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All comments by Tomasz Twarog
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That's a good point, I think the two calls are close.
Nov. 14
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Thanks for the comment. I've had a similar thought and will make a separate poll to cover that position.
Nov. 11
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Thanks for the comments. 1NT would actually be non-forcing. I'll be more careful to include that in future polls.
June 14
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Congratulations!
March 2, 2015
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It looks like 6 to me, although I can easily give partner a hand with which grand will be making.
Aug. 8, 2014
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Difficult hand. Opps have 24 hcp and competed only to 2. At the same time both of them could bid spades at their first opportunity, but didn't. That suggests that spades are either 4-4 or N has weak 5. I ruff the J and play K, hoping it will induce NS to give me a correct count and I'll know more about the hand (although my hand isn't a secret to them, so they can discard randomly. But it doesn't cost to try). Then A to check whether S could have started with QJx. And then Q - if N's holding is HJx, I'll be able to develop a trick in hearts playing twice from hand in case I need a trick there. Playing this way I feel I'm leaving most of my options open.
April 2, 2014
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Neither do I. But I'd say Turbo is reasonable.
March 28, 2014
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The “if there are no upsets” might be a big if… At halftime 14 out of 32 are out.
March 25, 2014
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Steve, you're right. I thought about this hand myself a few minutes after posting the previous comment. In fact it's quite likely that with KJ10x AJxxxx Kxx - partner would bid more than 2. At the same time I wonder what the 3 bidder holds. I think that holding xxxx might have improved their hand, so it's possible that partner raised on KJ10. So to sum up: 1) I admit that partner doesn't need K; 2) overtaking J and playing a small spade back still seems pretty safe because 3 bid with Kxx or Kxxx seems very unlikely.
Oct. 9, 2013
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I think it's too late now. If you overtake the J with the ace and play 8 back, partner should find the heart switch. He needs both pointed kings for his opening, so there's no danger in this play.
Oct. 9, 2013
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You're right, it was an unnecessary shortcut by me. I meant that the pair's agreement is to open 1 with 4+ diamonds, and hence 4=4=3=2 hands have to be opened 1.
Aug. 29, 2013
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In the second part, I meant that the lack of the 2 opening makes it less likely that partner has 5+ clubs - I was just curious if that changes one's choice. The quality of the suit wouldn't be that important, KTxxx would be enough. But for the poll assume natural bidding (2 strong, 1 promising 2+).
Aug. 28, 2013
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“we make a lot more ‘discovery’ leads of major-suit honors and therefore have to be more careful about playing an honor under partner's A”

A possible solution is to make king the power lead. The cost is having to lead the queen both from KQ and QJ.
March 8, 2013
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I'd choose to invite, even at IMPs. For me the big minus of this hand is lack of intermediates. If it's common for the partnership to open 11 HCP hands, I wouldn't be too surprised to find out that 1NT was the limit.
July 31, 2012
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In my regular partnership I play 1NT-2, 2-2/ as small (invitational) Smolen. So that way 5-5 invitational hand is shown via Stayman, followed by 2 (4-5), followed by 3. Then the auction 1NT-2, 2-2 shows 5-5 shape, GF.
July 3, 2012
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Pass x2, but I'm a wimp :) I'd be afraid that partner would expect more high cards from me when vulnerable.
Feb. 20, 2012
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Partner will need a few entries to take all the finesses, and I don't think he has them. 4333 shape isn't encouraging either. Maybe we can make a 2-level contract if partner has a 5- or 6-card suit, but game is rather unlikely. Setting 1NT seems more probable to me, so I pass.
Feb. 20, 2012
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I play 3 rounds of clubs pitching hearts and exit with a diamond. I give myself an extra chance that they'll play 3 rounds of diamonds hoping for promotion (then I discard a heart on the 3rd diamond and establish the last one eventually). If that doesn't happen, I'll ruff a heart in dummy and maybe they won't be able to take a trump trick.
Feb. 15, 2012
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Gavin,
in board 10, what do you think about playing a small diamond after AK? In some cases it could end really bad (like declarer holding xxx), but at least declarer probably wouldn't have finessed in hearts had he hold AKJ. With 5 diamonds in dummy instead of 7 this play would have a considerably bigger potential, I think :)
Oct. 9, 2011
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Sorry, I meant (3S)-p-(4S) passed out.
Sept. 2, 2011
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