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Paul Hightower
Paul Hightower
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June 28, 2016
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Good club player, can't afford travel or tournaments. Long time contributor at

United States of America

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Non Life Master
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David Parsons's lead problem: K654 Q2 T754 K72
Partner rates to have about 7 hcp. No lead is safe, but underleading a king is safer than leading out a queen or leading from nothing. Four card suits are not attractive, but the auction favors leading a major.
David Parsons's bidding problem: KQ62 AQJ9 --- QJ642
Not vul with 12 hcp outside of clubs and an excellent suit, this is an easy 1 overcall for me. I'd be reluctant to pass a reopening double when we might have a fit in either or both majors.
Niall Igoe's bidding problem: Txxxx Kxx Q QTxx
2. If partner has three spades, we probably belong in spades. Otherwise, partner will likely rebid 2NT and that should be enough, or we can raise if we expect closer to 18 for the reverse.
Chris Smith's bidding problem: AKQJxxxx 32 2 32
What was the winning choice this time around?
When in Rome, ......
I have always played that transfer followed by bidding the other major showed 5-5; with 5-4 you would start with Stayman. So I have never seen the value in devoting any of the jumps to this rare shape. What do you use 1NT-2; 2-3 for?
Hanoi Rondón's bidding problem: AKTxxx Jx Jx xxx
There is a risk of two trump losers in either black suit. But 4 is a level lower and we may be able to pitch clubs on diamonds. 4 for me.
Hanoi Rondón's bidding problem: --- A632 AKQJ9x AKx
I tend to open 1 or 1 on some fairly strong hands, and with only 9 obvious tricks the sequence 2 -2; 3 could get us overboard. However this hand has superb controls and I think we risk missing slam by not opening 2.
Hanoi Rondón's bidding problem: A54 K932 AKT832 ---
I would consider K, A, Q and Q to be "great cards" opposite a club splinter. The A rates to be worth less than one trick, averaging perhaps two points.
Take a risk for vul game or double for a certain positive score?
The title of your post "assumes facts not in evidence": you are nowhere close to being certain of a positive score no matter what you do. Turns out game is cold -- 4NT, that is. Even if you peaked at East's hand, you can't tell whether you csn set ...
Niall Igoe's bidding problem: AQT AQT8xx AQx x
I would open this 2.

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