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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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I do not reverse. It creates more problems than it solves. It's just my feeling, though, I do not have any supporting evidence. Only, why create confusion when the target is not clear?
Jan. 2
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With this hand even 2 might be too high.
Dec. 27, 2018
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But I have to make my decision before LHO has bid.
Dec. 24, 2018
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In my view the success of X or 2NT is highly dependent upon the number of spades partner holds. If he holds 4, 2NT tends to fare better. With any other number of spades X is going to be the winner.
So before you make your decision you'd better ask a question to partner…
Dec. 24, 2018
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This does not convince me as much as the previous one. I don't know the bidding but dummy had probably bid his 1-loser 7-card hearts previously, so with a doubleton (or a singleton ace) declarer might have chosen to play that suit instead of spades. If we assume declarer is short in hearts then the described play sequence does not seem absurd.
Dec. 23, 2018
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I do not agree with 2. South has nothing in the suit, inviting an opening lead in spades might be expensive. Also, North is short in hearts so if we have the strength to overbid the opponents he will find another call.
Dec. 23, 2018
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X: cards, after which 1st double is TO, further doubles are PEN.
3: majors with longer hearts
3: majors with longer spades
3M: one-suiter, good hand but limited

Over 2NT-3m: X both majors, 3M one-suiter.
Dec. 22, 2018
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