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Hi, Steve. That was my initial plan, but the format doesn't seem to allow for the options I wanted to present. I'm not a frequent poster, so please let me know if I missed something.
April 25
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I'm going to risk being a lone voice in the wilderness here.

I agree that doubling with two aces is silly, to say the least. Would any top-level player do it, sitting opposite what might be a flat yarborough? Being far from a top player, I'd say “no,” unless circumstances dictated that they swing wildly. But partner's hesitation means that he or she doesn't have that hand. Maybe whatever assets they hold won't become a second defensive trick, but at least they have something over there. So partner's hesitation makes it more attractive not to pass.

If, therefore, the UI favors action, any action becomes illegal, and declarer is entitled to play 6 undoubled. Would declarer have gotten the trump suit right? Most likely yes, because declarer saw the hesitation, and RHO would have been much more likely to actually take action with a spade void than with the singleton king.

Yes, declarer might still have reasoned this way, but declarer is also thinking, “LHO believes he or she has a clear double even when partner hesitated, which must come from a likely trump trick.”

I'm happy to be told that I'm misunderstanding the relevant laws, but at the very least I understand why declarer requested the adjustment.
Dec. 13, 2015
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Regarding a few earlier comments: the logic behind the Fall Nationals schedule has always been a mystery to me, but that's not a 10K-specific thought.

On the subject of 10Ks, I feel like I am exactly the ACBL's target audience: I went to Providence for 2 days, Chicago for 3, and Denver for 3. Each time, my primary purpose was to play in a 10K Swiss held on the weekend; each time, I played with a partner from the other coast whom I only see at the Nationals; each time, we picked up good teammates on the day of the event; and each time, we had a respectable if unspectacular overall finish.

As a “weekend warrior,” I could take the Friday off to go to Reno to play in the 10K Swiss, but why on Earth do the schedulers feel that's necessary? Is there really that much overlap between this event's target field and the three Sunday National Events (Silver Ribbon, NAP B, and NAP C)? By starting on Friday, the event is going to lose a number of players just like me, as well as the much larger group of the eligible players who don't survive the cut in the IMP or Platinum Pairs.

Is this schedule set in stone? Can I write my congressperson?
Dec. 5, 2015
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I should have noted that, in real life, partner played the spade five at trick one, which of course I didn't know until I ducked. I ducked mostly in the slim hope that the ten was singleton and that declarer would overtake, which in retrospect seems a weaker plan than trying to find partner's ace.
Sept. 27, 2015
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“rofl” seems a bit extreme, Ron. If it had gone all pass after 3D, I'd have wished I'd bid 3H. If LHO is going to bid over 3D, he'll still do so over 3H, but at least he's lost a cheap cue. Worst-case scenario is that my bid encourages partner to lead hearts against 3NT when something else (presumably clubs) would have been better, but we may survive that. And, no, I wouldn't have raised at any other colors or had my doubleton not been in the opponent's suit.
Sept. 27, 2015
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Thanks for all the comments. For those interested, I was South, but now (in part due to what I've read here) agree with North's interpretation. I think the key was actually my 3D call. Over partner's 3C, if I'd had club help, I would presumably have:
(a) with a really ratty limit raise, bid 3H
(b) with a mid-range hand, bid 4H
© with extras, bid something else

When I subsequently bid 4H over 4D, I could no longer have extras and a club control, so I'd already answered any question partner might have had about clubs; thus, 5H must have asked about either my hand or my hearts. I wasn't up to these inferences at the table; sorry, partner.
Sept. 15, 2015
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This thread is giving me food for thought. My system notes with my most regular partner say that passing a redouble suggests defending “when that is a logical interpretation” (classic case: 1 - 2 - x - xx / P), but makes a specific exception for 1 of a suit - x - xx - P.

I could be convinced to play this as penalty (especially over minors), but the problem case is when I don't have a preference, but partner does, e.g. when I'm 4-4 in the majors and partner's 3-4 and has doubled a minor. It feels like there's greater utility in playing pass as no preference, despite the fact that this gives us no way to get 'em when they could be got.

July 29, 2015
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Done; sorry about that!
July 24, 2015
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If South has the club ace, and North's double was Lightner for hearts, we're probably going down no matter what. If it's not Lightner, he probably has the club jack. So I'd ruff in dummy, pitching a diamond, cross in diamonds, and lead a club up, planning on finessing in clubs on the second round. If this means I suffer a diamond ruff (or go down 2 when South wins the club ace, plays back a diamond, then wins the club jack and cashes the diamond queen), bummer. But I think North is 7=0=3=3.
June 2, 2015
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I think this highlights my wimpishness at IMPS, but even if I held two likely heart tricks as West, I'd be too worried about them making to pass the double without a maximum. Thus, with, say, Qxx AQ Kxxx Axxx, I'd bid 4. This, of course, will not be a great success; on the other hand, 3H might actually go down in this case. Maybe I should have phrased the question this way: how far is East from having a double? Would changing a Jack to a Queen do it? That, plus 4=1=4=4 distribution?

Thanks, both for the articles and your responses.
Jan. 4, 2015
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Kit, I wondered how poorly you would grade a double by East over 3? This is the sort of call I'd be sorely tempted to commit at the table, knowing that partner's virtually certain not to pass. If he jumps to game, I won't expect us to make (and we might get doubled), but any minimum call might win us a few IMPs. I mention it also because the defense to 4 rates to be interesting.
Jan. 2, 2015
Peter Bonfanti edited this comment Jan. 2, 2015
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