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After ruffing the third club with J - I will play hearts A followed by 10 - whether E followed to the third club or not. Hope that someone does not get to ruff the fourth club with a small trump.
If West shows out on the third club ruff low and run the J.
May 6
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That 1 response to 1 may be with 4 cards.
Jan. 31
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LHO (West) might inform you that she does not have a to lead!
Jan. 31
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Bergen and Reverse Bergen Raises are quite popular in this area- Washington DC. A fair of number of people play them and more are familiar with that convention. Most of time people do not need or want a detailed explanations.

I agreed with the director’s decision at that time. I still think that was the right decision. I let my RHO’s questions affect my concentration. My subsequent bidding error was more mental error (due to my lack of concentration) than mechanical error.
Dec. 20, 2018
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I had a very similar situation in a club game a couple of years ago. The bidding started 1 (P) 3 (Bergen Limit). I alerted and decided that I should stay low and bid 3 with my hand. I picked out 3 card from the box expecting RHO to pass. I noticed at that time my RHO was pointing at the 3 card from partner. I said Bergen. My RHO was a very experienced player. I thought he knew what the bid was. However, he asked me what Bergen raise is. I put the 3 card back in the bidding box and explained Bergen raises to RHO, who passed after that. I put the pass card out after RHO's pass and then tried to change my bid. The opps objected. We called the director, who said it was brain freeze and not a mechanical error, and let the pass stand. My partner was not happy playing in 3-2 fit when we had a 9 cards fit in the other red suit.
Dec. 19, 2018
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I can't hook hearts twice. Still, I want to postpone the read suits play.
Nov. 27, 2018
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I will lead K at trick 2. I am hoping E has 3 spades and 2 clubs - so, the ruff is from the hand with longer trump. I can then pull outstanding trumps in one more round. Of course, I go down if E has stiff Ace - as Richard Fleet pointed out.
I do not want to use one of dummy's entries by leading to A immediately. If E ruffs club in trick 4 and plays a small diamond I will play W to hold A and play the red suits accordingly. I will have two entries to dummy - A and T - to hook hearts twice if needed.
I do not know if this is the best percentage line. Going by the poll results it probably is not.
Nov. 27, 2018
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The defense gets a club ruff if the lead is from Kxx.
Suppose E ducks the first spade lead, grabs the second, leads a club over to W and gets a ruff. There is a fourth to lose.
Nov. 27, 2018
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This hand came up yesterday in bbo robot game. I was South. I held 82 AK9 AKQ742 K5 and bid 3NT after 3 passes. North Robot decided to bid 7NT.
I checked bbo Robot cc. All it says that Robot does not play Gambling 3NT.
Nov. 14, 2018
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With club lead I would play A followed by Q like most of folks suggested here.
With spade lead I wonder if heart finesse is better % play. Ruff a spade at trick 2 and lead a heart to Q. If that wins, ruff the last spade and hook heart again. If the first finesse loses then the play continues as if we led Q immediately. West might duck the first heart with Kx.
Nov. 13, 2018
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I abstained since I played that hand last Thursday.
I bid 2 at the table.
Nov. 3, 2018
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I abstained since I played that hand last Thursday.
I bid 2 at the table.
Nov. 3, 2018
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Win A and lead K. Hope for some mis-defense
Nov. 2, 2018
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If J drops within three rounds, claim. If not you would know which hand has long . There are several squeezes options - long and in the same hand or long or and K in the same hand. Play clubs next and see how they discard.
Oct. 31, 2018
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If we duck we get four pitches from dummy. We do not need to ruff any . Also, we pick up Q10xx with W.
Oct. 31, 2018
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On a second thought 7. If the declarer has KJ10 and plays K followed by 10 I want partner to cover to block the suit. It will be obvious to partner if I show out on first club. If the declarer plays 10 after cashing diamonds partner will have a better chance to get it right. Also, the declarer, holding KJ10, can never hook through me without blocking the suit.
Oct. 24, 2018
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Spade 2 and then hearts.
Oct. 24, 2018
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@Avon: Let us suppose that Belladonna made a non-system bid of 2 (1966/21) knowing the partner was very weak from the Range signal. Then should not he pass when the bidding came back to him after 2-(3)-P-(P)? Bidding 3 as he did could easily have costed -200 or more with minor rearrangement of defenders hands. I am not saying that they did not use the Range signal in other hands – I have no information to prove or disprove that. I think accepting the WC system notes explains that 2H bid by Belladonna rather than some conspiracy theory. At least this is what I think and I am sticking to.

Danny Kleinman must have done his due diligence and BT may well have used Range Signal. If the bidding went as you described (3H-P-P) in (1966/82) Pabis-Ticci bid of 3S with that hand is extremely suspicious. The Range signal in play – could very well be.

BTW, 1966 WC book does not list board 82. It goes from 81 to 83. I happened to look at Board 81 where Mathe opened 1 with a crummy 11 points, including 2 aces. Belladonna doubled with 13 points and 3=3=2=5 shape. Now Hamman put in a psychic 1. Avarelli – with 12 points and 5=2=4=2 shape - could not double to expose the psyche because of their exclusion bid. The Italians played in 2NT and lost 7 IMP. I understand their not reaching 4 contract, which was reached in the other room, after the psyche even though Belladonna insisted later that the exclusion bid was not the problem. Suppose they knew their range from the Range signal should not they have reached 3NT with a combined total of 25?
Oct. 21, 2018
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@Larry: I started playing bridge mid seventies. I never played Roman Club system nor do I have any knowledge of that system. I did not know what Herbert convention is until recently though I vaguely remember that Italians Italian advancer used to respond in their weakest/shortest suit after partner’s take-out double.

2M with 12-16 points and 5-6 losers would make more sense since the partner could pass 2M. That hand would have required very little from partner to make a game. BTW, Mathe opened 1 with that hand.
Oct. 20, 2018
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@Micheal: Really? How do you explain Belladonna opening 2 with A6 AK10963 K AQ63? Board #21 1966 Final against North America. 12-16 points? Perhaps, Belladonna miscounted or downgraded because of single K.
Oct. 20, 2018
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