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I ‘m not understanding how the 8 gets set up in yoyr example.

The ’normal' example given is declarer has Q9x while partner has J10x.
It is for this reason that many (most?) expert pairs who play UD attitude still play ‘right-side-up’ attitude on the A lead.
Nov. 23
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“I know the correct way to play the diamond suit in isolation is K then A then low to dummy.”

Actually, with plenty of entries, the correct play for FIVE tricks is ace then low to the king. For four tricks WITHOUT LOSING ONE, king first is correct.
Nov. 23
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Exactly. The more relevant thing to be discussing is not whether the return of the deuce shows 4 or 5 - it's which card should be returned to unblock the suit.

The bidding on the OP was so weird that the defense on the actual hand is not as important as these two (separate) discussions.
Nov. 23
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Peter F: “if the opponents bid badly enough, it is very difficult to defend the contract they finally reach ”

Like.

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“West knew that something was afoot. Why did partner, with very few points lead a when declarer allegedly had strong/long . Answer: Partner probably had 5 decent and hoped to hit West with one biggish ”.

Not really a valid “answer”. Partner rates to have 3-card . There is no reason he could not be 3-4-2-4 or even 3-4-3-3.
And your stopper assumption is backwards. Declarer, bidding semi-normally, rates to have CLUBS well stopped - he could bid 3 with club worry.
It takes special methods to ‘solve’ this auction - so it is hearts that ratre to be weaker.
So partner might even be 3-3-3-4.

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“I know declarer might false card from J, 10, 9, but it is amazing how often they do not. They simply play their lowest card.”

My experience is different. Experts usually play the highest, and non-experts often play the highest.

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“Some days it simply doesn't pay to get out of bed.”

It usually doesn't pay to stay IN bed on those days either.
Nov. 23
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Imtiaz: I didn't understand a lot of what you said.
But the only way that a declarer with Axx is going to pick up this suit is if he is a novice wuth no understanding of percentages, or if he has seen the West hand, the East hand, or a hand record.
Double-dummy, declare can make 5 tricks. Single dummy, he won't (and has only 3 tricks without losing the lead.
Nov. 23
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Kit: It seems silly to give your answer and and not point out that then there is a problem when non-leader has A982.
Nov. 23
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“Partner has to have the Qxx(x) and A, in order for it to be correct to duck the heart return”

He doesn't need both. Declarer could have Kx, J10xx, Axx, AKxx - or other hands.

Declarer does not rate to have 3-card . And your stiff may portend a bad break there.
Nov. 22
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Switching to a club is double dummy. There is zero reason to think spades are good and pretty good reason to think they're not.
Declarer's hand could easily be Jx, J10x, AJxx, AKQx. Or KJ, J10xx, Axx, KQJx. Or many other hands..

I think the only reasonable defenses are for East to try to cash hearts (playing partner to be unblocking) or duck the heart.
Nov. 22
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They can have an absolute game force - you can have an absolute grand slam…
Nov. 22
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So what would you do with my xxxxx, AKJx, AKJx, — example?
Nov. 22
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Paul F: “Discussing this item with my partner is about 47,563 on the list.”

That's the point of default agreements - to cover stuff (obscure or otherwise) without needing to discuss the particulars.

I think it's amazing how many experts don't eem to have figured that out.
Nov. 22
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That is my default agreement. I think it's a good one.
Nov. 21
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Mike M: “And the frequency of that?”

I have no idea. You said “Lead directing for if they bid 3NT, what else?”
I answered your question.

I guess you did not say what you meant to say.
Nov. 21
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How about xxxxx, AKJx, AKJx —? Partner having x, Qx, 10xxxxx, xxxx. You have a cold slam on normal breaks. Pity YOU couldn't get in the bidding.
Nov. 21
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A personal experience of thia rare auction rates to be maybe once, at most twice. So how can anybody possibly know how “most people” play it?
Nov. 21
ATB
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Ok. But it doesn't really translate to the OP auction. For example, your 3 bid that shows and stoppers is not needed - responder already showed a stopper.
Nov. 20
ATB
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Do you mean you play this in general, or on the OP auction?
Nov. 20
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Bart: 1) There was one hand I solved really fast - because I'd seen the theme before. Something like KQ87x of trumps facing AJ9x and you lead low from dummy to to the 8 when RHO shows out. Of course, this means that my beating you on time might not have been fair - the hands were supposed to be ‘new’.

2) Have you researched who is right - this article or me? The article says we each got 9 hands completely right - I thought 8. And the article says you made three ‘errors’ while I made 4. While I thought I made 6 ‘errors’ and you made 5.
Nov. 19
ATB
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Yes - I think it was called
“Untangling 3
Nov. 19
ATB
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Kevin R: Agreed. But then uou need some artificial bids. Just as, over 1-1M, 3 moat would play 3oM as naturalish, but the percentages say to play it as showing values.
Nov. 19
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