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By review, I mean explanation of each artificial bid in order. The bidding should of course still be on the table :)
Feb. 13
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Unbelievable that an experienced player would do this. For now answer the question and reserve your rights to call the Director if you have been damaged.

In this position I always wait for P to ask his questions or lead. Once done, if I want to know something I ask for a complete auction review with meanings and draw no attention to a specific bid. Ohh how I wish others would do the same.
Feb. 13
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This is an Acol auction not 2/1. So 2C is not played in the same way as you describe here. Grumpy is perfecty well qualified to teach, but does have his own very unique system.
Feb. 2
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No he said if he was told forcing as per the written agreements then he passes as he can double a level higher. Intermediate it looks best to penalise….if described as weak, then 3NT looks more likely to score better than the penalty
Jan. 24
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Thats good enough for me to bid 4C. Imagine P with KJxxx xxx Axx Qx and slams a doddle….4D, 4H…..slam. But my 4C promises 3 of the top4 honours
Jan. 24
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OP said ducking the JH to the queen….this does not work as you say, defence must win AH and play 3 rounds of clubs with thr 4th round ruffed to uppercut declarer in trumps…..3 off
Jan. 24
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Ok this has some interesting follow up I might consider adding to my system :)
Jan. 24
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I dont think the JH lead beats this by 3 tricks. Win the QH cash the AK of diamonds and ditch a club loser then clear the heart. Defence in a sort of mortens fork and only win 6 tricks for 2 down.
Jan. 24
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I think notes meant there was an agreement and the bidder forgot it and the opener also mis-explained it……damage is clear and I would adjust the score
Jan. 24
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Interested if this is dropped when the 3rd suit is higher ranking than the first bid suit (responder reverse - which I treat as GF in my system). eg 1D 1H 2D 2S? (ie the 2NT bid is now just invitational again)
Jan. 24
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I generally play 3 off the top4 honours so is P has one they know the suit is a major source of tricks. Your options though join AQxxxx and KQJxxx, the first being to weak the second complying. I therefore had to vote for AQJxxx.
Jan. 24
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I want to vote twice and for an option not there. I think 1nt by north is better, South is worth 3nt over 2H
Jan. 21
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Changed to abstain as I voted based on my system initially which is WNT and not 2/1 so 1NT is not forcing and wont contain limit raises in the major.
Jan. 15
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This hand is surely to extreme for this auction, I just cannot see that being a first round double. Why not something like:- HHxx Hxx HHxxx x? This then makes the Rdbl flexible advising that hearts might be our poorest fit and we may have a better fit in spades or diamonds? Suggestions that we have to bid 3S (as some above suggest) to escape are IMO wrong….why would the partnership want to play elsewhere if responder is in fact 2623 for example…..with this we stand the Rdbl which may not be based on a heart stack anyway.
Jan. 14
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Agree it would help here to identify if P has Jack third or four BUT doubt we could expect P to indicate a different defence holding J98 as compared to J93 via a Smith on T2's AC…..so suspect we will end ducking again only sure this time P had at least 3 hearts.
Jan. 14
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Thanks all for reviewing and voting. I feel somewhat better with my choice to duck the KH now….posted as a sanity check.

You might guess therefore that ducking did not work out well and gets you “0” match points when declarers hand turns out to be:-

64 KQ3 QJT975 AK

So you needed to win the AH and put a spade through coming to the AH, 8H, AD & AQ of spades. Ducking see's declarer making 12 tricks. The 8D diamond entry being even more galling.

It appears declarer had decided the AH was onside at T1 and thus had no hesitation in playing the King…..but to myself it felt strongly that he had started with KQ8…..annoying game bridge.
Jan. 14
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I see no contradiction. Kit has said South has a clear and obvious 4S bid opposite a rdl. Had he tanked and passed ….thats another matter entirely, he says……and I fully aggree with him.
Jan. 13
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Perhaps South thought 3nt was serious or non serious and allowed room for the all important club control. 4D kinda blocks that.
Jan. 13
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Need more options. North is responsible for not being in slam…..but I would not be happy or unhappy at reaching it…..its a borderline slam - the diamond lead made life easy, prob wont get it in slam
Jan. 13
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Opps system and we did not enquire, but the bidding is consistent with x being penalties, pass might be forcing, might not
Jan. 12
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