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Yes I agree, it was mostly just my own sanity check.
May 14, 2017
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Is 3d forcing?
May 14, 2017
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If partner had doubled 7h, what would that mean?
Oct. 13, 2016
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The 6 slam is quite a hand. The south hand is actually squeezed in 3 suits. I pondered if a double dummy low club lead would set the contract, since this would seemingly hinder declarer's ability to ruff a diamond (this is actually not true on the layout since declarer can take advantage of the Ten doubleton in spades and overtake the Jack of spades). Well since triple squeezes operate with an unrectified count, no problem! Declarer has 10 top tricks and can get two more via the triple squeeze. Win the club King and work on trumps. North does best to win the second round and push a heart through. Declarer can rise ace and ruff another heart and play a lot of trumps. On the penultimate trump, South has to make a pitch from his remaining cards:
– K QJx Jx and just cannot handle the threats in all three suits.
(Please feel free to correct me if I have overlooked something).
Sept. 6, 2016
Daniel Landau edited this comment Sept. 6, 2016
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So here is a link to the companion hand.

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-13428/

So far, 72% of voters are bidding 4c on that hand (some suggest double rather than 4c, but that is a minority view, if anyone wants to expand upon it feel free). Partner is about to double 4h, which goes down 2.

My thought is that 5c is too unilateral of a bid on a hand that really ought not have much to say, only 3 card trump support, flattish shape, bidding in front of partner, etc etc.
Aug. 20, 2016
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I can picture grand with partner having AKx Kxx AKxx Axx. Most minimum hands I'm conjuring up will have some play for slam (at least on a finesse) so I think I have to drive to at least small slam.

*Edit (Maybe I should have thought about this longer since AKJx xx KQJx AQx is a good minimum hand but very poor for slam, the 5-level isn't even safe)
Aug. 8, 2016
Daniel Landau edited this comment Aug. 8, 2016
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You guys are too good. RHO was in fact 0-4-7-2 so LHO guards clubs, RHO guards diamonds, and the double squeeze operates as described by several posters. Neither declarer at the two tables found the line to make all the tricks.
June 7, 2016
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Interesting thought and I'm actually a bit surprised more people haven't tried this mini psych but I think often the opponents sniff you out and still just bid their spade suit.
June 4, 2016
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I can see the reluctance to bid 4 since if they double us there we are likely going down a bunch. However 3 as Kieran commented does not take away a 4 cue bid; also they can still jump to 4 conveying strength (as opposed to completing the 4 transfer to 4 which will be made on a very wide range of hands). I think then that if you are only going to bid to the 3 level, 3 is standout as a fit non-jump suggesting the best lead. In fact if west declares a spade contract, 6 can only be set on a club lead; otherwise it will make.
June 4, 2016
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2n was natural. Presumably X would have been penalty for one of the suits but this was not explicit. This was a pickup pair on BBO.
June 3, 2016
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I stand corrected I spoke too soon.
June 3, 2016
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If east holds KT9xx of hearts there is a one suited squeeze just as well. Cash the clubs and cash the last trump. Then play a small heart from hand and cover LHO's card.
June 3, 2016
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Yes Paul, that is the dilemma. A priori there is higher probability of the heart king with RHO given that he has 5 cards vs 2 cards, but the double lends one to think that LHO has that extra honor.

RHO's spade discards make it look like he's signalling for a heart, but one can never put faith in opponents' carding.
May 30, 2016
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Yes I realize there is contradictory information. West jumps to 4 with an off-shape type of hand and then doubles; if he has 6-2-0-5 with the heart king you would expect a slower auction, but then that double of 6 is odd if he does not have the heart king.

Steve Bloom got at the crux of the hand which I was hoping people would eventually come to; there is only 1 winning line, and that is the one-suited heart squeeze. Touching the heart suit at any point in the hand too early will lead to the defense prevailing.
May 30, 2016
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I suppose then that RHO could pitch 1 spade a small heart and then the heart ten. Whatever he pitches will raise declarer's eyebrows. If he instead pitches 2 small hearts and 1 spade, and now say declarer plays a small heart RHO is endplayed.
May 29, 2016
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I have pretty much revealed the shape to be 6-2-0-5.
May 29, 2016
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Presumably RHO has something to protect in the heart suit.

Is there a way to make when RHO has All 3 remaining heart honors?
May 29, 2016
Daniel Landau edited this comment May 29, 2016
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One thing I probably should have included up top. If you play 3 more rounds of clubs you see your rho pitch 2 spades and a small heart.
May 29, 2016
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Thanks Paul, I agree with you that this esoteric line is by no means indicated and more simple routes should be taken at the table. Maybe the moral here is to learn how to bid better seeing that the club slam is practically laydown negating the need for complex play situations.
May 27, 2016
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Yes Daniel, on Hand 1 that is the successful route to making this hand, which is impossible for mere mortals. Even staring at all 52 cards it's very difficult to see a winning line.

On Hand 2, the compound squeeze did not even cross my mind; like others had mentioned I tried for the simple spade-heart squeeze, pitching both clubs on the high hearts and luckily the opponents mis-defended and let it through. It was only afterwards I saw there was a legitimate line to make it involving the club suit as an added threat and taking advantage of those pretty T9 spot cards; I'd like to think the bridge gods deal you those spot cards for a reason.
May 27, 2016
Daniel Landau edited this comment May 27, 2016
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