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Partner rates to have about 7 hcp. No lead is safe, but underleading a king is safer than leading out a queen or leading from nothing. Four card suits are not attractive, but the auction favors leading a major.
an hour ago
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Not vul with 12 hcp outside of clubs and an excellent suit, this is an easy 1 overcall for me. I'd be reluctant to pass a reopening double when we might have a fit in either or both majors.
7 hours ago
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2. If partner has three spades, we probably belong in spades. Otherwise, partner will likely rebid 2NT and that should be enough, or we can raise if we expect closer to 18 for the reverse.
17 hours ago
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What was the winning choice this time around?
17 hours ago
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I have always played that transfer followed by bidding the other major showed 5-5; with 5-4 you would start with Stayman. So I have never seen the value in devoting any of the jumps to this rare shape. What do you use 1NT-2; 2-3 for?
17 hours ago
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There is a risk of two trump losers in either black suit. But 4 is a level lower and we may be able to pitch clubs on diamonds. 4 for me.
17 hours ago
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I tend to open 1 or 1 on some fairly strong hands, and with only 9 obvious tricks the sequence 2 -2; 3 could get us overboard. However this hand has superb controls and I think we risk missing slam by not opening 2.
17 hours ago
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I would consider K, A, Q and Q to be “great cards” opposite a club splinter. The A rates to be worth less than one trick, averaging perhaps two points.
18 hours ago
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The title of your post “assumes facts not in evidence”: you are nowhere close to being certain of a positive score no matter what you do. Turns out game is cold – 4NT, that is. Even if you peaked at East's hand, you can't tell whether you csn set 4S or make 4H. Ideally you should involve partner in the decision since it is the location of his honors that are critical.
May 28
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I would open this 2.
May 28
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Your description of Good/Bad 2NT makes little sense when advancer's suit outranks the opp's suit. The choice should be between a simple 2 and an invitational 2NT-then-3 sequence, showing four card length. An immediate jump to 3 would be invitational with five.
May 27
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Every textbook says don't preempt over a preempt. Yet opponents seem to leap to 4 on hands like this and win the board, unless they have the misfortune of playing with a partner who reads textbooks and proceeds to hang them. I don't know what's best, but I suppose I'll keep passing such hands.
May 26
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Partner's failure to alert is explicitly stated in the laws as UI.
May 26
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It isn't just that the hearts are strong enough to play opposite a singleton or even void. On a different layout partner might be able to use such a strong suit for discards. Here that is unlikely with no obvious side entry. And while diamonds are presumably 5-3, there is apt to be one or two losers there which cannot be avoided if they are trumps. Picture, for example, Kxx x Axxxx AKQx or AKx x KQxxx KQxx. Conversely, if partner has strong diamonds, that also works well with hearts as trumps.
May 26
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No updates for me.
May 26
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From another poll this appears to be South's hand, but this auction doesn't fit that either.
May 26
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Double of the cue-bid would show the Ace or King in all my partnerships. Partner rates to be on lead and can underlead his own high honor. Alternatively, 4, one under their game, would've suggested a combination of offense and defense, allowing partner to make a sensible sacrifice or double decision. Passing last round forces us to guess this round.
May 26
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Missed that! This auction can't be correct. I think we must've opened 1, overcall, negative double, cue-bid raise.
May 26
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“Minimum of 7 hcp” is a strange agreement. That hardly seems enough to force, yet the example hand makes it clear that it must be forcing.
May 25
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I was thinking 3 for a lead through East's likely King. We may be able to give partner two ruffs in one of the black suits.
May 16
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