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I agree in general, but on this auction, if 4NT was ace-asking, wouldn't 5NT be king-asking? And I like the Last Train idea in new suits, but diamonds isn't one of those.
2 hours ago
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A slight reason to prefer agreeing clubs to diamonds… suppose responder has a balanced GF with a four-card major and is trying to decide between Stayman and a jump to game. With some hands holding weak clubs, he might decide to avoid the possibility of a lead-director.
3 hours ago
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I believe this movement is called “Board-a-Mismatch.”

But seriously, a decision needs to be made as to whether to use the results in some fashion or not. Obviously there will be no agreement on this, regardless of the details, so it needs to be determined unilaterally by either the tournament committee or the DIC, depending on whom the COC empower to do so.
4 hours ago
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Lead a spade. Either major would be equally good, but I think it's better to be specific.
5 hours ago
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You can go over to the BW Feedback Forum and ask that they allow multi-answer polls.
8 hours ago
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That is the correct answer by logic, but not by Law, as I understand it. The opponent's question, even if improperly phrased, should trigger full disclosure.
April 22
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I think that most of the time when fourth hand has a suitable club suit for a lead director, responder will not have real clubs. Playing takeout when opponents are in a GF auction seems foolish.
April 22
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At least the way I play, it can be 3-4=4=2, with three-card support for opener.
April 22
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I did not enter the Silodor or Jacoby out of any delusion that I might win, but out of a hope to play well enough to feel that I belonged in the event. In less serious events, I like to win and assume that if I do so, I played reasonably well.
April 21
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It says that I have a strong preference for this suit, either because it will set up against NT and I have a likely entry (e.g., xxx xx KQJxx Axx) *or* it is the only suit in which I can stand a lead (xxx xx KJ9xxx xx). If you have a weak hand, I expect you to lead my suit. If you have a strong hand and a sequence, go ahead and lead something else.
April 21
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Only in Germany. The U.S. tends to use only the highest title.
April 21
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I also play transfers here. I don't want to bail to 2m just because I have only three points and undercut partner when he has 20.
If we were vulnerable, I'd bid 4, but at equal, am happy to take my sure plus. If you think this hand is not strong enough for a game force, you may well be right in principle, but I don't see any point in letting the opponents off the hook by taking +140 when we had +300 available.
April 21
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Steve, playing with another human, West should SP for diamonds (though perhaps more strongly) instead of overtaking, in case East holds QJ. But playing with a bot partner, a human West would know that East would ignore any signal and should overtake. So I think West is the bot. Yes, it did “make an SP signal,” but that was random. It knew that there would never be a double-dummy difference between the two spade spots at trick four.
April 21
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Reminds me of the famous Lazard 6 hand (https://www.si.com/vault/1959/01/26/607190/meet-the-team-sidney-lazard).
April 21
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I think that is the point Lynn is making. Only if the defense makes the small slip of ducking, you go plus.
April 21
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Thank you, Emily Litella.
April 20
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Not always.

There was a hand a couple of years ago when declarer had AKQx opposite Txx in a side suit on a slam hand. While waiting for opening lead, there was some discussion by the commentators of the possible play after a neutral lead and how declarer might take advantage of Jx falling from West in order to discard a loser from hand. Then Chip Martel led the jack. The commentators pointed out that this made declarer's life easy. What they didn't realize (though at least one kibbitzer, as well as Chip himself, did) is that declarer might read the jack as a singleton, not feel comfortable playing a second round of the suit while trumps were out, and embark instead on an ultimately unsuccessful alternative line.
April 20
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I play modified Capp and would bid 2 to show hearts and a minor.
April 20
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Reading casebooks is good for players to help us better understand the fine points of our responsibilities with regard to tempo and disclosure.
April 20
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Someday I'd like to experiment further with a strong club style I played briefly which ignored 4=4=1=4 hands, either treating a strong suit as a five-carder or opening 1NT, whichever seemed best. The chance of any given opening bid being a lie was small enough that I felt it could be ignored systemically, though there remain possible disclosure and legality issues.
April 20
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