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I would respond 2NT instead of raising diamonds. That at least tells partner I have 15-17 points and a balanced hand and is forcing to game. Partner bids 4NT quantitative and I have an obvious raise to 6NT (or 5NT PAS if played).
Feb. 14
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Although we don't play it - some partnerships use 3S to ask partner to bid 3NT with a spade stop else bid 4 Cklubs.
Feb. 13
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I don't like forcing to 2NT on 18 or 19 points - but I suppose it depends on your responses. FWIW

2C - 2X - 2N = 20-21 (part of a benji Style 2C)
2D - 2X - 2N = 22-23 (part of a Multi 2D)
2C-2D-2H-2S-2N = 24-25
2C - 2X - 3N = 26-27
2D - 2X - 3N = 28-29

(2N = minor two suiter (weak or strong), major 2 suiter (strong) or very strong hand.
Feb. 13
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South has them both - North has AX - but of course I don't know that.
Feb. 12
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Here is a hand I misplayed last night

AQJT7…… K86
KQ65……. 987
A8…………. KJT4
85………… KQ2

Final contract 4 spades on a spade lead.

No problem - if the Ace of hearts is onside or the Ace of Clubs is onside or I chose the correct diamond finesse.

Result: North has A, South has A and North has Q (I played a ruffing finesse)

Briggida is unforgiving when you misplay a contract.

(OK - draw trumps, play three rounds of diamonds discarding a heart, club to the King forces the entry, cash fourth diamond discarding a heart and a heart to the KQ stiff.)
Feb. 12
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What I would like to know is why finesses seem to fail for me about 75% of the time.
Feb. 11
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So it should be (if possible). That is not to say it is a bad bid - I would make it (not that's saying very much). But, looking at South's point of view, you are vulnerable, have the minority of points and don't have LAW protection.
Feb. 10
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I wouldn't have let you change your call - there seems to have been no infraction under the ACBLs logical rules, and it is up to you to check.
Feb. 10
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And of course you have some chance of dropping QX in spades offside as well.
Feb. 8
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A spade finesse rates to gain 18% of the time (RHO has QXX)

Leading a diamond gains 33% of the time assuming LHO would have led a top diamond from AK.

Leading a club doesn't gain very often at all (only when RHO has HX and you guess correctly.)

So my gut feeling is to lead a diamond.
Feb. 8
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I would have thought so - and on this auction I would have thought that length would be more important. So, I have to assume partner hasn't the King - which means that East is about to drop it.

So I give suit preference for Clubs. (the 2 to say I REALLY like it)

(Partner should switch to a club anyway - any diamond winners I have aren't going away, but any club losers declarer has are going on those diamonds).
Feb. 8
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The dog in the night.
Feb. 8
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Pre-empts work. Although I play at a very low level compared to everyone else, I repeatedly find that any action over a pre-empt inevitably ends up in game.

In this case, I think it is South at fault. Whilst I think that 3 is reasonable, South hasn't any more playing strength than North might expect and North's 4 rebid is screaming misfit.
Feb. 8
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I wonder whether they have an agreement to pass 1NT with rubbish - it is the only thing that would make the 2NT reply playable.
Feb. 7
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It isn't brain dead - it is absolutely comatose. 2NT as someone once said is either too high or too low. I would much prefer to use it to show a maximum and three spades (preferably with a couple of honours).
Feb. 7
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So west has the QJ of Spades, Ace of hearts and Queen of Diamonds (or else there is no guess).

Leaves East with Q of hearts, Ace of diamonds and Ace of Clubs - that is pretty thin to be overcalling with potential wastage in hearts.

Would think it more likely that

West has QJ of spades, Ace of Diamonds and nothing else. East has AQ of hearts, Queen of Diamonds and Ace of Clubs.
Feb. 7
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Would 79C2 apply in this situation or is that basically saying that 620 for 11 tricks is incorrect and should be adjusted? I do know there is a famous case where a score was entered that was correct (5 off doubled for -1100) when in fact the actual table result was 6 off doubled - which would have been -1400 and the beneficiaries went on to win the final.
Feb. 6
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Obviously the obvious play doesn't work (ruffing spade finesse, two trumps ending in East's hand, top spade ditching club and club finesse)

(West is a bit optimistic expecting 5 cover cards - why not RKCB en route? Give East the King of spades and King of clubs instead of the Ace and Jack and the slam has no play on a diamond lead.)
Feb. 6
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Exhibit 1: did the UI given by South cause North to change the bidding - for instance 2 (FG) would normally be taken as natural I assume rather than conventional. If West passes, given the correct information, would East pass, given the correct information? If so then there is no adjustment re UI - you can't impose on players your own bidding systems. One of the effects of precision players open 2 is the mild pre-emption.

Exhibit 2: you can't do anything as dummy until someone draws attention to the infraction. The 10 is a major penalty card (Law 24) and must be played at the first opportunity (partner must not lead when their turn until declarer tells them which option he wants) so 2 is now a major penalty card (technically the player with the 1st penalty card has revoked but there is no automatic trick adjustment). You aren't dummy at the time of the first infraction (lead of 10) but are as soon as the 2 is faced.

Exhibit 3: Law 39 applies. Call is withdrawn (AI NOS, UI OS) and lead penalties apply.

Exhibit 4: regrettably too many people make faces OETTE. Declarer calls director (in theory), who explains the UI situation. Since defender is of the class that would trump a club towards the Jack, the director has to decide whether trumping a second time is a LA as the UI suggests discarding.

Exhibit 5: The 4 call could have been accepted - otherwise he can double without any further rectification (other than 23C/ 27D) if the double is a comparable call - otherwise he must change it, partner must pass for the rest of the auction and law 26 applies. He can make the lowest call that shows the same denominations without further rectification (other than law 27D). Otherwise he can make any legal call or pass - partner is barred for the rest of the auction - law 16C (UI) and 26(lead restrictions) apply.
Feb. 6
John Portwood edited this comment Feb. 6
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Anyone bothering to look at law 11?
Feb. 5
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