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One plan is to discuss with partner the advisability of their bidding 4 over 3, not 4. Better to play a 75% 4 of a minor than a game that needs a 3-3 break and some other luck.
11 hours ago
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So if the 2 is attitude on this auction, partner should have an honor; likely the 10. If that's the case then LHO has done something hideous, and should be punished.
14 hours ago
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I'm with PM. This is either a cue-bid raise or a pass. But if I pass, and they find clubs, I can never double; partner's club “suit” might be 5432 and I will look like the South end of a North-bound horse.

So I vote to bid; by showing my values partner can evaluate his club holding for defense. Surely, if the opponents bid and raise clubs, partner will put me on something like this. He is likely 5=2=2=4 or 6=(21)=4. I expect the opponent with 5-5 in clubs and their red suit will just pot game, and partner will be able to double with appropriate club solidity. Or with 6-4 and lousy clubs, partner can bid our game. My diamonds will provide tricks.
16 hours ago
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Seems more appropriate for the intermediate forum.
16 hours ago
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This seems like the perfect hand for a scrambling 2NT, which should imply longer diamonds than clubs and deny 4.
16 hours ago
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Yeah, I'm a big fan of the fat man, but I didn't place the quote at all. Haven't read that one in several years.
16 hours ago
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I think that it is highly unlikely that West has the Qxx. That would give him 2=3=3=5 with the Q and A. Regardless of his club holding, that doesn't look like a hand that wants to be encouraging a 5-level adventure at these colors. It seems much more likely that East has risked 2 on xx Q10 Jxxx AKQxx for the lead-directing value.

And, FWIW, I think N was nuts to force to slam opposite a simple negative double. South could have held xxx Ax QJxx Qxx, for example.
23 hours ago
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Y'all is a part of the dialect of the deep South, and it is simply the plural form of “you”.
23 hours ago
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You need partner to either have 4+ and 3 of 4 of the K AK and A. You can also substitute the Q for the K provided you have the !K and A.

If partner has 3 only, you need the Q as well as all those cards. You should certainly TRY for slam, but you definitely should not just DRIVE to slam.

Curiously, 6 is probably more likely to make opposite a 3-card fit than 6 is. This is because you have so many diamond honors.
Oct. 13
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Doesn't A work only when someone (presumably West) started with QJ10 and only 2? This West would have been 7=3=2=1. But he never peeped over your strong 1.

It's much cleaner to duck a diamond earlier - this allows a squeeze against a defender who started with 5 and 4+.
Oct. 13
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Well, there is the downside that partner might rebid 4 and now you have killed Kickback with your 3 call. I agree with all that both of you say, though.
Oct. 13
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Oh, right, I was thinking of conventional 2-level openings.
Oct. 13
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Yes, I'd rather open that 1 than 2. But current ACBL regulations do not really allow that, although in the Trials they may be more lenient about such things.
Oct. 13
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Page 6 - South could also balance with 2.
Oct. 13
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Which 4 cards are you planning to play from dummy on the diamonds? If South guards hearts and clubs (and holds the A) he can just match dummy's shape and the defense will triumph.
Oct. 12
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Passing the double on the second deal is a huge winner, because partner has a good hand with a diamond void. He has only 2 trumps, but he will score them both if you lead a spade - he will win the ace and dummy will table Kx Qxxxx A10xx Qx. He will shift to the deuce of clubs (3/low) and you will win, give him a diamond ruff, He will cash the A, and the A is still in your hand. And +800 is enough to win the match and the event.

I intended my double as asking for an unusual lead, partner did not so interpret it. In retrospect if I had gone slower we might have gotten to our cold slam (we actually make 7 if I guess the Q, but I probably won't do that.
Oct. 12
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I think it's just a guess. Since you have 4, and only 4, tricks in the black suits you will need to go after both red suits anyway. All that playing a heart to the King and a heart to the 10 may accomplish is to set up a 2nd heart trick for them so you can go down 2 instead of 1. Of course you're going to have to do this anyway, but if you get your 3 diamond tricks in early, you may be able to exert enough pressure to eliminate the threat posed by the J.
Oct. 12
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@Jim - I am not that creative with strong notrumps. Partner tells me we have an 8-card major fit and I have a ruffing value, I bid the suit game.

@MR - yes, if you and Pavlicek both win the first club the rest of us have to take note.

These opponents were, I think, up to finding the spade shift. We will never know, since I went after the wrong red suit first and went down anyway. The opponents at the other table had the same auction (not much of a surprise) and my teammate decided to try to find partner in diamonds. That didn't work, spades were 3-3, and their declarer made 5.

I have a lot of company, though.
Oct. 12
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It should be noted, for those of you who chose to duck 2 clubs, that both opponents know you have a doubleton spade and that therefore a spade shift at trick 3 beats you by force unless you have the KQ doubleton or KJ doubleton with the Q on side.

And LHO appears to have started with Q8632, with which he will be able to safely overtake and switch to spwdes if he has a decent holding. Of course, they may woodenly continue clubs, too.
Oct. 12
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My standard for an opening bid in Precision is 10 points and 2 AK points (we old folks call them controls).

My standard for a 1 opener is 16+ or game opposite a random 8 count. (I believe this is the R-M definition as well.)
Oct. 11
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