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Suppose Q wins trick two. If diamond J does not drop in three rounds, we need J to drop or finesse.

If we lead to 8 and diamonds do not run, we can get 4 hearts tricks - 3-3 with K in the pocket - with finesse of heart K later.

Leading low to 8 rectifies the count also. Now, if diamonds run and if black honors are divided - K with West and J with East - double squeeze.
June 23
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Duck the second club and win the third. Lead Q from hand. We need AK diamonds onside as David said.
East wins and leads a spade, have to finesse. Then go to dummy with Q and lead towards J.
If East wins leads a heart, play low and hope to get two entries in dummy with 9 and Q. If West plays 10, then win and finesse in spades. Try to smother 10 by leading J from hand later.
June 19
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LHO wins 10 with K and gives RHO a club ruff. RHO crosses over to LHO with J and over-ruffs dummy's 8 with 9.
June 2
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4 was kickback for
June 1
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@Steve: I wrote about Show-up sequeeze up thread. However, show-up sequeeze is not required. South has only red cards to lead at trick 8. If South leads hearts and North shows out, East has full counts of the hand. North has 3 spades, 1 hearts, 6 clubs and then 3 diamonds. South cannot lead diamonds without giving free finesse.
The real question is whether East gets benefits of not mis-counting after a claim without a statement.
May 31
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Counts in clubs are known. South has ruffed a club on trick 2. North has 6 cards in club.
Whether South leads a diamond or hearts at trick 8 East will have complete count of the hand.
If South returns a heart the East wins in hand East could play the last spade discarding a club. Show up sequeeze.
If South returns a diamond free finesse.
4-1 for me.
May 30
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Ken - Yes. I do not want RHO to gain leads early and clear spades. Other than K and J RHO must have another K. Assuming RHO has 6 spades LHO cannot lead spades. My line could open up too many heart tricks for LHO.
May 30
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If RHO has J and K, RHO will clear spades after winning with J. Then we are going down.

If we are leading diamonds at trick 2, it is better to lead Q. LHO cannot lead spades after winning with K. If RHO wins and leads a spade win with A. Go to dummy in hearts and run 10, which holds. Lead a club to 10?

I will cross to dummy in hearts and run 10. LHO wins with K - then this hand will not be a bridge forum. LHO will probably win with J and lead and a heart. I will duck that. Win the next heart and finesse the diamonds.

Edit: I could unblock 10 on trick 2 if I lead diamond Q from hand.
May 30
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@RichardW: By “snooping” I meant looking into partner's hand. Double dummy would have been looking at all four hands.
May 30
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“they always lead from short suits against 3NT”

My observation is - Not always - most of the time.
May 30
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@PetterB: It was not just once.

Here is another example:
I reached 3NT against silent Robots. LHO led 8x shortest suit and hit RHO with AKTxxx. Yes - that bidding would not happen in human game since RHO would made some noises with that suit. My long suit did not run. I went down two since the lead took out my stopper in . I am pretty certain that the lead would have been different if the contract were 1 NT. I would have made 3 and wondered should I had taken more aggresive actions. They are others.

Here are my points - the Robots (LHO and RHO but not CHO), for some reasons, have very good ideas what the partner has. The Robots do not signal - attitude nor count. It would very well be advanced simulation or some other double dummy thingy - I called snooping.
May 30
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I have been playing a lot on BBO of late. I think Robots snoops into partner's hand and defends double dummy.

Here is an example - don't remember the full hand:
LHO had Kxxxx Axxxx RHO had Axxxx x.
Robots bid up to 5 and I bid 5 - final contract.
LHO led A and gave RHO a ruff. RHO cashed A. Down one.
I would have no problem if LHO led a ; dummy had a singleton. RHO won with A, switched to and got the ruff. Same down one on a normal defense.

I agree with most of Hank's observations.
May 30
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@Martin: nice idea. Would have worked in this hand. Partner would have raised to 3 had I bid 1. Without a trump lead, 3 is making.
May 14
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@Mike:I do not understand your comment. In this partnership, 1m-3m is less than limit raise - as Ben said. But, how does it help in this hand if we had a way to differentiate between mixed raise and pre-empt raise?

@Ben: some partnership, when paying inverted minors, differentiates between mixed (7-9 HCP) and pre-empt (0-6 HCP) raises. A fairly popular convention in Wash DC area is to play 1m-2H shows one of three types of hands. The opener is forced to bid 2S. The responder bids 3m to show 7-9 4+ cards raise, 2NT to show 11-12 HCP balanced or any other bid to show strong H. Of course, you cannot play 1m-2H as pre-empt with H then.
May 14
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Unblock s first? We don't want to get stuck in dummy every time West leads.
May 6
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Is this a deal from one of BBO Bot tournaments? I am playing A and K of hearts dropping the Q from South's hand.
April 24
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Peter: I am not sure if you are allowed to use R word in BW. Have you checked community guidelines?
April 11
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I will play A and then to Q in hand. Take ruffing finesse in - hope that wins. Play three rounds of clubs from the top; I need the person with short clubs to be short in spades too.
April 8
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I have been playing a fair amount on BBO of late. I won't be surprised if a similar hand came up on BBO and East Bot went up with A. It has happened to me on multiple hands when Bot went up with A instead of playing low. Playing low guarantees down one. Now the contract can be made - looking at all four hands - by playing K and taking a ruffing finesse in spades. BBO Bot, however, keeps you honest - goes up with A from A empty or AQ at random.
April 4
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I was playing LHO shorter in . I think, ACBL standard lead is 4th best from xxxxx. I missed discard on the third in your earlier post. I would have discarded a on the third ; I can never make more than 2 spades tricks.
So, LHO has 3 hearts to cash. Try leading Q hoping for a cover and then J from dummy trying to smoother 9.
April 4
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