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ah I missed that. Obviously that's not quite how I'd prefer to play.
58 minutes ago
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the double isn't penalty. But I do also think upon reflection that S should have bid 2N once North passed.
an hour ago
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I think North should double 2H. Other stuff is less clear but it definitely feels like North undercooked it and that bid would have been an improvement.
8 hours ago
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Not that the vul matters at all on this hand, but I just want to add that if the motivation for posting this is not wanting to try to penalize favorable opponents when you might have a red game, I think this is the BEST vul to try to go for blood on this auction. People will bid 4s on anything at favorable
May 21
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It would be very surprising for the bidding to end at 2c (And if it does, who is to say it's so wrong). Assuming it does not, it seems clear I'd like to bid 2c then spades to give the best picture of my hand
May 20
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“From your position, how could you see the card?” Oscar the owl asked the Hog.

“It could be clearly reflected in the mirror” the Hog replied.

“But there is no mirror” Peregrine the penguin objected.

“Well there used to be one!” Said the Hog, swiftly seizing the offensive, as he demanded to know when the mirror was removed, and who gave authority to its removal.
May 2
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I don't really agree that double of 3d should be penalty, and I definitely don't agree with the general rule Dave wrote above. Dave's view is correct when a major suit has been agreed. I still think on most auctions where a minor suit has been agreed and we're below 3n, double is not penalty by default. If opener has a 3325 18 count, or 4324 18 count, they may want to double.
April 30
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I think it's forcing for sure. Undiscussed, it's a bit difficult to know how many hearts it shows. I think it should be able to be bid on a strong doubleton, but assuming so is a bit risky perhaps.
April 22
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I don't understand how 1H is a “faster” way to find a heart fit than 2NT. Unless you mean it's the fastest way for you to know you have a fit? (since if partner bids 3H, it could be on a doubleton sometimes). Still, I'm not sure why that fact is particularly relevant here.
April 16
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I think there are some hands where it might be reasonable to pass over 3S, and then save over 4. Not this one, but you might be pretty confident game will make, and are content to defend 3S, while thinking you have a good save over 4. Not a tactic I'd use often, but one that might have some merit on a different hand.
April 14
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while N's bid could work, you're really trying to get a bottom. You might, on a bad day, go down too many, but also you have no idea if they're making. Crazy sacrifices at favorable are, imo, just not recommended.

S's bid is also pretty weird, especially considering they could wait to balance. I put 50:50 blame, but I think N has more to learn here than S
April 13
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If double shows a doubleton spade, then east shouldn't double. This would involve having the agreement to play 2n takeout. Absent that agreement, I don't see what e can do but double, and in that case, w should really not leave it in
April 11
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If decanter is world class, then we surely aren't cashing clubs when wed have such a huge guess at t2 if they ducked. I think declared has something like aqxx axx xx q9xx. I think either major suit should be fine, but a spade felt more intuitive to me. If I play a heart, I may have to guess my pitch on the third heart, which could be a little annoying
April 3
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I'm having them ruff and underruff now, so I don't see why that case is different.

Btw, I reread the poll and realized I was supposed to answer as a defender, not a director. As a defender, I would not call the director in any of these cases, even though as a director, I would give the defense a trick in the second case.
March 16
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I think there is a HUGE difference betweeen these two cases.

In the first case, declarer is probably in a perfectly normal frame of mind. Most of the time, there is no reason why their claim would be wrong, and thus there is no reason to think they could ever do something so unusual as leading the 10 of clubs, or dropping it under the A or K.

In the second case, declarer is clearly having an aberration. One possibility as John says is they might think they are on lead. I don't think this, though, and despite this I still feel they should lose a trick because they are clearly in such a muddled state of mind, they might do something very strange in order to follow up with their plan of taking a club finesse, such as, yes, ruffing in both hands.

After all, they'd hardly want to discard the QC if they're intent on taking a club finesse, and they might well ruff in the dummy to get the entry to taking the club finesse. This is a good example of the kind of muddled logic that could result in them ruffing in both hands.

In response to what Josh said about the defense probably playing a club without the claim, I don't really see that as relevant, since they did claim, and I can play anything I want now as West. If you feel a bit sleazy taking the trick as West, especially because you were about to play a club, fine, but objectively, I do still feel that declarer ought to lose this trick, even if you don't want it.
March 15
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but to answer your question Norman, it is standard to play that a single-jump in this case is a very strong bid, but is not forcing. In order to force absolutely, you must double, then cuebid, then bid a new suit.
March 14
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fair enough, I guess I was answering based on my current notes (which don't have such a section), rather than standard (which, as I'm often told by certain people, I have “gaps” in)
March 8
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It would be nice if 3H showed this hand, but I obviously can't bid it without agreement that it's not some 5-6 (maybe reverse than rebid would be some 5-6 of different strength…).

3D is slightly under, but normal enough, and it does at least give partner a 3M bid. 2S makes some sense as well, and for all I know, could be a better bid
March 8
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I would say forcing is standard only on the basis that it's forcing without the double and I like the general agreement that unless we specifically know otherwise, doubles don't change our agreements.

In practice, I don't think it matters much whether it's forcing or not.
March 8
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Also you'll be hard pressed to pick up the heart suit ending in the dummy with the lead currently in your hand. After your suggested first two tricks, it is actually pretty difficult to even succeed. Better is to not block the spades, at trick 1, but if you do, to take a diamond finesse at t2 with your entry.
March 8
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