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Could have, yes. Would have, no.
an hour ago
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Yes, Henry, you would. But if partner will bid 3NT whenever he has a club stopper and a diamond, you'd just as soon play 3NT, wouldn't you? And if you had Kx K AQ10xxxx xxx you'd run back to 4 and pray.
11 hours ago
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Yes, 3 over 3 is either Hx of spades or no club stopper. If North now bids 3NT whenever he has a club stopper, South can do the right thing whichever hand he holds.
11 hours ago
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Norma was one of my partners in Denver. We had many good sessions together. She was an excellent competitor.
14 hours ago
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IIRC, Kaplan opened a hand like x A109x xx AJ10xxx in an important competition, playing with Norman.
21 hours ago
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If partner has either heart holding, many Souths in a club game field aren't going to rebid 2NT. So even -400 rates to be at most about 35% for your side, and probably I'm being optimistic. Also note that partner's lowest heart spot is bigger than your highest, (and he might have seen that) so I'm leading a low heart at t3. I'm getting at least 2:1 matchpoint odds on a bet that I will win more than half the time.
July 2
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I think Larry was really saying that many users of the system didn't know which bids were forcing and which were not.
July 2
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“Case in point: There is no way to make a forcing raise of a minor suit opening.”

Yes, in fact if your SAYC partner opened 1 and you held Ax Ax KQJxxxx xx you had no legal call under the ACBL regulations in force a few years ago. I know, it happened to me in an online ACBL game, the opponents objected to my having responded 2 on a worthless doubleton, and we were given an average minus on the board after having reached a good slam (making an overtrick when they failed to cash the A at trick 1).
July 2
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At one point you state that declarer can cash the A and have the option to run a squeeze on West. That's not possible with both of those aces gone.

I think your point about W being marked with the K since he didn't lead one to be pretty conclusive. If you accept that, then running the spades discarding 2 hearts, a diamond, and two clubs, then cashing the diamonds ending in hand is clearly the best line as West is positionally squeezed.
July 1
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Could you play that this hand is a relay double followed by 4? So that 4 was stronger than 3, or maybe just a better suit?
June 30
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If this is 3+, I pass and show my clubs later. This is apparently not in the OP's cosmology.
June 30
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Whether or not East has the slam try his 4 bid showed, having made that call he was honor bound to follow through and bid again over 4, BECAUSE WEST BID 4 EXPECTING PARTNER TO BID AGAIN. Otherwise, how the heck is West ever supposed to cooperate with his slam tries in the future?
June 30
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Right, whatever else you can say about this auction, East's pulling a voluntarily bid 3NT to was a slam try. Whether West's 4 now is very weak, the strongest possible action, or anything in between is a matter of partnership understanding, but IT IS STILL FORCING and sets diamonds as trumps. The 3 bid could have been temporizing with more clubs than diamonds, but that hand should now bid 5 as a final choice of strain.
June 30
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6 a bluff? Partner is not allowed to hold an ace for his 4 bid? 6 by North is the most normal call in the world.

As for the 4 call, assuming that 3 would have been forcing, maybe this 4 call should deny an ace. But then, what guarantee do I have that 6 isn't cold. All it takes is a spade void (or a diamond void) out and perhaps one of their aces behind partners K.

So if 6 will make 20% of the time and 6 20% of the time:

4% of the time we are +1430 against -920, for +20 IMP
16% of the time we are +1430 against +50, for +16 IMP
16% of the time we are -200 against -920, for +13 IMP
64% of the time we are -100 against +100, for -5 IMP

Bidding 6 has an expectancy of +2.24 IMP.
June 30
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15 of a kind, I see.
June 30
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I know of two instances where this happened before Meckstroth. The better known of the two players who did this was Marc Nathan (ca. 1975).
June 30
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Thumbs up from me. Many of the ID's on BBO are anonymous, and allowing anonymous people to make offensive comments is a really bad idea IMHO.
June 30
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So Chip was in blame transfer mode, huh?
June 28
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The opponents are often in thin games after a 9-card fit is found, so partner's high card expectancy is much higher than normal. What are the clues?

Partner likely has a stiff heart, he may be void. Partner has had two chances to double for a diamond lead, and has failed to do so. Spade cards in partner's hand are likely to be pulling less than normal weight because of my length. So I'm leading the K, even though the VP odds against it are large. When it's wrong, I think I am blowing only overtricks, though, because partner will have the “wrong” cards.
June 26
Craig Biddle edited this comment June 26
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On which prior round did you pass. The auction was 1-(2)-X-(P). I could see agreeing that 2NT here in a Precision context was “bid your longer minor” but not “bid 3 and I will place the contract.”
June 26
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