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It appears there are not enough entries for a trump coup?
Dec. 12, 2015
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Thx all for voting. I thought that at IMp's its close between choosing club or spade lead, but your voting is convincing, club is clear winner….

This case would be perfect to try out with simulation. It would be interesting to see which leads provides best chance of beating a contract.
Nov. 27, 2015
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Hi Juan. Your pessimism about beating 1NT implies that partner might be opening bidding with junk similar to one with which you have doubled :)
Nov. 25, 2015
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I would not open, but if I have to, I prefer 3 diamonds (if w2 in diamonds is not available).

Regarding intervention, modern style is to start with simple wide-range spade overall, but with this hand, maybe I would opt for wide-range Michaels cuebid, and would judge next if to take another bid (quite likely)
Oct. 7, 2015
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In my opinion, pass must be logical alternative, and hesitation suggest bidding, so UI was used…
Sept. 22, 2015
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In that scenario, I guess you have to justify your first double by simply passing 3 spades :)
Sept. 22, 2015
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Two things must happen to make balancing right: that its profitable to balance this time, and that you guess how to balance (if you bid 3h, its unilateral, if you double you can play 4-3 fit instead of 5-3 heart fit). Just too dangerous, red in IMP's, to go for -500 at partscore board, barely make sense to gamble at MP's (even then not, partner havent opened, so this is board where opps have spades and majority of power, silence is indicated…

Sept. 22, 2015
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Its tough situation, we have shapely hand but marginal values, but still, overcalling on level 3 vulnerable, with jack-high suit, this is calling for major problems. All is not lost if we succeed to pass in normal tempo, there is fair chance that partner will reopen if we are entitled to game in either major.
Sept. 21, 2015
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Tough problem. Some arguments for passing:
After two suits were bid by opps, partner has various ways to show another two, via 2d or 2s (whatever you play as two-suited takeout there, even 1 NT is probably best be played as takeout there, kanape-style, or weak distributional takeout in unbid suits. Therefore, double by partner there should not be too distributional, and is most likely to be 4-4. Also, perhaps opps are playing suppport redouble there, so responder is likely to have two or less spades? All this can easily mean that opps are in 5-2 , perhaps even 4-2 fit, and could well turn out that best trump fit for our side is in spades…

And in case that opps can make 1 one spade doubled, perhaps with overtricks, it can easily be that that's cheapest price to pay on this board, everything we play should cost more if partner is not really two-suited (as he should not be, as he can show that with his first bid)
Sept. 21, 2015
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Right, sorry for that, I was posting poll ‘out of my memory’ and have pasted a link to board afterwards, and there is that jack…
Sept. 18, 2015
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Hello Bob, Ron

THx for your interest in this apparently innocent board. Yes, in our bridge circles 1d is promising 4 cards, with 4432 you open 1c, so 1 club could be short. I don't know how much this should influence decision to bid or not to bid in first round, but seems that there are really strong arguments for passing in 1st round, as its not only 1s rebid that will not make you happy, in fact every strong rebid of opener which does not show heart support is not too welcomed.
Sept. 18, 2015
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Just for completeness, I'm pasting link to actual board, played on large pairs tournament in Pula, Croatia before few days.

http://www.pzbs.pl/wyniki/turnieje/2015/pula/pairs/op053.html

This time , winning action was to arrive somehow to 2h. One way would perhaps be 1k-1h-1nt-2h , another maybe 1k-1h-2h (although 3-card support seems wrong with balanced hand)
Sept. 18, 2015
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Jay,

Thx for your comment. Your view is verified by majority of voters and would also worked well in practice. Here is link to actual board from large pairs tournament in Pula, Croatia

http://www.pzbs.pl/wyniki/turnieje/2015/pula/pairs/op008.html


If you choose to double, you put partner to unpleasant situation, discussed on another poll:

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-9355/


So, when board is competitive and/or misfit , pass usually works best. ON another hand, if partner indeed reopens, say with double, than you are in bit of problem , you have to choose if to go ‘low’ or ‘high’ with that hand. But still, poll convinces me that pass is best choice.
Sept. 18, 2015
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Yes, that is also possible option, although ‘Casino Count’ followers will object (sum of your HPs and spades is 14 or more –> you open in 4th chair). On actual board you would score well by passing out, about 65%, here is link:

http://www.pzbs.pl/wyniki/turnieje/2015/pula/pairs/op008.html

PLs note that board was played about 140 times, but passout never happened (admittedly, mostly because some number of diamonds were opened by hand in 3rd chair :)
Sept. 18, 2015
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Phillip,

I have opened another poll to verify your opinion that passing
2 clubs with KJTx Jxx Jx Qxxx is best bid:

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-9366/

As clear majority has chosen to pass, your opinion is verified. Therefore, if you are passing by somewhere near Croatia, give me a call and I'm paying your a beer or a coffee :)


Sept. 18, 2015
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Principle is that responder with very weak hand (5)6-7 HP has just two options, to pass or to correct to 2 diamonds. That might be best strategy if deal is complete misfit, as in case where responder is 2515, as 1 NT will not be nice place to play either. But this system works well only if opener does not rebid 1 spade with balanced 12-14 hand, in that case 1s rebid is about 95% to contain 5 diamonds (only if he is 4144 this is not the case) so preference with doubleton diamond is reasonable.
Sept. 18, 2015
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I don't know, there is for sure strong case for passing 2c with my hand, it will work out well most of the time when partner is weak and balanced. I was worried what to do if i pass and partner reopens, likely with double, now what? 3s (probably right, but maybe already too high, and 4-3 fit on bad day), 2s (safe, but we might easily miss game), something else (2NT, 3c?). My experience is that if I pass such mediocre hands in first round , it often delays problem into second round… So why not preempt a problem on your side with shifting a problem to partner :)

Sept. 17, 2015
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In same session, this board happened, different, yet similar :)


http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-9355/

Sept. 17, 2015
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Thx Phillip for your comment!

I agree with your reasoning, 2 seems like least of evils, and that's what my partner has chosen. This time, that was a road to 4-2 fit. Majority of voters have chosen 2 , that would probably led to 3-3 fit this time…

Perhaps problem was created by me, I doubled with KJTx Jxx Jx Qxxx. I'm not sure, but still feel that passing this hand (works perfect this time) is likely to create more problems than doubling.

Anyway, this was first of two cases in same pairs tournament where we have landed in 4-2 diamond fit, another is posted as problem on:

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-9356/

No more 4-2 diamond fits this year :)
Sept. 17, 2015
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Thx Ron for comment! I agree with your arguments, it's probably right to pass in first round. At the end, if you happen to loose heart fit by passing, probably opponents have lost their spade fit…

In given sequence, majority of voters are thinking that 1 NT is correct rebid. Obviously its best regarding shape, but's its bit risky because i believe it should show some extra values, say 8-10 (I'm not sure if this is standard, that how I was taught once..). So we will likely end end-up too high if partner if partner is 15+

My choice at table was 2 diamonds, because it should be quite likely that partner has 5 or more, hard to say how likely, something like 65%?

Needless to say, partner was 4342 this time, so we have finished in 4-2 fit…

Maybe all this is an argument to play as I prefer, that in sequence 1m-1H weak no-trump opening hand rebids 1 NT even holding 4 spades..

Sept. 17, 2015
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