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I have my bid. I have no idea if partner is bidding to make or taking an advance sacrifice. To bid here is asking for a new partner and teammates.
2 hours ago
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At the table

My partner faced this problem and doubled.
Holding QJ72, K7, 9542, A42, I bid 4. East doubled and I was soon down 2, -300 for a bottom.

Partner lamented the fact that she doubled instead of passed. I said I would have doubled also. Good to see the BW community is split on this, so double wasn't unreasonable.

4 is cold, so passing would have resulted in -130 our way. This would have gained us exactly 1 matchpoint. We were doomed once west bid 4. This was the west hand https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-ifkv8y03ro/">https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-ifkv8y03ro/

Records of the bidding are not available, but suffice it to say that not many NS pairs faced a 4 preempt.
Other results:
5x by N down 1
4 by N making
3 by W making 5
Three pairs in 3 by S down 1
And unbelievably 1 NS pair in 1N by S making 3. Not only did west not open, but also failed to compete later holding 8 clubs.
Feb. 6
Steve Myerson edited this comment Feb. 6
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Do you have a way to show 4 and 5+?
Feb. 4
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I don't know the odds, but if I'm South, EW are making 4, so as North I'm not tempted to bid any more.
Feb. 2
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Yes, you're right. It went right over my head.

Not sure if the people I play with (or me, actually) would be that astute.
Feb. 2
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I'm not going to give South a chance to bid at the 1 level. I know I'm going to bid 4 eventually so I do it now.
Feb. 2
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Psyching no stopper is the best way to get a heart lead

Psyching no stopper is also the best way to get partner to run from 3N.
Feb. 2
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Can I? Yes.
Would I? Never.
Feb. 2
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I prefer attitude as well, but as with all partnership agreements, I'd rather play something that partner is comfortable with.
Feb. 2
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North passed initially?
Feb. 1
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Choices 2 and 8 are flawed. There are 2 suits listed for each and they're not the same suit quality in either case.
Jan. 23
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I was considering slam (e.g. give partner xxx, KQxx, x, KQxxxx).

Hard to make a slam when the defense starts with ace of spades, ace of diamonds.
Jan. 23
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There's no way to get to spades?
Jan. 22
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Pass. Partner could easily have a 4=4=3=2 18-19 count.
Jan. 22
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If they balance with 2, sure. But what if they balance with 3?
Jan. 15
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How do you get to 3N?
Jan. 13
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So was the optimal contract 6 or 2 doubled?
Jan. 13
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5 of spades
Jan. 11
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Or opener might have Qxx, AKxxx, Ax, xxx :(
This can easily mean you'll just make 2.
Jan. 7
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What was the 1N rebid?
Unless it was an asking (or relay) bid, I don't like it. North should start bidding suits. How will South ever know what values are important?
Jan. 6
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