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Its the final round of the LM pairs. You pick up 26 half cards. What action do you take?
April 17, 2011
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How bout Weinvin ? short for we invincible
April 15, 2011
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I thought Weinstein retired
April 15, 2011
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Kit . I was wondering how you handle other shapes . I imagine 2NT is 4-4 invitational . What do you do with an invitational hand that wants to check for a 5-3 major?

I also am wondering if you have a structure to just show 4 of a major and 5 of a minor or do you just treat this as balanced when there is no shortness.

I totally disagree with the analysis of whether Declarer's hand is a min or a max. These hands tend to play poorly in 3nt unless partner has a source of tricks. Here we see partner does indeed have a source of tricks and 3NT has no play on a club lead. I would certainly bid again with responder's hand even over a min . So it seems to me it is best to show this hand as a min

April 11, 2011
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Aren't we talking apples and apples here? What hand traps over 1C that cant bid 1NT unless short in s ?
April 3, 2011
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Good Riddance!
April 1, 2011
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Z . the way I play 3H and 4C are splinters. 4D is RKCB and 4H is exclusion KC for D
March 24, 2011
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So if 4H was KC why did Bobby show the Q? isnt Jxxx expected in this auction?
March 23, 2011
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To both Jeff's . I think it is further restricted to 1m openings. After 1H it is a splinter. ( that's how I play it anyway)
March 18, 2011
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I think kit says it all . I got nothing to say
Feb. 28, 2011
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2nt both minors came up in Australia 2 days ago. My teammates had an excellent result as they were able to bounce to 5C and buy it there.
Feb. 27, 2011
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Michael , Its hardly 80/20 when you combine it with the 1NT bid . Was West intending to make a 3 card limit raise opposite a limited opening with that trash ??

In my opinion , you have to play both opponents to take strange actions in the bidding for the Heart ace to be right
Feb. 6, 2011
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Sorry early here :( and once again no ability to delete comment
Feb. 4, 2011
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Just get off dummy with a low Diamond towards the 9 . If East ducks . Draw trumps and claim. If he

wins he must play a spade. Ruff in dummy and run diamonds thru him
Feb. 4, 2011
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No sympathy here. If the Club ace is on ( 50%) then 4H is cold . You had a monster board and you let it slip away by taking a safety play at MPs
Jan. 31, 2011
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I like 2NT over 2S. Partner should play you for a distribution like this . If you had a stopper you might well have bid 1NT as opposed to dbl. In fact if Partner had passed 1Sxx , 1NT should show this hand . I think Rodwell bid pretty normally and I have to disagree with all of Meck's actions .

I would dbl 5C . My hand is totally defensive. I have the worst possible distribution for offense . I have little guarantee of a 9 card fit. I don't care if the auction is forcing or not.

Finally I would correct to 5H . I cant see how Diamonds can ever be better. North 100% blame
Jan. 30, 2011
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Actually you are still OK if the Ace of Hearts is on your right as well as the Spade Q . Win the return and Make sure you cash the last Club and take a spade finesse and play a heart . Now righty has to give you the last 2

Jan. 28, 2011
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Bob

The first thing you need to do is to present the problem with the bidding .

You can infer a lot of things from the opponents based on whether they had the opportunity to overcall or not.

For instance , from the opening lead , I can safely assume either spades are 4-4 or righty has 5 . I would probably go with 3-5 cause opponents tend to lead Spades before clubs when they are 4-4 in the blacks. This is especially true if the auction went 1NT - 3NT as I suspect. My first inclination is : lefty is 3-3-3-4 or 3-2-4-4 . HOWEVER a lot also depends on who you are playing against and their opening lead style.

If Meck is the opening leader then I can reasonably assume that his lead of the Club is very likely to be from QJxx as opposed to Q or J9xx since he will almost always lead a 3 card suit as opposed to a 4 card suit against 3NT unless he has the balance of the points . QJxx tends to be a safer lead.

All this being processed I now count my tricks. Looks like if I knock out both red aces I get to 8 with a possible 9th in Spades ,Clubs or Diamonds.

Now I count my losers. I need to avoid losing 4 minor suit tricks and the heart ace or 3 Spade tricks and 2 red aces.


The big danger of ducking the first club is : When the opponents win it they are shifting to Spades 100% of the time, That leaves you highly vulnerable if the Spade Q is offside. So you want to win the first club. Now play a Diamond. The reason I play the Q is because it is harder for Lefty to duck it. If you play the king chances are very good that you have KQ otherwise why are you playing Diamonds at all ? It might be crucial for Lefty to win the Diamond if he needs to shift to a Spade otherwise you might run 9 tricks when the defense could beat you.

Lets say the Diamond loses and a club comes back . I'll stick in the 10 on the theory that if it loses they have to play a club back to beat me . Then I will KO the Heart ace and take my best guess in Spades after trying to drop the dbltn J of Diamonds .

If the Diamond wins I will play Q of Hearts and a heart to dummy . If these both hold I will play a D. If the ace is onside I claim . If the Diamond loses to the ace ( I will play the king ) and a club comes back I now have to guess. I think my only play is the 10 and hope it wins . If it doesnt, I say : “ Nice defense ” and I get on to the next hand.
Jan. 28, 2011
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You stealing from the Master Solver's Club ?
Jan. 27, 2011
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Sorry Jason but I believe all those Aces and kings are in partner's hand . There are no preempts over preempts. Partner shows a good hand equivalent to a 4D opening in Namyats .

The issue to me is : Does pass guarantee a first round diamond control ? Not clear . Can you pass counting on partner to bid if he has the first round Diamond control? Perhaps Q10xx KQ10xxx x Ax
Jan. 27, 2011
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