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Spade is the winner. Partner has Jxx KJ10xxx and a minor suit Ace, declarer has Ax AQx and 4-4 in the minors.

I think leading a spade here is probably about a 15-20% chance.
9 hours ago
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If partner overruffed with J5432 there is no hope for them as a bridge player, and they would not pay attention to the size of your heart anyway.
May 21
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S invited and N accepted with a 9 count. Is that normal for them?

Why would a “capable” declarer hop A without the K in hand? Even if he has Kx, he would play the Q to make sure he has a late entry to the clubs. So partner has led from at most 4. And he has discouraged spades. What else is left?

Low heart, in case partner has KJ8x behind Q107x.
May 21
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Levin-Weinstein's auction was very conservative, but their scorecard must have looked very good to them. They had no idea that Meck had gone down in 7 when the opponents had stopped in game against them and made 12 easy tricks.
May 21
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I did a few sessions in Philly, including the memorable Welland-Auken 4th quarter comeback. I never really worried too much about spot cards except where it was obvious that they mattered. It was still difficult, and several times I found myself a couple of tricks behind at the end But it was a great experience, and it really taught me a lot about how intense the atmosphere is in the late round of National events.
May 21
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Cute
May 21
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The difference between +50 and +100 is unlikely to be large if they have bid 2 randomly, since if we are beating this we likely have +110 available if we get to a 4-4 fit. Multiple undertricks are far less likely than that we can make +110 somewhere if we find the right strain.

The likelihood of my having a cast-iron 4 defensive tricks on this auction is small, and even then we might only beat it 1. The likelihood of partner having entered the auction with (43)=2=4 is high. Matchpoints is a game that reward frequency of gain rather than magnitude of gain. And even IMPs rewards frequent small swings relative to occasional bonanzas.
May 20
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Our discussion of low-level doubles to date had been:
1. Doubles of bid and raised suits or of suits with implicit support are takeout.
2. Doubles of blind interventions and rebid suits without implied support are penalty.

It wasn't clear to me whether this was category 1 or category 2. Although the 1NT response could have been on short diamonds and a lot of clubs, it was far more likely to have been on a balanced hand.

I thought I had been presented with a choice of catastrophes.
A. Bidding the wrong major could be the only way to go minus on the board.
B. Selling to 2 could easily be the only way to go minus on the board.
C. Passing the hand back to partner for a 2nd double leads to potential catastrophe A.
D. Doubling could be a catastrophe if he thinks it's penalty.

Given those options, I thought that double was the least of all evils. And, to my great surprise, it was.
May 20
UI?
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It is UI but you are required to bid as though partner has whatever 3 shows in an uncontested auction. Here, I suspect your system bid would be 3. But I can see disaster looming.
May 20
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Interesting. You opened 1 with a stiff and partner failed to hang you.

But my FA jumps, apparently like your partner's, show control deficient hands.
May 19
Craig Biddle edited this comment May 19
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The most common way to play is X shows minors, 2NT is natural, guess the level with support. A better way to play is X shows minors, 2NT is a inv+ raise, 3 is competitive.
May 19
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You seem to be taking both sides of the issue. If the HCP are evenly divided, why do I need to double to get a good matchpoint score when I have a diamond stack? This seems obviously a “find a playable spot” auction and having this double as 2 places to play allows partner to double 1NT safely when he also has 2 places to play. Getting into auctions frequently is winning bridge. Waiting for Santa Claus to drop a top into your lap only works once a year.
May 19
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3 opening hands and a 1NT response at the table? Unlikely. Whenever I have an opening hand, partner's X is almost 100% to be pure shape. And so when I have (42)=3=4 I'd better bid my major.
May 19
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I'm with you. On the actual deal, I was the guy who made the double in question. My hand was 9xxx J9xx xx Axx. Partner had Kxxx Kxx Ax KQxx. Incredibly enough, we beat this since clubs were 3-3 and partner scored all 5 of his honors to go along with my A.

I will have 4-4 in the majors and values to compete 10 times for every time I have KQ10x on this auction, and doubling as “pure penalty” with that trump holding and a side ace is punishing partner for trying to get us into the auction with the right shape. Most of the time I want to defend, I will be happy to do it singled as any plus score on an auction like this rates to be a solid result.

But partner thinks this should be a “gotcha” situation, so I will cope.
May 19
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“The double of 1NT should show a good hand.”

Really? You've been getting stolen blind at matchpoints by not doubling here with takeout of diamonds. And expecting to have an opening bid when RHO opens the bidding, LHO responds, and partner has a “good hand” is seriously out of touch with probabilities. (So is holding KQ109x of trump, for that matter. If you are going to wait for that holding to double, you will be waiting for years….)
May 19
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I think the frequency argument is more urgent at IMPs than at MP's. You can pick up a lot of 5-7 IMP swings by going plus at both tables on part score deals. And pure penalty hands are going to be rare.

At MP's, you can get a good board just by defending a part score correctly; many people in MP fields lose interest on defense, particularly partials.
May 19
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And suppose partner is 4=3=2=4 for the double. What does bidding 2 get you? You're probably making 1 more trick in spades than hearts, maybe 2, rarely 0.
May 19
Craig Biddle edited this comment May 19
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Damn, I posted the wrong auction. I'll post again in a few days.
May 19
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@JohnA - The USSR is no more. We give voters more than one option now.
May 19
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