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Note for the next declarer: Please play the first round of trump before claiming.
12 hours ago
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Kit - Note that I liked this comment and I was the one sitting North. I'm still not quite sure why I didn't re-open probably with a double.
Oct. 16
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Yes I was at the table and I think the OP got this detail wrong. It probably would not change anyone's response though.
Oct. 15
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FWIW I think 2 showed and a Major.
Oct. 15
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I was declarer and ran the 8 losing to the Q. South held K10xx so I made the contract but I wasn't sure what the right play is.

My thinking is that N has shown 5 spades and 3 hearts, and presumable has the A as well as two of the missing three minor cards.
South so far has shown 5 major suit cards and if he has a minor honor it's probably only 1.
This makes it very likely that S holds the 10.

That, along with the fact that there are 2 club honors out to 1 diamond honor led me to the club play.
Oct. 11
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How did I miss that? South bit 2 over 2. Diagram has been fixed.
Oct. 10
Andy Caranicas edited this comment Oct. 10
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As far as overtricks, it looks like N did open a light hand, so I imagine the field will be in a H partial after West opens a normal 15-17 NT. Thus overtricks won't come into play.
Oct. 10
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True, but South did make some noise at his second turn, so he has to have something, which leaves N with a light opener.
Oct. 10
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The way I remember the hand, you have 13 tops on any lead in NT.
Oct. 4
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This was my partner's hand and he chose 2NT. I held J10xxx AKQx AKx A.
It's the first time I've opened a 21-count and got a GF response. Hearts were 4-4 and K offside, so 7, 7, and 7NT all make but we bid and made 6.
Also the first time I saw a real hand where you can make 7 in a 4-1 fit.
Oct. 3
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i like the idea of J at T2.
Oct. 2
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Richard notice below partner's actual hand contained Ax and stiff 9
Sept. 18
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At our table N came in with 3, but my partner said he was planning to pass my 2 bid with the E hand.
Sept. 18
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I used to get the “nice to see young people playing” quite often, but then it just stopped. I can't figure out why.
Sept. 14
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I think opener has given a clearer description of his hand than responder has. Further, I think it's more likely for opener to be short in after this auction, so making the double here takeout oriented but cooperative makes sense to me.

Perhaps pass should show a stopper and double deny one.
Sept. 5
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I agree with many of the comments that 4 should have been bid earlier, but now that I'm here, it is so rarely correct to bid when the opponents have settled in 4 of a minor, especially at these colors. They may double for +200 or +500, or they may bid 5 for +600 when leaving them in 4 would limit them to +150.

I see on this particular hand that 4 and 4 are the limits for each side. This not so common.
Aug. 6
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This is a really tough problem. I voted to double and hopefully partner can figure out that I have 5 hearts that aren't that strong because I didn't bid them directly. What else could double mean?
Aug. 6
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In the third hand where robot played 9 at T11, maybe it was a mis-click?
July 30
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Years ago I had just gotten a new chess set that came with three black rooks. Soon after opening it for the first time, I dropped a piece into a bowl of liquid that you probably wouldn't want to retrieve it from (long story).

Anyway, it was a black rook that I had dropped.
July 26
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Maybe next year's Conditions of Contest should dictate that if you lose in the round of 16, then your team has to provide a VuGraph operator for the next round.
(I hope nobody takes this seriously)
July 23
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