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West was 6=3=3=1 with both minor suit kings, but not the J
The T was stiff with east if that makes any difference, might you take it at face value when it appears?
Jan. 12
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X : 13+ BAL
2M: NAT NF
2N:
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Jan. 12
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That’s a nice way inference about clubs not beig 5-0 or 0-5.

It might even be true :)

Surely we can do better on the 4-1 / 1-4 club breaks though?
Jan. 10
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What did 3 show and what didn’t it show?
What do we know about openers length?
Jan. 10
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I have no idea what is opposite, and perhaps should therefore make the cheapest bid available. Still the A rates to be gold unless partner is a totally bonkers.
Jan. 10
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You’re not constrained, but it’s all irrelevant unless you believe in 2nd degree UI
Jan. 10
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Draw trumps, AK of AK of
Go off when West has Jxxx(x) unless he has QJ or KQ as well.
Dec. 15, 2017
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Never call for the eight, it is far too often misheard ace. For the same reason I call for top rather than ace.
Dec. 15, 2017
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If 4N resolved strain, then 5N surely shows doubt about level. 5H would be a grand slam try with a heart control, therefore …..
Oct. 25, 2017
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But Mr Smug wasn’t listening. He couldn’t understand how it was safer to bid 4 rather than 3
Oct. 9, 2017
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Surreal
I'll express an opinion if south is confused too and goes to 4
July 20, 2017
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Why didn't I rebid my long suit?
July 20, 2017
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Yes it's a heap of junk of a hand, but that's about what the call promises.
July 17, 2017
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Well I'd bid this without the Q as well, but so what.
Surely there is no alternative here
July 16, 2017
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Might we know which club East
Plays when we duck in dummy?
July 16, 2017
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This is quite close. In general doing the obvious thing against slams bid like this at matchpoints is less stressful in the long run.
June 22, 2017
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XX surely gives you the best chance of avoiding being in 6 off 2 top spades.
Assuming it fetches 4S, then we can use RKC
June 17, 2017
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Of course it was hand 1, as per the previous problem I posted.
Hardly unsurprisingly the majors both break badly, with Pre-emptors partner having KTxxx and KT9x

DF can manage 9 tricks in spades and 8 in hearts, but in real life more likely to be another trick shy resulting in -200 or worse.

I held the 17 count, and decided at Amber to go quietly, passing it out and conceeding -130

It worked well on the hand, but I wonder if I was too cautious and just got lucky, certainly the other poll suggests I wimped it.
June 16, 2017
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Craig has it spot on. That's exactly what east held, reflex double, then looked at his diamond spots and bottled it. So the curly suit squeeze operates exactly as described.
June 15, 2017
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That works well when East was wanting to defend clubs….
June 14, 2017
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