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Thanks for the votes and comments!

In the actual hand partner held x x A98xxx AK109x, and with hearts 2-2, clubs 3-3 and diamonds 4-2 one would have collected +1100.
June 21
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Partner won't rush to slam just based on HCP. He should be aware that you can have a hand like this. If you bid 3 you will have to guess blindly later in the bidding.
June 21
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If the opponents have 10 trumps, they may have 10 tricks if there is a lot of distribution even though you have all side suits under control.
On the other hand, the both opponents may have flat hands (6133 for instance can be considered a flat hand if partner holds 2 hearts) and perhaps score ruff(s).
June 21
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Since it is partner's first turn, double on 3 would have been takeout according to our agreements.
May 30
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Yeah, you're right. I got something wrong in my mind.
May 20
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Wow, that must be a very rare end position.

I think this a delayed duck squeeze, a special kind of a strip-squeeze.
The unusal thing is that no extra winner is squeezed out (so that you can duck a trick to establish a trick while the opponent can't cash enough to beat you), but instead you squeeze out the second stopper in the suit you are going to duck.

All that is combined with the two-way endplay where you have the guess who has the highest left (at the table that could be an really evil guess).

Awesome deal!
May 19
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1) Partner bid 2 over 1NT. With a minimum hand and no interesting shape he could have passed.
2) Strong hands in general are rare, yes. But here partner opened 1 and bid 2 opposite our 0-4, so it isn't unlikely anymore that partner has enough strength to make game.
3) South has shown both majors via 2.

The general idea is to show whatever you can show after you've announced to have a weak hand. Partner, knowing of almost all high cards your side has, will then be in a great spot to get you to the right contract.
May 19
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Partner can't play the 9 on the second round, since you could have KQ doubleton.

Apart from that, I think this approach is too restrictive.
Sometimes you are forced to signal for something where you don't want to signal at all. Other times you wish to give a strong signal, but partner can't be sure if you have such a great holding because you had to signal something.

I like this approach:
1) 5-9-6 (natural playing order): No signal
2) 5-6-9 (unusual low) : Suit preference low ()
3) 6-9-5 (unusual high) : Suit preference high ()
4) 6-5-9 (unusual middle): Suit preference middle ()

This is an application of a more general method - the natural playing order shows nothing specific or a suit you couldn't signal for. Unusual playing orders are suit preference for the coded suit (this method does not apply to very obvious suit preference situations, such as returning a suit in which partner has lead his singleton).

Main advantage: It doesn't hang the partnership if the player didn't think about which signal to give. If one chooses an unusual playing order, partner can be sure that you were trying to give a signal.
May 19
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The default agreement is suit preference.
May 19
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Isn't one of the purposes of a strong club system to avoid opening on the 2-lvl with strong hands ?
Playing a 2 22+ when you have a heavy 1 17+ available isn't really efficient.
May 18
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If partner raises you on 3 hearts and a singleton club when LHO was about to bid 4, you might get an idea why you shouldn't have bid 3.

When you make a bluff, ALL conditions should be perfect for it.
May 17
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Probably. Nevertheless, it wasn't the A that cost the contract but the spade continuation.
May 17
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The lighter you bid, the more difficult your constructive bidding gets. Also you might help declarer playing the hand.

I don't see any good reason why you should bid aggressively versus a precision 1M. Responder probably already knows that they don't have a game while you are walking on nebulous grounds.
May 17
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“What can be wrong with ducking?”

If declarer has 86 A10932 A10 AQJ2 you have given him a no play contract.

The author's original question was addresing the likelihood of declarer holding the Q or the Q.
May 17
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Agree with most of your analysis.
What I don't get is though - why did partner lead from a third honour in spades when he had an easy club lead ?
May 17
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We have three likely tricks and if partner has a shortness in one of the blacks we could get rich here.
May 16
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Before you consider vacant spaces, gather all the information you have from the play. Sometimes this information is not sufficient to clearly tell what the correct play is, but here it pretty much is.
Vacant spaces I like to think of being the last ressort, leaning in one way or the other if it's not clear what to do.

While defending try to keep visualizing declarer's and partner's hand and how possible they are with respect to their plays.

Imagine declarer held 86 A10932 A10 AQJ2. After you return a , declarer would surely play on trumps.

Also there is a restricted choice argument - with AQJx he might have played the Q, while from AJxx he will always put in the J.

(Apart from that you might have picked something up at the table - with 10xx facing AJxx people often play the J more reluctantly than with 10xx opposite AQJx.)


All the evidences you have tell you to play partner for the Q, and that quite clearly.
May 16
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I feel like West should have gotten in there with a 2NT call.

Holding a maximum, well placed honors and partner having announced a trick source, there should be good chances if partner gets you to 3NT.
In addition, defensive prospects against 3 don't look great.

In case partner has bid on a distributional minimum, you can easily escape to 3.
May 13
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As a remark, the 9 can also serve as the single threat if the hearts split 2-5, no matter how the clubs split.
May 10
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In the Love/Lee/Pottage nomenclature this is a Type R unrestricted compound squeeze that operates non-simultaneously.

Type R: The consecutive double squeeze will be of type R, i.e. the basic threat (7) will become the right threat (suit is guarded by RHO only, viewn from the single threat hand, i.e. dummy).

Unrestricted: You may run all your free winners upon deciding which suit was unguarded.


Note that you also can cash the K before leading hearts. East has to discard a spade, you discard a heart, and you cash the hearts ending in dummy. West is squeezed in the blacks on the last heart winner.

Also note that you can make all 13 tricks after a heart lead. Rise Ace and cash all diamonds but 1. At this point you have to decide which major was unguarded by West. Cash the winner in this suit, AK, and lead the final diamond to squeeze both opponents in the same trick.
Because you can't run all your diamond winners immediately, this is a restricted Type R compound squeeze.
May 10
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