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My partner is not insane. I made that rule long time ago. It is easier to play that way.
Feb. 25, 2017
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Stiff and 2NT does not make any sense
Feb. 25, 2017
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I doubled because there is a slim chance that partner might bid diamonds. Qxxxx and out should be enough for 6. If p bids clubs I will settle for 4.
Feb. 7, 2017
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3 NT is not available and 4NT might be to high. Just take your plus score at IMPs.
Jan. 15, 2017
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Let me do some “whining” here.
20 years ago I had awful experience at MP tournament when my RHO opened 2 white vs red on something like x x AKQxxxx KQxx. We competed to 3 but we both thought that partners hand was much worse than it really was, so we sold to 4. -130 was disaster for us, every other pair scored either +650 or +300. Director was called and ruled that -130 stays. I decided that from that moment I will always ask if 2 guaranties any defensive tricks.
Several rounds later vs another opps my RHO opened “strong and artificial” 2 and I asked my LHO does this opening bid guaranties any defensive tricks. They both gave me a long look and LHO said: “yes, of course it does”. I had some random 7 count and partner had KQJxxx of and side K. So it went 2 p 2 2. I will stop here because story gets ugly, I will just tell you that some people died convinced that we are most blatant cheaters ever.
So here is my plea to every ethic player: if your 2 may have very little or no defense at all, say so immediately. Maybe a checkbox on CC is not bad idea, but I guess that is to much to ask.
Dec. 19, 2016
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“our 3♦ overcall practically denies 4-card ♥”
S should realize that both sides have double fits and defending 3X is very dangerous. Even timid 4m makes some sense at MP's because +130 beats +100. Did he really expect to score +300?
Dec. 6, 2016
Toni Mestrovic edited this comment Dec. 6, 2016
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When this board was played I was N and I was aware that I produced very unusual bidding sequence. I don't recommend bidding like this for new partnerships but my partner got it right: great clubs, not so great heart support and pointed suits well controlled. He decided to bid 6, everyone passed, and holding AKx Txx - AQJT9xx I claimed 12 tricks after A lead. 6 is reasonable contract, it makes if trumps are 3-2 and no ruff at trick 1. At table E's hand was xx QJxx Qxxxxx x and I was thrilled because 6 had no play, and I was little annoyed with myself because I failed squeeze E in red suits and make an overtrick in 6.
Dec. 5, 2016
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“East is entitled to receive the correct information about the 4 bid, whether North remembers or not.”

Sure, but how should E receive correct information? E could call director before he doubled 4 and director should ask N to go away from table so S can give proper explanation of his 4 bid. E did not call director before he doubled so -420 is all his fault.
Nov. 8, 2016
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So far 92 votes for 8 and 8 for J. When I was presented with this problem I also choose 8 thinking “I cannot guard any suit but clubs, so keeping my J will help my partner not to get squeezed”. But in real play it was 26 IMPs swing to your opponents. Declarer held KQx QJ10 AQJxx Ax and partner held Jx Kxxx xxx KQ10x. Declarer ducked at trick 1 and partner, fearing AJx in declarers hand switched to diamonds. Now declarer played Q and let it run, and then he cashed all his spade and diamond winners.
N
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J10
x
A
………. E
………. -
………. Kx
………. -
………. K10
S
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A
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xxx
On last diamond E is caught in criss-cross squeeze. Your teammates stopped at game so this was 13 IMPs loss instead of 13 IMPs gain. Of course 6NT is horrible contract and club at trick 2 would defeat it easily.
Aug. 9, 2016
Toni Mestrovic edited this comment Aug. 9, 2016
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John, if declarer can cash 10 top tricks and still have top spade and K he is always making his contract, playing small at trick 1 only saves an overtrick. If he has 8 major suit tricks and 2 aces this ending is possible if declarer ducks at trick 1 but than you can't control clubs and partner is squeezed no matter what you do.
Aug. 8, 2016
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EW did nothing wrong, they explained their bids when they were asked to explain them. NS did not call director when the bidding was over, but after they played very poor defence they suddenly suspect there was an UI. Outrageous is an underbid.
July 25, 2016
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Thank you all for you votes and comments. Partner held AKQxxx KQ10x x xx and N held xx xx AKJ109xx Ax. EW can make 10 tricks in spade contract, NS can make 8 tricks in (9 if EW fail to attack early).
March 5, 2016
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I am not in the ACBL and my partner and I have no agreements when irregular bids of our opponents occur. I hope nobody nowhere has such agreements.
March 3, 2016
Toni Mestrovic edited this comment March 3, 2016
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My mistake, I should state in poll options “forbid 3♦, and if N decide to pass then…”.
March 3, 2016
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I think there is another double-dummy line: A,A, ruff, 10 to A, ruff with 9, to K, ruff with Q, 6 to 7,K discarding ,K and W is endplayed
Jan. 29, 2016
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