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The defenders are not coercing declarer to do anything and they are not telling him that it is his lead.
5 hours ago
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Since six people (so far) have voted for Pass, I don't think that your conclusion is necessarily valid.
6 hours ago
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Qxxx Kx xxx(x) Kxx(x) is within the stated range.
6 hours ago
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If everyone agrees that play can continue, why could it not continue by declarer leading a club out of turn from dummy and the defenders accepting this lead? As I interpret Law 68D2(b), the TD will no longer be involved in adjudicating the claim.
6 hours ago
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Was the WBFLC statement issued before or after the most recent edition of the Laws?
7 hours ago
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I wouldn't have opened as South and would have rebid 3 unless 3 showed spades.

I'm amazed by the current majority vote for Pass - the grand slam could be excellent facing x KQx AKQxx KJxx.
7 hours ago
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Prefer 2 but don't object to 5.
7 hours ago
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Partner could have had a perfect hand which would have led to a cold slam. But I would have bid 4 over 2.
7 hours ago
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Thank you all.

Back in 1968, there were 14 panellists (Bridge Magazine).

Of these, 11 voted for 3NT, two for 4 and one for 4.

Typical comments by the 3NT bidders included Jonathan Cansino “KQ of clubs are wasted in another strain” and Terence Reese “Important to establish that part of your strength is in clubs”.

Voting for 4, Rixi Markus said “I do not like my spades for NT”. The magazine editor, Eric Milnes, observed “This could well be just what partner wants to hear, especially if he holds A AKQxx KJ10xx xx” (not an obvious 3 bid in my view).
8 hours ago
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3, showing a hand too good for 2 and not good enough for 4.
20 hours ago
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Considering that declarer has six spade tricks and two aces, going three down would be quite an achievement.
20 hours ago
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Maybe some people regard 1 as showing five.
21 hours ago
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I think that 5 rates to play better than 5 - hearts could be very awkward with dummy forced at trick one.
21 hours ago
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No idea whether it might be regarded as standard but I'm not missing the opportunity to bid this suit.
21 hours ago
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I am sure that it happens with great regularity.

In 2003, Jeremy Dhondy wrote an article in English Bridge (the official EBU magazine) in which he opined that the two conventions to take to a desert island were transfers over 1NT and RKCB.

I wrote a letter to the Editor in which I opined:

“RKCB is the spawn of the devil. Suggesting it as a suitable convention for club players is akin to inviting children to play with lighted matches in a firework shop. …

RKCB might well be a magnificent weapon in the hands of sophisticated expert partnerships, though tournament reports suggest that difficulties continue to occur. This is precisely why it is of no use whatsoever at club level.”

After this was published, I received an e-mail from Eddie Kantar who seemed a trifle hurt that I had queried the efficacy of RKCB.
21 hours ago
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Patience, David! All will be revealed.

I was interested to see whether much had changed over the past 51 years.
21 hours ago
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I'm not. I accept that others would double 1NT with this hand but it's not for me.
23 hours ago
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Leonard, yes, but it was an unfamiliar partnership (using ordinary Blackwood!) in an irrelevant round-robin match and one of the previous bids in the auction was, to put it mildly, on the dubious side.
March 17
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David, by all means.
March 17
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Norman, after (1)-X-(P), a typical 2 bid for me would be KQxx xxx Kxxx xx. A typical 3 bid would be KQxxx xxx KQx xx. There's quite a difference between the two hands.
March 17
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