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Ducking A is also wrong when partner has K (say declarer has A or Q).

Declarer made a tricky play. West may have given partner a heart honor. But then partner would be more likely to lead a club.
Aug. 24, 2018
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I don't think the pass from East has any issue. East doesn't have UI, he can choose any action, including ones that are not endorsed by his peers. 5 has to be a rescue bid, with slam-try hand West can XX.

The real question is on West's 5 bid. Presumably West misbid earlier (I bet West didn't have a support X hand). West must bid as if East didn't alert X as 3-card spade support. Can someone share West's hand?

Last question: what is the agreement of West's X? It's important to know whether East's alert/explanation conveys MI, or West's X is just a misbid.
Aug. 24, 2018
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Agree. Since partner has a chance to bid earlier (but didn't), this X should be just penalty.

If partner didn't have a chance to bid at low-level earlier, then X shows value, something like “I have a hand that is close to insisting on game if they hadn't bid to 4”…
Aug. 24, 2018
Steve Chen edited this comment Aug. 24, 2018
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You also need to pay off to the (not-so-unlikely) scenarios such as both 2 and 2 are -1.
Aug. 24, 2018
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I am pretty sure more than 500 rate themselves as world class.

On the other hand, there are many good (adv/expert) players who rate themselves as Novice, as a means to boycott the abused self-assessment.

Bottom line: self-rated skill level doesn't mean anything.
Aug. 24, 2018
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Ian: the idea is to let opponents compete over it, rather than they comfortably playing in 1NT NV…
Aug. 23, 2018
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To be fair, “inspired view” probably means “he's not going to find it”…
Aug. 23, 2018
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It can easily score well for you – you could get +90 instead of +50, -50 instead of -90, or occasionally +90 instead of -90…
Aug. 23, 2018
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(C) for me, if the commentary is useful and interesting.
Of course I am also curious at the results at the other table, but I can still stay at one table and see the results from the other, no? The only thing that “flipping around” gains is to keep up-to-date on the one deal that they are currently playing. Occasionally I might do that, but it won't be my normal operational mode. More often I check the other tables because I get bored on the commentary at current one. :-)
Aug. 23, 2018
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As an average player, these are what I look for from commentators:

1) Help me understand the auctions, in the context of the systems that players use. This is the most important reason for me to look at the commentator chat box.

2) Help me understand the play and defense, NOT in the context of viewing all 4 hands. In particular, it can be very helpful if, a play/defense is unsuccessful on the actual hand but someone can point out it would have worked on a different (possibly more likely) layout, in essence it helps me understand why the players did what they did.

3) Whether an alternative bid/play can be considered by the experts. This is not my primary reason for watching, but it is useful information as long as it is explained with adequate reasoning.
Aug. 23, 2018
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But that just means you need more strength to double with 3-2-4-4 shape than, say, 4-1-4-4. It doesn't mean that you can never double second time with 3-2-4-4 regardless of strength. So the question is really about what is the minimum strength to double with 3-2-4-4. Of course it is a matter of strength, in the context of slightly flawed shape you have.
Aug. 22, 2018
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There must be a good story. Waiting for OP to enlighten us.
Aug. 22, 2018
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Double is not a command to pass but it shows good hand with good hearts. If partner pulls to 2, that's because he has long diamonds and weak hand (but chose not to jump overcall earlier), definitely this hand should not correct to 2.
Aug. 22, 2018
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Wasn't the X penalty?
Aug. 22, 2018
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No mention of vulnerability and form of scoring? Those have HUGE impact in bidding.
Aug. 22, 2018
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Suppose you have a hand suitable for declaring 1NT, either side has roughly half of deck. Sometimes you make 1NT, sometimes you are down 1 (and they make 1NT). If you don't bid, they will declare 1NT, which may not be good for you. If they always know to double you when you are down 1, but let you play when you make, then you should quit this game.
Aug. 22, 2018
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What can they do?
Aug. 21, 2018
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Why dismiss a high club (but not ace) lead? Of course partner knows to lead heart if/when he gets in, but that if/when may only be that he gets in with K at trick 1?
Aug. 21, 2018
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Yes. But you may not have a chance to declare 1NT when it is right.
Aug. 21, 2018
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Maybe it makes sense to play 1NT as 12-14 non-vul and 18-19 vul. But that would be more error-prone, so in practice showing a “happy” 13-14 NT might be best (or most intuitive).
Aug. 21, 2018
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