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On the hand it occured, the answer was no. But thr point is you need to run the suit to make and winning the king on the second round will NEVER make that possible, its a nullo play while running the ten or jack at least has a chance.
Nov. 7
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Not that simple though as give your P the TD when the jack is led covering is wrong. You have to trust your p to ditch the TD under the ace. Its a very interesting position……..but winning the king here was a nullo play.
Nov. 7
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Running the jack is your only hope. If the queen drops, you’ve blocked the suit!
Nov. 7
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I lead and we clear spade vs 3nt, where declarer has a entryless dummy apart from the suit he must run to make the contract, this being diamonds

Dummy………Kxxxxx

Dec………..AJT

Declarer takes the AD and then overtakes the Jack with the King in dummy to give them 0% chance to make the contract
Nov. 7
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I cannot answer this in the current format, its not clear on the difference between bidding a new minor and a cue bid of the openers.

Also there is an assumption that the passed hand is always weak, when it could easily be a strongish hand with the openers suit not suitable for a TOD or NT overcall
Nov. 7
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In the methods given Dave that hand would rebid a GF 2nt and not 3D.
Nov. 6
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Certainly a reasonable view, but in the case where P has enough values to bid 2H but then is not interested in showing any spade support before bidding 3NT (Hx or similar would be normal) - I think the odds of a hand being opposite with bad hearts is very low.
Nov. 5
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This is definitely not a 2/1 auction so 3H is not GF and not a bid I would ever risk. I agree 3D takes a lot of room & makes life hard if P bids 3NT, but my approach is not to take 3NT out to 4H but 5H. Not Ideal but I like my splinters to have 4 card trump support.
Nov. 5
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Clearly misread the op!
Nov. 1
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Sorry but is P's play on the AC attitude or count?

Also you say UDCA - so if P was giving attitude then surely the 9C is discouraging - so i'm confused and cannot answer what I would do until this info is confirmed
Nov. 1
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With the info at the point of decision, I also voted for a club, as a passive defence will see the contract make by setting up discards in diamonds in many layouts with the AC as an entry / club gaurd. I therefore don't fault the switch.

I do though think there is scope for your P to drop the QH to induce a safe diamond continuation on the second round and/or for the opening lead to be changed to the Ace for attitude rather than count which may see the hand set routinely.
Oct. 30
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That depends on if you play 2H as disturbed and potentially weaker….or as full strength. That info is not given so I have assumed full strength values and therefore North is always bidding at least game.
Oct. 29
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Also could North offer 4C as a 4 card splinter raise of hearts? If so problem gone.
Oct. 29
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Bidding with a bad hand should be saved for hands that have a redeeming feature I like to call a “Fit”. This hand does not have one and bidding just invites P to imagine lots of other better hands and get us into trouble……if you dont believe this then what the hell happened on this hand?

Randy - if RHO passes to defend 1SX, I dont think my P has many spades and I'm not passing this hand, ill do what ever our agreement is to get to P's longest suit as I have support for it.
Oct. 26
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I play as Frances….ie Cue is Majors or Minors depending on the rank of the Pre-empt. 5m is a mutlitude of hands as 4m in not an option anymore and 4NT is the full value minor overcall……..not that we have used it yet!
Oct. 25
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50/50 - This is awful in so many places from both sides:-

1nt - ok shows clubs 0-bad raise…….but this is not helping with the lead and is not a bad raise it would be an insane one…..just pass this misfit

3S - Serious overbid

4C - WTF pass is so clear now

4H - Is this hand honestly trying for a slam or something…..PASS

5C - no choice now

SO both players are having a very bad day
Oct. 25
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This auction makes the diamond lead neither active or passive by default, it could easily be either. My deductions at the table will be based on dummy and my hand…….and declarer is not entitled to know which i think it is based on my hand.

I’ve played with my reg for a long time and seriously dont think I could second guess his lead style to this auction in a month of Sundays without it being just that …… a guess. Now if this auction had specifically come up every time we played for the last twenty years I might by now be spotting a trend.

IF on the other hand you have a general agreement and have discussed that in doubt you always lead passive or active then yes you can share that info here……..but i dont, and doubt that all but a handful will have.
Oct. 21
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How can this be a valid question. No one leads actively or passively all the time…..the auction and your hand make the choice for you. Personnaly I think declarer is fishing for a tell and dont think its fair
Oct. 20
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Whats the rush here? We can still bid 4S over 3nt and if they drop off into 4C let that play. I really doubt we will be allowed to play 4S if its actually making…….more likely we would push them into a cold 5C, when they might not get there.
Sept. 27
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Its possible the hesitation was for the 2S bid as you say Richard……or perhaps its the 4NT bid that was the tempo break, thus warning opener that the spade bid may have been short? Either way, 4NT should be setting spades as trumps so passing 6C with a singleton looks like a use of UI
Sept. 20
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