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All comments by Paul Block
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I'd guess partner has something like kqxx, ax, x, qjxxxx. If I could double for penalty I would, but I know I'm going to hear 3c from partner (or worse, 2h). Let's go plus. I think we'll get at least half the matchpoints.
Jan. 10, 2017
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I got a bad board yesterday (at matchpoints) by failing to bid 1 on a similar hand. I doubled and we were not able to effectively compete in diamonds. Taking to heart that one hand proves nothing, I'll make the exact same bid today and hope for a different result.
Jan. 8, 2017
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This poll was based on a question that I had received from a relatively inexperienced player. She had bid 3c. I initially advised that it was close between 1s and 2s but that I would bid 2s. While I was posting it, with a little more time to consider, I e-mailed her to advise that 1s was better. I told her I'd post it for her and let her know the result.

My initial advocacy for 2s may have been influenced by the fact that she was coming to me because she wanted to see why they had missed bidding their slam. Deep finesse has them making 7d, 7s or 7nt; although in real life 7d and 7nt are “challenging.”

The companion hand was:
South
AQ76
AJT74
KJ76
-

The opponents:
West
98
863
Q32
T9653

East
JT2
KQ92
T52
842
Jan. 8, 2017
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What is the point range for partner's 1nt? If it's 6-9 I'd bid 2nt. If it's 8-10 3nt seems clear.

I'm a little concerned about missing a club slam (say partner has Ax, qxx, xxxx, qjxx), but my club spots are so bad that I'll willingly give up on that.
Dec. 31, 2016
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@ Charles. Yes, good point. My analysis appears to have been unencumbered by the thought process.

Of course, this is a STAC, so that may mean that I was accidentally correct. Other than that thought, I'm with you. With the uppercut (mostly) out of the picture why not a to the j?
Dec. 20, 2016
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The advantage of the diamond is that RHO can't profitably win and put a club through me for the uppercut as they can if I lead a heart and they have Kx.

A heart to the j wins if trumps are 3-3 or if RHO has 98 and has other advantages when LHO has the a and the k.
Dec. 19, 2016
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This was a fun one. We had the same result as you. Jason M. held the above hand.
Dec. 19, 2016
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I shared an apartment with 3 other guys (from various parts of the country) one summer during college. Brothers in Arms was the one album that we all had in common.
Dec. 18, 2016
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This is repulsive (both that “playing up” was not allowed and that no one wanted to).
Dec. 15, 2016
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Nice problem! I bid 4, but (as Brad points out above) I wouldn't be surprised if my most dangerous opponent turns out to be across the table. Hopefully CHO cuts me some slack on the understanding that I was under lots of pressure.
Dec. 14, 2016
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At IMPS I'd bid one more. If partner has club shortness we're probably not making 4. If the club cards are useful we may make it.

At matchpoints, my feeling is that it doesn't pay to push to close games, so I pass (but 4 is really tempting). Would I be surprised if we're +170? Nope.

The more I look at it the more I want to bid, but my green card is already on the table.
Dec. 9, 2016
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3 invitational would be ideal, but if that's not available - and since it wasn't specified I assumed, no - I chose to underbid with 1nt hoping to catch up later if needed. At IMPs I'd definitely bid 2. What did you choose and what was the result?
Dec. 7, 2016
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I went to Google translate and got: “From anger. Far abusive language.” which didn't make much sense. I assumed I had lost something in the translation.
Dec. 6, 2016
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Always great when partner screws up and then looks to shift the blame. Maybe it's time to start looking for a new CHO.
Dec. 6, 2016
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At least in NT you'll probably score 1 heart trick. Hearts were never supported, so RHO may not have more than 1.
Dec. 6, 2016
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I wouldn't have expected 30% for Pass. That seems rather pessimistic. Would you really be surprised for partner to have a heart void (or the heart ace) and for 7 to be laydown? Say Qxxxx, -, Qjxx, Axxxx. It's clear to everyone that the 2 bid was a psych, right?
Dec. 4, 2016
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I expect to beat this, but the odds just don't favor doubling a vul part score into game with such weak trumps.

What the odds do favor; however, is finding a partner who bids more sensibly. The opponent's auction would have been lots less precise if partner had started with 2 instead of “pass.”
Dec. 2, 2016
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DSIP
Nov. 29, 2016
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Initially, I was excited about the possibilities, but like Itzik I can't figure where all the heart losers will go. Any ruffs that we get seem likely to be over-ruffed. I pass and hope to score at least 200 defending. What happened? Does 4 make?
Nov. 23, 2016
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You may go -600 the hard way.
Nov. 22, 2016
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