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Can anyone explain what is the point of the 3 response?

If partner has 7 reasonable diamonds then 6 looks solid - lots of controls, nice suit to set up (at worst having to ditch clubs on spades) so I create a bid and ask him. (Actually I play 4 of the other minor is a general slam try opposite a minor-suit pre-empt)

Of course if you play wider ranging pre-empts then you may find you get too high, but it is unlikely. (even XXXXXXX may play for 2 losers only!)

http://www.bridgeace.com/Lessons/BOLS/1992_Van_De_%20Pas_Play_Yourself.pdf
April 27, 2013
John Portwood edited this comment April 30, 2013
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I think the West hand is too weak offensively to consider 5 - yes you have 2 Aces and a singleton club, but you have nothing else. Suppose that you make your two aces and a club ruff (OK here you don't but you know partner probably only has 2 clubs) where will the remaining 8 tricks come from?. Give partner his 5 hearts and you need 3 more - but if you take those 3 more (and they can only be from strength) then they should score against 5C! In which case there is a good chance of 5X going 4 off. If you can only make 1 or 2 more then 5 and 5 are going off and you have indulged in a phantom.

Here is the original BOLS tip: http://www.bridgeace.com/Lessons/BOLS/1987_Manfield_Five_Level.pdf
April 27, 2013
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We didn't have any agreement - In theory yes we should have been playing forcing pass situation, but in the absence of such I felt a double was the best way to show doubt. Partner of course has a whale of a hand compared to what he might have had and some voters have recognized it. It would have been nice if he had bid 6 - if only for the amended diagram that would have appeared!
April 25, 2013
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Now for the gruesome bit (a tale against myself).

When the hand came up South was dealer - but North tried to open the bidding out of turn with 1! I saw this, forestalled it and decided to waive the penalty. Bidding then reverted to South. Of course I thought my partner had seen this action by North (Authorized Information) so that I had to be showing a strong 5=5 major suit fit. Unfortunately partner later confirmed that he hadn't noticed the attempt to open out of turn!

Partner passed the double and led a diamond, which ran to declarer's Queen. Declarer led a trump which partner won with the Ace and led a Spade to my AK (on which declarer played the Queen).

I stupidly tried to cash the A - and that was -550 as declarer ruffed (QX - QXXX QJXXXXX) drew the last trump and ran the diamonds. I say stupid because anyone can see that partner can't have more spades than hearts so the second spade must have a better chance to stand up!
April 25, 2013
John Portwood edited this comment April 25, 2013
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Pretty good: yes AKJXX AQJXX X XX. I doubled 5 as I had 2 club losers (partner could have had a flat 4-3-3-3 for his bid) but 6 does make as you can see - providing you drop the Q offside.
April 25, 2013
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Well done - on your defence you are going for - 650 as 5 X makes +1.

To be fair when you put down the A you see the following dummy. It might make you change your defence at trick 2.

TX J43 AKJ753 K8
April 25, 2013
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Isn't that the same as 1N 2 2 2N - now what? Going to the three level when you have minmum values? Obviously simulations would help but there is a lot to be said for being a level lower.
April 24, 2013
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Same thing could happen if you relayed to 2 or 2 on a 4=1=4=4 or 1=4=4=4
April 24, 2013
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Who said West was a weak opener? He found two cuebids! In the UK the Multi has to have 1 strong meaning (which comes up reasonably frequently). Could he have

AJXX
X
AKQX
AJXX

opposite

QX
AKQTX
JTXXXX
-

Since strong 4441 hands are one of the options available. (Of course if the multi has to be a weak 6-card major then I will have to reconsider)
April 22, 2013
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One plan is to play a double of a small slam as showing no defensive tricks.

However east is a passed hand and West could only make an overcall. So my first question would be: What does West's pass over 5 mean. Could East be trying to bounce you into 7 failing

I would double, lead J and someone will rack up the points.
April 22, 2013
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A heart - assuming partner has 5 weak hearts and (just about feasible) KX in Spades. If you don't lead a heart declarer takes AC, 6 Diamonds and AS squeezing partner between KS and JXXXX when dummy holds AKQTX and declarer holds 8XXX X - -. Partner must expect a heart lead (he bid the suit) and I don't think the double would be Lightner.
April 22, 2013
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I have it! North actually has Spades and has psyched a 2 overcall to confuse the Multi bidders. East has fallen into the trap and West has decided to cut the losses hoping to make tricks in diamonds and hearts with the AC.

So you lead a Spade and record 6 off. Or you lead a club and concede.
April 22, 2013
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Actually the higher the honour card the worse the lead (Aces excepted). On this hand if you lead A partner can tell you whether they like the suit (keep going) or want a switch (go with Spades). Although blasting an Ace into thin air reduces the chance that it willcapture a King, it does give you a chance to look at dummy and perhaps get some signal from partner. Leading from JXXX into a 3 card (maximum) suit is unlikely to be too costly.

The key point with a Stayman convention when the response is 2 is that the 2 bidder has quite a few cards in the minor suits (at least 7 ((33)(43), probably 8 (32)(53|| 44))
April 22, 2013
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4 diamonds + 2 Aces < 7. Normally the best lead against 1NT is a three card major (playing for partner's 5-card suit). In this case you may be lucky with declarer holding off a couple of times - then you can switch to diamonds. Don't forget that Declarer could quite easily have QJTXX in Diamonds. If declarer has hearts then there is still time to test the Diamonds.
April 22, 2013
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The points are presumably evenly spread (probably slightly in our favour on distribution) I feel bidding 2S at imps is too optimistic (too much danger of playing in a 4-2 fit and even if we play in a 4-3 fit we are likely to get forced in Hearts.)

Knowing my luck in 2S East will underlead K expecting to find partner with the Ace and we'll take 2H, 3D, 4S and AC.
April 22, 2013
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9 losers is a single raise
April 22, 2013
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Since partner is void in Diamonds and doesn;t hold the AC, then the only way in which 7N will depend on the lead is if partner would be squeezed but isn't. Since East has (presumably) AKXX in Hearts then a squeeze could operate.,
April 21, 2013
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I fail to see the advantage of a ‘super accept’ other than a partnership saying “How clever we are”. The hand making the transfer bid can always make a 3-level game try themselves and this has the added advantage that there is no 3-level contract bid when taking out on rubbish.

The 1NT opener has limited their hand so the responder knows the combined strength within narrow limits and can therefore make a game try HOWEVER the opener does NOT know how strong the responder is and therefore is not in a position to make a game try.

(If your 1NT opening bid has a 2+ trick variance then you aren't limiting it enough)


April 21, 2013
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I voted for Double as the least worst option. However there are plenty of hands where coming in could cost a large number and loads where there is no game available. QX looks like the worst possible club holding with a potential two tricks lost followed by a trump promotion (and that's if East only has AJ,KJX or QJXX and nothing else). Since you are missing 4 honours you have to assume that East has two of them.
April 19, 2013
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I'm looking at 6 (or 7) clubs 4 (or 5) diamonds A and AK - that comes to 13 (at least) 14 on a heart lead.
April 19, 2013
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