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Sorry, it was match point.
I will fix this when I figure out how to do it.
Sept. 18
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I am in ACBL. A lot of players leave the stop card on the table for 5-10 sec after they make the bid.

I agree with some of the comments that leaving the card on the table is a distraction.
July 4
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Here is the actual hand.

{handviewer d=w&v=n&w=sj8hqt86dq73ca963&n=skq6ha743djt6ct87&e=s975432h2dk8542c4&s=sathkj95da9ckqj52&a=ppp1cp1h3n?}

Sorry for the poor formatting, I do not know if there is a better way to do this.

———KQ6
———A743
———JT6
———T87
J8—————-975432
QT86————-2
Q73————–K8542
A963————-4
———AT
———KJ95
———A9
———KQJ52

After first lead of club and a ruff, North still has to lose 2 hearts for down 1.
4H by south seems to be a good bid but even with 10 points in North, it was defeated.

4SX would go down 3 for 500.
4DX could lose trump control and go down more.

Interesting things are:
- If you do not agree with the 3NT bid, put me in your camp.
- If East was 6-6, there would be no club ruff since East is either void in H of has no club to lead.
South has both Aces in other 2 suits, so West cannot get in to lead club back.
- Let us assume East is 6-6 by exchanging a diamond and a club between EW.
Take away spade queen or club 10, the contract is not makable.

I know the result does not justify the action but would seeing the actual hand and the “expected” very bad distribution change your mind from bidding 4H to Pass or Double?

BTW, I think it makes a lot of sense to use 4D bid as “power 4H call”.
May 27
Yu Chang edited this comment May 27
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Thanks for the detailed reply.

This reminds me that we usually pass with 6-7 flat hand.
XX usually shows 8+ balanced or 6-7 shapely hand such as 4441, or a hand with very bad 5-card suit.
May 27
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This is an interesting method. Thanks for sharing.

Using traditional approach, after RHO's 1S, I would think 3C is blocking.
May 27
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Dave, since transfers are forcing bids, we play them with no upper limit.
We do not XX with 12+ single suit hand.

and you are right in that XX could have 5 card minor, such as 5332 bad 5-card suit hands.
May 27
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@Max You stated the reason why I posted this. l am happy to alert but just want to make sure there is not going to be someone telling me XX should not be alerted in a real game.

@Steve yes, we do alert the transfer bids. There is no question that they are different from what people would assume.
May 27
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OK, I will bite, what is that called?

And do not forget the 8, I feel KQJT85 is quite a bit better than KQJT65.
May 26
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Kit, Thanks!

I did not want to make such a strong point but I am happy to hear you said this.

All three other players had bid, my bid must be based on shape (Month's point above), so I expect partner to proceed with this in mind.
I would have bid 3C if our side was NV.
Even at red against white, I still think 5C has a chance facing a good hand.
May 26
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Respectably I disagree with you, there was no confusion to 2 lead.
It was simple standard lead of 4th best, leading small promises an honor and I want a lead back.

There was no agreement to use Jack denies with this partner, Leading Jack will be confusing, since it can easily be mistaken to be top of a sequence of JTx.
May 19
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Not really!
Declarer with cover diamond return with 8, after East winning the second diamond trick with 10, he cannot get back to West to play Diamond again.
Defense can only get 3 diamonds and 1 heart.

But this is matchpoint, 3NT make 3 is still better than 4S make 4 for defense.
May 19
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LOL! I know what you mean.
But without this minimum requirement on suit quality, no one will ever consider 3NT.
May 19
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This is getting a little side tracked, but it is an interesting issue.

Suppose North opened 1NT and you are South holding QJTxxxx x xxx Qx,
would you (1) transfer to 2S then bid 3S to invite or (2) texas transfer to 4S?

Not going to debate with anyone, just saying what I would do.
I will not be so pessimistic to stop below game with 7 spades leading with QJT, a singleton and side Queen facing a strong NT. No matter red or white.

I think I just read a comment that bridge bidding is never 100%, it is about %.
My own feeling is this hand has a good chance to make 4S facing a lot of strong NT hands.
May 19
Yu Chang edited this comment May 20
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@Nicholas - I am not lying, leading from KJT2 is very different from leading from KQJ2. That was not a fair comparison.

I am with Niko on this one, I had the same thoughts at the table. North is more likely to have diamond length/strength, I will need help from partner anyway. If partner has either Ae or Queen, leading 2 is just fine. Yordan's example is a good one how you could waste J/T on first lead.

Even if the bidding was 1NT 3NT, I would still lead 2 from KJT2.
I will lead J or T from interior sequence only if I lead from 5-card suit KJT32.
May 19
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I have added another post to give those who are interested in this more details about what actually happened. Hope you find that useful. Thanks.

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/atb-partner-opened-3s-what-spade-support-is-needed-to-bid-3nt/
May 19
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Please see Niko's comment above, which I quoted below:

“You need help in diamonds anyway and opponents' diamond values are expected with declarer, not dummy.”
May 19
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good point.
the only agreement is standard lead, 4th best and BOSTON.
without discussing this in detail, I decided to lead 4th best which promises an honor.
lead J or 10 would/could be mistaken to be top of sequence.
May 19
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I have just edited the post to add preempt style, assume KQTxxxx or better.
Sorry I did not include this info earlier.
May 19
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I could not agree more with all the comments so far.
I wanted to collect more objective opinions to show my partner after getting very frustrated in trying to persuade him.
May 19
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I am not Sathya, but I will share my thoughts (again) anyway.

In problem section, most people just vote on the right panel and be done with it.
I submitted 2 first-lead problem. This one here and the other in the problem section. I have learnt so much here (thanks to all those who care to share their opinion on bridge issues, instead of forum policy issues). As expected, I did not get much from the other one in the problem section.

Eugene had already clarified the policy a couple times. He is the administrator and he has the right the run the forum in the way he wants to. I am grateful to his support but if he has a different approach and deletes/moves this thread, I will respect his decision with no hard feeling at all.

This is my last attempt to entertain this off-track discussion. I am here to talk about bridge, therefore has little interest to continue further.

I will also apologize to all those who felt I had wasted too much bandwidth and dragged this longer than needed.
March 8, 2016
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