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Barry, I have followed the comments for a long time. I can t let this one stand without response.
I posted all the information that was given to the TD. The pair never gave a system card to the TD, but the TD knows that they play Blue Club. I can t see why the question is suggesting a specific answer.

I am not emotional in that case but I found it interesting what is correct in such cases.
I understand your point about cooperative cuebidding, but here it seems that the player wanted to do more but couldn t figure out the 5D bid. So he thought for a while and bid 5H.

You can easily construct hands that fit the bidding with 2 diamond loosers or a heart and a diamond.

I agree that in cooperative cuebidding sequences you should allow normal bids, but probably only when both players have bid out their hands correct so far!
June 15
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The system used is indeed Blue Club. But not used at world class level in this case.
June 11
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The rest of the auction was quite quick, the 5H-call took about 1 minute or more.
June 10
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What would you do if everyone at the stage has played the same boards and you have no other players available?
June 10
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They play 3rd/5th, low=enc., h/l=even
May 7
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If the meaning of the bid is explained as asking, then its definately no psyche.
To try to mislead opponents is no criteria for a psyche or would a preempt be a psyche?
For me the discussion was hard to understand as in Europe 2NT has to be alerted anyway. (conventional)
That would make life easy.
Roger, hands like this happen. Sometimes they get you, but it looks like that 2S-3S would have done the same job.
April 19
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I usually played 1 as showing 3s.
But as the people above I think that you should put it into one of the sequences. You have 1 and 2,2 available. Use one of those. ;)
March 18
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Partner has forgotten the system, everything else doesnt make any sense.
But it depends on the country and the players playing. I the US and GB it seems that many people play regular stayman. In Austria nearly none but beginners.
So without any discussion I would assume puppet and I have not seen someone making a mistake here.
Feb. 16
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Good arguments, but I think it also makes a difference how many opponents go down. IF partner has KJxxxx-Qxxxx-KQ you make a vulnerable 4H, but get only 100, when you go up with the 10
Feb. 5
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Not sure North would have played low at MPs giving EW one extra trick if spades break or South is broke.
I am not sure about the percentage, but a spade switch by North looks hard to me. AKxxxxx at the table and no spade lead by partner.
Feb. 5
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What if partner has K109xxx-Qxxxx-KQ or alike?

I guess the 8 was not in the South hand, sorry!
Does that change your opinion?
Feb. 5
Simon Weinberger edited this comment Feb. 5
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David, with a 5c major opponent is more likely to bid 3NT than with a 6 card minor? You have to explain me this logic. Had s been 2-2 with the honours split he had to duck in the actual hand as well and didn t.
Feb. 5
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They didnt get a worse score. See below. ;)
Feb. 5
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Then it seems, that it was just a misjudgment from me. :(
I assumed that East shouldn't have a void for his 3N bid.
As South I lead a club from J10987x-Kxx-xx-xx and was surprised that declarer won the Q with the A at trick one.
Wanting to protect the entry to partners clubs I tried to win the first heart with the king to see that my partner had the A singleton.
I thought that he would be void in spades, so a singleton A was less likely than a small mistake by opponent by winning the first club.

I would not bid like that with both hands and was really smashed by the coincidence that excatly when East bids 3N with a void, West passes with AKxxxx.
Feb. 5
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Does partner expect your hand to be like this, when he doubled? Will he be able to defend correctly?
Feb. 3
Simon Weinberger edited this comment Feb. 3
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Do you care about your HCP distribution and if yes how? I mean with the 3343 and 4432 shapes.
Jan. 27
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Either you pass or commit to 4 if partner has a 5 card spade!
Jan. 24
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In Austria it is common to play 3 as further distribution ask. Even old ladies play it here, but I have not seen it anywhere else.
Here it would work great. Ask, hear if we have a club fit, if not ask for min/max and decide the contract. If there is a fit you can find out all the cards. xx-AKxx-KQx-AJxx makes 7s a good contract.
Dec. 29, 2018
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I think judgement based only on comparision to others fails.
When you compare the data of my leads at my local club to the other leads it may seem like I am a cheater.
I am not, but there is just a completly different understanding of bridge and a different bidding interference. Sometimes also the state of the match or funny ideas change the lead. We are not machines and even really good players make strange leads. At least they look stupid in aftermaths.

Not supposed to be a defense for BL as I have no idea what is going on.
Dec. 23, 2018
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I assume most play 15-17. If its something different I always explain
Dec. 18, 2018
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