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OOPS; just North.

It pays to scroll down!
Sept. 5
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I'm struggling to imagine many hands where we defeat 4 but don't make 4 or 4.
Sept. 5
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FWIW I was dummy on this hand and (apart from a pair who defended 1NT) we were the only ones not to bid game. Everyone got the 7 lead and easily wrapped up 10 tricks.

I would have led the 7 as I don't like leading a doubleton that has so little chance of producing a ruff. I accept that leading a diamond has other chances.

I will post the hand separately because:
a) there is no easy way to do it here (BW enehancement request!)
b) double-dummy says 10 tricks always possible and its not easy to see how!
Sept. 5
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Given the choice of declaring the weaker hands long suit or the stronger ones it's usually better to play in the weaker hands suit.
Sept. 5
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A lot of effort goes into finding 4-4 major suit fits, you have found one so why ignore it?
Sept. 5
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Or an undisclosed suit such as AQJ985…
Sept. 5
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Partner may have a different view if he could see my hand.
Sept. 5
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This hand is much more suited to offence than defence and we have a good 6 card major partner doesn't know about.
Sept. 5
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I want to be in the best contract.
Sept. 4
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4 today, tomorrow and next week.
Sept. 4
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10+
Sept. 4
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Pass forces XX gives you more options to escape; so it comes at a cost, what doesn't?
Sept. 4
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I think Ronald is alluding to the idea that your continuations after a 1-suit opening are greatly affected by your range for 1NT.

If I open 1-suit playing a weak NT then I am either unbalanced or 15+ hcp.

If I open 1-suit playing a strong NT then I am either unbalanced or 12-14 or 18+.

This makes quite a difference. e.g. playing 5+strong I would definitely want to be playing 2/1 GF; but playing 5+weak I definitely don't!
Sept. 3
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So the 1NT responder can cheaply show their suit when weak via a double…


Lionel always appealed to me as a 4th seat defence to 1NT; never actually got around to playing it.
Sept. 3
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Matchpoints versus IMPs may be a more interesting discussion.

I play mainly matchpoints and mainly against a weak NT; my choice was to go for a high-frequency defence even though it is more risky. Its our variant of Cansino which used to be a very popular defence to a weak NT.

Cansino
2 3-suited including clubs (will have a singleton or void somewhere)
2 both majors (can be 4-4)
2NT minors (usually 5-5)
other bids natural

Grantsino
2 4+ clubs and at least 32 in the majors (2 asks for better major)
rest as Cansino.


Constructive, approx 11-15 hcp.
Sept. 3
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Because a large proportion of players would say ‘what?’
Sept. 3
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That was my thoughts, but a diamond ruff isn't necessarily the goal. The opps have length in spades so diamonds may be your partner's best suit, and this is your one chance to lead them.
(I'm still leading a club though!)
Sept. 2
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Did you field his psyche. Yes, you did.
Did you do it knowingly. Of course not.
Did he know that you would field his psyche. Of course he did.

If that's Bridge I'm glad I play a different game.
Sept. 2
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So your partner opens with a flat 5 count in 3rd, everyone else having a borderline opener. You use Drury and end up in a part score, the opps missing game.
What would you expect the TD to do?
Sept. 2
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