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If the auction continues 4-P-P-? are you a passer? I see the danger in bidding, but this is also an easy auction for E to throw in a bid without great values.
11 hours ago
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Also, you can play 2 instead of 3 when game is not in the picture (maybe people playing transfer advances can do this to0 (?), but not people bidding 2nt with the 3 card limit raise).
21 hours ago
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“Now there was nothing to the play, and not much to the bidding, but you would think somebody would have noticed this before I did.”

http://thecommongame.com/PHPPOSTCGS.php?options=LookupClioBoard&acblno=5591562&date=2019-01-12&board=15&gamemode=

I assume it went 1-3-4-5-6-P-6-7-P-P-X-P-P-P like it did at our table to get to the par contract? The defense against a spade contract is sort of interesting. W I think needs to be careful not to discard a heart (or partner will be squeezed I think) and also signal in a way to deny the diamond Q so E can work out to unguard hearts and not diamonds. Not *too* complicated, but definitely were people making 7 at my club (some even in seven).
Jan. 14
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I see the argument for bidding and am not good enough to criticize many of the players who would make a call other than pass, but it does seem to me it is a slippery slope and I don't want to be the player who always gets it right at the table in these situations with the perfect argument to back up my call in the post-mortem.

Also, while I will not deliberately sabotage a hand when I think my action is clear, I do not want to play with partners who think I will save them from their bad tempo. So while I'm sure from description that is not N here, it sounds like she might remember this hand (and hopefully understands why Timo did what he did).
Jan. 14
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“ I'm pretty sure that Michael Rosenberg will disagree with this and that John Kranyak will agree”

Michael Rosenberg, always a buzzkill stickler for the rules (as opposed to fast and loose Kranyak)!
Jan. 13
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Fair enough, on the hand in question if partner bid 3NT, happy to play it there. To some degree I think that after the takeout double X, we probably do not have a slam on power and if we have one on distribution, partner may not have passed XX.
Jan. 13
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Interesting observations about double of a weak NT in the balancing seat. I have had partners want to play it shows roughly equivalent values (12-14 or so) and have seen pairs on Vugraph play this way (I think maybe Helgemo/Helness(?)). One downside of playing a lot of club bridge is you get bad data points and the weak NT players are not as good at running.

My experience (especially at matchpoints) is also to be more pessimistic about playing penalty doubles against strong NT
Jan. 13
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What kind of hand bids 3 rather than 4?
Jan. 13
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That was my thinking too, unfortunately I chose to back it up at the table by relaying to 3c, which I do not think is right.

I admit bidding 2 did not occur to me even in post-mortem.
Jan. 13
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Yes, our agreement is that 2nt is a 4 card raise or a very offensively oriented hand and other hands with support start with XX.

At the table, I was not sure if 3 should be forcing or just highly suggestive that partner bid on. If 3 is forcing, does that mean it is a hand looking for slam that does not want to bid 4 yet or a hand that thinks a game other than 3nt is on the table?

For those that play XX denies a fit, what is your raise structure?
Jan. 13
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I would think 4 would be forcing?
Jan. 12
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This was a hypothetical auction. At the table (for better or worse) I decided to bid 3S and the auction continued 4-4-P-P-5-P-P-5-X-P-P. When discussing this hand later, one partner suggested I could bid 4 and then double to suggest bidding on if they competed to 5. I was curious how many people would double . . . I'm sort of with Brad that I would be scared to double 5.
Jan. 12
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Yeah, they were a solid pair and just told me their leads were “standard” when I asked. I (rightly or wrongly) assumed that it was non-standard to lead 9 here.
Jan. 8
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Yes, but if you have a close call and are not sure what is right, I'd rather go with what is on average “right” rather than what is on average “wrong.”

I also don't quite understand your “get it wrong 60% of the time” either. If the LOTT says to bid on, then it will be right to bid the 40% of time (you claim) it is exactly right plus the times there are more tricks available than the law suggests. Similarly if the LOTT says not to bid on. Maybe I'm missing your point though?
Jan. 8
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I would pass and pass partner's reopening double, but if I did double initially, I think correcting to 2 shows a long spade suit and not enough values to make a free bid? I think I would prefer double and 3 (not an option) to showing that.
Jan. 8
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I tried 3NT, which was not a success when they started by taking 5 clubs and the heart A. In hindsight, I think I was a little too weak to expect 3nt to be percentage to make and a little too strong to be worried too much about them competing.
Jan. 7
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As declarer I had a blindspot here because I was convinced that opening leader could never have 5 clubs and lead the nine and confidently finessed into the diamond K after clubs were set up. I guess it is not as “weird” of a lead as I thought
Jan. 7
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No
Jan. 7
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Just a sanity check. I thought 4 was normal too, but it did not work out well when partner had only 3 and they split 6-0.
Jan. 7
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I think our agreements here were not very well thought out because we play fit jumps in competition (maybe this sequence isn't “competitive” after W passes?) and 2 level advances non-forcing.
Jan. 7
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