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Nigel Kearney
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Oct. 2, 2010
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Live in Wellington, New Zealand. Don't play much bridge these days due to work and family commitments. In the past have represented NZ several times including a silver medal in the 1995 Junior World Championships in Bali. 

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Cue Bid after Weak 2
I bid 4 when I want to invite partner to do something over their 5 (or anything else they may bid). I just bid 4 when I don't want that.
How do you adjudicate this claim?
It's more convenient to say 'irrational' than 'worse than careless or inferior'. I think even below average players would describe leading away from the king of spades instead of up to it with a term stronger than 'careless' or 'inferior'. It is completely contrary to the normal action of ...
How do you adjudicate this claim?
There are two interpretations of what declarer said. One is that he intends to lead spades from dummy. The other is that he intend to lead towards the king but expects East to have the ace. The first one is irrational. We do not impose an irrational line if there ...
How do you adjudicate this claim?
Leading spades from dummy seems irrational to me unless South is a beginner. I would want to see the whole hand and auction. Maybe South thought, probably from the bidding, that the A was in East.
Nigel Kearney's bidding problem: KJ KJT92 9 AK976
Double would be takeout not penalty. Should have mentioned that at the start, sorry.
What to do
It depends on your agreements about the 4 bid but responder should be interested in slam with my example hand. For example, opener might hold AKxx Ax xx AQxxx.
Forcing Pass or not?
(Edited since the problem has changed) There is no way South can be forced to bid opposite a passed partner. It probably doesn't matter whether North treats it as FP or not because either way he will double with a defensive looking hand and pass otherwise.
What to do
I'd pass even if partner bid 5 in tempo. He should be assumed to know what he is doing. Why can't he have Qxxxx Kxx Kxx Kx?
Matchpoint Pariah Contract
South's 5NT is far too much. Even a 4 cue bid is too much, but if South does that and partner has a perfect hand such as Qxxx x Axx Axxxx then surely he will bid slam himself.
Play problem
Agree. It's often better to play 3NT with a 5-3 or 6-2 major fit, but after much experience I've come to the conclusion that I'm not a good enough player to figure out whether it's right or wrong before seeing both hands.
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