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Board 3 is the easiest one, East should bid 3 on 2 with his 4-loser 5-5, west can move on to game. 1-1N-3 is not terrible either.

You must be a bit old fashioned on board 2 and bid 2 on 1. I prefer 1NT, but know many players who don't.

Board 1: first of all, many players respond 1 lacking 5-card club support. This hand is borderline of course. A possible auction: (with walsh and 2-way checkback)
1 - 1
1N - 2 (GF)
2 - 3 (probably 4, because did not bid 1-2)
now West has a maximal hand with very valuable diamond honours, ha may move on
April 19, 2018
Csaba Czimer edited this comment April 19, 2018
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As far as I know GIB poduces a random sample for the unseen hands (that are consistent with the bidding and play so far) and chooses the line of play that is successful on most of those hands. Thus there is some random element in its play.
April 19, 2018
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Also far from standard, but let's see how easy it is in a good system:

1 - 1 16+ // 8-12 HCP, 4+
2N - 3 exactly 4=1=4=4 // 4+ (sets trump)
3 - 4 18-19 HCP // RKC
4 - 4 0 or 3 keycards // spiral scan
4N - 5 Q but no K // spiral scan
5 - 7 K but no Q // *

* here we can plan the play (not knowing about the Q): lead, A, K, ruff with the !Q, back to hand with a , ruff with the Q, A, ruff, draw trump, claim. (requires 3-3 or 4-2 hearts, if hearts are 3-3 then 4-1 trumps are OK too.

But let's say opener forgets this special 2N bid (or does not want to bid it because of the Q) and simply relays:
1 - 1 16+ // 8-12 HCP, 4+
1N - 2 relay // 6+
2 - 2N relay // 4+
3 - 3 slam try in // singleton , that is 1=6=4=2
4 - 4n orkc // good hand, AA, no Q
5 - 5 spiral scan // K, no K

even easier 7
April 5, 2018
Csaba Czimer edited this comment April 5, 2018
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@Rohit: a friend of mine did, and found very few errors (if I remember correctly)
Feb. 21, 2018
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@Peter Hasenson

I think a hungarian museum of literature would pay you a nice sum for it, if you interested in selling it.
If not, they probably would be happy with a photocopy too.

Ottlik was also an excellent novelist (he is one of my favourite authors, funny but not due to Adventures in Card Play).
Feb. 20, 2018
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You may mention Ottlik if you like Adventures, it's based on his ideas.
Feb. 20, 2018
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1. Victor Mollo
2. Victor Mollo
3. Victor Mollo

My other favourites are Mike Lawrence, Terence Reese and Eddie Kantar
Feb. 20, 2018
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OK, right. I try it another way. How will partner know that you may have diamond control when you fail to cuebid it?

Whenever he is missing any of the minor kings he will bid 4.
Feb. 18, 2018
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Feb. 18, 2018
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Can't you have KJx, AKQJ, QJx, QJx when you cuebid 4 (take away a jack if that's too much for you)?
Feb. 18, 2018
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(I voted opener, but it's a bit more complicated like that…)

Opener must bid 6 instead of 6. It asks for the K in Kantar's original version of RKC, but most importantly, in the meantime it shows all the keycards too. In this case, responder can see 12 sure tricks, and 3-4 extra HCP that may be the 13th, in the worst case we'll take a finesse).

Originally the limited hand should be the teller, not the asker, in this case due to the cuebidding sequence the roles were somehow exchanged. The 6 bid tries to restore the original setup and tell responder (the unlimited hand) that we have all the keycards.

Anyway, did responder promise 6 spades with 3?

One more note: control (cue) bidding can cause a lot of headache many times (like in this case). It requires awfully lot of intelligence and intuition (and sometimes guesswork), that most of us (including world class players) simply do not have. Combined with last train it is even worse. And even when it's good, in many cases it helps the opponents more. In my view it is simply a bad tradition (well, at least in non-competitive auctions).

Had responder not worried about diamonds stopped he could have asked RKC himself on 4. Then

4 - 4N
5 (1/4) - 5N (kings?)
6 (K only) - 7N (claim 14 tricks before opening lead)
Feb. 18, 2018
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Feb. 18, 2018
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Sorry David, I just tried to (over)simplify things.
I just wondered how good this slam was.

Actually our bidding was:
1 (2+, 10-15) - 1 (any GF)
1N (11-14 BAL) - 2 (relay)
2 (4) - 2 (relay)
3 (3=4=3=3) - 3N (4333s play very badly, and no fit anyway)

Had I wanted, I could have invited with 4N (or even with 3 = ORKC and can still stop in 3N if partner is lower range)

OK, now seeing the 26 cards, please tell me how much chance this slam has. Thanks
Feb. 8, 2018
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Feb. 8, 2018
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I am happy to play in Europe when I read regulations like this one.
Jan. 28, 2018
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Other: South should have bid 2N instead of 3
Jan. 27, 2018
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Steve we play relay style, most of the time we explore responder's shape (and range heading to a slam), thus opener rarely shows anything (opposite a balanced responder he may choose to show his suit(s) and shortness). As we only have 1M and 2m showing 8-12 HCP and shape (1N = 13+ any, 2 and up are weak hands with a long suit), most of the time there is not enough space to show 6-5s below game level, they must be bid as 6-4 or 5-5.
Anyway, even if North had had the opportunity to show his clubs, I think that he would have bid NT at the first opportunity to protect his heart jack.
Jan. 21, 2018
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Jan. 21, 2018
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Our 2 reponse promises but denies 4-card majors. With a 4+ major we show the major first. We play relay continuations, but we can't normally show 6-5, thus we must show it as either 6-4 or 5-5.
Jan. 21, 2018
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Jan. 20, 2018
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Jan. 20, 2018
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2 was not an option, we reserve it for extreme hands. Partner's only other choice was pass, asking my hand. It has the disadvantage that may wrongside NT. I don't think 1N was a bad bid, it just took me in the wrong direction this time (still was thinking about stopping in 4N after 4).
Jan. 20, 2018
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our 3 shows any solid suit with no A/K/Q outside. Shortness and length can be asked:
- 3N: strong offer to play
- 4: I know your suit, which is the short one? Next relay: is it void? Next relay: ask for length of the solid suit.
- 4: bid your suit! Then the same relays as after 4.

With outside strength we bid a transfer-like positive response (showing 8-12) or 1N showing 13+ any.
Jan. 20, 2018
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Another vote on “bid 3N”.

Usually it is 1 sure stopper which may be better to play from opener's hand. Opener may have Qx. Responder has Ax(…), perhaps Kxx(…) and enough strength or tricks to play in 3N.

(although if an unknown partner bids it I would think it is a splinter)
Jan. 12, 2018
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Jan. 12, 2018
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When I play standard (2/1 more or less) in an established partnership then I prefer 2 as
(a) GF with or balanced hand
(b) INV with 3(rarely 4)-card support

Opener's bids:
2: any minimal hand (cca 11-13). Now 2M can be passed, any other bid is NAT and GF

all other rebids promise some extra (cca 14+)
- 2//N/3: NAT 2M is 6+ suit, 2N is 5332 or 5M422 with 17+)
- 3…3N: diamond side suit (3 is 55+, 3M is short in , 3oM is short in this one, 3N is 5M-4-2-2 and 14-16)

However, I prefer relay precision :)
Dec. 22, 2017
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