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If you open this 1N, your card should be marked 14-17.
June 22
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3 tricks are easier than 11.
June 21
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At the table

My partner opened 1 with KQ92, T5432, A7, Q3.
My RHO, with the hand above, passed.
I bid 2 with JT4, Q97, 986, A965.
3 passes followed and my partner made 8 tricks for a top.

The opponents were lamenting the fact they had 22 HCP between them and sold out to 2. I was asked by my RHO what I would have done with her hand. I said I would overcall 1N. My partner said the same thing.

My RHO said she had only 14 HCP and their 1N overcall showed 15. The diamonds were too weak to bid at the 2 level.
I said that I would upgrade based on the heart holding and the possible source of tricks in diamonds. Both RHO and LHO disagreed with that statement.

Based on this poll, it seems my opponents were more on target than I was. Double dummy analysis said both 2N and 3 makes for NS. Four pairs made 9 or 10 tricks in NT, with 3 of them being in 3N for the best scores their way. Only 1 pair found 3 and managed to go down (yeah, a club game).
June 21
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My vote was for 3 and I can understand 1N, 2 and pass. But 4?
June 20
ATB
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West got exactly what was deserved.
June 19
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All my points are working, 3 aces, and a possible ruffing value are all positives. I think it's an easy decision at IMPs. I can't afford not to bid it and have them making 4 at the other tables.
June 19
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I can understand someone passing, but that someone isn't me.
June 19
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I don't think I've ever had a 2N opener and partner opened a strong 2 in front of me.
June 19
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Rhode Island and Southern Mass.
Club games - $7-$9 (varies by the club)
Sectionals - $11
Regionals - $14
June 18
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In that case you find the least lie.
June 17
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I'm not nearly a good enough player to play at this level, but even I know enough to not play a card as dummy until declarer calls it (singletons and equivalent cards in the suit led excepted).
June 17
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Not surprising. I don't know of any partnerships that have discussed this sequence.
June 17
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Distribution beats points and vulnerable opponents generally don't offer their head on a platter. You still haven't told of your heart holding, but it couldn't have been too great.

Partner doubled 3N based on points, but the same can't be said for your double of 4H. You need tricks and points don't necessarily translate to tricks, especially when one opponent is advertising extreme distribution.
June 16
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If I couldn't bid over 1, I'm certainly not going to now over 3N.
June 16
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And I have faith in my partners. If there's a way to make it, they'll find it.
June 16
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Is partner 0=7=0=6?
June 16
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My spade support is lacking, but hopefully my outside winners will compensate.
June 16
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Why did you double 4? What was your heart holding? You knew you had a 9 card spade fit.
June 15
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5N, passing the buck.
June 14
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Given my minor suits, it's more likely to go 1-1; 2 etc
June 14
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