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Playing in the finals of the Jacoby Swiss teams several years ago the bidding went pass by my LHO, slight hesitation by partner-pass-1NT BY NON-VUL RHO, with 15HCPs and a flat hand I passed. LHO now bid 3 NT. What would you do knowing that RHO an expert on an Int'l team had almost surely pschyed ( they were down six, RHO had 5 HCPs). I passed because I felt that the hesitation by my partner was UI.
Sept. 22, 2016
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How can the person with 9 HCPs and a 5-card minor suit pass???
Sept. 14, 2016
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How about psyching 1NT with less than 5pts in 3rd seat? LHO has 15 HCPS and is playing modified DON'T over strong NTs. Also his partner had 9 HCPs and a 5 -card suit and passed??
Sept. 12, 2016
Marion Gebhardt edited this comment Sept. 12, 2016
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The director is new so I didn't make a big deal about it at the table, but did speak to the director privately away from the table.
Sept. 11, 2016
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I asked a retired National Director about this ruling. He said he would have ruled that the King was played (three people at the table heard King). Also that the ruling was incorrect. He was emphatic that once the card was detached, its position was not relevant to whether it was played or not. He said that “Ten” doesn't sound like “King”, but that maybe declarer was thinking whether to play the King and inadvertently called “King”.
Sept. 10, 2016
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Sept. 8, 2016
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SpadesXX-HeartsQXXX-DiasAQ10XX-ClubsXX
Aug. 24, 2016
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I agree the heart lead might cost a trick but not the contract. In this case the spade lead allows the contract to make. Thanks.
Aug. 23, 2016
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My question is what does the Expert Community think? At the table I was worried that after the double of 6 NT partner would lead a spade (1st bid suit by dummy.
Aug. 22, 2016
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3C was meant as new minor asking about spade support. North with KQJ of spades either didn't not recognize it as such or chose to ignore. 4NT response to 4C SUPPOSEDLY SHOWED 3 Aces. 5H response to 5C showed one king??
Aug. 22, 2016
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Yes, I like XYZ, but the person I was playing with only plays NMF and instead of biding 2 Clubs on this hand bid 3 Hearts which I raised to game. My partner swore that all her other partners would bid 3 Hearts with this hand even though they all play NMF???? I asked one about the hand and he promptly responded 2 Clubs. My objective was to see what most people think 3 Hearts shows versus 2 Clubs followed by a bid of 2 or 3 Hearts as required by partners response.

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July 26, 2016
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2C would be NMF,so the questions are: what would a jump to 3 H's show; 2C followed by 3H over opener's response? I think a direct jump to 3 Hearts should show a game force hand with 5-5 (purish) in the majors and a delayed bid of 3H should be an invitational hand as you could just bid 2H over a 2D response to a 2C NMF bid. Any comments?
July 8, 2016
Marion Gebhardt edited this comment July 9, 2016
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Pass is demonstrably suggested by the alert over 4C….so again - you are using UI. There was no alert over 4-clubs?? only 2NT. At the table with RHO's intense interest in 3 Clubs, I was convinced he must be looking at 5 CLUBS. His partner was certainly convinced that he had clubs by the way she defended. Without a side entry no competent defender would lead out the AK of a 5 card suit.
June 3, 2016
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You seem to want to ignore the fact that pass was a reasonable alternative.
June 2, 2016
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Send me the “Law” that says I must drive this hand to 5 Clubs.
June 2, 2016
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So I am supposed to stick my head in the sand, particularly after RHO's action.
June 2, 2016
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So what bid do you suggest with my hand since partner cannot have a strong hand with 5-5 in the black suits as we play Leaping Michaels. I could understand an argument that pass after 3 clubs (without the alert) by partner was a logical alternative. You and others were so focused on a raise to 4 Clubs, driving the hand to 5 Clubs, that you forgot to consider the LA. The director never asked about our agreement regarding Leaping Michaels nor did he give this info to those polled. If the director had ruled that 3 Clubs was a LA and given us a result of down one there would have been no further discussion.
June 2, 2016
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I related earlier that I once told a lady, who was scared to death of her husband (partner), to pick up a dropped card that would have allowed me to make an impossible contract. The lady thanked me, but my partner was upset that I did this.
June 2, 2016
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Calling this a major UI infraction seems a little farfetched. A few people responding felt that 3nt was a reasonable bid, particularly with RHO'S interest in the 3 Club bid. As John Holmes said, calling the director to ask for an undeserved result, “is despicable”
June 2, 2016
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I have asked numerous players whether they would ask for a score adjustment. The response was almost universal,“No”. I for one do not want to play against people that game the system and I have seen people quit the game after being subjected to this kind of ruling. Several people on this forum commented that 3NT OR 4 Clubs were reasonable responses. The PRO could see that 3NT was a contract that his partners would be in, probably making, so he had nothing to lose by asking for an adjustment. The pro also knew the match was close and could swing on this board. Again, the mentality of win at any cost. If that is what it takes to win, I don't want any part of it.
June 1, 2016
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