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Yes - but sadly I've forgotten the connection between them and my comment.
April 25
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Max: I was giving an example you wanted. No trump coup; entry close to 100% safe.
April 24
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My answers to the OP questions.

1) I finesse when I think it's the percentage play. Might also matter to me if J or 10 is played

2) I make the play I believe will be winning most often. I don't think about ‘bad habits’. (That thought might prevent me from PLAYING in a club game - but once I'm there….

3) Always consider your opponents. Who your opponent is(are) is part of the game.

Bonus question: Yes. I'm slightly more inclined to finesse in ‘club game mode’ if RHO plays the lowest spots.
April 24
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Kx, AKQ975, AKQ, AK facing Ax, 86, xxxx, xxxxx. Not 100% - but not far away.
April 24
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Lynn: “Wouldn't you hope that B and C are redundant?” That would be a forlorn hope. It would mean both that partner wanted to play the methods I preferred AND that I thought partner was up to it.
April 24
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Well, they would need to know partner didn't have stiff K or Q. Of course that's just an underttrick issue - the contract isn't going to make. OP specifies grand and an otherwise solid hand.
April 24
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“North's double means…”

That depends what you mean by “means”. Do you mean:

a) In Standard Bridge
b) What one usually plays
c) What one thinks is best
April 24
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Worth noting, I think, that even if they never falsecard from J10x it's not 2 to 1. It's more like 5 to 3, because the doubleton is a priori more likely.
April 24
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Non modo does 2 require 4-card , sed etiam you are not required to bid 2 with 4-card .
April 24
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I realize that. Which is why I said “if they ask…” I should have added that I understand that didn't happen in the OP case.
April 24
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With Zia, I'm playing his methods, not mine. So 3m is help suit GT. I will always alert it when Zia bids it - a place he likes to play poker. I'll probably never bid it.
April 24
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Michal: We played variable NT with differing responses. But I don't think of that as “two different systems”, whicH i'd think of more like Strong Club NV, 2/1 vul.

It so happens I'm playing with Zia in this year's Trials - but no WNT. (Just as we only played SNT in 2015 Seniors.)
April 24
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PH who bids 2 should never have 4-card support. So 6 bid doesn't make much sense.
Play: to 10 looks right. Can lose in various ways (example - LHO has QJx and 3-card ) but seems to be the best chance overall. The actual distribution - 4 hearts cashing - was a bit of a freak.
April 24
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Nichal: 3m is either a ST or an attempt to get to 3N with 5-4-2-2 hand. Science for slams. Once we find 8-card M fit, not much science for games.
April 24
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I've been trying to remember the hand that provoked this rule, and think I have finally done so.
The rule had been ‘after first round, no immediate alert above 3N. Instead post-alert’.

Levin-Weichsel, playing in the 90's had an auction where they ended up declaring. One opponent had made some 4-level bid. When next hand bid, the other opponent passed (or doubled?).

It turned out that the 4-level bid was KC, and the pass (or double) was a response to KC. Had declarer been aware of this, he would have msde his contract. So the rule got changed.

I think the original rule had not taken into account any actions by the non-declaring side - and that they would feel bound to say nothing till after the hand.

It's possible my memory is flawed (or just plain wrong). If so, I look forward to being set straight.

However, now I feel unsure abouth something. If I make a non-4N KC bid and there is interference, and partner makes a DOPI or DEPO response, am I now supposed to say something at once? The opponents may not be aware my bid was KC, and I guess my partner's ‘answer’ could affect their bidding decision?
April 24
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Ken R: That's an interesting definition which (perhaps surprisingly) I don't remember hearing before.
It would mostly not apply to me since, after 1M-2M my only game try (basically) is 3M.
There are certainly hands I would raise on where I know we are only getting to game if partner bids it.

My definition of what it takes to bid 2M is ‘if partner jumps to 4M, I don’t feel sick'. Alternatively, I call it 7+-10-.
April 24
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Opponents have all sort of agreements. I know one pair that plays double of slam always asks for a club (or a diamond if clubs is trump).
I don't think it's reasonable to assume anything about the asker - just because they asked this question. I do, however, think it's reasonable to assume something about the person who answered “Penalty”..
April 24
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Marty H: “The ”no alerts above 3NT“ (in ACBL) has an exception if the Opponents are still in the auction.”

It has an even bigger exception: it doesn't apply at all if screens are being used - and they were.
April 23
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Ed: “Takeout” to me is not a name (such as “Drury”). I think “takeout” is fine. If asked to elaborate, I would say something like (if I know this about my partner) ‘Shows at least opening values. If minimum, then normally support for all unbid suits.’
The exact wording is not too important - and is actually quite quite difficult for something this basic.
April 23
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Alan F: Maybe they “should” know - but if they ask, I think it's irrelevant. AS an extreme example, if the bidding goes 1(Dbl) everybody “should” know that it's TO. But if they actually ask what the double is, you should answer ‘Takeout’ (assuming you have better reason than your opponent to know this about your particular partner).
April 23
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