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I don't see how it can hurt to run the Diamond to your hand at trick one. If you believe the spots you can finesse the 8 at trick 2 then make it on 4-2 Spades.

It would be a farsighted defense to ruff from 2-3-4-4 pattern . How long did it take Lefty to ruff the 3rd Spade? the longer it took the less likely he is to have 2-4-4-3 as he likely pitches a Club in tempo without the Q or ruffs in tempo with the Q
Sept. 1, 2010
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Restricted choice vs. going down 2. Feels right to finesse
Aug. 31, 2010
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I win and cash a second trump keeping a high trump in each hand. If trumps are 3-2 I cash my Spade tops and play a spade. If Lefty shows out I can basically claim. If Lefty follows I ruff high and claim if Spades 3-3 . If not I draw the last trump . Cash the Club King cross to dummy and cash my Club A pitching a spade. Then cross back in Hearts and cash the last trump and hope Hearts are 3-3 or lefty holds 4. Lefty will be Squeezed in the majors if he holds 4 Hearts .

If trumps are 4-1 and Lefty holds 4,Cash the C king and then I will start spades and ruff the third one in dummy. If they are 3-3 I claim. If Lefty holds 4 I am basically down to an unlikely 3-3 Heart scenario. If he shows out on the third spade I ruff . Cash the high trump . Cash the club ace pitching a spade . Cross in Hearts . And play the last trump . Now I have an auto dbl Squeeze if the Q Clubs is on my left . If it isnt pitched I pitch the J and hope Hearts come in

If Righty Holds 4 trumps I need 3-3 Spades or righty holding 4 since I don't have the communications to ruff a Club and test hearts . I will Cash Club K Play Spades and if Lefty shows out on the third ruff low . Cash the High trump and the Club ace and cross in Hearts . Play the last trump and hope Lefty is squeezed in Hearts and clubs.
Aug. 31, 2010
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Hey Al

Read the editorial in the Sept 2010 Bridge World. Jeff touches on issues of these sorts

The real Barry
Aug. 27, 2010
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for 4 tricks
Aug. 24, 2010
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Q1087xx opp Ax for 4 tricks
Aug. 24, 2010
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This hand is too good to pass 2S.
Partner's range is very wide and depends a lot on his Heart holding . The longer he is in Hearts the more strength he needs to have.

I considered 2NT but I have the wrong Heart holding. KQ dbltn is an inflexible stopper . That means you can't duck to cut communications. Ax would be a point less but a better stopper even if partner has Jxx. The key issue on the hand : Is 3D forcing ? Certainly to a direct overcall but after a balancing overcall it's not as clear. I think it should be.

The last issue is: what do we do over partner's next bid.

If partner bids 3H we have to bid 3NT. Our Spades are not good enough for a false preference given our Heart holding. If we had no stopper then we would have to bid 3S.

So for our next poll: What does West bid over 3D? I am going with 3S . Treat my suit as a 6 carder
Aug. 20, 2010
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One more thing to consider. RHO cant pitch a Club otherwise you claim. If you follow Espen's line then you ruff a Club. Assume lefty follows otherwise you can claim as you have a complete count . Then ruff a Spade . If Righty pitches a Club then your Club is good . Draw trumps and claim. Otherwise just ruff a Heart which is known to be safe. So Righty has to pitch H on the first S . Now instead of ruffing a H as Espen suggests you should ruff a C since you need that ruff to hold up and ruff a S . If you assume righty has 4Cs there is no guess
Aug. 19, 2010
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Espen. Shouldn't you ruff a club first in case righty is 2-6-2-3 ?
Aug. 18, 2010
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LOL I made the finals of that Blue Ribbon Pairs too . Was Lancaster 1980 and my very first nationals . I was playing with Tom Abbott . Yet another computer programmer in the days when Bridge players were either that or lawyers as opposed to option traders or Bridge professionals. The first session we managed to get involved in 2 committees when Gary Han and Roberta Epstein felt like they could push the newbies around. We ended up losing a 3 MP procedural penalty for not alerting the auction 1C - ( 1H ) - 2NT as non forcing despite our protests that it was indeed forcing just not GF . We were playing weak NT so partner either had Clubs or a strong NT . This ruling ultimately led to that bid not being an alert. Didn't help us back thensince the penalty dropped us from a tie for 5th to 8th. In fact we liked bidding boxes so much that I think we were leading the event after 6 rounds in the final session. We had all tops up to that point but then our momentum was killed when we opened a weak NT and played there instead of our 4-4 Heart fit. Fortunately Hearts went 5-0 . Unfortunately we ended up going down 2 when 2H was down only one. The next hand I opened 3D with AKQxxx and played it there opposite partner's 3 blank aces and there went our game :(
Aug. 9, 2010
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With your example hand I would bid 2NT since I have a Diamond stop . If you move the ace to Hearts or Spades then yes I would bid 2S as the default.

The problem with bidding 2H with the actual hand is that you cant recover from the fact that partner now thinks you have 6 . If you make the default bid then partner knows what distributions are possible for your hand . You can later bid Hearts and not worry that partner thinks you have 6. In my opinion the key to good bidding is to establish degree of fit first and then decide whether you have the power to play a high level contract. This is the basis for 2/1 GF
Aug. 7, 2010
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BTW if the Clubs and Diamonds were reversed I think 2D would be a stickout bid
Aug. 7, 2010
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This is a really tuff hand. There was a similar problem in the Master Solvers Club not too long ago . Swedish expert Anders Wirgen made the comment : we don't have the right club in our bag to handle this ( golf metaphor ) . 3NT could easily be right opposite a hand with bad Hearts and a couple of black cards Qxxx Jxxxx x Kxx . 4 Hearts might lose 3 trump tricks and the Spade ace with normal breaks. 6D might be right opposite a hand like QJ10x AKxx x xxxx (though not on an unlikely Heart lead) . So I don't like the 4D bid. It overstates Hearts and understates Diamonds and it bypasses 3NT. It's too likely to get partner to move towards slam with the wrong Heart holding. I voted for 3S since it at least saves some room but I think 3C ( not listed) is a better bid. We want partner to define their hand more and see if they can rebid Hearts. This hand is a great argument for playing a strong Club based system since in most likely continuations you will know if slam is possible and whether partner has 5 Hearts
Aug. 7, 2010
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It does now. It didn't last night
Aug. 7, 2010
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Can I vote negative? I encourage participation but there are some serious flaws here. On board one you have the bidding backwards and on board 2 you have the wrong dealer and the wrong directions. What is the point of this post? To pat yourself on the back? I am not surprised you posted this anonymously
Aug. 6, 2010
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How bout just taking the dbl. Heart finesse Kitty? Simplicity at it's finest :)
Aug. 6, 2010
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Experts use a “ default ” bid over 4th suit forcing, Some hands can't be described since they either lack a stopper for NT or they have no more length that they can show. On this hand any bid will be a distortion of length therefore a default bid was resorted to. Some use cheapest suit…. 1H-1S-2D-3C
3D is the default bid. In partnerships where 3 card raises are frequent over 1x-1M then it makes sense to use partner's first bid Major as the default bid
Aug. 5, 2010
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Very good point Jason.

I often see players bid Stayman or Blackwood and then huddle over partner's response. How can you not be prepared for the response? Not only that but you give a ton of information to the opps. Let's say you open 1C and partner responds 1S now you make an out of tempo 2S bid . Are you not telegraphing that you have made a 3 card raise? It's OK to think when partner makes an unexpected response but be prepared for normal responses!!!

As for bidding over 3NT . Let's give partner this hand KQJxx J AQJ10x QJ That's a super fitting 17 count and slam is terrible on a C lead. You don't have the ability to test Spades before finding out about the H break ( if Hearts don't break you need 3-3 S) Nor do you get to test Spades after the heart break so you have to rely on guessing whether to take a D finesse or playing for 3-3 S ( and that assumes the defense wins the second S )

South showed extra values or doubt about 3NT when she bid 3H . Now she has to respect partner's decision
Aug. 3, 2010
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