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My comment addresses your example. I usually (not always, I'm not perfect with this) ask when there is a chance my not asking will potentially transmit UI to partner. If the suit distribution is known to partner due to the earlier play, I might not ask.

Accidents can happen. Preventing them without causing UI is appropriate.
Sept. 19
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And I suppose you've never accidentally pulled the wrong card?
Sept. 18
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I ask when by not asking it could tell partner my holding. If everyone can count to thirteen at that point, l might not ask, but probably will, anyway.
Sept. 17
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Starting next year, you have a use for the Stop Cards you've removed from the boxes.
Sept. 16
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I actually had this happen once at trick one. I don't remember the details, but we all had a laugh when it happened.
Sept. 15
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No, we were getting trounced regardless. At our table we played ok, but the opponents played near flawlessly. And the other table was an adventure.

But I do feel I was able to play better by not sweating the small stuff.
Sept. 11
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It's not worth the mental effort. Just last week I had a choice of lines in a slam. I could try to set up a suit for a discard, needing a 4-3 break, but carefully managing entries, or take a simple ruffing finesse. Both lines were for the overtrick. I just claimed at trick 4 stating the latter line. We lost an imp, but I was a lot fresher mentally, had time for a quick snack, and we still got trounced so the trick didn't matter.
Sept. 11
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A couple decades or so ago, there was an article in TBW where the defenders alerted that they ALWAYS play the J from QJ. (Or some equivalent agreement.). The article went on to show how that changed the calculus of RS. And there have been plenty of articles analyzing the best theoretical strategy to counteract RS. (As if you'd be able to play the J 63% of the time.). All these have shown the validity of RS.
Sept. 10
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From a recent sectional, decent field
Sept. 1
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Not the shortest board, but the fastest claim. A few decades ago, i opened 1NT. We had a sequence ending in 7NT. After the last pass, partner faced dummy and said, “Lead.” There were around 15 or so sure tricks based on my stated controls.
July 25
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Is 1 forcing? If not, south has already distorted the bidding.
July 23
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On board 29, how did 3 make?
July 23
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The relevance is that your description of 2 seems wrong. If 2 is a limit raise, then it should be something like 9-11. In which case 2 is a normal single raise. If your treatments are different, then an alert is needed as they are unusual and unexpected.
July 17
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Most people play Drury as a limit raise, so a simple raise would be just that - a simple single raise just like you would do if you were not a passed hand. Given that, I would think that since it guarantees 4+ trump support, an alert is in order.

BTW, what would 2 show? That information is really needed to properly answer the question.
July 17
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If hearts are good for five tricks, the queen of clubs is irrelevant
July 16
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The bidding is correct. My partner judged that hearts was better. I wasn't about to overrule as he knew my hand and I didn't know his. 20-20 hindsight is easy.
July 16
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Finally someone sees the cause of the dilemma. (I didn't mention it in the OP since I didn't want to influence the vote.). NT will make only 12 tricks. So making 12 tricks at hearts beats anyone not in slam, but loses to anyone in 6NT.

In a typical club game I would be content with making 12 tricks. But this is not your typical game. The field is strong (which is probably an understatement), so I expected most of the field would be in slam. That points toward wanting to make them all. I wonder how many of those who voted for the finesse had that in mind, or if they just finessed based on just this hand alone.

FWIW, I finessed, and of course diamonds were 5-1. Surprisingly, making 6 was worth about 67%, not the below average I expected.
July 16
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Match points. I thought that was clear when I mentioned the field strength. Plus there is no issue if imps.
West cannot be void, so I don't know why you mentioned it. But a singleton with east is something to consider.

But I think you are missing the real consideration (which I'll leave unstated for now).
July 15
Jeff Halle edited this comment July 15
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I don't recall if they were playing 3rd or 4th leads. They are strong players, good enough to not give me any help with their signals. The only thing I really know is that west probably has no more hearts or spades (though I wouldn't absolutely rule out west having the spade ten left). West played the 6 10 on the next two clubs.
July 15
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Do you have the hands right? It looks like a few honors are missing from the diagram.
June 26
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