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Anant -

On the first hand, you're under the 1S bidder, so you're really only guaranteed one trick in the suit. The rest of your hand is very quacky. You're not guaranteed to take a trick outside of spades. Double is a hyper aggressive action that I wouldn't even take at MP's.

On the second hand, your pd is just balancing. (S)he's already used a lot of the values in your hand. A rule of thumb I learned was to subtract 3 points from my hand when responding to my pd's balances. And your hand is soft to begin with. Consider that LHO hasn't really denied values in this auction.

On the last hand, pd at least opened the bidding - I don't know what your style is, but you likely have half the deck. Doubling here isn't the end of the auction, it pulls pd into it. The other calls were definitively penalties which you didn't really have. I'm not saying that I would have doubled on hand 3. I hate to suggest defense when I have a known double-fit. But it was at least under consideration

Oh, and defense is hard.
Oct. 4, 2012
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I would have bid Stayman originally. Our most likely game is 4S, and Stayman is a convenient gadget to ask about spade support. I wouldn't play 2N as Lebensohl. Lebensohl to me suggests a balance in 3m, and with that hand I can bid direct over 2C without letting the opps exchange info. No need to let North know that South's suit is hearts. I would take 2N as minors in this auction.

Passing originally feels like a lack of faith in your agreements over 1N.
Oct. 4, 2012
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Not necessarily. I'm an American and I use both maize and corn depending on context.
Oct. 3, 2012
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I like the spots. I give 3N a whirl. I don't think pass from pd denies t's and 9's :)
Sept. 28, 2012
Sven Pride edited this comment Sept. 28, 2012
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What a great hand.
Sept. 28, 2012
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@Bob - just click the bid you want to change to in the bidding box.

I was wondering why I was almost alone in the 2D (single-suited major) call ;)
Sept. 27, 2012
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Nice point about declarer's ability to false card in order to try and interrupt opponent communication
Sept. 27, 2012
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These are great guys. I love the insight and doing it two boards at a time makes them easily digestible :)
Sept. 27, 2012
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It's possible they already did :)
Sept. 25, 2012
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That reminds me of one of my fav hands.
white v red

x
KQxxxx
QT9xx
x

1S 4H! 4S P
4N P 5D P
5H P 5S X AP

+200 vs +620
Good times.

This hand was a slight exception.
There's a _lot_ to be said for _first in_ vigorish.

That said, 1S 4H puts buckets of pressure on LHO to support spades if (s)he's got spade support
Sept. 20, 2012
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Omar Sharif
Sept. 13, 2012
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I've been wrong before. It's why I keep coming back here :)
Sept. 13, 2012
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Well - given most of my pd's concept of bad, 5C was pretty auto on this board :)
Sept. 11, 2012
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I dunno. If you're not doubling and bidding spades, your standards may be too high. It's also possible this hand may belong in hearts if your pd makes a free heart bid. Of course, there are some pretty good players bidding 1S, so I'll wait and see why I'm wrong :)
Sept. 10, 2012
Sven Pride edited this comment Sept. 10, 2012
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I think you mean assess :) One of the funnier typos I've seen in a while. (I try not to play conventions based on my pd's general level of grouchiness)
Sept. 9, 2012
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I would consider 3D asking for the lead - but double isn't on the table. Pd couldn't bid 1S or 2S over 1H - why would we try and bring spades into the picture?
Sept. 7, 2012
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Mike - given your pd has 5h and at least an opening hand, hearts rates to be the better game as well as the better slam if it's there. I don't think your values are soft at all. They all appear to be working.
It's possible 3N might make while 4H goes down, but it's anti-percentage.
Sept. 6, 2012
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1) 2N;
All others) 3H
Sept. 5, 2012
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3N plays pretty poorly on the hand where you bid 4S over 1H-2C-2H.
The opps can take the first 9 tricks and are likely to get 8 even if they don't get off to double-dummy defense.

Another lesson in this set is if you're going to sack in a minor and have already bid one, 4N showing both minors (with a preference towards the first) is a better bid than unilaterally sacking in your longer minor.
Sept. 5, 2012
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Kenneth - Yes, this is a result of the change of the bidding poll format. I mentioned it as a downside in the thread that asked for feedback. Maybe on the next upgrade, they'll add the ability to add a descriptive title.
Sept. 4, 2012
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