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All comments by Andy Caranicas
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Heart is wrong if declarer has HAK. Cashing CK first is wrong if declarer has HA and CQ. It's not clear to me what to do. I voted switch to heart now, but I am not so sure.
July 9, 2012
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At the table, I chose 2D: 1C - 1H - 2D - 2N - 3H - p

partner held 10764 8754 J95 KQ

As you can see 3N makes easily. We scored 41% for +140, and the question is does partner bid 3N if I open 2N? 6-count but in the short suits.

Finally, the reason I selected 2D was to get across that I had a real club suit, which 2N does not do either as an opening bid or a rebid
July 7, 2012
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I agree with Jim. If partner is 5-5 reds, then there are a lot of chances for 6D.
July 6, 2012
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3NT may be a stretch, but if partner has the hand that can make 3NT, then that makes it less likely that you'll get another chance after pass.
July 3, 2012
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There are three reasons one might introduce clubs in a situation like this:
1. Better place to play
2. Show partner two-suiter to help with competitive decision
3. Lead direct

None of these reasons apply here. I bid 5H and I'll bid 6H if necessary.
July 3, 2012
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Just cash the five winners for -100. If something good happens, then I may even make. -100 is much better than -150 on this layout.
July 3, 2012
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2D can win when there is a game or when diamonds is better than clubs.
It can lose when 2C is the limit of the hand or if partner gets carried away and bids too high.

I think it wins more than it loses.
July 3, 2012
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I would pass except instructions said FORCING. 2NT seems the only alternative.
June 29, 2012
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I voted 4H. Dima says convert dreaded 4D to 4H, which is fine. What about the more-dreaded 5D?
June 28, 2012
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Even as the cards lie, the slam could be made if either E or W held doubleton honor in diamonds via an endplay. I don't think slam is that bad and in a jammed auction like this these things happen. I voted bad luck.
June 26, 2012
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Once West freely bids 4D over 3S, I don't understand what East is worried about. The pessimist would see 2 spade losers and 1 diamond loser, but pessimism doesn't win bridge events.
June 25, 2012
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I guess when opener bids 4D over 4C, I'll guess to put us into our 4-2 major suit fit. I don't think 4C is an option here.
June 19, 2012
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If North would just bid 4H instead of 3S, then he wouldn't feel the need to bid any more. 3S was an underbid and North seems to be trying to compensate for that.
June 19, 2012
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I kind of like 3H here. If partner happens to have another heart stopper, then 3N is likely the best contract. Otherwise, partner can do something intelligent.
June 19, 2012
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I expected the majority would pass when I posted this. I wanted to see if anyone had some odd way to show minors while being able to get out at the 4-level.

As the cards lie, opps can make 3H and we can make 4D. As they say, pre-empts work
June 19, 2012
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Leading SK is preferable to small spade only if it pins a singleton Q with declarer or dummy (more likely dummy).

A small spade lead will also get partner to play the Q if he holds it, and is superior to the K lead if declarer holds singleton A, as in the diagram.

On this bidding, can we agree that singleton A is more likely than singleton Q?
June 11, 2012
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Partner cue-bids 4D and then redoubles also. What am I worried about? 6S = 10 5S = 1
June 11, 2012
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I would not leave a game-going double in hear, but 2Dx is ok at IMPs. If their suit were hearts, I would bid 2S
June 11, 2012
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Partner should have SK for his double. Maybe it's a singleton, and he can get a ruff. Maybe it's a doubleton and he can get a ruff. I don't think he has three spades in this auction.
June 11, 2012
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It's as thought Joshua Donn read my mind (or I read his). A club can't really go away from dummy, but rather only if opener is relatively short in both minors. A spade going away on a club is a real possibility on the CA lead. If responder has only one spade and 2 clubs, we can't beat it anyway. If responder holds 2 spades and one club, then SK wins.

Hoping for partner to ruff a club here may be a good idea in a different auction, but the evidence indicates that partner has more clubs than responder.
June 8, 2012
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