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I'm content to just raise 1M to 2 but not a huge deal i you open 1n
Oct. 26, 2014
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I agree that to say you'll bid 4s any time you have 3 spades is an overstatement. Also, I like passing the double at this vul unless I know for some reason they usually are pretty sound. Then again, for partnerships that don't like passing in these situations, I think double is fine. I'd bid 5d and then 5s over 5h (which I don't know or care if it should be forcing). I'd raise 5s to 6, pass 6 clubs, …
Oct. 24, 2014
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I can't see 2s - but I can see 2n 3n and 3s all as fairly reasonable options. I try to just go normal when in doubt, and 3s seems like the normal bid.
Oct. 24, 2014
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I think ducking the club return is also clearly right for a technical reason, since if declarer has Kxx, Axx, KQJxx, Qx, they've erred by not playing the QC at trick 1 and you can hold them to 3 by ducking. On the other hand, I admit against a strong declarer, it does seem unlikely that partner has the KH since declarer would probably drop the QC at trick 1… So there is something maybe to playing on spades, but still, it's basically the KS vs. the KD/AH, so seems better to still just duck the club just in case declarer has erred
Oct. 21, 2014
Kevin Rosenberg edited this comment Oct. 21, 2014
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maybe true, but isn't the upside of +200 also far less? Personally, I wouldn't consider passing at any form of scoring, but I do think that I'd rather pass at MP's
Oct. 11, 2014
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You don't think as many have said that the stiff AC is more likely based on the double and bidding?

Not to say I don't think the play is right at the table in the given situation, you just never mentioned it in your original answer.

(I would have told you offline but I lost your contact info)
Oct. 1, 2014
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It's fine to play the style where you tend to not let them buy 4d too often, but still one can't just double because they don't love offense… The East hand can't beat 7d, and doubling 4 when you can't beat seven seems wrong at any form of scoring.
Sept. 29, 2014
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Redouble - second choice would be 1d followed by redouble but this seems simpler. If partner is 2-4 in the majors, I'll look silly bidding a heart and then running to a spade if doubled (especially if they're stretching to double and I'd have made one heart).

Im not sure what to do if it goes 1d pass to me… I can either sit it out waiting for the double/bid, and redouble if needed, or I can just try 1h. I think I'd pass since nobody ever passes those auctions out.

Sept. 28, 2014
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Usually not until I had to check the cards twice when righty passed :). Maybe I don't go that far, but you get the idea…
Sept. 28, 2014
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As my comment below shows, I basically agree with what you said. I was wondering as an aside what your view is concerning the idea that if 3h is making, then we must double 4d to protect our score. To me, this logic has always seemed a bit strange since how can you (as say W in this problem) know that the opponents haven't just taken completely normal actions.

That is to say, “4d making will be a very bad score anyway” might just not be true, right?
Sept. 28, 2014
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Do you mean you'd bid 4h directly over partner's 3d, or bid 4h over opponent's 4d? Whichever you do mean, I don't really see how either auction necessarily indicates they will save. I think if you are going to bid 4h in either case you should be bidding fully to make.
Sept. 28, 2014
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As Kit says, 3h is a probable make looking at the W hand (4h would indeed be a reasonable shot over 3d at imps). I agree double by W is probably a good theoretical bid at MP's, although I'm not sure it's what I'd actually do at the table.
Sept. 28, 2014
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To be clear, on this hand, I would make no adjustment…
In general though, I think it's important to dismiss the idea that BIT=doubt
Pass=doubt
so BIT doesn't matter.
A key counterexample is that in many established partnerships, the BIT will signal “I was considering bidding” or “I was considering doubling” because of observed partnership tendencies that we, or a committee, cannot know about. Therefore, If the BIT before a forcing pass was followed by a questionable action by the person's partner, I would still punish the offending side as in any other BIT situation.

One other key point is that BIT “forcing” passes NEVER get passed out, whereas an in tempo pass can occasionally get passed out. Of course, we can't punish a guy for taking a position, right? Especially when, after all, his partner bid in tempo.
Sept. 27, 2014
Kevin Rosenberg edited this comment Sept. 27, 2014
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I like the hand where West opened a heart and dummy has no heart honors and you end up in 6s. Now leading up to the KC will earn you a morton's fork strip squeeze.
Sept. 19, 2014
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close between 1h and 1d, I can see merits for both…
Sept. 7, 2014
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I'm not sure it is better to duck so as to recover, since I"m very likely to make if spades are 4-2 or better, and if spades are 5-1 I can still fall back on other chances, where as if diamonds are 5-1 there is little to fall back on…

Maybe though, the best play is to play low at trick 1 and duck the 10 and win the queen… (Although it does rate to go 10)
Sept. 6, 2014
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Even though I'm fairly certain that after winning the heart, play A then J of diamonds is inferior, I believe you can combine both chances if the defenders return a heart, since you can just play a club to the J and even if it loses you can still test diamonds later. If the defense returns a spade, you're actually still not in danger of losing 3 spades if you give it some thought…
Sept. 6, 2014
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although I agree rising with the KH is definitely the right play at trick 1, once E plays the QH you're still in pretty good position since you have two diamonds (the queen must stand up else the whole suit runs), so you have 8 tricks. If spades are 4-2 you can set up the long spade for 9. The key is to duck the spade to lefty. Not sure if it's better to lead the JS out of hand, or a low diamond to the queen and a low spade off dummy, but either way my chances of making seems very good.
Sept. 6, 2014
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2n bidder has about 18+-21 i think. 3c seems logically NF, prsumably with longer clubs, although there's a case for bidding it 5-5 too i suppose with a yarb
Sept. 2, 2014
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E kind of has one diamond too many and one club too few, so I personally don't really like the double - Also it's not like they haven't shown some values already. West could conceivably pass or pull, but this question is more based on knowing what partnership style is, and in what I think double should be, pass seems right.

It is worth noting that if spades were 3-3 then you might still not beat 4c, and even if hearts are 5-2, playing 4d, or even 5d could easily lead to a better result. 4d to me from E seems about right (just because I think it has good chances to make).\

Make a diamond a club though and double is completely clear imo. Make a diamond a heart, or a heart a club and now I'm not so sure. (but two aces and Qxx trump does at first sound like a double even with 3 diamonds) One interesting point there though is that if you have Qxx of trump now partner probably has a stiff and you have good odds to make 5d it seems like.
Sept. 1, 2014
Kevin Rosenberg edited this comment Sept. 1, 2014
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