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Worth knowing what

P-1-2
P-1-3

are. Regardless I think 1NT is probably automatic and the more interesting decision is going to be on the next round over say 3.
June 6
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Only if you know East is going to cover the 2 with the 5. But an interesting point. If I think that being 4-0 is a reasonable inference then that inference maybe equally available to the defence. I definitely don't think the room would put the J up but that is my gut feel rather than based on anything concrete.
June 3
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Hi Craig,

“The only difference is that by playing the A at trick 1, you give West an early opportunity to err by pitching a from 5.“

If West has 5305, you also now have given East a chance to insert the J at T4 and beat the contract legitimately regardless of what you ditch on the A which somewhat ruins the hand.

“And when the K is onside, W will often be able to play a club back at you after winning the A

That really isn’t a problem as you now have trump control. Going down now would be a travesty if you didn’t pitch the A.

If you do ditch the A and West returns a rounded suit at T3 and the K was onside all along then West will be caught in a squeeze. I am no good at names but will take a wild guess at a progressive triple squeeze. I do concede you will go down when are 3-3 and the J is offside though.

Pretty though and I hadn't noticed it previously so thanks :)
June 3
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I have posted my (unfortunately lengthy) thoughts on the hand and the actual results here:

https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/a-hand-of-many-stories-analysis/

The first and hopefully last hand I feel compelled to write a thesis about.
June 3
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My partner and I play a lot of transfers in these spots but simplify them down. This is slightly less optimal for various reasons (mainly when raising partner) but we get far more usage out of it and have 1 symmetrical system for lots of spots.

Atm we play transfers after
1. 1any-(1any)
2. 1any-(2any)
3. (1any)-1any-(1any) (treat like 1)
4. (1any)-1any-(2any) treat like 2)
June 2
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Hi Steve :)

What about a small diamond at T2?
June 2
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“It might have been more interesting had you offered it as a play problem without your telling us 4-1.”

Hi David. No-one has got remotely close to what I believe the solution(s) to be yet so I am thankful I did reveal were 4-0 :)

In the past when people say: “no comments on the auction” they generally get no comments. Hence why I find this all rather amusing.
June 1
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I find it amusing that every comment so far has nit picked at the auction which I have 0 interest in.

For what it is worth I didn’t play this hand, nor do I know the tempo of the auction. I inserted those comments so readers may take the inference diamonds are 4-0. I believe the problem is too complex/impossible without this info….

It is a weakness of BW I fear. This fixation over critiquing bidding.
June 1
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Quick drop in from work so might have missed something simple:

Think I would cash the K and play a spade to the Ace. Guarantees on any 3-2. I also catch stiff Q in either hand and can trump coup North if they have 3+.

What all the leads and carding mean might help….
March 15
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Bit surprised by the poll results thus far. I knew my action would be considered off-centre but thought the “flexible” DBL would have a bigger proportion. People are obviously more rigid about length.
March 8
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@Michael R: As per my post below, you can still make when 2-2 by playing a club at T5. Doesn’t mean that the has to be the K, no?
March 5
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At work so on;y had 5minutes to glance at it. I think I would have crossed to the T at T5 and played my top two diamonds.

In the position I am in now, I would play a .
March 5
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Also worth discussing what:

1-(2NT)-4
1-(2NT)-4
1-(2NT)-4

Mean in your partnership.
March 4
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Hi Norman,

I assume you played for to be something like Hxx<>Hxxxx. Throw a club on the A, ruff the last last spade and play a diamond up. LHO is caught between a rock and a hard place.

Weirdly the bit of this play I find nice is correctly resisting the temptation to cash the A early throwing a diamond. Not hard when you think about what the opponents hands look like but very easily to play quickly and go wrong.

………………………………..

My thoughts on the bidding:
- Why didn't partner open 1NT? You guys experimenting with a variable NT???
- I like 3 because I have “bid” my hand esp as now partner hopefully can put me with stiff . Tough call over 4 between 5 and Pass (5 isn't in the picture for me). I would probably pass at pairs and bid at teams but don't have any strong view which is right/wrong.

…………………………………

My thoughts on the play:
- We know East has 6-5 in the two suits. We also know West has the A(probably Q) and a diamond honour for their double.
- Your line works best, if East has 2, 0.
- If East has 1-1 or 0-2 we need to draw 1 round of trumps only and play a club up.

However, your line can also make if 0-2 long as we win the first trump in hand also! (so that you can abandon drawing trumps and play a club up)

Thus we are on a guess whether are 3-1/2-2. I think I would probably go wrong as I think are more likely 3-1 than 2-2. Hopefully good table reads might guide us….
March 4
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Somewhat depends on what 2 over 2 and 3 over 3 mean.

Also depends on what the worst shapely hand you would open your presumably strong with. e.g xx, AQxxxx, -, AKQxx is this a 1 or 1 for you guys.

Failing all that mumbo-jumbo I am going to bid 3 as I feel likely that the room will go 1-2-3-3 and most hands aren't 50%+ for 4. The hands that are might still bid.
Feb. 22
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Slows the auction down. This hand is marginal but I don't mind it with quacky values.

I played against a top international who went so far as to bid this with Jxx,Qxx,Kxxxxx, x (we both agreed afterwards this was too good).
Feb. 22
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XX = 4 with better than
1 = 4 with better than

Other bids: Treat like 1-(1)
Feb. 22
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Great example set by Maria and James (and Erik/Morten prior to this). Hopefully, one we can all follow.

One small negative point James. It is a pity you couldn't have been more quippy with the lawyer. Something like:

Lawyer: “I am going to sue you.”

You: “Sure. More importantly, I think I must be lost. It's just that I thought it was Africa where cheetahs roamed freely!”
Feb. 21
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I was quite in range for my action I felt….. ;-)
Feb. 17
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