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For me that hand must bid 2or 1. Need a better hand for 1NT.
5 hours ago
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Yes Steve! You should definitely revive “under further review”. I remember it as being very entertaining and illuminating.

Of course you guys almost never have disasters anymore (Haha)
17 hours ago
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Howard I don't really like that 3 bid. It looks like it was intended to be a cue bid but why couldn't responder have 5 or 6 hearts.
17 hours ago
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The discussion was based on West leading a high diamond which attacks the entries for the simple squeeze. If he leads a major then, sure, East is irrelevant.

On the high diamond lead, five rounds of trumps also squeezes West between the 4th diamond, the 3rd club and the low spade that he needs to keep as an exit card.

Double dummy West is forced to hold 2=0=3=2. Single dummy he might stiff the spade ace and retain 3 clubs some of the time. That exposes him to a throw in if declarer plays a spade immediately, but might lead declarer to play for a different layout.
17 hours ago
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Ok I was over-complicating, but it isn't a simple squeeze either. You need to force East to pitch low spades or a low diamond and play accordingly, don't you?
Feb. 14
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My opponent did well to open her 10 count in 3rd seat. It would have been much easier with a free run.
Feb. 14
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Yes Tom, partner got in the way of the auction I had planned. I was hoping JUMP to 4S on the 3rd round. Then it would have been clearer that I had bigger things in mind.

But, in retrospect 3S over 1NT would have been better. And maybe I should have risked 5S over 3NT. It would have been unlucky to catch such an unsuitable hand that 5S would go down.

Ray, there was a chance East had posted it of course. Just kidding.
Feb. 14
Jon Green edited this comment 17 hours ago
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It looks like a triple sqeeze against both opponents with a non-material threat vs East( the 3rd diamond).
When West leads a high diamond win the queen and run trump tossing a spade from dummy. West must hold 2=0=3=2. If he stiffed the spade he could be thrown in with the ace. If East holds 2=0=2=3 declarer plays diamond ace then club jack. West must cover or clubs will run. Declarer then plays club 10 unblocking the 8 so East must duck. After 2 rounds of spades declarer steppingstones to dummy's high diamond via the club queen.

If East holds 3=0=1=3 declarer plays diamond to dummy, stripping East's diamond, then jack of clubs to king and ace, 10 of clubs unblocking. East must duck the 2nd club so declarer puts him in with the 3rd club. If West keeps a low spade declarer gets a spade and a club or a spade and a diamond. if West throws the low spade his partner's spade exit endplays him.
Feb. 14
Jon Green edited this comment Feb. 14
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Nope
Feb. 14
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I looked at the RP site. He lists the standard movements. The problem with a small group is that the usual movements don't work well if you want to play fewer rounds.
Feb. 9
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Yes, I missed the line to make after a split.
Jan. 31
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6NT isn't a bad spot at matchpoints. If the club finesse wins you need 4 heart tricks. If it loses you have 11 tricks and a spade finesse or major suit squeeze will let you make.And if you do make it's a top.
Jan. 30
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Another consideration is that West might split with QJxx if he hopes you will lose a black suit finesse and sees that he might be endplayed if he doesn't.

For instance Q9xx QJxx 10xx Kx, on this layout he has a sure set by splitting.
Jan. 30
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Thanks to everyone for the answers and advice
Jan. 2
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Your post said “send a cold game packing”. So my response addressed the cold game issue. I deemed it -in the spectrum of possible mixed raises- to be somewhat unlikely. I stand by that.

If game is 50-50 there isn't any need to bid it at matchpoints. That's particularly true here since by pushing beyond 3 you could end up going down in 4 when partner's value don't mesh well with yours. Rather than either of your examples N could have Kx Qxx xxx QJxxx or worse. Now we rate to go minus in 4.
So the sign-off in 3 isn't crazy.
Dec. 9, 2018
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If opener had 3334 or 2434 with a minimum he'd bid 3 but that is irrelevant. Responder is presumed to have a mixed raise and opener isn't required to describe his hand if he knows where he wants to play opposite that hand. He should not bid 3 unless he wants to try for game.

If responder had a mixed raise it would be fairly likely that EW can make something. They would have a 9+ card heart fit and short clubs without a lot of waste in that suit. They haven't entered yet because they don't have a lot of high card strength and are vulnerable and West was preempted by the 2 response.
Dec. 8, 2018
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N needs a perfecto of a mixed raise for game to be cold. To me it looks like he needs a major ace and 2nd round diamond control.
Dec. 8, 2018
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He assumed that N had a mixed raise and, in that case, he thought 3 was where he wanted to play. That's not an absurd view even if you disagree with it. For game to be cold partner needs a major suit ace and the diamond king or a singleton diamond.

The opponents can probably make something so he may need to compete but it's possible partner's bid has shut them out. They may have less than half the deck in HCP's. N could have Kxx Kxx xx Qxxxx in which case we'd like to buy it for 3 if we can.
Dec. 8, 2018
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Auction 1 shows inadequate values for direct action. We play Leaping Michaels but for us it promises a good hand. The question is whether the delayed entry should be a 5-5 hand too weak to act directly or long spades too weak to overcall 3S.

QJ10xx x KQJxx xx or KQJ10xxx x x J10xx. Would you act directly with either of those hands?

It's obviously a gamble to commit to a save with either hand but at favorable vulnerability at matchpoints it doesn't seem unreasonable.
Dec. 5, 2018
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Is there any action partner can take to show a 5-5 hand with spades and a minor? Would 4S show that hand or just long spades?
Dec. 5, 2018
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