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I bid 5N at the table, but in retrospect I think this is pick-a-(small)-slam, not a try for a grand. OTOH, if you bid 5N and partner bids, say, 6 and then you correct to 6N, she might be able to figure out what you're doing.
Aug. 15
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OK, so partner bids 3N over 3 and now what?
Aug. 15
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How does it cost to bid 5N of you're willing to settle in 6? Are you worried partner will bid a grand but it will go down?
Aug. 15
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I wonder how many would play 1-2-2-2-3-3N as non-serious 3N if it came up at the table…
March 6
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Yes, the danger of 2 including this hand type is that after partner's 3 bid you still don't know what strain you're in.
March 4
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Well, isn't 3 lying about diamonds? Partner only promised 5 of them.
March 4
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3N directly over 2 would imply a 15 count, not 3N over 3.
Jan. 4
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Lead of J shows Q, denies K, nothing about A.
Nov. 27, 2018
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I doubled at the table, but I think it was wrong. I was poorly placed after opener's two club rebid was passed around to me.
Nov. 27, 2018
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Nov. 12, 2018
Sam Ehrlichman edited this comment Nov. 13, 2018
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How strong?
Nov. 5, 2018
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Dummy: A974 A98 J842 AK
Partner: QT - KQT73 JT8742
Declarer: KJ852 T32 A65 Q3
Sept. 18, 2018
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25 votes in and so far only one for the (winning) K lead! East has a heart void and dummy has Axx. (I was East.)

At the table, West led a diamond, which worked out poorly. East does have some diamond cards but no aces to give you a ruff, and after a diamond lead declarer can pitch away a heart loser.

I told West I had sympathy for his diamond lead, and that he'd probably have company in a BW poll. I underestimated quite how much company he'd have!
Sept. 17, 2018
Sam Ehrlichman edited this comment Sept. 18, 2018
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My partner held this hand. I think pass and 1 are both reasonable initial actions although I weakly lean towards pass. I think the second pass is clear.

My partner chose double at the table, which I interpret to mean a solid maximum for his earlier actions and tolerance for overcaller to take a variety of actions, including passing for penalty. And I did pass for penalty, holding KJ9 954 AQT73 74. +300. I was very happy with my partner's action (obviously) and I wondered how many would choose it.

Henry, you said 2N shows hearts and spades. I would play it as more flexible (“two places to play”) and would plan to pass if overcaller bid 3. So maybe it's a better bid than 3 after all :).
Sept. 17, 2018
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In this partnership I am confident neither partner would play 3 this way.
Sept. 9, 2018
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I’m guessing Dan meant 3N as non-serious slam try.
July 12, 2018
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Good point. On this auction, responder is allowed to have 4 diamonds with any strength, or 5+ diamonds with less than invitational values.
July 2, 2018
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What are people’s thoughts about 3 vs 3?
July 1, 2018
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