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So I can not lead 5?
Dec. 11, 2018
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Very good point Stephen! We can discuss what could be after S's pass in general!
Dec. 10, 2018
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In reality contract could not be set, but minus 140 was much much better than minus 170!!!
Dec. 10, 2018
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1. This hand was really played at popular tournament in Poland. The only popular and natural “agreement” we have is to bid redouble in case when opener has good clubs and there is a real chance that 2xx can be made. Of course responder with singleton in clubs removes redouble.
2. Yes, you are right! If there exists any agreement about immediate bid over double, I had to inform about that.
3. If there no such agreement then natural reaction of opener with minimum is pass.
4. It is absolutely impossible that opener with QJ sec can say something after the double.
5. It is absolutely sure that opener has KJ.
6. But after the opp' double even KJ sec are bad values. Opener must have something extraordinary to bid 2!

This is a hint.
Dec. 10, 2018
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This reminds me a long and fruitful collaboration with Matt Granovetter. It took more the 10 years during the era of Bridge Today.
1. I was in a second or third division of authors. Matt and Ed Kantar were in the first one, among few other stars.
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Granovetter. He is really SOMEONE!
3. Matt's extraordinary contribution (that exactly fits to the present problem) is the Switch In Time method. If you think Roger that Matt had (or have) any kind of applause for SIT, you are a kind of optimist ;-)
Dec. 10, 2018
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OK :-). But second jack lead is fatal if pard has a figure.
Dec. 10, 2018
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Itzik! I can give you an advice: Typical polls are bad places to advocate non-typical ideas.
The only form that allows a meaningful dicussion is through the general poll or general article where you present BEFORE THE PROBLEM: YOUR OWN SPECIFIC HYPOTHESIS.
Here the only alternative lead can be trumps. But the second jack is the worst possible configuration for such lead.
Dec. 10, 2018
Andrzej Matuszewski edited this comment Dec. 10, 2018
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3 and 3 more helps them than us. You do not believe but at MPs even 4 is not an expert bid IMHO.
Dec. 9, 2018
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From such configuration, assuming the bidding, there is no general rule. Of course in this hand such option does not exist.
Dec. 9, 2018
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My suggestion is: Having QJ s would rather pass on my double since most probably these values are in fact not values!
Dec. 9, 2018
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In an hour I'll give you a hint! May be you can find out what kind of hint it is and then it will be easier to find the clue!!
Dec. 8, 2018
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Sorry - after an analysis. I advocated diamonds, but the only chance we have is after a low CLUB, assuming pd has jack and declarer misguesses.
Sometimes trumps are good, too. But pd has to have AKx and Q and J.
Dec. 7, 2018
Andrzej Matuszewski edited this comment Dec. 7, 2018
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I like this type of diagnosis! Situation is really perilous. Someone made error and circumstances are also against us.
The problem is: which diamond is better?
Dec. 7, 2018
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Of course 8 can be falsecard. But only: can.
With KQ1097 pd could drop the king.
Dec. 7, 2018
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Spade can solve everything if pd has KJx, which is quite probable. Even AJx or AQx are probable since pd has nearly nothing in other suits and he entered being vuln.
Dec. 7, 2018
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If someone never made a sin he can throw the stone… ;-)
Dec. 7, 2018
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You do not believe Tom that besides 2 obvious alternatives I thought about DOUBLE.
I do not hold 4 spades (otherwise I'd double 1). If pd has good 3 spades he can pass. Furthermore he will know that I like hearts first lead.
Dec. 7, 2018
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OK! The bidding is controversial. I can only answer very typically: Without this auction they would probably play 3 and there is no defensive problem!
Also I ask those solvers, who definitely do not like the first lead: try to analyze the position!
Dec. 7, 2018
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We show the odd number with high-low. But - in nearly all positions - count is not obligatory. Especially in situation like this, where (from viewpoint of pd) I desperately need a signal.
Dec. 7, 2018
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But IMHO not at MPs.
Dec. 7, 2018
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