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Just in general it would seem if you aren't worried about a suit being ruffed on the the second round to lead low to the ten. Now you can get back to dummy to run the 9.
11 hours ago
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Partner's first double shows that West is fooling around and doesn't have a 3NT bid. Hard not to bid 5 here with 4 of them especially in IMPs
July 19
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North had a hard decision over 5. Not an easy choice since he is vulnerable. Can't see why I would want to blame anyone. As Frances said, why do I want to be in slam.
July 19
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That is too obvious, and as life master I took the wrong position. Obviously, life masters don't make mistakes When we are wrong they are terrible blunders :)
July 14
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I don't understand why with Jxxxx I wouldn't bid 3. What did he think Partner's reopening double meant?
July 14
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Greed is a terrible thing and I can't control myself
July 14
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what is missing here is that the original post noted this was played on BBO so no UI.
July 14
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While I think the double causes more problems than need be (I would have bid 4 right away), I always love the so called “expert” who always knows what to do. To make slam I need partner to have 2 Aces which is a lot to ask of a 3 bid.
July 14
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I'm not so sure South has only 4 hearts. What do you now bid with

AQx
AJxxx
JTxx
x

I don't like 2 right away as I like to show the spade fit first.
July 14
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I fooled around with my vote a little and discovered the following. The top result is not pass but 1. The Second Result is not 1 but 2 and the third result is not 2 but pass.

It appears it ranks the results properly but then mislabels the results using the original order
July 14
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It almost seems lie the order is reversed. If you rank 2 as 1 it is showing up as 3 on the results
July 14
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Jeff Reuben in “Mixing It Up” in Dec 2005 Bridge World covers the concept here and how to approach it. If we know declarer has the 9 as in A9xx then it is right to duck from Kx. Declarer has to guess if you have Kx or Kxx. If, However, What Declarer is holding then Declarer knows what game he is playing and the defender doesn't and has to guess at it. Reuben shows how to approach this using Game Theory to come up with the best mixed Strategy.
July 13
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Does seem there is something wrong as I voted for 2 also
July 13
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I come from the school where if the suit is appropriate there is not such thing as a hand too good for 2 but not good enough for 1.

I am very surprised that the majority seems to think this is possible.
July 13
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Since I have 6 winners and I normally follow the rule of 2,3 and 4; I will bid 3
July 9
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They were not playing any variation of mini-mini-maxi-maxi. If you were accepting the invite and had 3 spades you would normally accept by bidding 3NT.
July 9
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This is one where we need to know if 3 Just shows distribution or if it shows extras.
July 8
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2NT just seems wrong. The choice seems to be between 1 that risks being past out or 2 that will have problems describing the hand. I choose 1 but not with a strong conviction.
July 5
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I am one who bypasses the spade suit to bid 1NT. Yes you might miss a 4-4 fit when responder is weak but you shouldn't miss one when responder is invitational or better. The upside is when the bidding goes 1-1; 1, responder knows opener has 5 clubs to go with his 4 spades and one can often find a good club fit. The same goes for an opening of 1 except then opener might be 4-1-4-4.

There are obvious trade off here with a big advantage of opener playing in Notrump without the defense know if opener has spades.
July 4
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I just noticed that I said 4 was 4 trump and balanced when I meant to say 3 trump and balanced. This doesn't change the concept.
July 4
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