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Hi David, yes sorry only two pitches from dummy, one of each is fine. Here if he started with T753 Qxx AJxxx x, we have no play now….if the same without the JD we could hook here, but then he's mis defended earlier. So we are left with playing for my position and that means now crashing the JD :)
17 hours ago
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Im going to read this as RHO being T753 QJxx AJxx x. I can now overtake the QC and ditch two hearts & diamond from dummy on the winning clubs. RHO must give up a one heart, spade & diamond before being end played in hearts. Of course I'm probably wrong as usual.
19 hours ago
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I and many other I suspect play this as a hand that can penalize at least one of the opps suits. P can double 4S with a stack or pass/bid as appropriate. Pass though cannot be forcing, as the opp can easily have a big spade fit and shortage in the second suit…..which is the one we hold most likely (not much use in defence now).
June 21
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Any follow up (as promised :))
June 21
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Your right Michael, scan read the preceeding comments. Its a hypothetical continuation. Thanks
June 19
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We have stiff diamond so I assume you mean 6-1 fit. I can live with the 3D call but dbl is probably better, but feel that North being under the bid is being optimistic with Q9x and 3NT. What would 3S have been in this partnership? I think best as asking for help in spades or do something sensible…..which here surely will be 4C and see you to the best spot of 5C. Six is optimistic.

If 3S means something else we should be advised
June 18
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This surely is a must for self paid teams.
June 18
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Excellent result round 32, shame about the last hand, as that would virtually have made it 100% to qualify………good luck in the last round. I have to travel so will miss it
June 16
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Maybe Andy, but hes a great player with an excellent attitude to the game, sportsmanship and has done wonders in helping get the game clean…..so I think he deserves any credit he gets.
June 16
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Well playing England just now our man led out of turn. That does have potential penalties, but again Boye told him to pick it up! He was this time rewarded as our man missed the unblock and his slam made….despite Boye giving him a chance to redeem himself. Exciting match that one was.
June 16
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Its all awful TBH ranking the order very subjective without knowledge of systems played etc
June 12
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It was round 15 board 11 - I voted 3 rounds of trumps then run the JS……but of course when diamonds turn out to be 4-1 off side you will now play spades from the top, ruff them good and clear the outstanding trump if not over ruffing you.
June 12
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Other - West passing Red vs Green in 3rd seat with a pancake hand is a style issue…..if your P is aggressive, then opening this will normally cause problems for yourselves not the opp.

Not balancing 2H having passed - looks normal with P silent.

East not balancing over 2H is more likely the cause here.

I dont like the tone of the post at all
June 12
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He was East, and blaming his P.
June 12
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I think Kit's above line is probably best, but there are several that work via a squeeze on RHO. See below.

………..xx
………..KQJxx
………..AJxx
………..Ax

Jxx………………Kxx
AT9xxx……………8
Txx………………xxxx
x………………..J9xxx

………..AQTxx
………..x
………..KQ
………..KQT87

Cashing the AS in hand before running of the red suit winners traps RHO with the KS and clubs to guard, you ditch and hook as required.

The first line I spotted DD though was very different (and I thought for a while probably what DF would do) but clearly the squeeze line is much better.

Here it is for curiosity value:-

Win the KD & QD, small heart to dummy (LHO must duck cutting of the AH)
Small spade to hand. If RHO plays the King you duck, otherwise hook the queen.
Cash the KC and then cross to the AC, cash the diamonds ditching 2 clubs and lead up another spade. Again if RHO plays the king duck, otherwise win the AS and exit a spade to RHO and claim.

Its a typical DF line needing you to know hearts are 6-1
June 11
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IMO it's fine to have and use this agreement when you hold a spade suit, but as soon as you bid short spades here, it's a controlled psyche and illegal. Failing that it needs to be described as artificial and may not be based on a holding in the suit
June 9
Steven Allen edited this comment June 9
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Kit you may be right that this defence is unlikely. I checked and most won the second round and pushed a third heart.
June 9
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The pitch will be the 2D
June 8
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If you cashed both diamonds then played a heart to the king, then the QH holds the next trick with East showing out. If you played a heart at trick 2 West wins the second round of hearts and plays a diamond you.
June 8
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Nearly every declarer started with a heart up, so I will advise at this point that West plays the 2, the King wins and East plays the 8H.
June 8
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