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he can bid over 5d, but would he with AKxxx, Axxx, xx, xx? He might be worried about clubs, not to mention just a lack of tricks.

6d is definitely a shot, but it's one I'm willing to take
Oct. 15, 2013
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To me, when partner denies the KH, I'd just bid 7nt over 6s because if partner has what I think of as a real 3s bid (the actual hand is borderline), then i cacn count 4-1-3-3. I may get two extra tricks from spades or diamonds, and one extra trick from hearts or clubs. With so many chances, I think it figures to be a great shot. I don't have a serious problem with 3s, but think that N looking at that monster can practically bid 7nt over 3s and be confident they're in a good contract (Although discussion over 3s, whether it should set trump, etc. would be good)Give partner AKQJxx, AKx, x, xxx, another pretty normal 3s bid where on a 4-3 break you have 14 tricks, and on a worse break still have chances.
Oct. 14, 2013
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Richard, maybe I made myself unclear as well. I agree completely that your line gives much better chance than mine of making when E had 5 hearts and 3 diamonds. All I was saying is that I have a better chance to make when E has 5 hearts, than you do when E has 2 hearts. Still, your line may be better thinking about it now because you always make when E has 5 hearts and I don't always make when E has 2 hearts, I just make more than you do.

Upon reflection you line is probably better.
Oct. 13, 2013
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As long as you don't see an honor drop from W on the AS I don't think your line can work when mine doesn't if E has 2 hearts. Nobody has KQ doubleton spade, and if W has KQX of clubs then my line will make. If E has KQx of clubs then they have five spades, West has a stiff spade, and most E won't be so clever as to underlead their KQxxx, not to mention W might have led a small stiff. So one way of thinking about it is your only chance is KQx of clubs with W when E has 2 hearts, but I have the chance of any black KQ with E when E has 5 hearts (Although as I said KQ of spades isn't a great chance)

This type of logic is weird to me and I'm still a bit confused about it so let me know if I made an error.
Oct. 13, 2013
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normal line is to ruff a club high and play trump to the queen, if they break you make, if they don't run trumps. If anyone has a black KQ with the heart length you'll make
Oct. 13, 2013
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unless partner makes sound overcall even white vs. red there's a fair chance you're off five top tricks. But even though, i passed in the poll, 3nt is maybe more practical, especially since partner is pretty likely to have a spade. Still, a vulnerable game making could be as expensive as 3n-6 when partner had a weak hand 0-3-6-4 with better diamonds and decided to overcall. There's always the chance that partner will reopen, but not sure pass will help even then because he probably would only x with 1-3-6-3 (or a void and the above shape in which case pass will probably win huge), and then ops have a 9 card club fit. I really don't know what I'd do.
Oct. 9, 2013
Kevin Rosenberg edited this comment Oct. 9, 2013
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The 2nd and 3rd choice are both fairly correct I think, but I chose the second because the question was about the 3d bid. I think the 3rd one isn't quite right because partner is not always the captain, there are hands that I would bid 5d with, this just is not one of them.
Oct. 7, 2013
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I think it's really good to have specific agreements for when maximal doubles are on. Personally, I prefer to have an 8 card major suit fit known, so I wouldn't play x as maximal. I'd still double though, which I'd be 99% sure my p would take as just card showing, since I have not limited my hand at all. 3h should be reserved I think for hands with voids, or maybe 7 clubs (possibly both). 4-3-0-6 also seems like perhaps the ideal shape for the bid.

Sept. 22, 2013
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hard to believe for me a diamond isn't in your top 3! But in reality, If a diamond isn't your #1 then I see why it's your #4. Seems like everything else is a guess, so even if a diamond has half as good a chance as being right as a non diamond you should clearly lead it. I wouldn't have bid 3d with the S hand, nor would i have preempted the hand, but I am in such a huge minority I didn't bother abstaining, I don't find any problem with preempting anyway, just don't like holding ace of my own suit, and I feel it gives away info while gaining little in general.
Sept. 17, 2013
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i'd suggest switching to top of nothing from sequences like 87 in nt, because sometimes 5 can be hard to read from like 65, while 6 is easy. I only think 8 can be clearer than 7 here.

Either way i lead a high club
Sept. 16, 2013
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Hard to see what else you can do but 5d, at any form of scoring. MP's seems more relevant to me for opener's rebid, but I think I like 4d at any form of scoring, especially red at IMPS. xx, xxxx, Qx, xxxxx is a pretty decent game… Playing good/bad here, which i don't think many people would, now it seems like a 3d bid, because opposite x, Qxxx, xx, Kxxxxx, you're screwed after bidding 4d. It could work out badly anyway, but a nebulous 3d just doesn't feel like it describes this hand.
Sept. 16, 2013
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seems like a heart lead requires more from p than a spade lead.
Sept. 12, 2013
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I think it's up to the opponents not to pay attention to the “thank you's” that declarer gives. This seems clearly like information they can take at their own risk. A more common, and less ethical imo, case of this is when declarer “claims” without putting their hand down, or assures defenders at IMPS that they are just playing for overtricks, or even more commonly when someone thinks about a signal, when you have to guess an honor. This all seems like info you are entitled to, but you have to take at your own risk. I think it's ridiculous to say you can't thank your partner and smile when they put the dummy down. Since it is polite to thank your partner, and you should try to look happy (because you're playing bridge) in general, does this mean that when you do it now you must NOT have a problem? I do know what you mean when declarer has an “air” of confidence, but I don't think it's really a problem at all, and even if it was, it could hardly be monitored. I think it's just up to the defenders to ignore it.
Sept. 8, 2013
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I was wrong the hand was posted correctly by the way, it's just that all the directions were reversed so that confused me, W did indeed have the ace of clubs.
Sept. 4, 2013
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If W has the ace of clubs, then E must have at least one honor, as they didn't bid twice with a zero count. It's true that after their heart pitch, if they have a heart honor, and west has the KS and QD, then you can squeeze them in the majors after you ruffed out the hearts. However, we know west has ?-2-?-5. If they have 2 spades and 4 diamonds, then you don't need a squeeze, you can just drop the KS. If they have 3-2-3-5, then east not only made an error, but a very unlikely one at that. Most would pitch a diamond first from 3-4-5-1. No, their, most likely distribution is 4-4-4-1, in which cash there's no need to needlessly take the diamond finesse, as I did at the table. I lost, a little unlucky that W had opened an 11 count, but I should have indeed made it.
Sept. 4, 2013
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this hand was posted wrong, east flew the ace of clubs and returned a club
Sept. 4, 2013
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Polly, I actually happened to talk to my dad about this hand. He feels very strongly that this isn't a problem at all, at least in the situation that you had. He passed and thought it was the only option. He defended 1c as well. Of course his side beat it, but that's another story.
Sept. 1, 2013
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I partner has the perfect Aqxx, x, AKxx, Qxxx then slam is laydown basically. Even turning the KD into the queen, you want to be there. I'd think the splinter should be in the 14-15 area, so i don't picture any worse than a finesse. Maybe on AQJx, x, AJxx, Qxxx, it's on a 3-3 break, and give 5-3 in the minors and it's basically noplay. Still i think it's worth just bidding blackwood and forcing, because i think the key is the hand AQJx, x, AQXX, Qxxx if you bid 5c, it depends on style, but most people play a cuebidding force style, so if you bid 5c, then they'll bid 5d, and you will probably have to bid 5s (else you're just forcing to slam anyway), and i think they'd likely pass 5s. I wouldn't argue for any hand p has with a heart void because it's hard to imagine not getting there with a 5c bid.

Sept. 1, 2013
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if opponents play 1c could be two only when 4-4-3-2, i'd still pass, i don't think i'd even bother changing my methods against those pairs. If they were playing some system where it could be really short, then i'd probably bid 2c
Sept. 1, 2013
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well if E had the AK sixth of hearts, and West had erred by ducking the AS, now 11 tricks can be made by leading a heart to the queen. At MP's in a club game, this is what i'd do, because i only lose to 5 hearts missing a high honor on my right, and they bid 2h. Obviously the heart blockage still applies in the actual case and i still make 11 tricks.

I'm not sure how a low spade can really disrupt communications if declarer does conceal the queen of clubs. Leading spades and playing the way i've written above (hoping for the more likely mistake of ducking the AS) seems best to me. So therefore, i actually would cross to the queen of clubs at trick two to lead spades, as you did. Also as Phil said, I don't understand even with the line that you did take, why you didn't end up with 11 tricks
Aug. 23, 2013
Kevin Rosenberg edited this comment Aug. 23, 2013
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