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Good point. As it turns out the diamond lead shoots it two.
Feb. 8, 2017
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It's what I bid last night on a very similar auction on the same hand.
Feb. 2, 2017
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As one might expect declarer to have a spade void (although on this hand they don't as it turns out 1nt was opened with a singleton spade) I don't look to have any defensive tricks unless partner open leads his ace of diamonds, so the wimpy pass for me. They might have 6h on. I made the same pass on this hand with the auction 1d-1s-2h-4s-/-/4nt-/-5h-///
Feb. 2, 2017
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Why is he allowed to open weak with both majors in 4th seat and I am not?
Aug. 10, 2016
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Did not notice that I was in 4th seat. Put me down for pass playing in my partnership as partner is limited to 8 points playing mini nt. Playing standard, it probably depends on what the opponents are playing.
Aug. 10, 2016
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looks likes a perfect hand for a donkey 2 hearts (at least 4/4 in the majors)
Aug. 10, 2016
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It has to be better to play two short matches as you only need to win one of the two matches to advance whereas in a single long match you must both win at least one half of the match and be ahead on the aggregate of the two halves.
July 27, 2016
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Michal
Surely Graham made you appeal this!
I would have paid money to see his face though. He must have been apoplectic.
Would like to know the result of the appeal, if any.
Mark
Feb. 19, 2016
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Ron you have misread David's post. He suggests teams of four (who presumably don't detest each other), with the winning team choosing a third pair from the other semi-finalists (who presumably they also do not detest).
This is a variation of the South Australian selection trials, where a butler pairs event is held with the top pair qualifying for the team and the second ranked pair choosing teammates from the 3rd, 4th and 5th ranked pairs to play off for the remaining two places in the team. For the US trials, David's suggested method would clearly be superior of course.

BTW Congrats to the Fireman team on a well deserved win.
May 19, 2015
Mark Jappe edited this comment May 19, 2015
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While I will leave the analysis of the bidding to those better qualified to respond, I applaud you for having the courage to raise a potential error by a much better player. If nothing else, your post has generated responses that are both interesting and informative.

May 18, 2015
Mark Jappe edited this comment May 18, 2015
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An interesting hand evaluation problem. While having declarer's values sitting over the opener is nice, the likely lack of entries to dummy largely negates this. Pass seems right unless vulnerable at imps.
April 13, 2015
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Hard to understand why a trump was not led by the defence. Is a stand out imho on the auction. Contrary to the assertion, your holdings don't indicate a need for quick tricks. Not easy to make 10 tricks on repeated spade leads.
Jan. 31, 2015
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8 - 12 does not make a lot of sense in 4th seat with respect. It is hard to imagine 3 hands passing with 10 or 11 points and cards in the majors. 10 - 14 or 11 - 14 would seem to make more sense given 8 - 9 is almost impossible.
Jan. 9, 2015
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He was. He had void, A10843, j, 10987432
I bid 5H, was doubled and he went for 1400. This was in the PABF championships in 1998. I came across the bulletin from this event by accident yesterday and thought I would revisit the hand where I was criticised for bidding 5h. I thought I was wrong at the time, but in hindsight am not so sure and would probably bid 5H again.
Oct. 30, 2014
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Greg H noted :“This is not fool-proof either; I know I've been given grief for taking “too long” at trick one to decide how I will play over possible developments, declarer assuming that I must have some sort of immediate ‘problem’ to justify the duration of thought”

In this situation I just play my card face down and decline to turn it over until I have finished planning my defence. In this way declarer is not fooled into thinking that I am thinking about trick one and I can reduce the need to tank later.

It also serves as a tacit reminder to declarer about the dubious ethics of playing from dummy quickly on trick one.
Sept. 19, 2014
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With the opponents likely to have a singleton or void in hearts and partner being a passed hand, where are our 4 defensive tricks coming from? South has 1.5 defensive tricks opposite a passed hand. Surely we can trust that partner had a good reason to splinter and bid 5H.

Playing precision, partner can bid 4h on a very wide variety of hands, so the splinter must show a more offensive and less defensive hand than a direct 4H.
Aug. 7, 2014
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