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I lead the 3. Is declarer really going to do anything other than go up with the A?
May 12, 2017
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Deep Finesse has it down on any non-King lead. I'm not sure how you're going to trick the opponents here to do better than that.
May 10, 2017
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Was North's bid 3 showing a 3-card limit raise, or 3 showing a 3-card limit raise? If it's the latter I would be interested in knowing who was sitting NS and how common that method is among experts.
May 7, 2017
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What heart did you lead and what heart did your partner play? What are your carding and lead agreements? Are any of these known or are they unknown to you?
April 25, 2017
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6 makes no sense to me.
April 25, 2017
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West having a fit showing heart bid available on the first round would certainly help find slam. Then East can upgrade their Qx and see where the bad minor cards will go.
April 19, 2017
Andrew Sinclair edited this comment April 19, 2017
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If not ducking the first round, is there any additional consideration between A or K? The King might trick the RHO.
April 18, 2017
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The declarer made an improper concession. I wouldn't let declarer concede two tricks when the defenders could only take one trick using any normal line of play.
April 17, 2017
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It seems like your opponents should get 0 tricks based on Laws 70E and 64C.
April 16, 2017
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Oh, I was more concerned with West having a singleton diamond. I meant cash your second diamond honor without overtaking so the diamond honors in dummy can be used to discard clubs. Of course after cashing AK if spades are not 3-2 you don't do that, instead drawing four rounds of trumps (A for transportation), overtake a diamond honor, discard one heart, and try to guess clubs.
April 16, 2017
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AK, test diamonds. Worst case West ruffs and returns a heart but you can still get succeed the club guess to make the contract. The other line is to immediately duck a heart but you'll need to get two heart ruffs and still guess clubs.
April 16, 2017
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What is 4?
April 12, 2017
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It looks like you have a chance when W has the A and spades are not 5-0 or when E has A doubleton. Start by playing a low spade to the K. If E gets in with A, cashes the K, and gives his partner a diamond ruff, hopefully after winning the return you can draw trumps in one more round and discard a heart in dummy on the long diamond, winning 4 spade tricks, 3 diamond tricks, a heart trick, and a heart ruff. If W has the A all you have to do is pick up spades for 1 loser and you'll get 4 spades, 4 diamonds, and a heart.
April 12, 2017
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Ok, I guess you have to cash 3 hearts, leaving one as an entry to dummy, and play on diamonds. E can play a club through for 4 diamonds and 2 clubs but now dummy's clubs are good and W is endplayed out of any spade tricks. If E plays a diamond back W is endplayed in both black suits, and a spade back leads to the club endplay.
April 12, 2017
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S can make 1NT on any lead. The most interesting lead is a diamond which requires S to run 6 winners and put W in with a spade, eventually getting the last trick when !W leads away from AQ.
April 12, 2017
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P-1NT-2C-X;
2D-2H-2S-3D;
3S-P-P-P;

This is just one possible auction. The only bids I'm sure about are P-1NT. Playing DONT, N has to decide to bid 2, hiding the clubs, or 2, hiding the longer spades and giving up preemptive value.

If N bids 2, E has an easy X for Stayman. Then S has better support for N's other suit so they bid 2. W can show their hearts by bidding 2 and N can show their spades by bidding 2. E now downgrades their hand to an invite since the trump split has a high chance of being bad and since that Q is looking not so good. E still wants to compete and has the luxury of choosing between 3 and 3 since W will know that E has 4 hearts after N showed spades and S showed better support in every suit but clubs. 3 ought to show this hand so E bids it. It's possible that this should excite W enough into bidding 3NT hoping to find dummy with a solid diamond suit and the heart honors onside.
April 10, 2017
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Most players in the clubs I frequent would bid 2 with 5 spades and stopper problems, I believe.

What a few pairs play is that 2 would deny 6+ and 2NT would promise 6+. It helps with right-siding 3NT when you are more likely to play there (when you have no extra length).
April 6, 2017
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And when N holds Kxx Axx KQx xxxx how should the rest of bidding go?
March 23, 2017
Andrew Sinclair edited this comment March 24, 2017
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I'm not quite sure what your question is saying. The wording of it is hard to understand. Are you asking if everyone spoke the same language and thus everyone had equal access to all bridge literature, discussion forums, and other learning tools, which country would win a worldwide bridge tournament?
March 15, 2017
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What would a direct 3 be instead of Dbl then 3?
March 14, 2017
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