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While the 3S call does risk running into a junk Stayman poor hand, its a reasonable risk to take that partner does not have that. And while I, like Richard Fleet, would not open 1NT with that particular hand, there are many other hands with 5 spades and near maximal values where I would.
an hour ago
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I would try to cash diamond quack before club ace and ruff, orherwise as crossruff lines.
12 hours ago
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Thanks Craig. Your analysis was right on the money and I appreciate being educated in an area I have not had much exposure to. Playing with a friend and mentee I could not be sure how “disciplined” he was, and though I wanted to bid 3D I thought it as likely that he held only 4 diamonds and hoped for a 2Nd heart so based on the huge suit quality disparityI bid 3H. In fact he held QTxx Q KQ9xx JTx. UltimAtely 3H (and 3D) needed the spade Jack onside although 3D had other chances. And as you predicted 3CX would fail by 1-2 tricks. I really didn’t consider Pass although I should have, and next time will rely on my instincts ( to bid 3D). At the local sectional I asked a couple of experts and they did prefer 3D.
14 hours ago
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David Yates (and others) are correct. My 10 second analysis after a long day was wrong. The only advantage to a club is that you go down at trick 13 (or thereabouts) instead of trick 4 when diamonds are wrong (QJxx/xx). :). My wife always backs into a parking spot (more work than pulling in, delayed gratification, so you don’t have to worry about who is behind you when backing out.) Ducking the club is the opposite—-delaying the pain as long as possible!:)
Nov. 11
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As I mentioned in a subsequent post, this posting was an error, the hearts should have been QJx not KQx. With the hand above I would personally upgrade to a 20-21 2NT. :)
Nov. 9
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A spade club squeeze seems unlikely, so I would probably duck a club and hope for something lucky later.
Nov. 9
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It’s not clear to me whether winning DK or ducking to DA at T1 is better for the endplay. You are certainly going to finesse hearts and try to ruff clubs in hand, and if East has QT953 as expected, you need to maintain DJ. You don’t want East pitching a heart on 3Rd club if he is 3352, so finessing hearts early seems a plus. It’s hard to see how you can avoid losing 2 spades along with 1C and at least 2 diamonds.
Nov. 8
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I stand corrected. Forgot about location of red jack. Unlucky for you. Apparently our field didn’t like leading singletons, perhaps preferring spade ace, as majority made 12 tricks ( mostly in game).
Nov. 8
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Mike: If the diamond finesse is off and you rise ace, you cannot pull 3 rounds of trumps when queen is stiff since you need 4 rounds of clubs to pitch a diamond. A good slam will require 4 controls (HK, DK, CA) and the heart queen or a 6th heart. And if you are missing the heart jack the heart play drops to 46% (5/6 of 2-2 plus 1/4 of 3-1)
Nov. 7
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Best bid in bridge (Fit Showing jump by advancer) if you can get partner to agree.
Nov. 7
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Mike: I think if you simply bash to slam using RKC you are going to get to a lot of bad slams, given opening standards nowadays. Consider x K9xxx AJx AJxx, a sound opener with 5 controls, Picking up the heart suit is about 46%. I would push towards slam with my hand but not insist on it.
Nov. 7
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The Common Game reveals all. Partner held — KQJxx KQxx xxxx, shapely trash, so slam is not great even with 2-2 trumps, and would fail. However, LHO, having failed to bid 3H Michaels over my 2NT, chose to bid 4S over my 4D. We would up defending 5SX for 800. A crazy hand.
Nov. 7
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Thanks Steve. Never heard of “rule of 26” as so clarified. I like it. Don't play last train.
Nov. 7
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Yes, standard is spade shortage. Obviously the spade king is now bad, but I did say “with something in reserve” so clear extra values and still interested in slam. With Jxxx spades slam would likely be near cold opposite trash.
Nov. 7
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Groucho was supposed to be a strong player.
Nov. 7
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Humphrey Bogart was an expert chess player who spent a lot of time at NY Chess and Checker Club (42nd street between 7th and 8th Avenue, long defunct). Many great and famous bridge players supported their families in the 30s and 40s by playing money bridge over there.
Nov. 7
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Good one, but see below!
Nov. 7
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At the local club a few years ago I played 4S with AJ9xx. Oppos. KTxx. The opponents took the first 3 tricks with RHO on lead to give LHO an obvious ruff. I had to decide between playing LHO for Queen and ruffing high with finesse, or playing RHO for Queen and ruffing low with finesse of RHO. TMALSS: I ruffed low and LHO discarded. Then I finessed RHO for Queen and lost finesse to LHO. When I asked the B/C-level octogenarian why she didn’t overruff earlier for the setting trick, her response Was “I’m not that good.” Is it a Grosvenor if it is unintentional?
Nov. 7
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I have seen cases where dropping the King from KJ was absolutely correct and only way to beat the contract. I’ve been waiting partiently also, but that time I was a kibitzer. I don’t consider that a Grosvenor.
Nov. 7
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How about Twisted Swine ( see Jeff Goldsmith’s website). Handles ability to play 1NTXX.
Nov. 7
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