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But the end position is cool!
Jan. 16
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Yes, hold onto that K and the squeeze is not there!
Jan. 15
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If standard carding, let's give partner K74. West does not have KQT AJ9532 Q AKx, because with that holding the K lets the contract thru (after a low D at trick 5, North will be squeezed in the black suits; South will be squeezed in the minors)–CoC stated that the K does not matter.

Therefore it must be UDCA; partner has 74. Let's give declarer KQT AJ9532 KQ Ax. Now it takes a club shift at trick 5 to set the contract.

What am I missing?

In any event I'm leading a low (asuming standard carding).

By the way, why is partner leading away from an honor in instead of leading my s?
Jan. 15
Neal Smith edited this comment Jan. 15
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I don't know what the correct ruling would be, but I would point out that the only non-alertable 3 (in ACBL land) would be a strong jump shift. Did South really think North could have a takeout X when East opened and West had a strong jump shift, given he is looking at 9 HCP? So I think South had enough information to conclude that the bid should have been alerted; therefore he should have asked. Does he forfeit his rights by not asking? No, but…
Jan. 15
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Jan. 13
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“If East were not a passed hand, overcalling 2♥ would risk missing a game. With East being a passed hand, that isn't much of a risk.”

I think 2 is just plain wrong. Give East the spade Ace, 3 small hearts and a singleton and they belong in game. OK, maybe East raises 2 to 3 with that hand and now West can bid game. Give East 4 small hearts and a singleton . He will certainly raise to 3 on that, and West raises to a hopeless game.

East could certainly have more than the above without support and never peep, say AKQx xx xx xxxxx, and game is still likely.
Jan. 12
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Love Olivia's hoodie!
Jan. 12
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I would have asked what 2 would have showed. Also an, artificial raise? I think in fact they may have been playing mini-splinter raises, showing shortness in the suit bid. If that is the case, the score should have been adjusted to making 3, plus a procedural penalty.
Jan. 11
ATB
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so a relay auction where the weak hand asks and the strong hand describes. Is that best practice?
Jan. 9
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System cards for the Camrose are supposed to be at bridgewebs, however my browser will not go there, says bridgwebs has an expired security thingy.
Jan. 9
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Bridgewinners Help Desk never rests!
Jan. 1
ATB
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I misread the diagram…must be a little too much New Years Eve celebrating?
Jan. 1
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4 could have been down 3 or 4 opposite a non-psych third seat opener, say AQTxx xx Kxx xxx.
Dec. 31, 2019
ATB
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Surely North won the spade trick with the Q or J, not the A?
Dec. 31, 2019
ATB
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North's 5 asks for a control; South has it. 5 would be the correct bid with a black A in place of the K.
Dec. 26, 2019
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“National Teams (one per WBF Member Country).” Of course he really means one team per country in each event: Open, Women, Mixed, Senior. Right?
Dec. 24, 2019
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Agree with Randy. Amusing articles don't include ATB-type polls.
Dec. 24, 2019
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So, law school is pre-empting bridge?;)
Dec. 21, 2019
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Opening out of turn is a great strategy for HH's partners. Here, if 4 bars partner, it grantees HH can't correct our bid to some number of NT or s just to become declarer.
Dec. 20, 2019
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Agree with the replies above, and in addition, some of us actually use this time to reflect on all we have to be thankful for.
Dec. 18, 2019
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