Chicago and $IMP addict from the '70s in Kansas City and '80s in San Diego.
Currently disguised as a systems/software engineer and data maven supporting the USMC and USAF V-22 Osprey Communities.
Proud to be the human of Wolfie Amadeus Muttzart AKA Count Barkula (pictured), philosopher - "I bark therefore I am" - and pom in the butt.
My philosophy is a good pun is *not* as satisfying as an entry shifting squeeze.
So partner will divine to bid 4♦ on Axx xxx xx AQxxx?
FWIW, I find this really close. But I would have made a strong jump shift response (if available) had they not interfered. Despite Richard's construction, this suggests that going set at 5, or 6 if we ...
A heavy 4NT may be a logical alternative, but I think it is far from clear that 4♠ is suggested by the BIT. Balancing with four of a presumably single suited minor has such a low reward to risk ratio, especially at matchpoints, that you should expect a very ...
I believe the directors got this right. Failing to jettison the ♥A is inferior, not irrational in the meaning of the laws.
In fairness, there is a serious divide among bridge players over how much leeway a declarer should get when he fails to state a comprehensive line of play ...
Almost impossible is a huge overbid.
Win the ♠Q, unblock ♦Q, come to the ♣K, cash the ♦A throwing a heart from dummy leaving
AK7 ... 8
5 ..... K9
7 ..... --
8 ..... QJ5
I think you are a strong favorite to pick the winning squeeze and there are significant beer chances.
I like winning the first heart, testing a high club, and assuming clubs are not 5-0 returning a heart intending to finesse/duck. North may guess to duck from QJTxx. On a really good day you might switch horses to guess the 87 doubleton with South.
If clubs break 5-0 ...