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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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All the ACBL announcements are listed on the Alert Chart: http://web2.acbl.org/documentlibrary/play/AlertChart.pdf

Explaining that a Forcing Stayman bid may not contain a 4-card major is not listed, so no, you don't need to announce it. If your partner is asked by an opponent later, your partner should fully disclose your agreement. Simply saying “Forcing Stayman” is not enough unless you are 100% sure your opponents will know what that completely entails.
March 13, 2017
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Steve's comment as related by Andy is taken out of context. The “Yes” is in regards to correcting explanations about your agreements, not about what your hand actually is. The opponents are entitled to know your agreements, not your hand. If your partner mis-explains your agreements and you are the declaring side, you must correct after the auction before the play.

There are a few wrinkles this leads to:
1. You forget your agreements and bid incorrectly. You partner also forgets your agreements, and when asked explains your bid as the same thing you intended, but not your agreement. You correct the explanation when you remember your actual agreements but then the dummy comes down, showing exactly what was explained. Seems a bit fishy.

2. If you make the same mistake often enough, partner might know that 2H could be either just hearts, or hearts and a minor. I'm not sure if there's a guideline for exactly how often this must happen for it to be an “unwritten agreement” but I think at some point, partner should say “2H shows hearts and a minor, but I've seen my partner make a mistake before and have just hearts.”
Feb. 22, 2017
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First, restart your computer. If that doesn't help, more information might be useful. What operating system are you using? What web browser?
Feb. 14, 2017
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As a novice, I would be inclined to play the same defense as over a natural 1 except double would show spades. 2NT minors, 2 Michaels. I would be more hesitant to raise my partner's 2 bid on only 3 card support given the known bad break. In “balancing” seat it depends on what your partner's pass or responses mean.
Feb. 9, 2017
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You don't know if it's game forcing until you ask.

Also, I'm torn between the approaches of never ask so your opponents can't clarify their bids and always ask so you don't give UI to your partner by sometimes asking and passing and sometimes just passing. Theoretically you are protected if you ask every time because if the answer helps your opponents it is UI.
Feb. 6, 2017
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What were the director's options? I would let East pass if it would bar West from leading spades for a round and I would bid 3NT. If East decides to bid 4 then I double.
Feb. 4, 2017
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Mike, it's because he's assuming that the opening lead was from QJ or QJT(xxx). Being able to place at least two hearts in North's hand means that North has 11 unknown cards, and before we know if South followed to the first trick, South has 13 unknown cards. This brings me to the chance the K is onside is 11/24 ~= 46%. I believe Charles took the fraction 11/25 (I think this is an accident), because that is 44% exactly.
Feb. 1, 2017
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