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14 hours ago
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A question for the people voting for double.

LHO has an opening hand (a minimum of 12 HCP?) and responder shows 6-9. That doesn't leave much for partner, even less if opener has some extras.

Are you worried about going -200 at the 3 level if partner is broke?

If LHO has a bigger hand and is about to bid game, are you worried that the double has tipped off declarer how to play the hand?

Or is this hand just too strong to sell out to 2 regardless of the consequences?
Oct. 14
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Odd that you don't actually mention what your hand was.

5 T92 74 AQJ9532
Oct. 14
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At the table

NS are cold for 5.
The entire field, except for us, was in 4 making 11 tricks.
Us? We defended 5x, -850, for an absolute bottom.

My 5 bid was not a thing of beauty and easily could have been wrong. On this hand, 8 tricks are available to EW in clubs. -500 would have been a top. So my reward for a lucky guess was a bottom.

I asked my partner what she was doubling on. Her reply was that I bid 5 and I must have something. My response was similar to Kieran's above. If I was not sacrificing, I would probably have doubled 5.

Furthermore, was South really sacrificing, vulnerable against a non-vulnerable game? That's a really small window to aim for, especially on this bidding.

And finally, if 10 tricks were the limit in spades, how many more matchpoints would we have gotten for +200 instead of +100? Exactly none. So the risk was half a board for a gain of zero. Not good matchpoint strategy in my book.

And her double was my fault!
Oct. 13
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I don't see why this is a forcing pass situation. South has made an invitational bid. North has taken no further action. Why is this forcing?
Oct. 9
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3H will likely make 3Nt impossible to reach

If South has something in clubs, a 3 western cue will get NS to 3N.
Oct. 7
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North has a 20 count opposite a 15-17 NT.
4C Gerber, find out you're off an ace, and bid 6N.
Oct. 7
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East is stubborn. When I presented the result of this poll, the only comment was “I have an opening hand. I'm bidding”.
Oct. 7
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Yes, 4 would have gotten us to the top spot. Alas, partner was not up to that.
Oct. 1
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Two of her partners are trying to get her to loosen up on what negative doubles show. It hasn't been easy since she is quite set in her ways, but we haven't given up yet.
Oct. 1
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At the table

I was west and bid 4, which I thought was forcing.
East, holding AT 95 Q753 QT932, thought it was invitational and passed.

4 making 5 was worth 3 out of 11 matchpoints.
1 pair was in 4 and 1 in 5, 11 tricks for each.
3 NS pairs got too frisky in hearts and went for -400, -500 and -800.

The top spot was 4 for +450, with opponents' spades splitting 3-3.
Sept. 29
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2, game force. I'm not sure if we're headed for 4, 3N, or possibly 4 if partner has a strong heart hand.
Sept. 29
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This partner believes in bidding suits with 11+, so the negative double is usually limited to 10. Not my ideal agreement, but it's one we have.
Sept. 28
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3rd seat, 3 quick tricks, and a not exactly robust 5 card suit.
If not 1, then what? 1? Pass?
Sept. 28
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2S and 3C are lunatic

I can't speak for 2S as it was the opponent's bid.
My 3C was an attempt to not sell out to 2S.
Either partner had some clubs, diamond tolerance, or would have a sturdy heart suit. I admit that 3N caught me by surprise.


Continuing Spades was a give up play.

Not going to disagree with that, but I give partner credit for taking full advantage to land the contract.
Sept. 28
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4 if my partner would understand it. 3 otherwise.
Sept. 27
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While it's true that I've got partner's red suit losers covered, the Q rates to be useless. I'd rather have a black queen to make a move over 4.
Sept. 27
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3. 1N denied 4 spades. 2N denied 3. I've already indicated a willingness to play this hand in NT. 3 lets partner make the last mistake.
Sept. 27
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Pass unless playing a weak NT with a range including 11.
Sept. 26
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I have 1 trick for partner. If South needed only 1 trick from my hand, then 3 instead of 2 should have been bid.
Sept. 25
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