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If either opponent had anything in spades it seems like they'd have bid 3nt. It sure looks like they tried to get there. Any other lead might give them the timing to pitch spades on dummy's club winners.
Nov. 22, 2016
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Partner has already done a significant amount to disrupt the opponent's auction. It's hard to imagine how my further involvement could improve things for us.
Nov. 22, 2016
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I would think that partner bid that way because they have a better hand than they might for an immediate 4 bid. That's not to say that 5 won't be a better contract than 4, I'm just not sure that it's any more likely that we'll find club support or that 4 won't be a playable contract - at least it's one less trick.
Nov. 22, 2016
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By my math we'd lose: 1 spade, 1 heart, 1 diamond and 2 clubs for -500 which does not seem like it would match point very well.
Nov. 18, 2016
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I don't know if it's forcing - nobody seems to think so - but isn't partner sending this around to me to see if I can smash it? Since I can't, and since I'm not at all embarrassed about having opened the hand, I'm bidding again. I'm not thrilled about it. We may be well past the last making contract for either side, but it seems like I should bid.
Nov. 10, 2016
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I picture dummy with like:
AKJ9xxx
xx
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Axxx

and RHO (declarer) with good diamonds and long hearts that lacked the texture for a vul wjo maybe:
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T9xxxx
AKTxx
xx

Which would give partner:
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AKQx
QJxx
Jxxxx.

If this is the case, we need to get rid of dummies trumps ASAP.
Nov. 8, 2016
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Pass is probably right, but since I thought about it too long I'm going to have to bid 3.
Nov. 2, 2016
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I'd be much more inclined to accept a wild, gambling action like 6 than I would to accept a dbl which caters to partner clarifying the exact nature of their quandary. I can't really imagine a circumstance where I'd find “double” to be an acceptable call after this hesitation.
Oct. 26, 2016
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There have been many, many times where I've wished for the ability to double partner.
Oct. 24, 2016
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I'm not usually one for underleading aces, but this seems like maybe a good time to make an exception.
Oct. 21, 2016
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If you like your hand enough to bid 1 then you need to bid 2s over 1nt. I abstain.
Oct. 12, 2016
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Given how much I hate the choices that I'm faced with and the auction as it might continue, I can't escape the conclusion that I should have bid 3 last round instead of dbl. At the table, I'd likely have doubled, but I certainly should've considered that I might find myself in this predicament.

Now I'm faced with the following conversation:

“+170”
“What were you in?”
“Uh… 3c making 6…”
“Oh, hmm. They were in 6 and claimed at trick 1”
“Yeah, I was a little worried about that…”

Screw it, I'm changing my vote from 3 to 3. Hopefully, partner has taken no inferences from my “slight” break in tempo.
Oct. 4, 2016
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It won't be my first -790.
Sept. 20, 2016
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What makes you think (s)he has a 7-card suit? Certainly, it's possible depending on the rest of their hand, but I can't see anything from the information provided above that excludes them having as much a 9-card diamond suit.
June 26, 2016
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This decision is easy. It's the next two after my second double that are slightly more challenging. First, when the auction proceeds 3 - p - p - ? or p - p - 3 - ? what do you do? I'll double here, too.
Second, partner (or I, in the second case) will have to decide what to lead.
Those are the more difficult decisions.
May 11, 2016
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Partner figures to have a bunch of spades, but it's no fun defending 1x (especially NV!) when I can't put even 1 trump through the declarer. Partner could have a hand where pass is clear and we struggle to collect 300, while, at the same time 6 is a favorite. How will they ever know that we have a 6-card heart suit unless we bid them?
May 2, 2016
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Did you change your mind? You appear to have voted “pass” in the poll.
April 27, 2016
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I don't overcall there, either, and once you don't bid there it's suicidal to hop in now.
April 25, 2016
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Unfortunately, you're supposed to play the same card throughout the session, so my understanding is that an agreement specific to one opponent isn't quite kosher.
April 22, 2016
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I agree. I'm passing with or without the small BIT. Some thought is normal in this auction. I wouldn't say that the pause makes bidding more attractive.
April 18, 2016
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