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Don't we all have our senses on full alert during a hand? It's expected and called “table feel”.
11 hours ago
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It begins with… “What do you mean by ‘weak’?”. I think South fulfilled his obligations.
March 18
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I recently had something similar to Kit's situation. I'd just led over to the king, planning to finesse on the way back. I led small from dummy and, as RHO played small, I noticed a very slight change in the breathing of LHO, I went up Ace and dropped the queen.
March 18
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“Bet it wasn't in div 1 or 2….”
Close but no coconut; it was Div 2. North had opened 1NT with a 4225 shape and 13 points in the black suits. Responder had the red suits covered and they were cold for 9 tricks but found another somewhere. I remember playing the hand in 3S, making, and wondering whether we could have reached 3NT.

I've left partner in once after a mini and once with 7 points after a weak NT. I knew that all of my points, what there were of them, were working and sitting over the doubler, so I left partner to play it. Each of the two times ended in +1. I can't claim decent oppo, though they were always making DD.
March 17
Anthony Taglione edited this comment March 17
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only twice so far, both making. :-j

In theSunday League this year, a pair made 1NTxx+3 for 1960.
March 17
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I play:

XX shows a 5+card suit somewhere and ask for 2 poc
a suit bid shows lowest of multiple 4-cards suits - opener passes with 3+ cards or bids next suit up, poc
pass forces XX from opener which can be left in or 2 from responder says 4333 - pick a suit partner

If fourth seat redoubles, we lose the option of playing in 1NTxx or of showing the 4333 in responder's hand. With 4333, responder would bid 2 and pass whatever opener does and worst case is a less than ideal 3-3 fit.
March 17
Anthony Taglione edited this comment March 17
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I knew a husband and wife partnership who would always hesitate if they didn't have the missing honour and would play in tempo if they did. Of course, I never told them that I had them cold every time once I realised.
March 16
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Answers to questions…
Yes, East was justified in doubling.
Yes, NS get an adjustment in the form of a PP for wasting the director's time, after some lousy bidding got them a bottom. I might reverse this if they are open to discussion on the matter.
March 16
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I know that I've redoubled in situations where I simply wanted to cause confusion. I recall one where I redoubled and LHO passed. It got back to the original doubler and he simply didn't know what to do. He's already asked his partner to contribute to the auction and they declined. We were left in 2Dxx, making +1.

Equally, I've been caught by passing a redouble and partner had to make a guess. I've since decided that I should make at least a squeak if I'm not happy to let them play in their redoubled contract.
March 13
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Apologies, David, since I obviously didn't express myself well at all. We're in agreement. At least, I think we are.
March 13
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I fully agree, David, but, since they didn't ask about the redouble…
March 12
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The most NS could claim is that East psyched but I view three cards in that situation as “natural”.
March 12
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“Mrs Guggenheim would not have claimed and she would also get it right. Real novices do not finesse much they cash top cards.”

I used to attend a “Stepping Stones” beginners' session at my local club, acting as a host. I recall one hand where the opponents had bid a suit in which I had AKQ stiff. I put partner in 3NT and, naturally, they led their suit. Partner cashed my AKQ and then thought about what else could give her some tricks.

I never went again.
March 11
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Appearances can be deceptive. With extra length in hearts, she might over-ride the 3NT bid.
March 11
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Assuming a weak client, I think it's more a case of “partner must have had a reason for bidding 3NT, so I'm passing”. East has shown their hand and West has chosen the final contract. What else does the client have to think about? It's not as though there is undisclosed length in hearts.
March 11
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I have one partner who will pretty much always take the opportunity to pass if it means I'm playing the contract in a COG context. She doesn't consider whether I might have psyched, only that I'm playing it.

I also suspect that, with these hands, she would leave me in 3NT for no better reason than that I must have known what I was doing when I bid it.
March 11
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I played in 4Hxx a month or so back. They could have taken it down with correct defence but I had one opponent shaking like a leaf and the other one glaring at her partner at every opportunity. I viewed it as a pressure redouble.
March 11
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We don't get many polls where I expect 100% agreement but this is a fine candidate.
March 8
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Ditto
March 8
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Playing weak NT, I either open 1NT or I have to upgrade it to a 1NT rebid. I'll take the low road on this one.
March 6
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