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Not going to be very happy if I compete to 5 and opponents decide to give slam a try.
Sept. 19, 2018
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Ray: good point! The policy in Japan is that the Stop card is optional: either use it all the time, or not at all.
July 5, 2017
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I chose 3NT at the table, which partner raised to 6NT on AK93 KQ10652 843 –. This was promptly doubled and I found myself down a lot, with Qxx to my left. So much for running my “solid” clubs.

So how out there was my 3NT bid? What additional cards would persuade you to bid 3NT? (Yeah, the Q would have been nice.)
Feb. 21, 2017
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Playing vanilla 2/1. The 2 that most people are voting for is opener's rebid. Would be interesting to see how this hand would have handled playing precision with a 2 opening though!
Feb. 21, 2017
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I'm another one of the few “Yes” voters above.

From the losing side's perspective: no matter how badly I'm losing a match, I'd like to think I'd want to at least try to have a major comeback. Even if we can't make a comeback, it might be a good experience to learn from the folks who are kicking our butts. So I can't imagine a situation I'd want to just give up. If the opposing side complains of being all “bridged out”, that's all the more reason to try to make a comeback.

From the winning side's perspecitve: I came to play bridge, not to just sit around. If the other side is conceding, I want some of my money back.

This line from the movie Airplane! comes to mind (referring to the passengers on the crashing plane):
“They bought their tickets; they knew what they were getting into.”
Feb. 21, 2017
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Good point, should have mentioned: playing mandatory support doubles, so North definitely does not have 3 spades.
Jan. 21, 2017
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If you bid 3, West doubles and it goes P-(P) back to you.
If you double, it goes (P)-3-(P) back to you.
Jan. 19, 2017
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Even if nothing out of the ordinary happens (i.e. the bidding goes 5-P-6-P), I'm no worse off. Why just make a 6-or-7 guess when you can at least force the auction for one more round and hope for some more information?
Oct. 2, 2016
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If not playing Good Bad 2NT, we've shown at least a little extra with 3D. So I'm happy to just raise to 4S here. How good is the heart void with Kx of trumps anyway?
Sept. 18, 2016
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I was going to make a comment about board 6 but it seems boards 4, 6, and 9 from this Common Game are not up. Not sure if this is intentional or not (or maybe I'm just not seeing them on my computer?).
Aug. 31, 2016
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Oops. Thanks guys. Just fixed the auction to correctly show the 1D opening.
Aug. 29, 2016
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Great points from everyone. Thanks.

As for how the diamonds were played in 5X, it seems I have conveniently forgotten, very possibly because I did something silly like grabbing my A. Sigh.
July 1, 2016
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Is 3 not forcing here? Is not cuebidding 3D actually limiting my hand?
June 13, 2016
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I think most of the problem is caused by a lack of education. Directors need to explain about the stop card/bidding in tempo/UI on a regular basis. Everyone (I hope) on this website understands this stuff, but for a lot of newcomers and people who don't get much beyond their home bridge club, it might have slipped through the cracks.
June 11, 2016
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There would be no position in which Prince could have read the bid correctly, as there is no such thing as a black heart in bridge. Who's to say what that black heart bidding card was supposed to represent?
June 11, 2016
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I agree that partner might not have a super dee duper hand, but what about the maximums they could hold? Is pard supposed to bid more than 4 with AKJxxx Kxxx KQx? It seems to me people are overly focused on how bad a hand is possible, and not enough on how good it could be.
June 1, 2016
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Hallelujah, I'm not crazy. To be fair, it was a newbie director. Now if only I had found a tactful, succinct way to suggest he might have missed the mark here…

Also, I didn't want to mention this because it'll make this whole thing seem petty, but it was IMPs. It was the principle of it that bugged me.
May 9, 2016
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First of all, I think some of the spot cards are off in the explanation, the 2 is in two hands.

As for the main issue, it seems quite likely that the declarer's comments and/or actions somehow insinuated that he was throwing in the towel, which distracted RHO. Agree that it's not really a concession, and would allow the table result to stand, but I vote for more than just a warning for declarer.
May 5, 2016
Toby Curtis edited this comment May 5, 2016
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In the minority here, but 3. I'd like to show my 6th diamond in case partner has slam interest. Trust partner not to bypass 3NT without very good reason.
April 27, 2016
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I play X as strict penalty and 4NT as general takeout (i.e. 3 suited), so 4NT is quite nice here. Even if 4NT is only 2 suits, well, you have 3 sets of 2 suits. Do people have other agreements for 4NT, or what?
April 22, 2016
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