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So USA1 and USA2 have finished 1st and 3rd in the RR - USA1 will play Singapore (who beat them) and USA2 Poland (who they beat). The girls are also in the KO's, having finished 7th. Tough finish for the Youth team, finishing 9th.
Aug. 14
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I think he has something like Axx xx KQJx Kxxx. But I thought that a PC pair would open that 1. So I think he has Axx QJx Kx KJxxx and cue bid before because he had no losers opposite the A. And he's bidding 5 now to get you to bid slam with a control.

But why didn't you bid 4 over 4?
Aug. 13
Craig Biddle edited this comment Aug. 13
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If declarer has the KJ I call the director.
Aug. 13
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This is the companion hand to my recent problem Jxxx Qx AK10xx Ax. Partner drove to game with this hand (he actually bid 3 immediately), which was aggressive, and turned out to be fatal when clubs were 4-0 and we got doubled.

If I had overcalled 2, they would have raised spades as well (responder had AK10 xxxxx xxxxx void) and he could have made a responsive double followed by 3 over my 2NT reply. We would then have been in the best spot, since he would have been warned that I was likely to have wasted values in diamonds and I would have been on a lower minimum.
Aug. 13
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If partner has 3 spade losers, we will have no side suit losers. If partner has 4 spade losers, ugh.
Aug. 12
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NT better from partner's side.
Aug. 12
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I thought this deal was a lot more complicated than the votes here indicate. And I am absolutely stunned to see 9 votes for pass. How can you not bid SOMETHING with 3 quick tricks and a 5-card suit to the AK10?

I was torn between 1NT and 2. 1NT, although an overbid, has a few tactical points in its favor.

1. It becomes really hard for them to find a 4-4 heart fit if they have one. Whereas investigating hearts is a piece of cake after a 2 overcall.

2. Partner is not going to love Qx Jxx xx KQxxxx if I overcall 2, but he might if I overcall 1NT.

3. 1NT is a very desirable contract for us at these colors at matchpoints. And it's very likely to end the auction. is quite the converse; I'd rather play 2 than 2 if partner has some ordinary hand like xx K109xx Qx xxxx. And 2 is probably only buying the contract when it's sure to go down.
Aug. 12
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I passed here. This led to a hilarious result. Partner collected 4 tricks on this deal, for -400. But that was one more than we were entitled to against 3NT. So we scored 67% on the board, since the opponents had 26 HCP between them.
Aug. 12
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I just bid 4NT here, partner reasonably passed since he had 9xx Q9xx AJ AQxx and was not in love with either of his red quacks. But everything worked except the K; hearts were 3-3, clubs 3-2, and the opening leader was not in love with the idea lof leading a diamond from Qxxx. So we made 6 and got a crappy result.

I thought this hand was worth 4 1/2 notrump. We had no for me to show 4 here, my 4 bid would have shown 5 or more. But partner, if accepting, could have shown 4-card suits up the line. Alas, bidding 6 (surely the best spot) would have been little better; everyone that bid slam bid it in notrump.
Aug. 12
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I thought they were supposed to bid something with a stiff heart here. I passed because I was sure partner was short in hearts. I guess there's an exception when you have a minor suit doubleton. Still, it has to be percentage for RHO to have more hearts than partner since anytime he is, say, 5431 or 6331 he knows he has a better spot.
Aug. 12
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Great to see all our entrants in contention. As of Sunday morning, USA-1 (U26) is leading the field and USA-2 is 6th. The U-21 team is 9th, the Girls team is 6th, and the U-16 team is leading the field.
Aug. 12
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Two way doubles are usually readable from your hand too. I'm not surprised.
Aug. 12
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This whole situation is surreal.
Aug. 11
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If partner has club shortness, they're supposed to “get in there” over 3. So I am going to start out seeing them take the first 2, or else partner is going to put down a very disappointing dummy. I need AQx xxxx AKxx Ax for a grand, am I realistically going to get 3 of those 5 high cards AND a heart fit? Got to be 3:1 against or more, since it seems that RHO expects to make this.
Aug. 11
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That's the issue. Is this hand good enough to be “invitational”?

Please don't try to tell me that 4 should be the strong hand, you have to give up one of the 3 ranges unless you want to risk playing a 6-0 fit at the 4-level.
Aug. 11
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There's plenty of room to sort out the stopper issue. The point is to find an 8 card fit in the other major efficiently. I remember the last tournament we used this method; we made 4 transfer overcalls during the 2-session open pairs, and they got to a good spot against us every time using this method.
Aug. 11
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What made me give up transfer overcalls is using 2 of their suit as a cue bid (Stayman) and the rest a lebensohl-like structure. In your example, 2 over their 2 would be natural and not forcing.
Aug. 11
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Lots of reasonable things we do early in a deal turn out to be blunders in retrospect.
Aug. 11
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I don't understand. If South said or did anything while it was North's turn to call, A director call is mandatory and a PP should have been assessed.
Aug. 11
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It depends on the rank of the suit. Pulling 1NT to a major is always strong, pulling to a minor is wide ranging and can be fairly weak.
Aug. 10
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