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Honestly I barely understand how South could think declarer was claiming if they played as you said. Surely the need to cash the qd instead of playing a club to the king and drawing trump should be a sign that they dont have the rest. In fact, by having the club queen, South can guarantee declarer doesn't have a claim. I'd want to know who South was, since their comment besides being out of place in any circumstance, seems particularly suspect if they were a strong player.

However from declarers pov, any competent South would know declarer doesn't have a claim regardless of who held the QC. Still, I suppose for most people the comment might imply less strength… I'm really not sure. I think it's actually possible to argue for both sides based on this comment, so I hesitate to award declared the slam, but definitely South should either be taught and/or punished. This comment is not ok.
Oct. 23, 2018
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If you bid 1n with this, you don't pass much
Oct. 21, 2018
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Goran,


If 4S is making, then isn't their intention to complain even if 5D is a good save?

A REAL doubleshot would be to double 4S, take the added penalty if it goes down, and if it makes call the director and try to get it rolled back to 3S.
Oct. 17, 2018
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i think 5d is less of a doubleshot though, since they probably don't expect to make it. If they expect to get an adjustment if 4S is making, wouldn't they rather pass and actually collect a plus score if it was failing.

Here, if 4S was failing, then it's much more difficult for them to ask for an adjustment.
Oct. 17, 2018
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I believe it's fairly standard to allow a finesse in this situation
Oct. 17, 2018
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If N was trying to make a penalty double, all North. Presumably S thought double was penalty. If there was a disagreement about what double should mean, then I don't see as much point in making an ATB, as posting a poll about double.
Oct. 16, 2018
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I think it is probably better to mention that 3c would be Bergen by an unpassed hand, though I'm not convinced you could/should be penalized for failing to mention this. I mean here it's the hand you happen told as much as anything that convinces you that 3c is meant as a raise. Would you be equally convinced if you held AKJxxxx, Qxx, Qxx, -? Your explanation should not have to reflect your hand, so unless you think partner would just never bid 3C as anything other than a spade raise, I don't think it can be required information to disclose, though as I said, perhaps it's better to mention it anyway.

On a more clear note, your LHO was out of line, though I think their experience and the manner with which they acted is maybe more disturbing than their actual action. Ok, I could see an inexperienced player feeling confused if they received what they believe to be a misexplanation upon looking at a convention card, and don't want their partner to be damaged by this misexplanation. An experienced player should know though that all you can do is call the director after if the misinformation damaged you.

I'm pretty sure your LHO's comment is simply not allowed (regardless of whose turn it is, but especially if it's their partner's turn), and your director call is warranted for sure (even if it is allowed, calling the director is always ok if you're not sure about something).
Sept. 29, 2018
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That is not a beginner hand for sure in my eyes. Even intermediate might be stretching it. I guess there are a decent amount of intermediate players that could solve this problem, but not many at all who are close to being able to make these plays at the table.

I also really don't like hands like this for beginners, since it involves in unteaching a good general principle
Sept. 10, 2018
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given the opponent's 14-16 notrump range, I thought it was very likely he would get it right once he went into the tank.

I think the correct play, well done.
Aug. 24, 2018
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Whoever bid 4d undiscussed made a mistake, they should not do this. However, the best way to play is that 4d is natutal - a real slam try with good trumps.

If I'm forced to guess, I guess natural, but I am obviously going to take a call either way, i will try to take the best call that caters to either meaning.
July 27, 2018
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Part of the definition of a normal takeout double includes hands which are too strong to overcall
July 26, 2018
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I also think that a 20 sec pause midtrick to decide what signal to give is not, or at least should not, be ok.
July 26, 2018
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I think there is a huge difference between “not preempting over a preempt” when they open a weak 2, as opposed to “preempting” in this auction.

Preempts are much more effective when a (10) card fit has already been found. There is great value in being able to jump-raise to 4S, even after a preempt, imo. Further, when such a great fit has already been found, it would be an underbid, or at the least a misdescription, to merely bid 3S.

Consider 10xxxx x KJx QJxx. It goes 1s (3h) to you. I think 4S is clear here. First, I think it is better on value than 3S. Second, it just seems undiscplined, against general principles, to bid 3S planning to later compete to 4. 4S is the value bid here, and I can't really imagine playing a system where this sort of hand is forced to bid 3S.

Even with a lighter hand (remove the KD), I think 4S is reasonable. If I bid 3S with the lighter hand, and then compete to 4 over 4H, haven't I made their decision much easier than if I just bid 4S right away? I'll repeat, I think there is much more gain in preempting, even over a preempt, when we've already found a big fit.
July 23, 2018
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I agree with Richards second point, but his 1st point implied that weakish hands with 5 spades should no longer bid 4s on this auction. I disagree with this personally, and I think it's not at all clear. I'd play that 4s on this auction can just be various hand types…
July 23, 2018
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Even if partner has 4 hearts to the 9, covering won't defeat the contract.
June 28, 2018
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B is a good point. I think with a holding like 98642, if we were going to lie with a strict 2/4 lead agreements, we should play 8 then 6. This distinguishes from 98x.
June 23, 2018
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maybe AJ7…
June 23, 2018
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why would you not find find hearts if you open 1NT? You don't play transfers? Seems to me you're a lot more likely to miss a heart fit by opening 1S, especially absent discussion on the auction 1s-1n-2n-? (what strength/length does 3H show here?)
June 23, 2018
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To answer your question Richard, if our expected value in the cardplay over the field is high enough, then the idea is to try to avoid actions which have high variance, but not much higher success rate.
June 23, 2018
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i'd think it should be count (standard present count). Thus declarer ought have 3 hearts. This doesn't tell us what to do of course, but on general principles it can't be attitude, and I don't think it would be SP (since this would normally be given on next round).
June 23, 2018
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