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With some partners I do and with some I don't. I'd bid it either way.
April 13, 2016
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Not my first -790.
April 12, 2016
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Very neat symmetry of the current results:
28
40
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40
28
April 8, 2016
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Yes, this made me scratch my head. Did West not double confidently enough for East's liking or did East just decide that the double of 4nt had been an error?
April 7, 2016
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@Jay - Thanks for the suggestions. Both #1 and #2 seem to defeat the purpose of playing Drury; namely to keep you at the 2-level when partner has opened light or with only 4 trump. With #1 having a mixed raise get you to the 3-level seems a little aggressive.

#2 Seems better. At least here if you're getting to the 3-level you stand a reasonable chance even if pard's hand isn't a full opener.

Not that I'm all that enamored of Drury, but if we're going to play it… Of course, I had gone years without playing it and never particularly missed it.

#3 is pretty much what I currently use. I should have specified that 2M is 3+. Most of the time, however, it will be 3 only. Partner, who is only expecting 3, may pass when a hand like the one in the OP would allow for game.

I assume that you've found approach #1 to be a winner which certainly means something. I'll give these some more thought. Thanks again.
April 7, 2016
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There are at least two problems here:

1. 4nt (unless there is a specific, documented agreement to the contrary) would be invitational to 6nt, and you do not have that hand. Perhaps you might bid 4c Gerber, but then your partner wouldn't have a chance to get out in nt which seems to me to have been the whole plan.

2. Your AI indicates that the partnership has 35-37 hcp. We all learned as beginners that when your partnership has these assets we should be considering a grand slam. If you're balanced, you will generally bid 5nt (inviting 7), but might possibly choose 6nt, or 7nt.

If the convention card is marked “4nt is always Blackwood,” and a specific king is all that's needed to count 13 tricks you might have a case. Here, however, the OP specified a random 7 count, so you don't really have that escape hatch.
April 6, 2016
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I'm not a director, but if I were it would take me about a second and a half to reject this self-serving argument. A bid of 5nt could, at least possibly, be defensible based on the hand. Bidding 4nt and trying to lawyer your way through it is clearly attempting to weasel your way out of a bad score.
April 6, 2016
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I'd have chosen pass, but it would have been so out of tempo that partner would have been barred from doing anything creative. I guess I'll just bid 3nt and go down like everyone else.
April 4, 2016
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I voted on a problem (from the front page)and found that 102% agree with my answer. Yes, the solution was pretty clear, but…
April 2, 2016
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When I answered this poll (on the home page) it showed that 102% agreed with me. I had to come over here (to the poll page), but here I see that it is only 100%. Either way, I guess the answer is pretty clear.
April 2, 2016
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Are we sure none of this had anything to do with today being April 1?
April 1, 2016
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I had 3M doubled in my head. Meant 670, of course.

I admit it I had to do a quick Google for specifics :-)
March 31, 2016
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I don't, but I recognize that passing is, likewise, fraught with danger.
March 31, 2016
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If we had Fishbein available I wonder how many would choose to dial up a penalty double here. Just looking at your hand, you're a favorite to beat 3, but you need down 2 if you have a game. Additionally, it doesn't take all that much much imagination to imagine a -730 scenario.

Hmm… haven't seen too many polling questions specifying Fishbein.
March 31, 2016
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It seems as if many are looking at the hand as if the auction went p-p-3-?. In that case, you just close your eyes and bid 3nt. In this case, with values behind you it's not really clear. I doubled (and, of course, passed partner's 3h response), but from the scoring recap it looks like many bid 3d (or didn't get the preempt from RHO).

“Double” has the disadvantage that the king of clubs may be immediately useless. On the plus side, we'll be taking the ruff, if there is one, in the short hand.

As it turned out the king of clubs was useful, but partner is broke. 3 makes, but it's the last making contract. LHO had AQ98,QJ9,QJ7,J62; CHO hadKJ7,8752,652,T87; and RHO had T62,T63,98,AQ543. There was only one 3nt contract among the 16 A/X tables that played the board (decent field). 3 pairs played below the 3 level, so clearly didn't have to contend with the preempt. The best results were from defending 3 which went -2 twice and -3 once.

If you bid 3d or dbl, would your action be different at IMPS?

Edit: Deep finesse results EW 2♥; EW 3♦; EW 1N; EW 1♠; EW 1♣; Par −110
March 30, 2016
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I don't think you can bid 3s without planning to double 4h. So, I wouldn't have bid 3s, but since I did I'm ready to execute the rest of the plan by doubling.
March 30, 2016
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Yes, clearly hasty analysis. Please revise to: 6 has some play.
March 25, 2016
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Interesting that we're all debating how to get to the best part-score when 6 makes on most layouts on a non-spade lead (as long as there is no immediate heart ruff).

Edited to slightly temper enthusiasm about the coldness of 6 club contract.
March 25, 2016
Paul Block edited this comment March 25, 2016
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I'm stumped. I feel like I should get protection if I pass and 3 is the correct call. Taking that course has the whiff of trying for a 2-way shot, but if West really has clubs and diamonds (an odd understanding to be sure) I probably don't want to be playing 3.
March 21, 2016
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Unfortunately, no. That's why we had this problem. I just wanted to see, given the options, which choice was most popular (and of course the distribution of results).
March 20, 2016
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