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I am surprised no one talked about overcall styles. In my opinion, if West's actual hand is close to the minimum expected for 2 level overcall, then 4H bid by East seems to be a good call. On the other hand, if West can be Q or K lighter for the overcall, then 3H would be percentage.
April 10, 2018
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Thank you for the Good work. Loved it and subscribed. Keep it coming!
Feb. 28, 2018
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I think the poll doesn't make sense. If original double was oriented towards penalizing at least one major, the major is s for sure.. calling for a penalty double on this round.

Poll should have rather been for the first round call from West, where there could be a few interesting views.
Feb. 27, 2018
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Yes of course! Thanks Kit.
I had got it mixed up.
Dec. 29, 2017
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On Page 8.. “It wouldn't have helped to play the diamonds first. When declarer later leads the ♣9, West wins, leads the jack of diamonds, and East discards his last club, depriving declarer of the needed dummy entry. ”

Kit, if East discards a club, declarer can discard a club as well, discard his last club on and play H from dummy for 1 down right? Am I missing something?
Dec. 29, 2017
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This is very Similar to auction in Kit's Article “Death Distribution”. He had laid out a very clean treatment (on Page 2) for these situations as below:

QUOTE
“DBL: Either hearts and clubs, 3-suited, or red suits with longer diamonds. After you double, if partner bids 2NT that would ask if one of your suits is diamonds. You would bid 3♦ if it is, 3♣ if you have hearts and clubs.

2NT: Diamonds and another suit. If diamonds and hearts, hearts are at least as long. If partner bids 3♣, you will correct to 3♦.”
UNQUOTE

https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/death-distribution/?cj=503602#c503602
Dec. 29, 2017
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ROFL! Peter, you made my day with the quantum interpretation of bridge laws.

Thanks for the explanation to both you and John.
Aug. 14, 2017
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I would like some opinion on general bidding mis-hap situations like this, where the offending side is in a wrong spot because of the misunderstanding.

I don't understand the logic of “I would have doubled 4S, if 2S was alerted as mixed raise” because, if 2S was alerted as MR, the offending side might have landed in par 3C contract.

The adjustment of scores if meant in the spirt of avoiding damage to the non-offending side, should 4S -3 already give that?

I can understand if there was a better normal score possible when right information was provided.
Aug. 14, 2017
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no special agreement.. (would have showed value)
June 24, 2017
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Any particular reason for majority of 4S bids? Seems a bit conservative to me.

Might need only A/K of and xxx or Q of for slam.

Also, I am surprised, there has been no hopeful 6 votes.
June 15, 2017
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Hi Chuck. thanks for the feedback. what would be the difference between 3 via 2 and direct 3 in your agreement?
June 11, 2017
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Michal, in uncontested, 1C-1D-? 3NT is with a running minor (generally suits stopped). No specific agreement on this particular auction, however same should apply.

Buddy, transfer or natural, the question is whether to pull out of 3N or not.. (I would count both 4H and 4S as same vote).
June 4, 2017
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If the is guessed wrong, immaterial of the position, the defense will return a putting you on the spot at trick 3.

Believe this reduces your percentages quite a lot.
June 2, 2017
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On a tangent, does this generic treatment of dbl as penalty work over mini-NT? Also, what do you play other bids as?

In my partnership, we treat mini-NT similar to say a 1S or 2C (precision) opening.
i.e, direct overcalls are sound (typically 12-17);
dbl as general take-out. Partner can pass for penalty
(dbl and change suit is strong. dbl and NT = 18-19. )

This seems to work well so far in the limited number of occasions where we had to use this.

On the present hand, would overcall 2.
June 1, 2017
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There is possibility to squeeze either opponent who has guarded and one red suit guarded (but double squeeze doesn't work). There is also the red suit squeeze on East. The best option seems to be to establish and come down to the following position keeping all options open.

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Axx
Axx
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Q
Kx
Kx
8

At this stage, we need good table read of the distribution and K location.

West pitches so far and East's return can give some clue. Say west pitches 1 and 1, likely he has long s; if he pitches 2 , East may have length.

Either way enter hand via either red suit K to get a better read. On this deal, say you reach hand in K, East throws a .

So, possible squeezes are D-S or D-H on West and H-S on East. Since, squeezing west works on more layouts, I would go for that.. So, cash A, K reaching this end position and play club 8 for the squeeze card.

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x
Ax
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Q
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x
8
May 31, 2017
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In my partnership, pass of XX already shows preference to play in . With any other call available, partner is expected to bid as though there was no XX.
May 29, 2017
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Over ace response (14 03 2) on quantitative 4N, I think the common approach is to play:
- 5S as puppet to 5N for sign-off (missing 2 keys) or to show a potential suit spot to play as choice.
and
- 5N as asking P to bid up the line for potential spots to play.

I tried to look up on this agreement, can't find it online and can't find my old notes either.

With this sort of agreement, 6 on 5N is probably a good 5 card suit (I am assuming P would have bid 3D over 2H with good 6 cards).. So, something like AQJTx… 7N is a good shot in this case.
May 23, 2017
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I stand corrected :)
May 21, 2017
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As long as covered by the local federation for no alerts above 3N after first round, don't see any reason to alert.

Also, if 2 is alerted, opps have sufficient information to figure out what 5 is.. (provided they ask what 2 alert was).
May 21, 2017
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Interestingly A lead and back a kills the contract (5) as it removes the entry for second ruff.
May 21, 2017
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