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I may play a different system (Acol) from most here so the comment may not apply - however the key feature of the hand is the fact that the hearts are so solid. My feelings, for what they are worth, are that in an auction you should tell partner the additional factors that are improving the hand. To show 7 straggly hearts, for instance you would bid 2 and then (over 3) 3. (Another way of looking at it is that you would be rebidding 2 with 6 straggley hearts) and then (over 3) rebid 3!N with your spade stop (and extra values outside the heart suit - (Q or Q) which will help partner's suit(s) run). If, of course, 3 rebid is systematically 18 HCP then you can't do this, but you do have a licence to upgrade your hand if you feel it suitable. I upgraded the hand as it is one loser less than it might be and you have good hearts, which you mightn't have had. Other (maybe better) bidders no doubt wouldn't.
May 10, 2013
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If partner had expectations of defeating 6 then that is the ideal time for him to re-apply pressure. As you say, the cue bid of 3 was possibly a warning (opponents have 1st round control so the hearts reckon to be wasted assets) but you could quite easily have had a slow trick for your bid - in which case you have done well by making the opponents misguess the final contract. (Your bidding for instance kept them out of using Blackwood since they probably didn't know whether 4N would be agreeing Diamonds or not)
May 10, 2013
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If partner had 5 good spades (or hearts!) wouldn't he have bid a weak 2? I suspect he is more likely to have 5 diamonds and north opened on a weak 4-card suit. However that suggests that partner may also have clubs. I can't see a source of tricks and am a bit concerend about giving away doubled overtricks. So 2 would be the sensible approach. If I get doubled for penalties then I have obviously misread my partner's hand so will XX for his suit.
May 10, 2013
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I only need XX XX QXXXX JXXX for 3NT on a spade finesse. If I don't bid it then who will?
May 10, 2013
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The following is from Robson & Segal (1993) 6-9 is indicative of how agressive you should be (1 = conservatve, 10 = anything goes)
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Weak jump overcalls

Now at least one of your opponents has taken a bid. This means you must always be aware of how limited they are and whether they have found a fit. Nonetheless, certain generalized observations can be made.
a) Second-in-hand: 6-9
The suggested grading assumes a standard one-of-a-suit opening on your right. Important considerations are
(a) the vulnerability;
(b) whether you are overcalling at the two or three level;
© how much space you are stealing. The best situation for a
‘pressure-WJO’ is non-vulnerable, at the two level and exclusive - i.e. (1)-2! Least propitious is a vulnerable,
non-exclusive WJO at the three level - i.e. (1)-3.
We shall take, Love all
West North East South
- - 1 2

as our example auction. The following are instances of pressure-WJOs on this auction:

Q J 10 8 6 2
Q 5
7 4 3
8 4
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Your good features are : Vulnerability = Green : 1 may not show 4 Diamonds (but it is likely) : Your bid is at the 2 level. The bad feature is : Suit is not Spades : suit is pretty weak (weaker than the one above) Opponents have an implied fit in Diamonds.

Providing your partner realises that you MIGHT be overcalling on such rubbish due to the position and vulnerability then I feel the bid is borderline (Spades would be better) i.e. right at the ‘9’ position.

May 10, 2013
John Portwood edited this comment May 10, 2013
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There are 16 points left outside the Spade suit and partner reckons on holding most of them. Whilst I expect the spade loser, I still have the insurance of being able to lose another trick.
May 9, 2013
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Spade lead defeats the contract


Assume a club switch - win with the King (1 trick) Play a diamond back - assume declarer finesses - win with King (trick 2) and return a diamond. Declarer can run the clubs but East retains KJT 5 declarer keeps Q9 AQ and West 7 KT J A diamond from dummy squeezes declarer who can be thrown in to lead a Spade to Easts KJ A heart to the Ace concedes the last 3 tricks and a heart finesse loses (trick 3) with the JD (Trick 4) and K to follow.
May 9, 2013
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Surely oppos won't have bid a grand with a quick trick loser in our suit? So I'llmake the most passive lead I can. Leading a could be fatal if partner has JX.
May 8, 2013
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As partner is unlimited any heart bid could seriously mislead him - either into taking an unprofitable sacrifice or bidding a failing game. South knows (roughly) the total strength their way and misleading your partner won't affect that.

if I was feeling aggressive I would bid 2 on that hand - but in my system that shows a weak 5-5 in the majors. At least I won't be overstating my strength!
May 8, 2013
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There is a PDF available of Robson-Segal online
http://www.bridge.is/files/Partnership%20Bidding%20at%20Bridge_2054397795.pdf - according to this link http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Rec/rec.games.bridge/2010-08/msg01948.html this is available with permission from the authors.
May 8, 2013
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Although no one has mentioned it - since it is unlikely declarer or dummy will have a 5-card suit, leading the A could have merit as it would enable you to look at dummy and see if there is a weak major suit involved.
May 7, 2013
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Wouldn't you open that 1NT? Oh I'm sorry - the benefits of a weak 1NT haven't crossed the Atlantic yet. (Gentle dig over) - Although losing trick count is a good guide, I also like to look at the Winning trick count. The hand above (4) (KR 12.05) is sorely lacking in this department compared to the original (6)(KR 17.35). I suppose WTC is somewhat similar to Working Points
May 7, 2013
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And partner is not making 6 with KQx XX K KJTXXXX. This hand is screaming ‘misfit’ (I agree 5 over 4 FWIW)
May 7, 2013
ATB
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South's opening double is off-shape - so you can't blame N for bidding, but I would have been tempted to bid 4 (6 card support for partner's (ah hm) 4 card suit, heart control). South should never have bid 3NT with the spade blockage obvious to all - as is quite often the case, plenty of points but no tricks.
May 6, 2013
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I would prefer to know what defences I am playing against 1NT, if NS play Stayman and if 2N is a limit bid (15-poor 16 no 5 card suit) - however since partner has values (8-11 points) I'll play him for 5 hearts as being more likely than 5 spades.
May 6, 2013
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I would bid 2 of the major with a decent major suit but with no obvious entry to the hand. (I would use a checkback 2 with values for 2NT - I play a weakish 1NT so 1NT rebid is quite strong). Playing in a weak 5-2 major risks losing quite a few tricks which might make in 1NT.
May 6, 2013
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Playing Acol with 4 card majors this is a straightforward 1 2NT (10-12 balanced) 3 4 sequence. Playing my way it is a straightforward 1 1N 2 2N (8 loser, balanced hand, 3 card support) 4 (6 loser hand) sequence.
May 5, 2013
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Fully concur with the club lead - no doubt that this is the one hand where under-leading the A will win. Q may set up some tricks and/ or reduce declarer communications but is too aggressive for MPs. If you want to lead Q bang out the A and see if dummy has the K before doing so.
May 5, 2013
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If I have no Aces, no Kings, no Voids, no Singletons then I have nothing.
May 4, 2013
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Hand is too weak to investigate game opposite a protection bid and since neither West nor East has found a Spade bid so far the chances of them bidding and making a spade contract seem lower than at first glance. That being said - why didn't North Double if 4=4 in the majors? I will compete to 2 of course if necessary but to do so now would infer a stronger hand in terms of offence than I actually have.
May 4, 2013
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