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Andy (and Kit):

Going back to your line: let's say East wins second club with K and returns a spade, you win K and cash clubs and hearts finding East with 2-2 in pointed suits. He pitches 3 spades.
Don't you need to guess now if East started with Axxxx, Kx, QJ9x, Kx (when you need to play a spade) or 6-2-3-2 (when you need to play to K and a spade)?
March 1, 2015
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Wei-Bung: Can't declarer just cross to K and lead a second spade making 3 club tricks and 2 in every other suit?
March 1, 2015
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I believe Kit's line basically only fails against one specific hand - stiff J in West AND 1-5-2-5 shape AND perfect defense. It didn't depend on other assumptions either.
Whereas your line fails against Jx and more than one shape.

By the way, I'm not understanding your comment above: “If West shows out on the second round”, (of diamonds) “I go up king and take the club finesse scoring 4 clubs, 2 diamonds, 2 hearts and a spade”.

I'm missing how you take 4 club tricks here…
March 1, 2015
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Sartaj: I watched Michel Lebel make that last play on ‘live’ Vugraph many, many years ago (unfortunately I don't remember where). It was a real eye-opener for me that he could make this play in perfect tempo, while I had not thought of it looking at all four hands…
Feb. 28, 2015
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Or even Kit's original line, which was only very slightly inferior to Andy Bowles' solution
Feb. 28, 2015
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Stefan: I must be missing something. What if East has a more prosaic Axxxx, Kx, Qxx, Kxx? Now when you “win the heart return, cash the diamond ace and lead a low diamond”, West follows with the jack, and you….?
Feb. 28, 2015
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Todd: It applies when the defender feels, due to lack of entries, he cannot set up the led suit, but he wants to ‘steal’ a trick. So if trick 1 went J, low, low, Q and you later got in and played the K, declarer would duck with AQx. Now, having ‘stolen’ that trick, you can switch to another suit.
Whereas if you played K at trick 1, declarer might decide to win trick 2 to your disadvantage.
To make this play, you have to be sure partner has not led from AJ10, and that he he does not have 2 entries to go with his jack-high suit.
Feb. 28, 2015
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I believe Emmanuel Lasker is given credit for that quote
Feb. 28, 2015
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Stefan: I was replying to Andy Bowles comment above. But I think I was incorrect, assuming East would not open Axxxx, Kx, QJ9x, xx as Andy pointed out.
Feb. 28, 2015
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I think you are correct Andy. So if we believe East would not open the hand you gave, your J play looks best; unless Kit (or someone else) can come up with a refutation.
Feb. 28, 2015
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Stefan: I was paying attention. I merely worried that some might read your comment as suggesting that K at trick two was the correct play.
Feb. 28, 2015
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Stefan: “What is East going to do?”

He is going to win his ace and return a spade to his partner's Jx. I think Kit's line is better, basically losing only to LHO having 1-5-2-5 with stiff J.
Feb. 28, 2015
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That was my first thought too. An expert knows the principle of playing K from Kxx and LOW FROM Kx here. I've made both those plays, and have had one made against me (K from Kxx). I've never seen a declarer play for it. When I didn't, it was against Louk Verhees, though I don't remember the hand.
Feb. 28, 2015
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True, but if WEST has the K, I think you will be left in the same position as Kit is - trying to guess if East opened A76532, Kx, QJx, xx or AJxxx, Kx, QJ9x, xx.
Feb. 28, 2015
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Debbie: I was presuming that partner's most likely shape was 4-2-1-6 with LHO 6-6 in the reds and RHO either 6-2-2-3 or 5-2-2-4.
I thought partner needed 6-card and a red singleton to have any justification for bidding beyond 3N, and that RHO would likely have raised with 3-card - which was why I thought 4-2-1-6 more likely than 4-1-2-6.
Consequently, in my visualization of how the play would go, I thought the spots were crucial.

As for LHO possibly being 6-5, I think you are correct in practice. But I wanted to impress upon the juniors who were reading this that to bid at the 4-level at unfavorable against opponents who clearly have more than half the deck (perhaps quite a bit more) that they ‘should’ be 6-6 in ‘real’ bridge.
The 4 bidder needs to believe they might have a game. There is not much about your hand (with no diamond spots) that argues against this possibility.
Your major suit holdings are pretty bad. You have the wasted K (and possibly A). Apart from K, the only good defensive feature (pointed out by Barry) is having only 3-card . That's not enough to sway me into doubling my sane vulnerable opponent - though with the newly discovered spots I'd think it reasonable.
Feb. 26, 2015
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Rainer: On a heart shift:

I think if West has 6-card and stiff , His having Hx now means there is no squeeze. East has a doubleton heart. Given my “if” above, you need East to be 3-Qxx, KQxxx, xx or 3-Qxxx, KQxx-2 for the squeeze to operate - but you might need to guess which.

But if you play for the Vienna Coup, you remove the guess. I think that's what Jim meant - perhaps I'm mistaken.
Feb. 26, 2015
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If I had K1092 I would certainly have doubled. Now that you've owned up to your true holding of K986, I can tell you I would have doubled with that also - unless I thought of my opponents as being ‘sound’.
Feb. 25, 2015
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If doubling this is right, I'm going to beat this team anyway. With my lack of spots, I have no reason to think I can beat 4. They might even make 5.
Feb. 25, 2015
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Thanks. I play over a CONTROL bid that any bid shows control and redouble shows the Q. But over a KC ask I would hitherto only pass/bid to show no control/control - I would never redouble.
Your wrinkle is a clear improvement - replier only redoubles when sure that losing the step is irrelevant.
Feb. 21, 2015
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So if you DO redouble, what becomes the KC agreement? Next non-to-play step by asker?
Feb. 21, 2015
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