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I exclude hearts, their 8-card fit. Spades and diamonds would be natural leads so the only suit you weren't going to lead is clubs.
Feb. 18
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Lead dummy's first bid suit unless the bidding suggests something else. But the blame is yours if you don't guess right.
Feb. 18
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OK, then 3 can't be spades in Frances' partnerships.
Feb. 16
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I exclude answer 1. Whatever Stayman you play 3 is never spades.
Feb. 16
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A slightly different alternative (after 1m-1M-2M):
- 2NT and 3m: invitational with 4 cards in M. 3m may be bid even with 3-card support because you never (?) raise on 3M without 5+m.
- 3M and 3 in the suit below M: random game tries with 5+M (with 3M being more distributional but you can assign your own meanings to the bids)
- by elimination this gives that the relay is the lowest unbid suit, 2 with hearts, 3* with spades. Now the relay is forcing to game because you woud have chosen between 2NT and 3m with an invitational hand.

*Why 3, you ask? Because over 1 we play transfer responses and never raise on 3…
Feb. 13
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Natural, invitational. We use 2NT to compete (with any suit).
Feb. 3
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If I bid 4 immediately with a hand too good to pass 3NT then what do I do over partner's 4NT? Drive to slam on my own? No, I have to cue-bid first then bid 4 to show slam interest. That is why the sequence does not imply a spade control.
Feb. 3
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For your convenience, here is the North hand again, together with the South hand:

AK103, -, AKJ73, AJ82
QJ62, 63, Q982, Q105
Jan. 14
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You are right. I thought I'd provide some entertaining background information. I missed the target, obviously.
Jan. 14
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No.
Jan. 14
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In my opinion the double was not very slow. But South could expect something very unusual because upon seeing 6 hit the table East made a very loud exclamation such as ‘goodness me’ (hard to translate from Hungarian).
Jan. 14
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Jan. 14
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It's difficult for me to answer your question, I am very bad at assessing these delays. North did admit to the double being slow and West pushed the tray over immediately, at least South did not say otherwise when asked.
Jan. 14
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Well, here is the North hand: AK103, -, AKJ73, AJ82.

More information: The hand was played in the quarter-final of the Hungarian team championship.
Jan. 14
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Jan. 14
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Your guess is right, South and West were screen-mates so the owner of the huddle was easily identifiable.
Exact times were not measured.
Later I may show you North's hand but I am interested only in the principles. Let it suffice that North did not have a solid hand.
Jan. 14
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Double carried the usual meaning: I am not interested in a grand.
Play was with screens, North and East on the same side. Up to that point all bids (even 6 and 7) were made in normal tempo.
Jan. 14
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Jan. 14
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I held the North cards. When dummy played low I routinely inserted the 10… and I found myself on lead at trick two! I also found that the contract could no longer be defeated.
You can follow the hand here: https://vugraph.lovebridge.com/screen/visoft_556151_4_1?screen=replay&ns=556115&board=16

As far as I can remember it was only at our table where declarer ducked the lead in both hands. All credit to declarer, Ferenc Zöld.

The hand is not at all trivial but the main theme is that if you insert the 7 then it is partner who remains on lead and now he can defeat the contract by switching to one of my long suits.
Jan. 12
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The problem may be that 2NT made fares better than 3NT going down.
Jan. 8
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To avoid misclicks there are a couple of possibilities:
- Two subsequent clicks are required (confirmation)
- Drag and drop of bids and cards.
Jan. 5
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I fail to see why 3NT should be much better (or better at all). in 5, as long as you avoid the heart lead, you may discard a loser heart on a spade and ruff some major suit losers. In 3NT it is the club lead you want to avoid. I don't know whether the bidding suggested a heart or a club lead in either case.

With that said, my recommended bidding would be:
1-1NT (or some mixed raise)
2-4 (this, because whatever side suit partner is short in is fine with me)
5
Jan. 5
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X: TO
others: transfer Lebensohl

So with the actual hand, 3.
Jan. 4
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