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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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i think bidding stayman on this hand is a very good idea if you need a swing, except i'd raise 2h to 3, and pass other responses. In a normal match, it can't really be that attractive to bid stayman since you feel worse off over a 2d or maybe 2s response.
Aug. 31, 2014
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on the last hand it seems like you can ruff out the heart if trumps are 1-1 and hearts are 4-3…
Aug. 27, 2014
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very well put
Aug. 10, 2014
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yes i also think 2h over 1s is pretty clear. I'd pass over 4s opener for sure, and would find a close double over 3s I think. Also, I'd double 2s as well, feel like my suit's so bad I might as well since I have a reasonable alternative to 3h.
Aug. 7, 2014
Kevin Rosenberg edited this comment Aug. 7, 2014
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Aug. 6, 2014
Kevin Rosenberg edited this comment Aug. 6, 2014
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im the right range for 2n imo, but dont have a stopper so have to improvise, not sure how im supposed to bid later tho, tough hand to ever describe without bidding nt. I presume i'll just get to some bad games when partner has xxx in hearts.
Aug. 5, 2014
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On the last hand I think I'd rather bid 3h than defend. (Although upon consulting certain anonymous people, it's been said that double probably isn't even penalty). It's interesting to note that 4h will likely make (can't be beaten unless W has 10h), so maybe there's something in the idea that North should be bidding more, perhaps even at their first opportunity.
Aug. 5, 2014
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I think if W knows what he's doing its more likely he has 4 clubs and was willing to play 6c but not 6d, for whatever reason. 5nt as a grand invite isn't a very popular treatment now I believe.
Aug. 4, 2014
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At other vuls I think 5c might be worth some consideration (like all vul), but personally at unfavorable I try to defend when it's close because often at least one, and sometimes both, of the opponents are stretching. To me, this is a pretty easy pass because of the vul.

In a vacuum, against down the middle ops, I think it's pretty close but I'd still go with pass.
July 31, 2014
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yes, that's right

I think declarer took a pretty good line on a very tough hand - the only problem I see is that after the second overruff west could play a heart and give declarer issues. Better, I think, is to cash the AC, cash the KS and crossruff the hand. With the 5th heart as a trick, declarer has 11 unstoppable tricks.

Interestingly, it seems a bit harder from declarer's perspective if west elects not to overruff, but it's beyond me to figure out what should happen.
July 24, 2014
Kevin Rosenberg edited this comment July 24, 2014
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I suppose that's true, but I'm not sure much of an inference should be drawn since E should probably cover the diamond on any hand, since they're marked with it and there's a danger of declarer pitching fast heart losers - so whether or not E holds the AS, they must cover to prevent declarer from pitching a heart loser.
(if declarer has the AS (unlikely), it seems like they're making anyway.)
As implied in the article, E might be afraid declarer has 6 clubs and the AS or something, which would make covering a mistake. To me, at least though, it seems like declarer has 7 clubs.
July 23, 2014
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crossing to the KD would be a safety play to guard against Q9 doubleton with lefty, except if righty wins the second heart, all they need to do is play a club and have the king be offside to beat the contract even if they don't have the third heart, since my communications become messed up.
July 15, 2014
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all vul i'd bid, so close here
July 14, 2014
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I passed, since I'm not sure whether to bid 3n, 4c or 4d, so I'll give partner a chance. If partner doubles, I'll probably pull to 4c, on a similar track to what Yuan said.
July 13, 2014
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Yeah you're right.

July 12, 2014
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we're obviously talking about different points in the play, i was referring to if west had played a third trump and then a second club, and then ruffed a third club declarer overtrumping. At that point, declarer can only get out for down 1 by playing AD and a diamond.
July 12, 2014
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I think pass is theoretically correct but I bid 4nt because it seems more practical to give partner some leeway for thinking something - st MP's I would pass, and here, praying they dont double 4nt.
July 12, 2014
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if west defends correctly I think declarer has to lead diamonds, not either red suit, because west can just cash two hearts and play another if declarer leads hearts off dummy.
July 12, 2014
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No reason I see to bid 2nt with a reasonable alternative in 2c - think 3c is off base
July 11, 2014
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