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July 1, 2017
Andrew Sinclair edited this comment July 1, 2017
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1S-2H-3C-3D-4N-6D

1C-1H-1S-2D-3C-3D-4D-4H-4S-4N-6D
June 25, 2017
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Even though I've only discussed Kokish with my partners through 2-2-2-2-3NT, it logically extends to 2-2-2-2-5NT to show this hand. Then partner is forced to 6NT or can show a long suit at the 6-level.
June 21, 2017
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How about post-it notes on all boards that will be played by the bumper pair saying, for example, “NS5 do not play. Bumper round”. I think there would be even less of a chance for people to miss it then.
June 20, 2017
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Here is the ACBL law regarding claims not addressing outstanding trumps:

C. There Is an Outstanding Trump
When a trump remains in one of the opponents’
hands, the Director shall award a trick or tricks to
the opponents if:
1. claimer made no statement about that trump, and
2. it is at all likely that claimer at the time of his
claim was unaware that a trump remained in an
opponent’s hand, and
3. a trick could be lost to that trump by any normal*
play.

To figure out if 2. is true, I would want to see the whole hand and how it was played. Maybe there was a bad break in drawing trumps that declarer didn't notice.
June 16, 2017
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What suit is trump? Who is the declarer and who is the dummy? Who are the defenders? Some necessary information is missing.
June 16, 2017
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First the Jack of Spades. If trumps break, club to the Ace and club back. If trumps don't break, heart to the King and ruff a diamond.
June 15, 2017
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As usual, poll options should partition the universe. It seems like you didn't see the crossruff line?
June 10, 2017
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For me, 1430 is just the default. Like Michael, 90% of people I know play 1430. When the opponents bid 4N I ask “1430?” and they say “yes” most of the time. If you are already going to play 4N as “ace” asking, then you might as well play the most played version. Kickback is played by much fewer partnerships around here though. I would never assume kickback undiscussed, but I would assume 1430 undiscussed with a good partner every time.
June 8, 2017
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WIn in hand and play a spade toward the ten. I'm trying to find a second entry to the dummy to lead hearts through East twice. Fall back on clubs 3-3. If East wins the ace and plays a diamond, discard a club.
May 24, 2017
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With any hand of 10+ points, start with a double.
May 19, 2017
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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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