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“You went down in that cold slam?”, asked Tom upset.
Sept. 17
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“Partner, just play a diamond!”, said Tom clear-cut.
Sept. 17
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“We should've been in no trump”, said Tom suitably.
Sept. 17
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I am afraid partner will continue with many “maximal” hands that are not suitable. There is not enough room for a proper slam investigation. May try it if 4 was the slam try.
Aug. 15
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This should definitely not be a forcing pass situation.

Double looks best now. There is only a 9-card fit and we have a singleton in partner's longest suit.
Aug. 10
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Don't we get to know what 4 means and what 4m would have meant?
Aug. 4
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Depends on the shape of the hand, the opening bid and what range we have shown.

You better remove the hand and auction above the poll. They don't make sense.
Aug. 2
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I'm afraid partner must have 108 and it seems that opener doesn't have much of a 3 bid but we were not told to be facing experts.

Also Tx is fine if declarer has 7330
July 18
Dennis Dewit edited this comment July 18
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There were a few more critical things declarer should have done:
a) pass 2NT
b) not play 3 rounds of diamonds
c) not attack clubs
July 17
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There is no “in general”. It depends on the situation and other carding agreements. Ideally you would already have made clear whether you liked the lead on the second trick. Then the first discard could show values and not necessarily a demand to switch.
July 17
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Cash A and exit with a trump.
July 17
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4. Definitely not a natural 3
July 16
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1. Pass

“I think North should double and if South bids 4H, North should bid 5C.”

Missing at least an ace and king for that.

2. 4

3. No
July 15
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You forgot the obvious AK AKQJ xxx xxxx, but could we not agree this hand and yours are so much less likely on the auction so far than a 16 count with Ax or Kx that chose to overcall 1NT and has no interest in defending 2?
May 31
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I think this hand is better than a pass on 2
May 5
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5 may make and looks at most one down. 6 may make and looks at most one down.
April 8
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2, showing either a minimal hand or a GF hand with no other bid.
Jan. 15
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Or Kx Kxx QJxx xxxx. Good luck in 3NT.
Jan. 5
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I'd expect a very offensive hand. Perhaps Qxxx - AKxxxx xxx if that is a first round pass in your style.
Jan. 5
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Double for me shows a hand with extras and no good bid, usually a hand too good to overcall 1NT. Sort of similar to (1m)-Dbl-(1M)-p-(2m/2M)-Dbl. In particular against precision 1 you have to be pragmatic and use Dbl for the majors (could have singleton clubs). I'd play Dbl like this for all your other sequences, just a flexible hand for the most flexible bid. If you psych or bid on crap, partner is still there to protect.
Jan. 4
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