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My partner is doubling 4 with 7-10 HCP ? I guess the reason you stated thar overcaller is world class is because you got XXed? :)
Easier to Dbl if you are not afraid of a Rdbl but still you must protect and bid your good hand and distribution, there are many hands were you make something and they make also 4, so Doubling is not a big risk since partner stays whenever he has a flat hand and overtricks are not likely in this one.
Feb. 24, 2012
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Our hand has been upgraded by the bidding,but we dont have enough room to explore best fit. We can play in 3 suits and there is no bid to describe that, 5NT looks like it does the job but the only thing it does is show the 2card honour in . What we do is telling pd to choose a suit between - if he doesnt have very nice or long Hearts. but do you want to play 6 with this Ax AJxxx Qxx-Qxx or Ax AJ9xxx-Kx-Jxx? I think a natural 5 bid atracts more inteligent continuations and partner is still driving to slam with decent controls
Feb. 24, 2012
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1 then 3
Feb. 23, 2012
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I really dont see any reason to play , there might be a ruff in and my AK are fast tricks for NT, im favourite with as little as KJTxx-xx-xxx-Axx
in IMPS definetly 3NT in MPS 3 close 2nd for me
Feb. 22, 2012
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Double looks great to me, if partner bids 2C i have 5 tricks for him + 2 trumps if i had KJxx-AJxx-Kx-xxx it would be better?

Feb. 17, 2012
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John can you calculate the odds that the player with long Hearts has long Diamonds also? I think that if its anywhere near 50%, going for the red suit squezze is the statistical play.
As for drawing only one round of trumps there is the issue of North having 4 and not being able to draw them after you ruff a heart.
Not happy with either of 3 lines, i chose the 3rd because its more straightforward.

Feb. 17, 2012
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I think the inferences from the play and bidding are not enough to strongly suggest playing the hand in that or the other way.
The question here is how can you calculate at the table the aproximate chances of each line and decide in favour of one or the other.

Line 1 needs trumps 3-2, requires Hearts 4-3 or 5-2 with the player with 2 hearts having only 2 spades.and then Diamonds should be 3-2 without the player with 2 diamonds having the last trump able to ruff after declarer.

Line 2 needs trumps 3-2 and Diamonds 3-2 without the doubleton diamond player being able to overuff declarer.

Line 3 needs trumps 3-2 (you can win if 4-1 with Jxxx in North) and the player who stops Hearts also have 3 or more Diamonds.

*John im not sure if cashing only the Ace of trumps is better statistical, it surely gives more excitement during play since you allways expect to get overrufed.

Feb. 17, 2012
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Scoring is IMPs, i propably should include it in the post but since its my 1st post here i found it somehow difficult to include text with the diagram.

I m not sure what kind of inference can be drawn by the play of the Ace of Hearts since North could be just trying to make defence easy for his partner who could have the two Kings and be afraid to return a Heart when in play with the King
Declarer's hand could be Kxxxx-QJxx-Qx-Jx from North's point of view.
Feb. 16, 2012
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Defence led a Club to the Ace, North cashed the Ace of Hearts and played another Club for South's King, who switched to a small Diamond
Feb. 16, 2012
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2 spades is my call, i will retreat to 2NT if i get doubled.
Feb. 15, 2012
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