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Why aren't we given options for how to continue? You need to have firmly established follow up bidding guidelines in place.
May 19, 2013
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Would have opened this 1S and already had an idea partner's strength before they bid hearts on your right.
May 19, 2013
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East should raise to 2H with Kxx and 2 open suits. The East hand certainly looks like it is likely to work better for a suit contract, and raising to 2H does not eliminate the possibility of 3nt if responder has a balanced game force with stoppers.

West should rebid 2H also. There was recent discussion on this in another article; pass of 1nt with 5332 hands is on good 8 to bad 11. This does not qualify as good 8, hence rebid of 2H is correct.
May 19, 2013
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How can you possibly not show values with the West hand? You have an ace and are guaranteed to have at least one of your minor suit kings as valuable for partner. 4 controls is definitely worth showing values.
May 19, 2013
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Perhaps what the opponents really meant was, “We are too stupid to know how to play against your agreements”.
May 17, 2013
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The toughest bid to master in bridge is pass. This hand is a clear pass at all vul imps. Your partner is a passed hand, so it is almost 100% that your opponents have the values for game. It is true you may hit a home run if your partner has a nice spade fit and you can save over 4H. However, what is alot more likely is your deciding to bid on no values will telegraph for the opponents that they will get unusual breaks on the hand. This will likely lead to them finding an optimum line of play in their game contract.
May 14, 2013
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1S-2D-Pass-3D-Pass-Pass-3H-All Pass seems like the normal, correct auction. Opener's hand is a clear pass over 3D, Responder's hand is an absolutely clear 3H balance. Responder knows the hand is a 30 point deck with 4 small diamonds. Responder knows that opener has at most 1 diamond, yet did not take another call. Responder should expect the opener to hold a 6313, 6214, 5413, 5314, 5215 hand most of the time. The key point is that the opener is virtually 100% to have 2+ hearts, and the odds are very high opener has 3 or 4 hearts. Responder knows that the opponents have an 8 card diamond fit at least, knows that your side has a 7+ heart fit. On average, the combined trumps (i.e. number of combined hearts for you and partner + number of combined diamonds for the opponents) is about 16.6. Based on the law alone, we would expect that there are 17 tricks available between the 2 contracts. However, that number goes up when we factor in that you have zero HCP in their diamonds with 4 small. This increases the expected total tricks available for your side as you have no wastage.
May 13, 2013
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Playing a system that cannot show an INV hand in clubs when your partner opens 1D is tough. Even playing criss-cross, you can add the 1D-2H 4-way bid in events that will allow it. 1D-2H would be either:

1) strong JS in hearts
2) 11-12 nt
3) mixed raise in diamonds
4) INV JS in clubs
May 12, 2013
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This hand is not close to taking a call. Too many negatives about the auction to take another bid.
May 12, 2013
Leo Lasota edited this comment May 12, 2013
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2C is my lead as there are rare hands in which the lead of the Q clubs could be a 13th trick.
May 8, 2013
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General rule to follow when you hold a balanced hand with a 5 card major is pass 1nt with good 8 to bad 11 (i.e. just short of an INV hand) HCP. With bad 8 or less HCP, I will normally just rebid the major.

With unbalanced hands, almost always rebid the major.

This is adjusted if playing transfer responses over a non-forcing 1C where partner's 1C can be any weak nt hand without a 5 card major. Then, it will go 1C-P-transfer- and opener's second bid tells me the strength and number of cards they hold in the major.
May 6, 2013
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Opener has a hand closer to just bidding 4H than they do passing 2H. Passing 2H is never an option that would be considered.

Showing less than a 3 card LR with the responding hand would not be considered either, especially if you say that 1H-2H is not a constructive raise.

Both parties were way off with their valuation of their hand.
May 5, 2013
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Both parties are at fault for this auction. The responder has a clear 3 card limit raise. The opener clearly has enough to try for game opposite a single raise with a good 14 HCP + a singleton and great trumps.
May 4, 2013
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Not sure why West would ever take up the bidding room and choose 4C over 3C. Nevertheless, 4D can be played as kickback for clubs and 4S exclusion keycard. If West ever bids 4S exclusion and East responds to show 1 w/ (whatever response mechanism this pair uses), then West can find out about K diamonds also and easily bid 7C.
May 4, 2013
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I abstain as I would never have jumped to 2nt on an aceless 12 count last time. Normal 1nt we had on the previous round of bidding.
May 3, 2013
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Congratulations on going +120 on the hand and achieving a cold top. Do not read too much in terms of what the double dummy analysis says on a hand. As was evidenced on the actual hand by you bringing home 2nt, the opponents will frequently not play double dummy against you.


It is interesting on this hand that your partner chose to cuebid 2H, then passed your 2nt.
May 2, 2013
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April 30, 2013
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Is this a real question Polly, or did you get the auction or the hand mixed up?
April 30, 2013
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Yuan,

Suppose declarer holds 3352 shape with Qx clubs. Suppose also that partner has a slow card in spades (Jxx or 10xx with the Jxx in declarer's hand). In this case, you may need to win the tempo battle by setting up a club trick before declarer establishes the 13th spade in dummy for a club pitch.
April 28, 2013
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Low heart lead from me on this auction. Like chances that partner has the king and may be pivotal to get them on lead right away to lead a black suit through the declarer.
April 28, 2013
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