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Oops.
Dec. 15, 2013
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Not sure why we need to apply vacant spaces here. Are we to believe that WEST, holding 8 solid hearts and a spade void, opened only 3H NVul?
Dec. 15, 2013
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If you Pass, what do you lead?
Dec. 14, 2013
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Good one, John. Is it OK if we just call you “HH” from now on?
Dec. 13, 2013
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I would have asked the range for the 2NT opener before leading. With that not given, I assumed 20-21, which marks East with both black Kings…still, it seemed right to hold onto clubs.
Dec. 9, 2013
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There's one more possible payoff to the double: doubling here will create (or reinforce) West's reputation as a part-score doubler. There may well be an IMP payoff on other hands where opponents may be less inclined to compete.for part scores.
Nov. 26, 2013
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Sure you want to pass 3NT? Pard may well hold AJx QJ98 xx xxxx and you just missed a slam.
Nov. 19, 2013
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Win the opening lead, say a Heart. Play the to0p hearts. If they split 3-3, run the rest of the hearts, then the spade A. If east is 4-4 in the minors, he is squeezed.

If West shows out on the third heart, run the top clubs. If they break, run the rest of the clubs, and east if east started 4-4 in the red suits, he is again squeezed.

We make seven whenever West is 6-3-3-1, and whenever West is 6-3-2-2 with the 3 card suit in Hearts or clubs.

Otherwise, we make it if North shows up with a Jack or two.
Nov. 19, 2013
Neal Smith edited this comment Nov. 20, 2013
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Why can't pard have x AQxxx Kx AKxxx? 4NT let's us find out about the grand.
Nov. 19, 2013
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3S sets the trump suit. Partner's duty is to show his control. 4C not 3NT.
Nov. 18, 2013
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Well, almost the same hand. The Club Q from the prior quiz has magically promoted itself to the K!

Please share - how do I do this at the table?
Nov. 18, 2013
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The 2H bidders are falling behind. 25-18-25.
Nov. 7, 2013
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An interesting try is to lead the K H at trick 2, discarding the A Clubs. Then lead Q Clubs for a ruffing finesse. East does best to cover the third club and then give West a club ruff when he gets in with a spade honor. Makes 4 as the cards lie.

This line isn't better than Kit's line, but it's always fun to discard an A, don't you think?
Oct. 29, 2013
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Abstain. Playing Bergen raises pard will bid 3H not 2H and I will know not to bid 4NT.
Oct. 24, 2013
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3C, just in case pard has Ax Axxxx x Kxxxx or better.
Oct. 17, 2013
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Are we playing weak jump shifts? If so, I will pass. On the other hand, if 1H - P - 3C would have been a Bergen raise or strong jump shift, then i will bid 4C.
Oct. 16, 2013
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If that is South's hand, wouldn't a 5D bid encourage him to go to 6 anyway because North did not cue bid spades?

On the other hand, South could hold S Jx H x D KQJxxx C KQJx.
Oct. 15, 2013
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OK, here we go

East is not void in clubs as West would surely have led the A from Axxxxxx given the double. So, East is void in D. Let's play East for S - KJxxxxx H - Txxx D - C Ax.

So, play A hearts, drawing West's trump. A Spades, ruff a spade with the J. Lead a trump to the 9, and draw the rest of the trumps. Play K and A of D and lead a club from the board. Win the Q. Duck a club and claim.
Oct. 8, 2013
Neal Smith edited this comment Oct. 8, 2013
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I don't understand why West led a spade. Wasn't the double a command to lead one of the minors?
Oct. 8, 2013
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Sharon's partner here, and I don't see that her reopening bid is so bad at matchpoints, White/Red.

Using LOTT, it seems there will be about 15 total tricks, assuming 8 trumps for NS and 7 for EW. So, if 2D buys the contract,

Down 1 when 2C was making is a win (-50 vs, -90)
Down 2 when 2C was making 3 is a win (-100 vs. -110)

If NS compete to 3C and go down, that's another way the 2D bid wins.

2D loses when:
East has a singleton D
NS double and set the contract
NS compete to 2NT and make it
NS have a game they forgot to bid.

On balance then, is it so bad a call?
Sept. 18, 2013
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