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Exactly :)
Isn't it a wonderful game?
My wife and partner in yesterday's social game was the declarer, and went for the champagne (topping diamonds) despite the fair chance of the Jack on-side.
My regular partner, who at this occasion played with his wife, was the opponent making the 4H call (holding 1-7-1-4), …would have done it, too, without the club K! Two down sent the champagne his way - he deserves it!
Dec. 29, 2016
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7H is definitely an alternative to 6NT and 7NT. However, if diamonds are 4-2 with doubleton at RHO, you may need partner to hold the T of hearts for ruffing third round!
Dec. 12, 2016
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I do not know about being a crook, but I would take it as a clear sign of liking beer a lot, if you after 19 cases of beer:
- still can walk into the store
- bother to come back and steal another case
- are able to do statistics
March 14, 2016
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You are right Phillip, I didn't actually post the Problem to pose a difficult lead challenge, but to show how many tricks Declarer may get in a side-suit holding - Table: KJ72; Hand: 83
Your reasonable remark has now persuaded me to move the above help from the text of the Problem to here in the Comments.
Jan. 8, 2016
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The day I as LHO sadistically false card J from JT2 in tempo under declarer's A, when looking at the table's Q75 will be the day that declarer rebid his clubsuit with A98643: masochism reinvented!
Jan. 3, 2016
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Comment deleted - I forgot that each player can see the reaction times of both opponents, and thereby may have a good guess on partner's (lack of) hesitations.
Dec. 7, 2015
Niels Foged edited this comment Dec. 7, 2015
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These days, I fear that such a beautiful contract, “luckily” right-sided, and declared very well (playing for A in North, when it could easily have been in South) would contribute to placing EW on the shortlist of pairs that (citation*):
- are geniuses or
- have superb system or
- are lucky or
- cheat or
- all of the above

* See comment by Max Ödlund in http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/the-challenge-how-to-find-cheaters-without-killing-the-game-whilst-doing-that/
Dec. 3, 2015
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If Opener forgets that 1 remains a transfer after the t.o. Dbl, it is obviously a bit difficult to speculate what their agreements on 3 is (if any!). However, even in just modestly agreed circumstances, it would be a splinter with support, and any strong hand with more than would bid 2 reverse. My only point with that comments is, that Responder (East) automatically will explain what his own 1 bid meant, when he alerts and confidently and correctly explains his partner's 3 bid as: “-support and shortness in !”
Nov. 11, 2015
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Narrow(!) 3 anyone?
Nov. 8, 2015
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So datatable magic takes you 30 minutes, how long time do you normally spend on making a miracle? :)
Oct. 16, 2015
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Latest poll: 95% of all bridge players know they play with a partner “big steps down the food chain” ;)
Sept. 18, 2015
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Who need hands, when banned from bridge…?
Sept. 16, 2015
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Dear Frances
I agree, spade to trump in trick 3 caters for most holdings, but I doubt it can handle a LHO holding Kxxxx/AJx/Kxxx/x. At least, declarer will have a difficult choice after scoring heart K in trick 4. Should declarer try to clear the trumps or immediately play on/solve the clubs?
Feb. 15, 2015
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Ruffing a spade in trick 3 in order to play heart towards the K seems the intuitive choice, and probably is the best choice. However, I find it unlikely, that we will be able to handle distributions, where hearts are 3-1 AND clubs are 4-1. If(?) that is a correct assumption club to the Ace in Trick 3 may keep us in better control.
Actually, LHO had the “expected”(?) hand KJ843/A/K763/QT2 and after the spade ruff and heart to the A, he will play diamond to RHO's Ace, and declarer must ruff the diamond return. The end position with declarer on lead:

__________ -/K87/Q/K86 __________
J8/-/K7/QT2 __________ 9/J9/T5/93
__________ -/QT/-/AJ754 __________

Of course, no reason to despair, but after heart Q, we have to duck a club, and will go down anyway, if clubs are 4-1.
Feb. 15, 2015
Niels Foged edited this comment Feb. 15, 2015
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Thank you for great comments so far.
As expected there is a large majority, who prefers to get to hand in trick 3 and play trump towards the K. More surprisingly (to me!), you all agree to enter your hand by playing the third spade to trump. Any concerns about that? Any considerations on alternative ways to enter your hand in trick 3?
/Niels
Feb. 14, 2015
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It is IMPs, but even in MP 10 tricks will be fine ;)
Feb. 13, 2015
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My partner and I have agreed that the Namyats-opener must have 2-3 of the 5 KCs and 3-5 controls (A=2, K=1), and (in principle!) cannnot have a void. You may or may not like those restrictions!
Responder's “in-between bid” is a relay promising 1-2 of the 5KCs, and the Namyats-opener bids his 4Ma, when holding just 2KC, whereas a new suit shows a singleton and 3KCs (4NT=7222). After 4Ma from opener, the responder may cuebid (Italian) with 2KCs or bid 4NT to ask for a singleton (committing to slam if opener has a spade singleton after 4C-4D, 4H-4NT - you may like to swab 4S/4NT here - we don't dare to!).
Responder's 4NT is a relay promising 3KCs (and thereby all 5 KCs within the partnership), and opener bids a singleton(5Ma=7222).
I would guess the frequency of our Namyats-openings is 1 per 50-100 boards, and one or the other type of relay is used after approx. 1 of 4 Namyats-openings.
/Niels
Sept. 9, 2014
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It seems there are two ways to win the almost impossible 7D.
a) trump Q at most third at RHO and heart QJ doubleton of 5; or
b) hearts 3-2 and the hand with the doubleton not holding trump Q, and trump Q singleton or doubleton at any hand.
I would have preferred b), but a) was the winning line!

However, according to the BBO Vugraph, the Grand bid by Chinese Red was not 7D but 7H! - For that contract there was just one line: the one corresponding to a)!
VERY lucky for Chinese Red!
July 25, 2014
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Hi Eric
I reckon my direct 5 on the 1 opening as one of the 16 best ways to stop opponents from bidding 4 :)
I am more in doubt that the choice was good bridge, but now I noticed at least 1 panelist, who voted for 5 (thanks).
Niels
May 15, 2014
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Please stop this unidirectional poll! - It is so humiliating for me to have you all (100%) agreeing on the lead.
I admit my own lead had (very?) poor chances of success: 7. However, finding no sympathy at all is just so tough ;)

My apparently wicked thoughts were: it takes a little miracle to set this contract (they have 23-24 hcps) - probably a combination of setting up partner's major and playing diamonds through declarer without loosing too much tempo.
Of course I lost 1-2 imps with that lead, and very likely the risk of doing exactly that was too high.

Thank you anyway Niels
May 13, 2014
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