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Such hands are as much about tact as technique. You rarely get a good answer from a bidding poll though as these are battle field decisions made at the table. If they occurred in a multi-team event like the Round Robin phase of a WC or the Reisinger Finals it’s fun to watch how the experts handled it at the table.
June 17
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We did have the Fall Nationals in Vegas way back in 2001. That’s the only pleasant memory of a Vegas National that I have.
June 15
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No, I was discussing 4-1 trump break, not 3-2. So LHO is not 2-4-5-2 but 1=4=5=3.
June 13
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Let’s say declarer has AKxx Jx AJx AKJx. And the finesse wins. As pointed out elsewhere this is consistent with LHO playing low from Kxxx. He can’t afford the safety play in trumps because he can only get one discard on the suit and that’s not good enough. Once declarer makes a safety play by playing a high and another, he has to be prepared for RHO to return a trump, which means he can only ruff one which means his must be AKQJ. That’s taking a pretty sharp view of the hand at Trick two.
June 13
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If declarer has Jxx why would he run the J missing the Ten? With the overcall on his left, there’s a decent chance of stiff King or Kx on-side.
June 13
Sathya Bettadapura edited this comment June 13
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Given opener's lack of raise and rebid of his own suit, it appears that partner has length and strength in red suits which doesn't exactly fit well with our limited hand. A question for those who chose to bid 3 - what kind of hand do you envision for partner?
June 11
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Toronto is one of the best. You can stay a few miles away from the venue as I did the last Nationals there and still be a ten minute ride on a tram that runs 24x7.
June 10
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Given the informative auction the opening leader can actually work out the distribution of the dummy I believe.

Declarer is known to be 4=4=3=2. And dummy is know not to have a 4-card Major, but it’s balanced in view of the 4Nt invite. If you infer further that the pass of 6 shows 3 trumps and a doubleton, you can play dummy for the actual distribution that he held. If you assume that the double shows an Ace and a King, now a lead stands out as there’s probably no lay-out where declarer can make the hand if he’s missing the K (translation: I couldn’t come up with any such distribution).
June 10
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How would a double direct a lead? Dummy hasn’t bid any suit naturally at all. Why should partner lead a instead of a when you say don’t lead a ?
June 10
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That construction was just to answer your question about why we should bid. There’re a whole bunch of hands which are not such perfectos that give you can make 3M. If 3M doesn’t make chances are they’re making 3. If you pass such hands partner has an impossible problem in the balancing chair. In competition the one who has shape must act.
June 7
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If that’s the way you bid your partner has a clear pass.
June 7
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Because partner could have (42)-4-3 with anywhere from 9-14 HCP. Kx Axxx QJxx xxx gives you a play for game.
June 7
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First time I’m learning that there’s a VP scale that treats a 3-IMP win as a tie. Does this scale have a name?
June 7
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Indeed. In all the segments I watched the brothers were very aggressive in bidding (and of course doubling!) but rarely made any mistakes in dummy play or defense.
May 30
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Sorry forgot to update. We found teammates. Thanks.
May 29
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1 was bid at the other table too.
May 26
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Qxx Axx xxxx JTx is not a counter game try at all. This hand is 4333 no help in the suit partner wanted help. It’s a clear 3 bid.

You make a counter game try with a suit that be a source of tricks with some help. A hand such as xxx AQxxx xxx Qx is closer to a 3 counter game try. If you catch partner with Kxx you could be making game when partner has a useful non-minimum. But I don’t know if there’s any standard for what a counter game try should have.
May 24
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Another big downside is that you lose the preemptive effect of 1-2. When holding a strong in the fourth chair I’d much prefer to hear 1-1nt than 1-2.
May 23
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In fact if you can Kickback in s you can have a really informed auction as you can discover all the key cards, A, K, Q and K. But I don't know if anyone has methods to keycard in a minor once a Major suit has been found.
May 21
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I forgot to mention that bidding was: 1-(p)-2nt-(x)-3(showing void and min)-(p)-3-(p)-3-(p)-4
May 21
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