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I can't think of better than pull trumps in 3 pitching spades, AK of hearts ruff a heart, and duck a spade if they don't split. I then get home if North had a stiff club and can't break up the threatened squeeze.
June 23, 2013
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On the 3NT hand with KQJxx, I think the 4 is the normal lead. With declarer marked with length, partner has to show up with either the 10 or ace for the suit to run, and leading high often blocks the suit.
May 6, 2013
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I could be confused as to what you're saying here but I think restricted choice applies the opposite, that is, I think you should hook twice. This should be identical to the case where you hold AK10x opposite xxxxx and should hook if you see an honor drop.

Another way to think about it is that 2 hooks picks up 3-1 with stiff Q or stiff K, while losing to KQ doubleton off. Hook and drop beats KQ doubleton off while losing to both stiff Q and stiff K. Lefty having stiff Q OR stiff K is just under twice as likely as lefty holding KQ tight, so 2 hooks is superior.

That said, the encyclopedia says I'm wrong, so I could very well be off and if so I'd love to know where.
Feb. 22, 2013
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I think the answer to this question depends somewhat on what it would have meant if we doubled the 2 transfer earlier. If one of doubling 2 or 2 is penalty for hearts, the other could show a desire to compete. If doubling 2 would have shown diamonds, this is a more difficult question.
Dec. 31, 2012
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This whole auction is strange to me. Partner has a penalty double when I hold Qx in their trumps and RHO just jumped the bidding.
Sept. 28, 2012
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By “textbook” I was not trying to demean those who wouldn't X. I just think that's the most normal response. I definitely see the merit in bidding spades first. I'm not sure I understand the argument for a heart bid here. 3 tends to set trump when I do not know which strain is best, and if I respond 2, after 3D-P-P i have a nasty bidding problem.

For me, the weakness of my majors gives me a serious worry about playing in a 7 card fit at MPs.
Sept. 26, 2012
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Ending up in the wrong major suit likely costs as much or more than the advantages of rightsiding. I think this fairly textbook TBH.
Sept. 26, 2012
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Good point.
May 2, 2012
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If declarer leads the ten at trick 5, Levi covers and Granny unblocks the King under the ace. When declarer leads low to dummy, she unblocks her nine, and Levi must take the third spade with the eight.
May 1, 2012
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