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I'm not sure exactly what the shape is (id be fairly sure it's 4-2-3-4 or 4-2-4-3 on my right), but like Anant, I'd win in hand and play a spade (to the 9). I could have the hand totally misread, so much is uncertain, and i dont see a reason not to make it with Q10 of spades onside. I still have the same odds of a double hook as everyone else leading to the jack. When it goes queen, spade to ace, ten of spades, it seems now pretty clear that righty has started with 4-2 in the majors. I'd now run all my trumps pitching two clubs and a diamond from dummy. Rho must pitch 3 times. First lets focus on the 4-2-3-4 shape. He can afford a club clearly. Say he pitches a spade and a diamond on the next two. I can simply lead the ten of diamonds, and duck when they cover. I will loser rather embarrassingly to KQ of diamonds onside, but my goal with this shape of righty's is to make when the diamond honors are divided. And of course if righty ever pitches two club i can simply duck a club.
If, on the other hand, righty is 4-2-4-3 he will now almost for sure pitch one of each suit. However, lefty must discard on the last heart. They must either come down to two diamonds or two clubs. Obviously they can't come down to two clubs, so they come down to two diamonds. If, for some reason, i was sure that righty was 4-2-4-3, i would lead the ten of diamonds, this time, winning the cover, and lead a club. If righty started with Kxx, and fails to unblock, they get endplayed. However, this is hardly a better chance since it requires a misdefense, and specifically the king of clubs with righty. I dont see how I can ever guess the distribution, since if righty is 4-2-3-4, I can't imagine lefty not throwing a diamond on the last trump. So I go with my original line, playing RHO for 4-2-3-4 with Hxx (or KQx) in diamonds. (Honestly, I'm not sure if the contract can even be made if RHO has 4-2-4-3, as you may lose 2 spades, a diamond, and 2 clubs if you try to play for 3-3 clubs, and I see no other way to make it legitimately if RHO has that shape)
Aug. 19, 2013
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Yes, you could bid 1s, but it feels more likely that it's necessary to bid 1s over a takeout hand than over an 18-19 balanced hand. My point is that you cant bid 1s over 1nt takeout.
Aug. 16, 2013
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I agree with everything you said (except maybe that pass is inconceivable, I wouldn't use that strong a word) until the last comment Anant, Seems to me that you'd probably rather partner declare (Clearly better if they have Ax diamond), and in theory better if partner has Kxx, although it might not matter in practice with Kxx
Aug. 14, 2013
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I don't see an advantage to your method exactly, if the ops want to double you after you double 1h showing the 18-19, they still can later. Also, if you play 1nt as t/o, you can never play 1s, which seems more important to be a possible contract after a t/o double than after an 18-19 1nt rebid. I think 1nt could get doubled and go down, but I still think it's at least the “normal” bid on the above hand.

Aug. 13, 2013
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my hand doesn't feel like notrump exactly, but with these heart spots I think it's the least of all evils. (My hand feels like spades obviously if we have a 4-4 fit, but no way to get there) I will likely get a bottom with a 2h bid when p has a two card heart suit, and i still can't be sure hearts plays better anyway when p has 3.
July 14, 2013
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I think that maybe Oren should just play a heart to the king, as he did, and then look at E's spots. The 8 on the first round already looks like less than 4, and when he followd it with the nine it is almost guaranteed. Thus, I think you could just cash two spades and 4 clubs at that point playing for the simple squeeze on W. (Also this line doesn't risk the contract when W happens to only hold 3 diamonds). Had E followed with two low spots on the first two hearts, I'd have cashed the hearts and clubs, as I make it on a double squeeze any time E has the heart length and W holds 4 diamonds, and I still have the guard squeeze to fall back on if W happens to hold the heart length.
July 6, 2013
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I lead a low spade to start. Best defense seems to be west winning the jack and East unblocking the 8. If East wins the spade (8) and returns a high spade. I cash two high spades, and play a diamond to dummy. East can't discard a heart or else I play ace of hearts and a heart, and later throw a high club under the ace endplaying East. So E pitches a club and i lead a club off dummy, and stage a simple heart endplay. Alternatively, lets say E wins 8 (If E ever plays the 2 of spades I can duck a heart to E and will later squeeze him on the diamond to ace, and will end up throwing him in to make) and returns a low club. I can still win, play another high club, he'll play another club, cash AK of spades, diamond to ace, exit a club, taking two diamonds, 3 hearts, 2 spades, 2 clubs. If W wins the jack of spades, E playing 8, and West plays a heart, I win the ace, and play the diamond ace. If E pitches a heart, then i play a heart. E can return a high spade, but even if they play high on my second spade, i can cash it and now make 2 clubs tricks anyway. If E plays low on the second high spade, another spade endplays them. If E pitches a club on the diamond ace, I can basically endplay them the same way as before, and they can't unblock the spade because I've already made the ace of hearts.

Perhaps there are other ways to make it under some of the conditions I gave, or perhaps I just missed something and I'm flat out wrong. Let me know!!
June 21, 2013
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there's a few typos, south has the 5 of spades twice, North opened 1nt instead of 1s (I assume is a typo). 2nt looks like a little better than four spades to me, since it's more constructive, and you can stay out of game. If you take this philosophy i suppose you should let them play 4 clubs (don't know why they'd be in hearts?) 4 spades seems like a perfectly reasonable bid though, and I think it's important not to result, as partner had the same distribution as you, which doesn't happen a lot.

Also, I'm confused by the first question, do you open in third seat? It seems like the most normal 1s opener possible in any seat?

One final comment is that some NS pairs might play drury, even on over a double, and 2nt as inv. without spade support. If that's the case I'd almost prefer 4s with a 5 card suit, as 2c has so little preemptive value
June 17, 2013
Kevin Rosenberg edited this comment June 17, 2013
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i'd bid 3s because sometimes i can make spades when i can't make clubs. also i can safely keycard in spades. if you bid 4c, and hear a 5c signoff for instance, is 5s to play? it is possible to construct hands (x, AKxxx, xx, Ajxxx) where 5s is much better. If i bid 3s, one problem is hearing 3nt. 4c shouldn't be gerber in these situations, although i want it to be here. I might bid 4c which probably should mean jsut keeping things going, but that's kind of confusing. I think 4d is more practical, because partner bids 4s 99% of the time perforce, and then I keycard. if partner bids 4c or something instead of 3nt, i'd just bid 4d, trying to make him take preference in 4s, followed by the same plan. Good job reaching the nt slam, but I think you're doing well if you can find out the info needed to know if slam is good, and then be able to play a spade slam.
June 16, 2013
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i actually bid 3s at the table, and afterward thought it was a bad bid, so I was surprised to hear that my table-mates (experts) thought that they'd bid 3s too. Just posted it for more opinions
May 25, 2013
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5c showed 1 or 4 keycards
May 25, 2013
BTC
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How about the idea of North just bidding 3nt over 3c? It obviously could go wrong, but it seems like it s often works out well to me with these type of hands.
May 17, 2013
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Just read Steve Bloom's comment in it's full, which pretty much sums up what I said, and I agree. If you are convinced clubs are 5-1 than play ace and a heart, as the defense is pretty certain to continue the suit no matter what card you win the trick with, unless they are very very weak
May 5, 2013
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I don't know how sure you can be that clubs are 5-1. First of all, West could be leading a 4 card suit, ten high six low, or they could be leading a 3 card suit headed by ten, multiple possibilities. leading low to the eight looks wrong to me, because this may not pick up KJxx with righty even when clubs are 4-2! I think I'd win in hand and run the queen, although playing ace and another heart looks fine as well. It really depends on your estimate of how likely the clubs are o be 5-1. Against a weak pair as well, winning in hand with an honor like the jack (or ace! not sure which is most likely to trick)might cause them to not play back a club even if the queen of hearts loses to the king and they get in with an ace.
May 5, 2013
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hmm, it seems obvious west has an ace and not a void, as why double with a void when it's your lead? I'm not sure whether I'd double 7nt once i've doubled 7 clubs, but I agree with you that I wouldn't double 7 clubs, just pass and lead my ace, hoping to set a grand, rarely a bad result
May 5, 2013
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Thanks for the comments all, btw Steve, my dad said pretty much the same thing as you, although he felt that 2 hearts was a bigger underbid than the pass of 2 hearts.
May 5, 2013
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Sorry, I've added said option, didn't think everyone would be so critical of the bidding :)
May 4, 2013
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2 hearts wasn't constructive
May 4, 2013
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On the 6nt hand, I believe it can make double-dummy, but by no means the best line of play. Declarer can win the lead, and cash three more clubs. East must make two pitches, and as a diamond is bad, and spade (double dummy) sets up the suit while declarer still has the diamonds as entries. Thus, he must pitch two hearts, and now declarer can cash two diamonds, cross to a heart, give up a diamond, win the heart return, cash the last diamond and squeeze West
April 19, 2013
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