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Would 4N be to play here?
Dec. 19, 2012
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1N - right on values :) And since when does a diamond opener show diamonds. Pd probably has a 4 card spade suit and 5 diamonds :)
Dec. 19, 2012
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Wouldn't the lack of a NT bid by either hand point to a heart lead?
Dec. 19, 2012
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So 3N makes on the likely spade lead (if played from your side :)

ATxx xx xxx xxxx leads a spade, yes :)

4H is decent on the AC lead no?
Ruff in dummy, pitch two spades on the diamonds, spade ruff, ruffing finesse in clubs (making 5 :)

1H 2D
2H 4H (assuming 2H guarantees 6)

Not all contracts are makeable on best defense - but often you don't get it - especially when it's on just on the opening lead
Dec. 19, 2012
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Ugh! The dreaded 7-1-0-4. I haven't seen that distribution in years! :)
Dec. 19, 2012
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I've always had bad results when opening 9. It never match-points well.
Dec. 19, 2012
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I think I've shown my hand. It's not clear to me that 4S goes down or that 5H is a good sack. We could have 5 black losers and the opps could have 10 winners. Pd with defensive tricks is likely to double
Dec. 19, 2012
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Really hard to tell given I don't know what contract we're in so I don't know how many tricks we need or how many points pd has or whether LHO has denied 4 spades, etc. etc.
Dec. 19, 2012
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So with that dummy, if spades split 3-2, how many hearts do we make?
Dec. 16, 2012
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The overcall and the 3D lead tell me five diamonds started to my left (QJxxx). Personally, I think to overcall a diamond suit that bad, you need should have than just 8 points so maybe both spade honors are with LHO.

So I think Honorx + KQx is more likely than Honor9x The pop of the TC doesn't do much in terms of what's left in clubs. Of the four clubs I didn't see, 3 are the QT9 - all of them could look “suspicious”

It was my play in my mind before I saw the dummy. I'm not worried about any switch from the North. The likely return is a heart which I would duck into the T9. I still have diamonds double-stopped
Dec. 16, 2012
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I would have played a spade to the ten at trick 3 (playing LHO for honor-one)
Dec. 16, 2012
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You have 6 losers?
Oh I see - if the opps take 6 tricks…
Dec. 15, 2012
Sven Pride edited this comment May 3, 2013
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Ai Tai - your 6C try is growing on me. Pd could have as little as xxxx xxx Qx <-> xxxx and 6m has decent play.

@Ken - I think it more likely the values are behind me, not so much the length. But you could be right. Certainly RHO has a number of spades b/c LHO didn't Michaels and pd didn't bid spades
Dec. 13, 2012
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Ai Tai I completely agree on playing this rather than defending so double is out of the question. But I also think the spades are likely behind me so I'm going to settle for 5C and hope pd realizes I'm doing this red on white so I must have a really good hand.
Dec. 13, 2012
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Henry - what do you bid with Kx AJTxxx xx xxx
Dec. 10, 2012
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3H is the six-card suit that can't be bid over 2C because 2H _is_ forcing.
Dec. 10, 2012
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You're correct. It's always possible to take three spade tricks. But if the TS is in declarer's hand, it requires the lead of the spade honor to get three spades.
Dec. 10, 2012
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Except, the auction should have already been in 4S ;)
Dec. 9, 2012
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Those aren't standard precision agreements. Pass would be 0-4 or 0-7 without a stopper or looking for blood over the overcall. Double would be gf 8(or 9)+. Bidding would be 5-8 points with a 5-card suit or 1N would be 5-8 with a stopper (the standard call for this hand)

Given your parameters, a simple raise should be enough. Pd needs an exceptional hand to make.
Dec. 9, 2012
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But if the auction starts 1D X;
Axxxx or Kxxxx is likely to bid a spade no?
It's a case of the dog that doesn't bark.
Similarly, RHO didn't open a spade, so (s)he doesn't have 5 either
Dec. 9, 2012
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