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obviously it depends on their lead style… LHO should lead the card that requests that partner unblock… or give count, or give attitude to help him decide what to lead next.
Aug. 21
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thinking of the late great Paul Harvey when I read that, Ray
Aug. 20
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Thank you everyone for your votes, thoughts/opinions/analysis. For the record, I was South. My partner and I had not (sufficiently) discussed what North's 3NT rebid promised/denied, but I felt strongly that partner would not bid 3NT with a void or singleton, so I felt the odds were sufficiently in my favor that the opponents would not run 5 club tricks at me and that “9 tricks are easier than 10”. For the most part, even though many here felt North (around 50%) or South (around 20%) were at fault, I was mostly in the 30% “nobody did anything terrible” camp and that we were largely unlucky that North's unstopped suit matched South's unstopped suit (AND that North didn't have 3 small clubs instead of 2), AND the clubs were 5-2, AND the 5 were with opening leader, AND LHO had refrained from overcalling 2 on AKQ9x, AND that clubs didn't block (as someone above said, if South had Txxx of clubs we wouldn't have had this poll/discussion).
Aug. 20
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even w/o such an agreement, with 6 spades and 4 clubs, one can judge whether to treat as a spade one-suiter or show clubs, depending on such factors as suit qualities, form of scoring, etc. With AKJTxx/Ax/A/Qxxx, I'd ignore that club “suit”, for example.
Aug. 20
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I like to play what Craig describes and don't feel it's flawed/wonky at all. The multi-way 3 serves many highly useful purposes - including differentiating between having 5 hearts (1-1NT-3) and 4 hearts (1-1NT-3-3-3) so that responder knows what to do with exactly 3 hearts. And being able to show a spade one-suiter without having to do a “fake jump shift” is also good. Plus you can show clubs either less distributional or more distributional as Craig mentions. All in all, more upsides than downsides to this method. Responder can occasionally elect to not ask with 3 if he has specific hands (such as long hearts or with 3-card limit raise or weak raise).
Aug. 20
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also, at the table, North's 3NT bid might have followed a slight BIT, would like any thoughts about how that might or might not influence South's decision.
Aug. 19
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a question for all, especially those blaming South - if this hand isn't appropriate for passing 3NT, what would your requirements be for a hand to be okay to pass 3NT in this auction? (assuming 3NT should show a solid (?) 6-7 card spade suit with no shortness and a couple of side cards)
Aug. 19
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If North can have a small singleton for his 3NT bid, then yes, South certainly has a pull. But if not, since South has 4 pieces in his weakness, then beating 3NT requires a club lead and 5-2 clubs and they run (with N matching S in weakness… question is also whether North can/should bid 3NT with a small doubleton). Certainly if South had 3 or fewer in his “no stop” suit, he should pull.
Aug. 19
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good point Danny. LHO is a GLM; he evidently felt it was worth the risk to conceal his suit hoping that the opps would get to 3NT off the whole club suit, rather than bid and get in a lead director against a potential spade contract. His luck was in when N/S did indeed reach 3NT and the clubs did not block.
Aug. 19
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and even if LHO has 5 clubs, there are (slight) block chances (RHO having H9 doubleton, for example… that's why I included the club spots in the layout)
Aug. 19
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yes article title is “Regional Swiss Teams”…
Aug. 19
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yes, 3NT “works” on that hand. But how will South know to leave it in? North could have a small doubleton diamond instead of a small doubleton in clubs… (AKQxxxx/Kx/xx/Ax)
Aug. 19
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Hi Alan - yes, I was just about to mention that 3 would indeed have been a 3-way bid (with either real clubs, exactly 4 hearts, or a spade one suiter, all with GF hands). So North does not have that hand.
Aug. 19
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GREAT win guys, well done!!
July 26
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the auction in the last diagram at the bottom of page 5 is not complete (should be 3 passes after 5). Same thing on hand diagrams at the top of pages 6 through 9.
July 21
Brad Theurer edited this comment July 21
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I was referring to balancing (after Craig's 1-P-2-P-P-? auction) with 3, which if doubled *would* be game…, not overcalling initially with 2
July 17
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to some extent (yes there are still risks), it “does” get easier on the auction you mention - the opps have a fit (not known over 1), and have limited their hands (also not known after 1). Also at imps, the opps won't make marginal penalty doubles when they've limited their hands and have a fit, especially those that double you into game as here. And if you're -200 instead of -110/-140, at imps that's no big deal.
July 17
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plusses to overcalling: take up bidding space, want a diamond lead (probably). Minuses: I'm vul (would be more confident in bidding if I were non-vul), no shape, no texture, lots of quacks which are more likely to be valuable on defense. I know “it's a bidder's game”, but one has to draw the line somewhere. Even if I'm not in trouble bidding 2, partner may play me for more than I have and get us too high anyway.
July 16
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an advantage of double right here is that partner, with a modest hand and 5+ spades (or diamonds) can bid/compete knowing you normally have at least 3 of his suit. If my LHO passes a 2 overcall, partner may not bid with a diamond or spade suit especially when most play a new suit is either forcing or at least non-forcing but constructive. To me this is pretty much a (sound) minimum and thus I'm willing to be more flexible via doubling now. It also is a bit safer if partner has a weak hand.
July 15
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I like 1NT… quite possibly this hand is a “race to 1NT”, if I don't bid it, likely LHO is about to bid it - his most common hand type here is a balanced minimum. If partner has 6 spades or 4 diamonds I'm fine if he bids them. As so many say these days, it's a bidder's game.
June 29
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