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Your partner knew, and, if you play some form of good-bad there, made a game try. Other lunatics with Paul's hand just bid 3NT.
Aug. 30
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It is not without the realms of possibility to make 5C. Say North leads TS, then South will be unclear whether to play North for the AH or the JC at trick three.
My suggestion on many auctions is that North might lead their low spade, thus not showing interest in a ruff.
Aug. 30
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I think both North and South have more to offer. It'd be nice to have some more constructive thing that doesn't get to the three level holding the North cards. Certainly, South ought to have one more try if North's hand is within limits.
Aug. 30
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it depends on your thoughts if it comes back to you after a 3C raise. If you are going to act again, then by all means try 2S then double. If not, then probably double the first time helps partner more.
Aug. 22
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I really don't like Michael's with 6-5. Much better if it is 5-6. So that explains my 2H choice. Of course, there will be a lead directing problem with 2H, but then I smashed out 6D for a spade lead (partner having five diamonds was a blessing).
Aug. 22
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your partner opened and you have 15 points. A bit difficult to choose pass there.
Aug. 21
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This will depend a bit on philosophy. Primarily, if we are going to try to make a part-score, getting rich rather than positive (against sound opponents) is not our aim. However, that doesn't preclude someone doubling with extras and someone choosing to pass. The other reason to this route is that the likelihood of you wanting a penalty double is less than the values one, and a utility argument arises.
July 11
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Sure:
1D (2S) 3H P
4D (p) 6S P
6D…. nice choice Arjuna
July 11
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I'd rather the term desperate to sneaky.
July 11
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Double is what you have to do with these. Of course, you don't have to enjoy it.
July 11
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I made while getting the spades wrong.
I did get the TD lead, but did not rely on that being from 10xx rather than QT9xx.
I won the AD and club to the Q, then ran the TS unsuccessfully.
The oppo now tried two rounds of hearts, but when they failed to switch to a club through, but played a third heart, I could now cash all the winners and west is squeezed of exit cards. So now I could exit a club to the stiff ace and then take the last 3 with 2D and a high club.
July 11
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Firstly, much will depend here on how many diamonds East promised.
I'm unclear why East found it necessary to play game opposite a limit raise, given that partner is likely to have stuff in clubs. I'd like to have a counter invite here, but maybe some people find that confusing. Note the defence leading trumps is to be expected.
As West, I guess you could compromise with a limit raise, but this entirely depends on methods. If I had the luxury of a natural 2D raise, that is what I might prefer.
July 4
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Amazing. We have found a hand that even I would consider opening a NT. Mostly because of the short black honours and the poor diamond suit.
July 4
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Who opened a weak 2 on a seven card suit?
July 4
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Except the “0-5” range does nothing to improve your other auctions, and it really ought not do much to prevent a double by South here.

I find putting natural invites into the jumps at least gives them more downside getting in, and greatly assists your other auctions.

If you have to play “weak”, perhaps put the range as about 5-7 (a hand that would not force to game opposite a reverse).
July 4
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More interesting to me is the choice by East after 1C (1S).

What do you choose, and why?
July 4
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I cannot see another meaning of double except for take out (after all, the oppo willingly got this high). I'd be thrilled to get to bid 3S then.
July 4
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So, the real question is “what is a 4m opener?”

I think it ought to be a long but poor minor, mainly because 3NT is then unlikely. So, not 2/3 honours, perhaps? Mind you, I tend to discriminate here by putting those through 3NT, but maybe that's not for everyone.
July 4
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Our definitions of very good slam may differ here.
July 4
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So, might Stephen have double 3H himself? One argument not to do so is that his heart length is “known”, however, there is no reason they don't have ten hearts.
Note that with bad diamond honours, it was preferable for the other tables to only try 2H.
The random postulate of total tricks dies again.
June 28
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