1 of the majors.

The opponents would have gone down at least 1 in 4 doubled (likely down 2).

North held:

xx
AQJ
Kxx
AQ10xx
Nov. 15, 2018
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While making an initial takeout double with this hand would have been reasonable and I expect many would have done so, I did not because:

1) we were at unfavorable vulnerability, and I would not feel confident if partner competed to say 3

2) we may still get a chance to come back into the auction if appropriate

I made the 2nd rd double here, and partner rebid 2 and played it there.

Partner scored 10 tricks for +170 for a cold top; if the opponents had defended perfectly, they could have held partner to 9 trick for +140 and an average+.

Partner held:

KJxx
9xxx
Kx
QJ9
Nov. 15, 2018
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Most would agree that this hand was worth at least forcing to a small slam.

I felt that I only had 2 options on this hand:

1) bid 2nt (naturalish, forcing, no fit)
2) raise and take control

I did not like 2nt because partner may be caught in a bind on what to rebid. As was mentioned by some others, we know that partner does not have a balanced hand with 5 when they rebid 2, because they would have just rebid 2nt with 22-bad 24 with 5 if they were 5332; rebid kokish 2, followed by 2nt to show the GF balanced hand with a good 24+.

I chose to take a slightly aggressive view of my hand. Even though it is just 11 HCP, it is an 11 count with plenty of potential (4 controls, a 5 card suit that could be a source of tricks in nt or pitches if we end up in a suit contract).

The uncontested auction went:

2-2
2-3
4-4nt
5 (3 keycards for )-5 (queen ask)
5 (queen , plus K; may have king or also)
6 (asking specifically for 2nd rd control)

Partner is supposed to bid 6 without 1st or 2nd rd control; re-cuebid 7 with the K ; bid something else with singleton/void in ).

Partner's hand was:

AKQxx
K10xx
AQJ
K

Partner rebid 7 and I passed and partner went down 2 with a 51 trumps break, so we scored a 0.

Partner was supposed to bid 7nt with the K , and this makes as 2 of 4 things work on the hand:

1) K was onside
2) Qxx was in front of my AJx

The hand had other possibilities for 7nt ( splitting 33; coming down J10x, etc..).

This was not a great grand slam, but it certainly would not be the worst grand slam that we have ever been in.

-100 was a 0; +1520 would have been a tie for a top.
Nov. 15, 2018
Leo Lasota edited this comment Nov. 16, 2018
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I chose to rebid 1nt with the hand, and the auction went:

(P)-1-(1)-dbl-(P)-1nt-(P)-2nt-All Pass

Partner held:

9xx
AQx
Kxx
Q10xx

The 1 bidder held:

KQxxx
xxxx
AQx
x

The opponents were cold for 4 on the hand. However, partner's negative double combined with my 1nt boxed them out from finding their fit.

The opponent led K, and it went low-Ace-low. RHO switched to J-low-low-low. RHO continued to their partner's ace, and they continued a 3rd round of . I cashed all 6 , keeping 2 & A in dummy, playing the overcaller to be 5431 based on the play. I scored a 9th trick for +150 and a cold top. However, the hand was cold for 8 tricks in nt and +120 would have been a cold top anyway since the best score for our side was +110.
Nov. 15, 2018
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Partner chose to balance with a takeout double with this hand. I liked the takeout double more than many others seemed to feel.

The big negatives to a takeout double are:

1) the hand is about the worst 10 count you could hold for even considering balancing with a double (no controls; 2 of the points are the Qx of their suit)

2) you may go for the dreaded -200 at mps, or on a really bad day -500 or so if doubled.

The positives to doubling are:

1) they may be cold for 8+ tricks in (likely looking at this hand), and partner may be able to make something or get out for -100 our way

2) the fact that we have 10 HCP reduces the chances that the opponents will double us

3) partner may have a solid 14ish hand with 4 or 5 good and we take them for a big # in 2 dbled.

The auction went:

P-(2)-P-(P)-dbl-(P)-3-All Pass.

I held:

xxx
A98x
Kxx
K52

The 2 bidder held:

AKJxxx
x
xxxx
xx

I played it carefully for down 1, losing 2 and one of everything else. -100 was a cold top on the board.
Nov. 15, 2018
Leo Lasota edited this comment Nov. 15, 2018
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I chose to bid 3 with the hand. I considered 3 (which partner would have interpreted as a good raise in ). However, partner would likely expect something like 8-11 HCP with 3 or 4 trumps for that bid. Even though I have 5 card support, I downgraded for the flat distribution. Also, 2 of my 7 points are Qx, so it was a questionable 7 points.

The auction went all pass and partner played 3 making 4 for an average board. Partner had a perfecto fitting hand:

Kxx
AK10xx (with Qxx in front of partner's AK)
KJx
xx
Nov. 15, 2018
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Exactly my point that if we bid 3 initially, opener does not get to “show their hand” below 3, and this takes up a lot of room.

With some of my partners (just not the one that this hand came up with), I play that over the auction 2-2-2,

2nt or 3 = , GF values, while the other bid shows the 2nd negative

3, 3, 3 all natural, GF + (3 just sets partner's suit as trumps).
Nov. 12, 2018
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Peg, I understand that it is very frustrating when this happens against you. When someone does something like that, you can tell yourself that the opponent(s) know that they need an unfair advantage to have any chance against you.
Nov. 4, 2018
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It is great that you both are physically active and work out a lot.

How much of an advantage (if any) do you believe this gives you when you compete in high level bridge competitions?
Nov. 3, 2018
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How about East should have doubled 2 and West would have bid 3???
Oct. 29, 2018
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What was 2 (preemptive)? If 3 directly would have been preemptive, I would have made that call on the 1st round of bidding.
Oct. 28, 2018
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What in the world was 4 from partner?
Oct. 16, 2018
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You play 15-17 nt; you had an easy 1nt last time.
Oct. 1, 2018
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Since the opener showed a GF balanced hand when they rebid 2nt, why would you play 4 as showing a max?

4 there should be a minimum with a fit.
Sept. 29, 2018
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This hand was not worth bidding the 1st time, especially at all vul. If we have a vul game in the cards, partner must have a huge hand and we can find it later after we pass initially.
Sept. 27, 2018
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“better choice”: not necessarily

This is MPs and 1nt had a lot going for it:
1) if we end up declaring some # of nt, we score well if we manage to take as many tricks in nt than in
2) this gives partner a pretty good understanding by showing the weak nt values and stopper(s) in
3) opponents may have a hard time getting the defense right against nt, since they have every reason to believe that I have < 4 .

On the actual hand, we would have scored very well if it had gone all pass after my 1nt bid. The hand will score at least 120 in nt, unless the 1 overcaller finds a lead (the suit that I opened) from 5 small.
Sept. 24, 2018
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What happened to 1 last time? This hand is too strong for a white all 4 opening bid.
Sept. 21, 2018
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Do you play weak nts? If you play strong nts, you would have already described your hand by opening 1nt.
Sept. 15, 2018
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