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I can't imagine East would ever duck the ace of spades, since he would be afraid of stiff king or stiff jack (and a later ruffing finesse). But West might. How about winning ace of clubs, heart to ace, and jack of spades. If West thinks his partner has the king he might duck for fear of a later ruffing finesse. This shouldn't work, but you never know.

If West does show up with the ace of spades that is a good argument for playing East for the queen of diamonds, since if West had Qx of diamonds he might well have led the ace of spades for fear it would go on a club when he has a trump trick coming.
2 hours ago
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Suppose East ruffs second round of clubs from Kxx of trumps (or third round from xx of trumps) and puts back a heart. Now what?
3 hours ago
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Of course I meant ruff in dummy – forgot which hand was declarer. Corrected.
3 hours ago
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Of course what you say is true. What good are controls or keycards if you don't have the strength to take 12 tricks.
3 hours ago
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The answer to this dilemma is that there is no answer. The ethical player will try to know whether or not he has picked up anything and act accordingly, but as you say he won't always realize what has happened. The unethical player will take advantage, and won't get caught unless the reflected UI is obvious at the table or he makes a blatantly absurd bid which could only have been made due to the reflected UI.
5 hours ago
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I agree that a 5-1 club split is unlikely. However, I think we can cater to this split at no cost.

I would immediately cash two clubs, discarding a heart. If the clubs split, as expected, I would then play the ace of spades, transposing into Leo's line.

The advantage of this approach is that if RHO does have that stiff club and LHO has bid conservatively with 1-5-2-5 shape (giving RHO 3-6-3-1 shape), I can still survive. I can ruff the heart return in dummy, take a spade finesse, cash ace of spades, cash two clubs, and hopefully guess right in diamonds to take a diamond trick.

If there is some downside to playing two rounds of clubs first, I don't see it.
5 hours ago
Kit Woolsey edited this comment 3 hours ago
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We gain that the 1 response is always a negative. Thus, we can use follow-up jumps to show various hand types in the 0-8 range. Mostly these calls (after opener rebids a major) show raises of opener's major along with some shortness and some strength, or they show a long suit. If opener rebids a minor, jumps can be used to show splinter raises of the minor. I don't claim to understand the coding of the 4-4-4-1 hands, but I'm pretty confident that our use of these bids is more practical since the 4-4-4-1 hands are of low frequency.

Also, when responder does have the 4-4-4-1 hand we can distinguish between the 9-12 hands and the stronger hands. From what I can tell the impossible negative follow-up shows 8+ points, so opener is at the 3-level having now idea how strong responder is.
17 hours ago
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I don't see any of the examples including making a call which is judged to be improper due to UI and an existing LA. Since this is a lot more common than some of the other examples, maybe there is a reason it wasn't included.

Unless the action was obviously a blatant use of UI (which IMO isn't close to the case here), I think a director would be out line to give a PP.
23 hours ago
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We play 3 shows 4-4-4-1 with a singleton black suit, either 9-12 HCP or < 4 controls. 3 shows the same with a singleton red suit. Opener can bid the next step to ask which singleton if he needs to know.
July 15
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Ed,

I have no idea what part of law 90 you are referring to.

If I revoke, I have failed to follow the laws – the laws say I'm supposed to follow suit. While obviously an adjustment of the number of tricks taken may be in order, does that mean that I'm supposed to get a procedural penalty.

As I see it, doubling here (if pass is a LA) is basically the same as revoking. It is taking an action which the laws do not permit. An adjustment may be called for, but not a procedural penalty.
July 15
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Knowing it is matchpoints makes quite a difference. Now it would be quite reasonable for declarer to take the heart finesse holding KQJx of diamonds. Also, cashing out becomes more important if it might be an overtrick at stake.

Since it is unlikely that cashing the ace of spades first will blow the contract and partner's signal on the ace of spades will be clearer than on the ace of clubs, at matchpoints I would lead the ace of spades first. I would still stick to ace of clubs first at IMPs.
July 15
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Oh come on. 5 is probably at least 80% to make. Make South's queen of spades the king, and you would want to be in slam. Getting to 5 is not at all terrible on these cards.
July 15
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I don't see why South is any more to blame than the other players for the board being placed wrong. All the players are equally capable of looking at the board and seeing it is 180 degrees wrong. We have all corrected this mistake by the player who placed the board on the table.
July 15
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While South's 4NT call doesn't look right, South is worth moving past 4. Whether North should then bid the slam is not clear, but he probably would do so.

This sort of hand simply isn't going to be handled well with standard methods.
July 15
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I don't see why 3 has to be forcing. Can't the takeout double have some relatively minimal 3-2-5-3 hand on which he chose a takeout double rather than a 2 overcall, and now simply be looking for the best partial which might be diamonds if partner doesn't have 5 spades.

Whether the 3 call is forcing or not, it absolutely denies 4 spades. With 4-card support, it is vital to set trumps.

I don't think the actual sequence can exist. Why not simply bid 3?
July 15
Kit Woolsey edited this comment July 15
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I can tell you that all hands in Kit's Korner are from the point of view of either myself or my partner, never the opponents.
July 15
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It is a great convention on the rare hands where it comes up. But what are you giving up? It depends upon your use of the 2 call otherwise. We play it shows a 6-card spade suit, less than a positive response. The frequency of this hand is probably at least 10 times greater than 12+ 4-4-4-1, and it is a very descriptive call which allows the strong hand to judge the right contract.
July 15
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On most hands, opener is able to place the contract accurately when he knows the number of controls. When he is unable to do so, he can sign off at 4NT if no 8-card fit or let his partner know about the fit and bring responder into the loop. The gain from being able to stop in 4 is tiny.
July 15
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One of the most important features about a strong club system is the captaincy issue. When dealer opens 1, he is the captain. When he opens anything else, his partner is the captain. It is crucial for the partner of the captain to bid his shape accurately and not make some kind of distortion because he judges it to be better. He has no idea what the captain has, and how badly his distortion might screw up the auction.
July 15
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Since we play 10-12 notrumps non-vul, opening 1NT is not an option. However, even if we were vul so the 1NT opening is 14-16, I don't think it is a good idea. Since we do play 2 puppet over our 14-16 NT, either the 4-card spade suit or the 5-card heart suit would have to be buried. The hand isn't particularly notrump oriented. I don't see any reason to create a distortion when we figure to have a reasonably comfortable auction after opening either 1 or 1. The actual auction was reasonable, and we made a good stop in 5 which was better than the other table did even though they chose to open 1 instead of 1. Sure, it would be nice to stop in 4, but that isn't likely to happen, and 5 is a big favorite to make.

Obviously South could have opened 1. It is a close decision. I do not consider “points” a particularly important factor when making the choice. Rebid considerations and how the auction is likely to proceed are much more important.
July 15
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