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(moved)
Feb. 3
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Thank you, Kit
Feb. 2
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looks better now
Feb. 2
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I can't see hands, only bidding
Feb. 2
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It's much harder if they don't bid. I was declarer with no defensive bidding and the 6 of spade (attitude) lead, that is J5 - Q432. Was thinking a bit about ducking, but unsolvable. They may easily have AJ96 vs KT7 or similar, thus I can't insert the jack and can't duck the 10.
Jan. 14
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Looks like a advertisement of semiforcing 1NT. Playing that you can simply raise clubs. Either opener has 4 of them or strong enough to bid 3N. This time we would have stopped in 1N.
Jan. 11
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Jan. 11
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Nice play.

Anyway, a spade lead does not do any harm if you duck it. If they switch to a club you should duck that too. Either your diamonds will be high or you ruff a spade and a club and your 6 will be high at the end.
Dec. 16, 2018
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Dec. 16, 2018
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This sequence nicely confirms http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/worst-bid-for-bidding-theory-geeks-only/?cj=666537">my view on cuebidding.
Anyway, the play was cunning. Did it really happen this way?
Dec. 10, 2018
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Diego, I did not tell that the appeal was unfair.
Dec. 7, 2018
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Sorry if I repeat something, I have not read all the comments above.

World class opponents bid 7NT and you hold an ace. You are of course surprised for a second. In the next second you think on how to suggest the suit of your ace. Let's say (as most people) you don't have a specific agreement on leading against 7NT, thus it looks like a Lightner double situation. That is, a double would say, “lead something unexpected”.
What is partner's expected lead after he doubled 4? Most likely a diamond. You like that, therefore you don't double. And of course this whole thinking process took some time. You may go through other suits, etc. Perhaps you even asked the meaning of their bids, mind you, it was behind screens.

OK, let's sit in North's place now. Let's say, you don't play any special thing, thus Lightner applies.
Partner's pass simply said that no surprise lead is needed (if anything).
Their auction suggests that they have a lot of tricks. Your spade, heart and club count suggests that those suits will break well for them. Thus it is very probable that the active lead won't give them just the 13th trick, it can easily be the 14th, 15th or the 16th (perhaps (much less probably) the 12th).
Partner's pass did not suggest any special lead. And that comment from East… Diamond is a quite normal lead.

Another thing. I would never-ever call the director after going down in 7NT with this diamond holding, causing a headache for the opponents.

Another thing. I don't think split scores were bad.
I think 7NT-2 for East-West and some percent 7NT making, some percent 7NT-2 for N-S would fit here nicely.

Another thing. Until now when I heard Levin and Grue's names I thought of two great players. In the following years I will think, “Ah, the guys that won the Blue Ribbon after bidding 7NT off an ace-king, going down, and getting it back by appealing”. Sad story.
Dec. 6, 2018
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Dec. 6, 2018
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If screens were in use, how could North know that South hesitated? It is very much possible that he was asking the meaning of their bids.

The other thing I don't understand: is it sure that the double of 7N would show the diamond ace? Do you really have to double 4 with an empty club ace? You don't dream that they will bid a grand.
Dec. 3, 2018
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Hog, Walrus, Papa, Rabbit etc.
Nov. 28, 2018
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Some methods that may help here:

(A)
With 6m-5 you may open 1 to avoid hard to solve problems like 1m-(2)-p-(4)-?.
If you do this then your 3 is free to use in your problem.

(B)
We played that if the 4th suit is below opener's first suit (like 3 here) then 2N promises a stopper in the 4th suit and the 4th suit denies it (mostly).

Anyway, the problem can be solved without them: I guess that 3 denied 5+ spade, thus I can bid 3 here, partner will bid 3N with stopper and not too big hand. If he raises to 4 (probably without good club stopper) then I can correct to 5. Or pass if I desperately need a top at pairs. (for example AQTx, xxx, QJxx, xx: 450 if spades are 4-3)
Nov. 15, 2018
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In the first one East should duck the heart twice, then should play back the fourth round after winning the third one, forcing a premature discard from dummy. Then you probably go down unless you guess diamonds, don't you? Note, that you don't yet know spades then.

In the second one you really don't have any other chance than the split squeeze.
Nov. 9, 2018
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A simple 4 is just enough - partner is a passed hand and even on her second turn could have shown more strength. (I estimate 5-8 now, with 9-11 (s)he could have jumped or cue bid or doubled depending on our agreements. And my hand is balanced, so strong, but nothing special.
Nov. 5, 2018
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I think it is a good idea. We played it this way:
- 2: all the weak hands and nothing else (2M: limit raise, the rest is NAT and GF)
- 2…3: Nat GF (2M is 6+)
- 3…3N: GF with side suit
Nov. 2, 2018
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Nov. 2, 2018
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Sorry, I misread the position, I thought it was 1-X-1-X-…
Nov. 2, 2018
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I guess from the 2 bid that 1-X was not a penalty double. As we (and many others) play it penalty, first I have to ask what it is in your system. Or between any random 2 experts nowadays. Or between any random 2 players nowadays.
Oct. 29, 2018
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Oct. 29, 2018
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Clear 4 losers (3 using the modified version). What is the problem? All you need is xxx xxx xxxx Qxx.
Oct. 26, 2018
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We play it in precision. Much simpler than in a wide range system. It occures rarely, but then we are in good shape. But its main advantage when it does not occur, i.e. 1M-1N and later 3m shows a less than inviting hand.
Oct. 12, 2018
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